By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Custom cabinetry shop Beech Tree Woodworks grew out of owner Nic James’ passion for wood and appreciation of quality craftsmanship. Then it grew out of its location in a 2,200-square-foot shop under his apartment.
He had a four-month waiting list and was turning away new projects. His employees had to work around each other in tight quarters or wait in line to use certain tools and machines.
Still, taking the next step was a risky proposition and one James had put off. He’d been in business for more than a dozen years when he decided it was time to find a new workshop. That’s when he began meeting with Ron Nielsen, a certified business advisor with the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC).