StartZone Northwest Staff

Kerrie Carbary SquareKerrie Carbary

Business Advisor, CIE |BGI MBA Sustainable Business (expected Winter 2013)| Passionate Community Builder

Kerrie is currently working toward an MBA in Sustainable Business at BGI with an industry concentration in Microfinance and Entrepreneurship.

She’s been a business owner several times over, including a paper arts and rubber stamping supply manufacturing company, a sustainable art supply store, a recycled sketchbook and journal production business, and a small press magazine and publishing business.

As a nonprofit program coordinator the past few years, she has exclusively assisted low-income individuals who are striving to maintain their independence and potential despite barriers such as poor health, disabilities, mental illness, and cultural marginalization.

Her specialties are bootstrapping and grassroots marketing, and bringing sustainability to businesses.

Julie Chan SquareJulie Chan

Business Advisor, CIE | Commercial Real Estate Professional | Economic Self-Sufficiency Advocate

In addition to providing training and business development instruction to emerging entrepreneurs in the startup and growth of a small business, Julie runs her own consulting business providing accounting and bookkeeping services to small and emerging companies, non-profit organizations and high net-worth individuals.

After more than 15-years in commercial real estate in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, Julie’s transition to helping individuals and small enterprises manage their finances aligns with her broader interests in developing economic self-sufficiency for all.

Julie has a B.A. in International Studies from Macalester College and an EMPA from University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs.

Mike Skinner SquareMike Skinner

Director, CIE | Corporate Finance Attorney | Microenterprise Activist

After twelve years as a corporate finance attorney in New York, Seattle and the Bay Area, Mike chose to dedicate his energy to the elimination of poverty and the development of individual economic self-sufficiency and strong local economies.

Selected Highlights

  • Mike spent a year in Central America where he volunteered with a microcredit organization serving Mayan women business owners in the Western Highlands of Guatemala and helped a group of low-income business women in Nicaragua form a self-help bank.
  • As a VISTA with the Diocese of Olympia, Mike helped develop the JumpStart Fund, a microloan program serving refugees and other newcomers in the Seattle area.
  • At JumpStart, he played a key role in the formation of the Washington State Microenterprise Association where he served two terms as the association’s board chair.
  • As Manager of Training and Education at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, Mike developed training workshops for the organization’s annual conferences and regional training institutes.
  • As program director at Washington Community Alliance for Self Help,Mike embraced the opportunity to continue his work at the local level.

Mike left CASH to design, develop and manage StartZone, an award-winning microenterprise development program of Highline Community College providing first-level training and technical assistance to low-income underserved communities in South King County.

Mike has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Washington and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.

Paula Ward SquarePaula Ward

Business Advisor, CIE | Founder, Parvenue | Entre-pioneer

After working for two years as a staff consultant at Price Waterhouse (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers), Paula left corporate life to establish a gift manufacturing company, Parvenue, with partner and designer, Heather Ramsay.

After a successful five-year run, Paula and Heather sold the company and in 2001, Paula joined the adjunct faculty at Seattle Central Community College as a business instructor.

She has also advised aspiring entrepreneurs, both informally and as a mentor with Washington CASH and with

Paula is a Board Member of Marles, Inc. dba Burgermaster restaurants and has a B.A. in Comparative Literature and an MBA, both from the University of Washington.