Start Up Resources

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

Helpful Documents
Statewide Resource Links

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  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.

Startup Kitsap in Poulsbo is a 6 month program that meets monthly. The format includes information, exercises, homework and feedback.

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:

Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP)

  • Community Development Block Grant Program at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce in partnership with City of Vancouver provides training and technical assistance to mid – low income business owners
  • 10-week course provides essential foundational business training for new, aspiring and early stage businesses within Vancouver city limits
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

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).

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.

Business.WA.Gov  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

SBA Small Business Resource Guide Washington 2018 – 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.

Funding Your Business

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

SBA Lenders List

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


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