Start Up Resources

Getting off to a good start is important to the success of any business.

Helpful Documents
Statewide Resource Links

Start-up Counseling and Training

Statewide

Other Training Links WSBDC page contains training resources sorted by area and searchable by topic.

SCORE offers free and confidential small business advice to help you build your business—from idea to start-up to success. Local offices in Seattle, Vancouver, Bellingham and Spokane

Western Washington

Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship CIE in Seattle has “first step” entrepreneurship training, one-on-one consulting and other support, empowering people in low-wealth and underserved communities to start and grow profitable small businesses

Highline Community College Start Zone in Des Moines

  • Business Plan
  • Cash Flow
  • Business Management & More
  • Also provides business counseling and feasibility assessments

Ventures in Seattle

  • 4 hour No Cost Get Ready for Business Workshop
  • Option to apply to 8 week Business Development Training – sliding scale fee

Business Impact NW in Seattle offers business counseling, training and alternate lending

Thurston EDC Center For Business and Innovation in Lacey is a one stop shop that includes:

Eastern Washington

SNAP Spokane (See ‘I want to start or expand a business’) Small Business Development provides microenterprise business training & counseling to low-moderate income individuals starting or expanding a business. Sponsors a Women’s Business Center

Startup Spokane Sponsored by Greater Spokane Incorporated has a mentorship program, resources and area business start-up news

SEWEDA Southeast Washington Economic Development Association covers Asotin, Columbia, Garfield and Whitman County

License, Registration & Taxes for Starting a Business

The licensing and permitting issues facing new businesses can seem overwhelming. Licensing requirements differ by city, county and business type, but all new businesses need to obtain a Washington state business license and a Unified Business Identification Number (UBI). You can get the Master Business Application forms from the Department of Licensing in Olympia online or by calling 360-664-1400.

In addition, certain business activities require special registration or agency authorization such as selling liquor, cigarettes, and lottery tickets.

Business owners are encouraged to seek professional legal, tax, and/or accounting advice as appropriate for more detailed explanations.

The ORIA Small Business Guide – START your business

New Business Tax Workshop – by Washington Department of Revenue at various locations. This is also offered online.

Employer’s Introduction to L & I – a must for new employers at various locations

IRS Small Business Taxes: The Virtual Workshop – Nine Lessons regarding your federal taxes and your new business

IRS Resources For Small Business Owners – Portal to links for Tax Calendars, Educational Products, Starting a Business: Selecting a Business Structure, EIN, Recordkeeping, etc.

License and Tax Resource Page – Links to more information

Starting a Business Guides

Seattle SBA Resource Guide – SBA programs and services, business licensing, state and local government regulations, steps in preparing a business plan and selecting a legal structure for your business and loan information.

The Small Business Guide – Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation & Assistance, WA. Topics include planning, starting, payroll, expanding into WA State, running, growing and closing a business available in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese.

SBA Starting a Business – An overview for topics pertaining to starting and managing a business. Topics include what it takes to start, outline of a business plan, choosing business structure and other legal issues, financing and taxes.

Financing

Funding Your Business

SBA District Office – offers loan briefings in Seattle, Spokane and virtually

SBA Lenders List

Other Resources

StartUp Washington by Washington State Department of Commerce has programs, events and resources to promote entrepreneurship