May Business Growth MAP Alliance online meeting focuses on succession planning

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver’s May Business Growth MAP Alliance forum will feature management consultants John Anderson and Patrick Locke, who will discuss how to develop an effective succession plan for your business. 

The forum will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. May 20 via Zoom. The forum is open to all at no cost, but advance registration is required. Register online at and click the link under “Upcoming events.”

Speakers Anderson and Locke, management consultants with Be Cause Business Resources, teach succession planning for what they call a “smart exit.” They will provide insights into the steps business owners can take to develop and plan for their business with the end in mind. Anderson is president of the Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants and co-founder of Be Cause Business Resources, where Locke is a project manager.

The Business Growth MAP Alliance brings together small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn from each other, industry experts and WSU Vancouver faculty. 

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601,

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