A great place to start a business.
Commerce has created a special gateway website for startups and entrepreneurs that is filled with resources and information related to funding, technical assistance, best practices, programs, grants and loans.
To help you find the right space for your ideas, we’ve created an interactive map that lists coworking spaces, maker spaces, incubators, accelerators and even a few commercial kitchen spaces that you can use to build your business, create products or design serves so the world can beat a path to your door.
The Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA) offers great information and resources for small business and permit projects. Staff members are available to answer any questions related to local and state government regulations. Our Small Business Guide is a helpful tool for all phases of business.
Washington BusinessHub offers great one-stop shop that includes nearly everything you need, from how to choose a business structure to licensing requirements. Washington State is definitely open for business, and this portal will give you a jump start on getting your business up and running quickly. You may also want to look through their handy Business Roadmap, which is an easy to follow introduction to doing business in Washington State.
If the business structure you’ve chosen is a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership, you will need to register that company with the Office of the Secretary of State first, or have your attorney do it for you.
Registration with the Office of the Secretary of State is simple, just be sure to properly plan by using the Washington State Small Business Guide.