Useful Business Links

Washington State Business Licensing Service (Department of Revenue) “Starting a new business is an exciting and challenging undertaking. Find out what you can do first to help your business succeed.”

Small Business Administration (SBA) “Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions:

  • Access to Capital (Business Financing)
    SBA provides small businesses with an array of financing for small businesses from the smallest needs in micro-lending — to substantial debt and equity investment capital (venture capital).
  • Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training)
    SBA provides free individual face-to-face, and internet counseling for small businesses, and low-cost training to nascent entrepreneurs and established small businesses in over 1,800 locations throughout the United States and US territories.
  • Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)
    In keeping with the mandate of Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act, SBA’s Office of Government Contracting sets goals with other federal departments and agencies to reach the statutory goal of 23 percent in prime contract dollars to small businesses. This office also provides small businesses with subcontracting procurement opportunities, outreach programs, and training.
  • Advocacy (Voice for Small Business)
    Created in 1978, this Office reviews Congressional legislation and testifies on behalf of small business. It also assesses the impact of the regulatory burden on behalf of small businesses. Additionally, it conducts a vast array of research on American small businesses and the small business environment. The Chief Counsel of this office is appointed by the President of the United States.”

SCORE “SCORE Spokane volunteers are real-world professionals with time- tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses like yours succeed.”

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) The Eastern Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is part of the Washington State PTAC. PTAC assists businesses across a twelve county area in securing federal, state and local government contracts.

Comprehensive Guide to Starting a Business – There are a lot of bases to cover in order to start a profitable business that will last but there are also a lot of resources available to help you along each stage. This comprehensive guide will show you exactly what you need to do before, during, and after you start your new business and will lead you to the path of success.

The Small Business Resource Guide for Accounting, Finance and More – Whether you need to read up on how to create a business plan for your first venture or you need help getting a better grasp on the accounting and financial aspects of a new business, you’ll find a resource to help you and your business rise above the many different challenges ahead.

A Guide to Women in Business – Take control of your career as a woman entrepreneur using the online resources provided in the above link. Learn more, innovate more, and succeed more.