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.