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More Resources for Growing your Business
Connect with these entrepreneurship support organizations for information about growing your business beyond startup.
Chelan Douglas Trends seeks to improve local, public decision making by providing relevant data in an easily navigable website. The data are offered as neutral informaiton for all parties involved in public policy issues.
Eastern Washington University Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis
Data & Information
Growing the Economy
Small businesses require capital to grow. Unfortunately, many loan programs are designed to serve larger businesses. To close the funding gap, the Department of Commerce offers your growing business several loan programs that can help you purchase new equipment, renovate, expand or construct facilities, support early stage product development or repurpose properties that have been abandoned or underutilized due to environemental issues.
WA State Department of Commerce
Road Map for Opening A Business
This is a road map for opening a business in the state of Washington. There are eight steps in the road map but not all of them will apply to your business. We recommend you read through all steps in this road map before applying for your business license.
Washington State Small Business Guidance
Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects - big and small - have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.
Foreign Trade Zone
In a Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ), commercial merchandise, both domestic and foreign receives the same Customs treatment it would if it were outside the commerce of the United States. Merchandise of every description may be helf in the zone without being subject to tariffs and other ad valorem taxes. This tariff and tax relief is designed to lower the costs of US-based operations engaged in international trade and thereby foster global competitiveness.
Grant County Economic Development Council
The Regulatory Handbook contains information about local, state and federal permits, approvals, and licenses for Washington State. Although not a complete list, this list does provide in-depth information on most environmental permits.
State of Washington Governor's Office for Regulatory Innovation & Assistance
StartUp Washington: Mentor's Corner
The website Quora introduces mentors from all over the world to help entrepreneurs be successful. People from all walks of life can ask a question about any subject, which is then distributed to a vast network of people, from experts and authorities to regular folk with relevant knowledge. The answers are then archived and organized so they can be accessed by anyone else with the same question. Each week, this site will post some of those questions and link to some of the best answers. It's like having a mentor in a box.