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The Business Services Division of the Washington State Department of Commerce 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.


Our international trade team can provide you with exporting assistance, arrange for you to be part of a trade mission delegation, power up your trade show presence at major shows around the world and access markets and decision makers that are very hard to reach without a government-level introduction.

Site Selection & Infrastructure

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.

Foreign & Direct Investment

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.

Growth & Expansion

The Choose Washington 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.

Workforce & Training

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.


Whether you need a temporary bridge loan, a long-term loan to fund construction of a new warehouse or distribution center, or are having a tough time finding financing for your small business, we can help. Our funding experts will work with you to identify opportunities and help you get the money you need to grow and expand your business or engage in international trade.

Starting a Business

If you’re just starting out building your business, the services of the Choose Washington 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.