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Start your Business

Not sure where to start? We'll help you with the basics.

Do your Homework

Gathering data and researching ideas is an important first step when creating a plan for your startup business.

Make a Plan

A business plan is an essential strategic tool for startups and entrepreneurs. Creating a business plan helps entrepreneurs establish specific steps needed to make their business ideas succeed.

Get Licensed

Determining what licenses or permits you might need and where and how to get them can be a confusing process.  Accessing the road map and regulatory guidance is available through the State of Washington.

Apply for a State Business License

Opening a business? Making changes to an existing business? You'll probably need to file a Business License Application.

Washington State Business Licensing Service

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Business Plan Development

SBDC provides steps on how to start a business.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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Exports

The WSBDC export readiness center has offices in Seattle and Spokane with two International Trade specialists who cover the state of Washington. Our Trade Specialists are international trade experts, Certified Global Business Professionals and have decades of international experience to assist owners and managers with in-depth, confidential and no-cost assistance. We have worked with hundreds of businesses to help them successfully prepare and export their products and services.

Washington State Small Business Center

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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

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Growth

SBDC advisors have been helping Washington businesses achieve their full potentional since 1980. Request an advising appointment to learn more about how SBDC advisors can help you take your business to the next level or assist you with a business issue. Our Certified Business Advisors and Trade Specialists assist owners and managers with in-depth confidential and no-cost assistance designed to address every aspect of your business management and operation.

Washington State Small Business Center

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Individual Business Counseling

SBDC advisors have been helping Washington businesses achieve their full potentional since 1980. Request an advising appointment to learn more about how SBDC advisors can help you take your business to the next level or assist you with a business issue. Our Certified Business Advisors and Trade Specialists assist owners and managers with in-depth confidential and no-cost assistance designed to address every aspect of your business management and operation.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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Mentoring Online

A business mentor can have a positive impact on startups. A mentor’s experience and connections can provide valuable insight and support for the entrepreneur developing and launching a new business.

WVC Center for Entrepreneurship

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Regulatory Handbook

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

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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

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Small Business Guide

This free guide provides links to valuable resources, and outlines the steps for starting and operating a business in the state of Washington (available in six languages).

Washington State Small Business Guidance

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StartUp Washington: Work Spaces Map

Explore StartUp Washington's interactive map showing coworking spaces, maker spaces, incubators, accerators, and commercial kitch incubators in Washington state.

StartUp Washington

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Starting a Business

Thinking of opening your own business? This portal will help you begin or complete the process. You will find links to a start-up guide, training and ther resources at 'Not Sure Where To Start' and resource links in "Market Research." Our advising services include business and financial plan completion.

Washington State Small Business Center

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StartUp NCW

Through the Washington State Department of Commerce’s StartUp 365 Washington initiative, StartUp NCW offers entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses a suite of consulting, mentoring, and educational programs and services designed to jump start and grow local businesses.

Contact

Wenatchee Valley College Center for Entrepreneurship

Wenatchee Valley College

1300 Fifth St.

Wenatchee, WA 98801

(509) 682-6915

cfore@wvc.edu

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