Strong-Bridge Consulting News

November 25, 2014
Tukwila Cold to Cozy Coat Drive

Did you know that 95% of students in the Tukwila School District qualify for free or reduced lunch and 10% are considered homeless as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act?  Please help the City of Tukwila and Tukwila Children’s Foundation make a difference by participating in the Cold to Cozy Coat Drive sponsored by Strong-Bridge Consulting. 

The goal is to collect as many coats as possible for students ages 5 to 18 within the Tukwila School District who are identified as in need.  With generous discounts (from JC Penny and Walmart) and Strong-Bridge Consulting donations we are guaranteed to serve at least 250 students but there are hundreds more in need.


In addition to Cold to Cozy the Tukwila Children’s Foundation, in partnership with the City of Tukwila, orchestrates several holiday giving events to support families in need.  To participate, please drop off new coats (or household items, toys, and students clothing) to the Tukwila Community Center by Thursday, December 4th 12424 42nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98168

All coats collected will be passed out to qualifying students during the Cold to Cozy Event:

  • Date: Friday December 5th
  • Time: 4 to 6:30 pm
  • Location: Showalter Middle School;  4628 South 144th St, Tukwila, WA 98168
September 09, 2014
Strong-Bridge is proud to once again be a Gold Sponsor of the Many Lights Foundation

Strong-Bridge Consulting joins Washington’s 17th Attorney General, Rob McKenna in support of Hope Lights, a multigenerational community designed to provide children in kinship and foster care with permanent homes

Seattle, WA (PRWeb) September 9, 2014 -- Strong-Bridge LLC announced that it has signed up as a Gold Sponsor again this year for the Many Lights Annual Benefit.

Proceeds from the Many Lights Annual Benefit further the development of Hope Lights, a multigenerational community where children in foster care, find permanent loving homes with adoptive parents, and kinship families, and elders find a supportive place to call home.

Hear inspirational stories about the value of Hope Lights. Guest speaker Rob McKenna, Washington's 17th Attorney General, will make the case for a multigenerational community such as Hope Lights. With over 15 years’ experience working in the public sector, his perspective is unique and helps define the value of a neighborhood like this — not just for the kids, families, and elders who live at Hope Lights but for our state and local communities as well.

Many Lights Annual Benefit

Sunday, September 28 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA

To reserve a seat visit:  Many Lights Annual Benefit (

In Washington State, there are over 60,000 children who lack the stability, comfort, and love that a family provides. These children do not live with either birth parent and are bounced from home to home. Some have been swept into foster care while others live with relative caregivers outside of the state run system.

Over 2,800 children are eligible for or are waiting to be adopted. Only about four in ten of these kids will be adopted. The rest will age out of the system at age 18 and, many times, are ill equipped to heal from their childhood pain or handle the challenges they will face as adults.

Hope Lights Community is an innovative solution that will help more kids find forever families.  It is a solution that enables multiple adoptions within one household, helps keep sibling groups together, and provides long lasting connections for all within a community of supportive parents and elders. Though the true focus is kids — parents will have help and guidance, elders will find purpose and meaning, and future generations will experience greater opportunity — everyone in the community benefits.

About Many Lights

Many Lights mission is to heal the pain of abuse and neglect in children by providing children in kinship and foster care with permanent homes in a multigenerational community. Many Lights vision is to see every child in our community nurtured in a loving home so they may become productive members of our society, thus many lights shining in the world. Hope Lights Community is how the mission and vision will be realized. A well-designed and carefully planned multigenerational community benefits all residents and our local community. It makes sense and is based on a successful model that has already proven to be effective. Hope Meadows, our inspiration and model for success, has a success rate with over 90% of children being adopted or reunited with their parents.

September 03, 2014
Strong-Bridge Consulting Named as One of Nation's Fastest Growing Companies Third Year in a Row

Strong-Bridge Consulting ranks # 2891 out of 5,000 of America’s fasting growing private companies for 2014.

Seattle, WA (PRWeb) September 3, 2014 -- Strong-Bridge LLC announced that it has made the Inc. 500/5000 list for 2014, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy--America's independent entrepreneurs.

Recognized for continued revenue and job growth, Strong-Bridge ranked # 2891 on the list of 5,000 fastest growing private companies spanning 25 industries. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

"What surprises me, even though I know it's coming, is the sheer variety of the paths our entrepreneurs take to success, thematically reflecting how our economy has evolved," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. "This year there are far more social media and far fewer computer hardware businesses than there were, say, six years ago. But what doesn't change is the fearsome creativity unleashed by American entrepreneurship."

Inc. has been publishing the list of America’s fastest growing private companies for 33 years and 2014 was one of the most competitive years in its history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 516%. The Inc. 5000's aggregate revenue is $211 billion, generating 505,000 jobs over the past three years.

“We are honored to make the Inc. 5000 list again this year, states Ken Simpson, Partner and Co-Founder of Strong-Bridge Consulting. “It is a testament that doing what’s right for your employees and client pays off. Client loyalty earned by our employees is what enables us to make the list year after year, and for that I thank each and every Strong-Bridge Consulting employee”. 


The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. The 2014 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2010. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2013.

August 02, 2014
Strong-Bridge is a proud sponsor of Will Ferrell live at Meany Hall to help kids battling cancer get college scholarships.

Strong-Bridge Consulting joins Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Redfin as an official sponsor of Cancer for College (CFC)

Seattle, WA (PRWeb) September 8, 2014 -- Strong-Bridge LLC announced that it has joined forces with Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Redfin as an official sponsor of Cancer for College (CFC). 

Will Ferrell will share behind the scenes stories from throughout his career while sharing the stage with his good friend Craig Pollard, founder of Cancer for College. It will be an evening of inspiration, laughter and good times for the whole family.

Actor and Comedian “Will Ferrell… and some other people” 
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:30pm
University of Washington, Meany Hall, Seattle, Washington 

Purchase tickets to see Will Ferrell live: 

Cancer for College (CFC) was founded in 1994 by Craig Pollard, a two-time cancer survivor, to raise scholarship dollars to assist cancer survivors in reaching their goal of a college education. Craig fought back from Hodgkin's disease when he was just 15. He won his second battle at age 19, after a bone marrow transplant at the City of Hope Medical Center and vowed to make a difference. Last year, Cancer for College staged five fundraising events and awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees.

"Knowing that I would ultimately return to college after my bone marrow transplant gave me the strength to keep fighting. It gave me a reason to live," said Pollard. To help provide others with this inspiration, he created Cancer for College.

Sponsors include:
Strong-Bridge Consulting • Seattle Children's Hospital • University of Washington Medicine • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance • Redfin

July 16, 2014
Strong-Bridge Gets Behind The Alaska Academic Decathlon

Strong-Bridge is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Alaska Academic Decathlon (AAD) fundraising event. The AAD is an annual High School competition where students from across Alaska compete as individuals and a team in various subjects.  Competition is open to all and teams consist of students from all grade levels and spans several test areas including math, science, economics, literature, and impromptu speeches. The event culminates with a “Super Quiz” team relay before a live audience. Top performers earn college scholarships and a chance to compete on a national level.  The AAD program is aligned with Strong-Bridge’s social responsibility strategy revolving around family and child well-being. 

April 08, 2014
Strong-Bridge Consulting Supports Washington Middle School Career Day

Ken Simpson, co-founder of Strong-Bridge Consulting, participated in Washington Middle School’s career day.  Washington Middle School is a highly diverse Seattle School District institution with over 1,000 students.  Discussions with 8th grade students focused on explaining what management consultants do on a daily basis, the type of education required within the industry, and the types of specialties that exist.  Content was tailored to the students’ ages and was followed by an open question and answer period.  This event is part of Strong-Bridge's on-going, broader mission of contributing to the local community.

March 19, 2014
Strong-Bridge Consulting Makes Inc. Magazine’s The Build 100 List

Seattle, WA (PRWeb) March 19, 2014 -- Inc. Magazine announced that Strong-Bridge Consulting is a member of The Build 100, the only full service consulting firm to make the list.

Members of The Build 100 are an elite group of companies that experienced sustained growth while adding head count for five consecutive years, from 2007 to 2012 – a period during which the country experienced one of the worst economic recessions in history. “It's a remarkably difficult standard to meet” said Inc. Executive Editor Scott Leibs: “Fewer than 1.5 percent of companies made the cut.”

To better understand why so few companies manage to grow consistently, Inc. economist-in-residence and consultant Gary Kunkle launched a research study of more than 100,000 U.S.-based midsize businesses (those with 85 to 999 employees).  “72 percent of all new U.S. jobs are created by 1 percent of companies,” says Gary Kunkle. “The Build 100 represents that top 1 percent of that 1 percent. They should be celebrated, but they must also be studied so that we can better understand — and replicate — the decisions, priorities, investments, and strategies that helped them grow.”

In comparing the Build 100's long-term performance with that of a larger universe of similar-size companies, the only statistically significant predictor of a company's future success is steady growth. "It's akin to Aesop's tortoise and hare story," Kunkle says. "Slow and steady wins the race. Incremental advancement, repeated over time, achieves greater results. That said, Build 100 companies grew, on average, 35 percent annually during the five years studied."

“It is an honor to be among the Build 100 companies, states Ken Simpson, Strong-Bridge Co-Founder, Co-CEO.  “The study identified companies who know how to create a vision, inspire their employees, innovate effectively, and maintain very close ties to their customers.  We have never wavered on doing what’s right for our employees and our clients and it’s nice to see that resulting in our membership in The Build 100.”

View The Build 100 List at


The Build 100 is not ranked. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by December 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, for profit, and independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. The minimum number of employees for 2013 is 85; the minimum 2012 revenue was $8.5 million. All Build 100 companies must also agree to participate in a year-long research initiative studying the drivers of sustained growth. Companies on The Build 100 will be featured in the March 2014 issue on the affiliate website

About The Build Network

Founded in 2011 by two longtime editors of Inc., The Build Network is a management enterprise within Inc. that studies and serves sustained-growth companies with a special quarterly print section, a dynamic web site, live events, research endeavors, and The Build 100 index of sustained-growth firms. For more information, visit

March 08, 2014
Strong-Bridge supports Women of Courage

On March 8, Strong Bridge attended the annual “Women of Courage” Gala in support of the University of Washington Women’s Center. The mission of the women’s center is to promote and advocate for gender equity and social justice through educational programs and services, which allow all individuals to nurture an equitable, inclusive and compassionate society. The event honored several local Seattle women as “Women of Courage” for their work leading programs that create better lives for women and girls in need.  “Women of Courage” is well aligned with Strong-Bridge’s social responsibility strategy revolving around family and child well-being.”

March 08, 2014
Strong-Bridge Grants Wishes

Strong-Bridge had the pleasure of sponsoring a table for Make-A-Wish® Alaska & Washington Gala and Auction that generated over $1.3 million. Make-A-Wish® grants wishes for children in our community with life-threatening medical conditions by impactful and life-affirming experiences for the children and families served.

It is estimated that approximately 500 children are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness annually throughout Washington and Alaska. Last year, the local Make-A-Wish® chapter granted 300 wishes to children in our community. The vision is to provide a wish experience to every eligible child throughout the chapter’s territory.

March 03, 2014
Sonia Grebe Speaks at University of Washington Business School

Sonia Grebe, Chief of Staff for Strong-Bridge Consulting, spoke at an undergraduate University of Washington business school class focused on Retail Operations and Supply Chain Management.  The hour session was interactive with a short presentation and active participation by the students.   The discussion was focused on typical roles in retail operations and supply chain, with a focus on how the supply chain and retail operations differ based on having product development organization vs. a buying organization.   Based on the students’ interest, topics delved into many aspects of the retail – typical career paths, supply chain, vendor management, procurement, retail store careers vs. corporate careers, customer service philosophy, and working as a consultant and how to win work.   This event is part of Strong-Bridge's broader mission of contributing to the local community. 

What did the students have to say?

"I loved the product development chart and buying organization chart. It was cool to see all the operations divisions and to see how they are connected."

"Her main point about working in the industry and its importance when you’re advising and implementing change opened my eyes. It makes sense that you would have resistance to someone who doesn’t have experience. This will help me understand as I move into a position where I am implementing ideas and asking other to follow me."

"The example that I might apply to my future business is that I have to know exactly who are my customers. As she mentioned, although many retailers get products from the same brand, products they choose can be different based on customer knowledge."

February 13, 2014
Strong-Bridge Leader Speaks at University of Washington

Co-Founder of Strong-Bridge Consulting, Ken Simpson, today attended an undergraduate University of Washington business school class focused on business consulting.  The session assumed a question and answer format over the course of about an hour and a half.  Topics delved into many aspects of the management consulting industry including: how to execute a consulting engagement; hot trends and skill sets in the marketplace; hiring practices of consulting firms; managing difficult client situations; and large versus small firm experiences.  Students were encouraged to reach out individually with future questions.  This event is part of Strong-Bridge's broader mission of contributing to the local community.