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Terry Chambers

Washington State SBDC

Terry is responsible for managing the International Trade Program for the Washington SBDC. He has been a venture capitalist, owned his own import/export business spending time overseas for several years working with clients, partners, distribution channels, etc. He has also owned a small manufacturing business as well as experience as a consultant and advisor working with hundreds of companies in growing their businesses. He has taught at the university capstone course level and instructed workshops for over 15 years. Terry has worked extensively in technology commercialization in high-tech product and program management taking several products to market, and has managed a sales support division, an international service department and other operations departments. Terry holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Boise State University. He is also a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

 

Sharon Sappington

Western Washington SBDC Export Center 

Sharon has been working in international trade for 20 years, including living and working abroad.  Her business activities have spanned the world regions of Asia, The Americas, Western/Eastern Europe and the Middle East.  She has worked with various company types and sizes from start-up to mature, small to large, and public and private.  Some of her industries have included food and beverage, consumer goods, hospitality, wine, international aid and development, wood products, furniture, agribusiness, nonprofit, industrial measurement instrumentation, renewable energy, building energy efficiency, and international residential resort development.  Her roles have been in various functional areas and have been hands-on as well as consultative and advising, including foreign assignments with the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) where she helped companies in other countries to develop their exports.

 Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a member of NASBITE International and a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) accredited by NASBITE International.  She is the International Trade Specialist with the Western Washington SBDC Export Center where she utilizes her intensive international experience in advising and providing guidance to companies that either want to start exporting or expand their current international sales.

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