The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of more than 30 expert business advisors working in communities across the state to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business.
SBDC advisors provide one-on-one, confidential, no-cost advising on all phases of small business development and are often co-located with economic development specialists in community colleges, economic development agencies or government agencies. Other services of the Washington SBDC include no-cost or low-cost workshops on a variety of business topics and customized market research services.
The Washington SBDC, a member of the national America’s SBDC program, is governed by a cooperative agreement between Washington State University, which is the statewide host of the program, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Helping Washington businesses grow and succeed through advising, education and research.
To be Washington’s world-class business advising service.
Innovation – We educate and empower businesses to develop creative solutions, data driven decisions and best practices.
Integrity – We embrace responsible stewardship of public resources and serve the best interest of Washington businesses.
Collaboration – We cultivate partnerships to ensure entrepreneurs have the resources and tools to thrive.
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The SBDC has an Advisory Committee to represent and articulate the needs, concerns and wishes of the stakeholders and to provide small to medium businesses perspective for the organization. The board is typically made up of at least 50% business owners with additional members from business organizations, funding partners and legislators.