Until the recent recession, small-business owner Michael Lee had seen great times for his business, Express Employment Professionals, a Seattle employment and recruiting franchise firm.
Despite past successes, Lee has been frustrated by the economic downturn, as he watches his business decline and takes out personal loans to cover basic operational expenses. Lee decided it would be wise to seek counsel and training from those with seasoned business experience.
Lee is young and is learning many business lessons, some of which, he admits, "come through the school of hard knocks.”
Lee had heard of the Small Business Accelerator program through Everett Community College’s Corporate & Continuing Education Center from a friend and decided to apply for the 10-month program. He hopes it will help him re-energize his business as he looks to bring on talent that will reduce his personal role in running the business.