Starting a Business

Starting a business in Washington State is one of life’s great adventures, building something from virtually nothing while making your idea a reality. To get you started on your journey, we’ve created a number of resources, programs and services to get you on your way.

Global Entrepreneurship Month

Each November, our partners across the state hold workshops, seminars and competitions to expose residents to the idea of owning and running their own business. It’s a great way to find out what it takes to run a business and glean new ideas.

SizeUp

SizeUp offers a sophisticated set of online diagnostic tools that will help you refine your business model, identify competitors, find suppliers, develop advertising strategies and more. You can run various scenarios, comparing your business to others in the area to see how your pricing, staffing, revenue projections and marketing strategies stack up, complete with local, regional, state and U.S. data comparisons. 

The Small Business Playbook

The Playbook was written by a Washington business owner for business owners and if filled with resources, links and the steps required to start a business in the state, all in an easy to read, football-themed format.

Work Spaces

An online, searchable map of work spaces, co-working spaces, maker spaces, incubators, accelerators and commercial kitchens where you can start your business.

Property & Site Search

Does your new business need its own physical space from the get-go? Find a new building, office or buildable land using our property search feature and then use the filters to narrow and refine your search.

Startup Wisdom: 27 Strategies for Raising Capital

Money makes the world go round and this free book has traditional and creative ways to secure financing, from crowdfunding to little known grant programs

Access to Capital

We’ve compiled a list of angel investors, venture capitalists and local investing organizations (LIONS) to help you find money to launch your new enterprise.

Entrepreneur Resources

We’ve scoured the Internet to find helpful articles, resources and how-tos on everything from mentorship and networking organizations to technical assistance.

Startup Centers

This section connects you to the many Startup Centers around the state that offer events, mentorship, training and more.

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