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The Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness is staffed by business experts who have worked in the private sector. They understand the pressures businesses are under and the challenges they face every day. Best of all, they are here to help your business grow and expand and in the process, create jobs and economic vitality for the state.

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Looking for a place to site your business or a new facility? We can help you with permitting and regulations, utilities, tax breaks, logistics, Foreign Trade Zone access and location in one of our Innovation Partnership Zones, aligned with key sectors, industries and areas of innovation.

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Washington State welcomes investment in our businesses and economy. If you are a domestic or foreign investor, we'd love to speak with you about the many investment opportunities available throughout the state. We have a lot to offer you as an investor, including the EB-5 program, FDI Network and overseas offices.

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The OEDC team has a vested interest in the success of your business. Our team serves as your concierge, working with you to help your business grow and expand, whether it's providing market research, making introductions, helping you get financing or orchestrating state resources.

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A skilled workforce is an essential part of any business' strategy for success. We work with businesses and state educational institutions to align classroom and technical training with the needs of companies, building a workforce of the future in the process.

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The OEDC team has a vested interest in the success of your business. Our team serves as your concierge, working with you to help your business grow and expand, whether it's providing market research, making introductions, helping you get financing or orchestrating state resources.

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Our small business export assistance professionals can guide you through the entire export process, perform market research, expose your company to new markets, put you in contact with key decision makers overseas and minimize your risk and exposure.

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If you're just starting out building your business, some of the services of the OEDC team may be a little farther down the road for your firm. Here are some things you need to know near term about opening and running a business in Washington State, including licensing, taxes, permitting and business structure.

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