Jennifer Dye

Director of Small Business Development Center
Small Business Development Center
(360) 709-2050
Office Hours: By Appointment
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Jennifer Dye has lived in the South Puget Sound area all her adult life.  From her early careers in hospitality and property management, she started a small business in Kent, WA in 2001. In the next 12 years she grew the business from a 500 sq. ft. storefront to a 9000 sq. ft. studio with two satellite programs. She went on to found two non-profits – H.E.R.O. Association; an organization providing scholarship assistance to at-risk kids, and Do or Dye Self Defense; an organization teaching personal safety and empowerment.

Through these various careers, she developed a love of the entrepreneurial spirit, and, wanting to help other business owners, she earned her M.B.A. in Leadership from the University of Washington, Bothell and a Certificate in Adaptive Leadership from Leadership Eastside in 2016. Upon graduation, she began working for the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and earned her Certified Business Advisor designation. Through her work with the SBDC, and as a small business owner herself; Jennifer has a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs today. She is passionate about helping them plan for their futures.

Having become a recognized leader in the business community, Jennifer was invited to teach Marketing Management at the UWB School of Business in 2017 and at SPSCC in 2020. She has also done numerous workshops and speaking engagements for area Chambers of Commerce, business networking groups, Parks and Rec programs and other community organizations.

Jennifer also holds her FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations, along with her Life and Health Insurance licenses. Her vision is to forge genuine, long term relationships with her clients and be their life-long trusted advisor by conducting her business with the utmost integrity. 

She believes in life-long learning and recently earned an Executive Certificate in Digital Transformation and Business Analytics from UWB. She is currently in the process of receiving her Certified Business Appraiser designation.

She lives in Olympia, WA and spends her free time volunteering as the Communications Director for Friends of Capitol Forest; a local trail maintenance non-profit, singing with the SPSCC Percival Choir, teaching fitness classes, and mountain-biking, hiking and kayaking throughout the Pacific Northwest