A great place to start a business.

Washington State is consistently ranked as one of the best places to start a business. The state has more than 250,000 businesses registered, from one-person start-ups to some of the most familiar names in retailing, aircraft, software and outdoor recreation equipment. If you plan to be the next Amazon.com, Microsoft or Boeing, here are some resources to help you open your business and position it for success.

Startup Website

The Washington State Department of Commerce has designed a website specifically for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The site is filled with helpful resources, links, articles and information that will help you get your business off the ground and to keep it growing.

Work Spaces

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.

Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance

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.

Department of Revenue

The Washington State Department of Revenue is a one-stop shop for registering your business, researching business incentives, getting a business line, filing quarterly or annual tax filings, and managing your business account with the state.

Secretary of 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.

Washington BusinessHub

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.

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