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kcrBE$T (Business Education Support Training)raining)
The BE$T program works with entrepreneurs who are ready to start a new business
or improve an existing one. Our program is open to all who are interested and it is also an approved Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP).

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Mission and Purpose of BE$T

Kitsap Community Resources Business Education Support & Training (BE$T) Program is committed to providing the business training and network of supportive community services and volunteer business professionals to enterprising individuals, including those with limited financial resources to gain self-sufficiency through small business ownership.

BE$T Success Stories

The program has operated in Kitsap County since 2000, and over 1000 aspiring entrepreneurs have completed the course.  In 2014, we had 92 participants graduate from the 8-week training program and 32 new business start-ups.

Additionally, 67 existing businesses were provided counseling and training and over 30 of these businesses experienced growth. One local business owner expressed his participation in the program in this way, "I would not have succeeded without your help and guidance in making my dream a reality."  Additional BE$T business successes....here



Our business training classes all start with a "Get Ready for Business Workshop and Orientation." This is a great first step to learning more about our program and to determine if being an entrepreneur is right for you. 

All participants must attend the orientation.  To preregister or find out more about the program, contact Program Manager & Business Specialist, Dayna Ebersole at debersole@kcr.org or call 360-473-2141.

Current Class Schedule


Eligibility - BE$T Program Fee Structure

The BE$T Program receives funding from multiple sources including Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) from Kitsap County and the City of Bremerton.  CDBG funding allows us to serve low-income residents of Bremerton and Kitsap County and provide reduced tuition rates for applicants meeting the HUD Median Family Income levels listed below.



Reduced Class Fee $60*

Household income less


Reduced Class Fee $125*

Household income with less than: 

















Full Class Fee of $249

Applicable for households exceeding these HUD income thresholds

*Payment plans may be arranged.  Please contact Dayna Ebersole at (360) 473-2141.)


Self Employment Assistance Program (SEAP)

BE$T of Kitsap Community Resources is a Washington State approved Self Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) provider.  It is a unique opportunity that allows individuals to enter into self-employment entrepreneurial training and receive business counseling while they collect unemployment benefits.  To be eligible for the Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) you must:

  • Qualify for regular unemployment benefits
  • Enroll in a training program that is approved by the Employment Security Department’s Commissioner
  • Be identified as likely to run out of benefits or be eligible for Commissioner Approved Training (CAT)
  • Be willing to work toward building a business

See SEAP application here: SEAP Application        

Training Program:

BE$T Program consists of four phases, all designed to build on prior knowledge, experience and classes to help you launch and expand your business.

Phase 1 

A free 2.5 hour “Get Ready for Business Workshop and Orientation,” that will

enable you to generate a snapshot of your business idea.  It is the entry point into the eight-week class.

Phase 2

A twenty-hour professionally taught training class, over eight-weeks designed to introduce you to the basics of understanding how to start, launch and manage your business.  This class meets once a week for 2.5 hours for eight weeks.

Phase 3

A three-month support group that provides the opportunity to complete and

refine the feasibility plan, utilizing....

  • life skills coaching
  • business counseling and mentorship
  • access to the legal advice and assistance, and
  • business launching guidance

Phase 3 is the entry point into Phase 4:  The Advanced Support Group detailed below.

Phase 4

The Advanced Support Group meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each

month.  This phase is for those entrepreneurs who are ready and capable of expanding their business and have completed the first three program phases.  Financial reviews and introductions to non-profit micro-loan organizations are available to those who are ready. 


Contact information

If you are interested in more information, starting a new business or desire to expand your existing business, please contact Program Manager & Business Specialist,

Dayna Ebersole at debersole@kcr.org or call 360-473-2141.  



To pre-register for the next, “Get Ready For Business Workshop and Orientation” please contact Program Manager & Business Specialist, Dayna Ebersole at debersole@kcr.org or call 360-473-2141.


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Employment and Training Main Office
845 8th St.
Bremerton, WA 98337

South Kitsap Family Service Center
3200 SE Rainshadow Ct.
Port Orchard, WA 98366
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Kitsap Community Resources 845 8th Street Bremerton, WA 98337 360.478.2301 360.415.2706 fax