Directory of Business Resources

Nonprofit organizations

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Business Impact NW

Business Impact NW empowers a talented and diverse community of entrepreneurs, supporting the continuing growth of local small businesses through micro-enterprise. We are at once your sounding board, advisers, and cheering section, your funding source and your access to resources. Impact is a part of our name, and we are making one, every day.

Team Representative Contact Information
Name:  Roland Chaiton
Agency: Business Impact NW
Phone: 206-324-4330, ext. 111
• Supporting the continuing growth of local small businesses through micro-enterprise. We are a sounding board, adviser, funding source, and access to resources.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of more than 30 expert business advisors working in communities across the state to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business.

SBDC advisors provide one-on-one, confidential, no-cost advising on all phases of small business development and are often co-located with economic development specialists in community colleges, economic development agencies or government agencies. Other services of the Washington SBDC include no-cost or low-cost workshops on a variety of business topics and customized market research services.

The Washington SBDC, a member of the national America’s SBDC program, is governed by a cooperative agreement between Washington State University, which is the statewide host of the program, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Mission: Helping Washington businesses grow and succeed through advising, education and research.

Vision: To be Washington’s world-class business advising service.

Values: Innovation – We educate and empower businesses to develop creative solutions, data driven decisions and best practices. Integrity – We embrace responsible stewardship of public resources and serve the best interest of Washington businesses. Collaboration – We cultivate partnerships to ensure entrepreneurs have the resources and tools to thrive. Follow links to get information about:

The SBDC has an Advisory Committee to represent and articulate the needs, concerns and wishes of the stakeholders and to provide small to medium businesses perspective for the organization. The board is typically made up of at least 50% business owners with additional members from business organizations, funding partners and legislators.


Founded in 1995 Ventures is a Puget Sound area non-profit that has been building businesses and changes lives for close to twenty-five years. Providing access to business training, capital, coaching and hands-on learning opportunities the staff at Ventures has empowered entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential and providing the chance they need to transform their lives through small businesses ownership.

Team Representative Contact Information
Name:  Amy Hollander
Agency: Ventures
Phone: (206) 352-1945, ext 6611
• Business training, capital, coaching, and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs.


Workforce Development Councils

The Workforce Development Council is a nonprofit organization providing grant-funding and oversight for employment-related workforce development programs for youth, the adult workforce, and employers with the goal of building a strong economy and self-sufficiency for every resident.

State resources

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Small Business Liaison Team (SBLT)

We are Washington states' Small Business Liaison Team and we're taking action to make it easier to do business in Washington State - our vision is to make Washington the best place to do business. LEARN MORE...

Team Representative Contact Information


Name: Celia Nightingale, Andrea Muñoz, Andrew Bryan
Agency: Department of Labor & Industries
Phone: 360-902-4865 and 360-902-4730
Linea en Español: 360-902-6035
Correo Electronico:
Toll Free: 800-987-0145
Regulate Workers Compensation, employment standards & policies, workplace safety & health, and Contractor Registration.


Name: Kim Johnson
Agency: Department of Revenue - Business Licensing Service
Phone: 360-705-6615
Toll Free: 360-705-6741
One stop state and city business licensing service.

 Tom Wieland - Department of Revenue

Name: Tom Wieland
Agency: Department of Revenue
Phone: 360-705-6603
Toll Free: 360-705-6705
Tax account registration, state business excise taxes, reseller permits, and tax incentives/credits.
  Name: Rafael Colon
Agency: Employment Security
Phone: 360-878-4088
Regulate Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Medical Leave, Labor Market Information, and Work-Source program.
Agency: Secretary of State - Divisions of Coporations and Charities
Phone: 360-725-0377
Registration and Maintenance of:
Register Corporate Business Entities, Charitable Organizations, Trademarks, and Domestic Partnerships.
Name:  Nancy Rocha Aguilar
Agency: Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Phone: 360-725-5661
Improving the development of public policy and government services to the Hispanic Community.
Name: Ed Prince
Agency: Commission on African American Affairs
Phone: 360-725-5663
Improving the policies, programs, and services of the African American Community.
Name: Toshiko Hasegawa
Agency: Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
Phone: 206-377-9583
Improve the well-being, education, health, and economic development of the Asian Pacific Americans Community.
Name: Laura Raymond
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Phone: 206-256-6157
Provide licenses and permits for agricultural products, regulate food safety and compliance with WSDA & USDA.
Name: Lynn Longan
Agency: Department of Commerce
Phone: 360-490-1950
Improve economic development, housing, public safety, international trade, and funding for small businesses.
Name: Laurie Dumar
Agency: Department of Ecology
Email: ldum461@ECY.WA.GOV              
Phone: 360-480-0924
Provide environmental permitting and certifications, sustain health land, air & water, regulate waste and pollution.
  Name: Shana Barehand
Agency: Deparment of Enterprise Services
Phone: 360-902-7926
Doing business with the state, register to receive bid opportunities, provide contract services to state & local government.
Name: Regina Malveaux
Agency: Women's Commission
Phone: 360-902-0382
Address the problems and needs of women, such as discrimination, harassment, compensation and job opportunities and the specific needs of women of color.
Name: Peter Vernie
Agency: Department of Fish & Wildlife
Phone: 360-902-2302
Fishing and hunting permits, Hydraulic Project Approvals, enforce regulations to conserve and protect the wildlife.
  Name: Tami Thompson
Agency: Department of Health
Phone: 360-236-4028
Provide public health and safety education, vital records certificates, health care licensing, and enforcement.
Name: Katherine McDaniel
Agency: Department of Licensing
Phone: 360-664-1386
Issue vehicle & boat registration, driver license, and professional licenses such as Real Estate, Engineers, Notaries, and Cosmetology.
Name: Tami Miketa
Agency: Department of Natural Resources
Phone: 360-902-1415
Licensing and regulations related to public land, aquatics, forests, commercial development, geology and recreation.
  Name: Mitchell Dillard
Agency: Department of Social & Health Services
Phone: 360-664-5043
Regulate the New Hire Reporting Program, child support enforcement, and administer medical, housing, or food assistance.
  Name: Yolanda Brooks
Agency: Department of Transportation
Phone: 360-522-0856
Provide permits related to transportation and highways and regulate public transportation & motor carrier safety
Name: Shamekia Moultrie
Agency: Department of Veterans' Affairs
Phone: 360-791-1788
Provide beneifts, resources, and programs for veterans such as Veteran Owned Business Certification and Veterans Linked Deposit Program.
Name: Ariah Olsen                           
Agency: Emergency Management Division
Provide emergency response planning & coordination, disaster analysis, and prioritize the use of state resources.

Name: Beth Lehman and Mistie Jones
Agency: Liquor and Cannabis Board
Phone: 360-664-1792 and 360-664-1728
Regulate licensing and permitting services for Liquor, Cannabis, Tobacco, and Vapor Products.
Agency: Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises
Phone: 360-664-9750
Certification as a business owned by a minority, woman or disadvantaged individual for federal and state contracting, Linked Deposit Loan Program and Supplier Diversity
Name: Jeff Baughman
Agency: Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Phone: 360-725-7156
License & regulate Insurance Providers; provide consumer protection and educaiton.
Name: Lance Anderson
Agency: Washington State Lottery
Phone: 360-485-5809
Provide license for Lottery Retailers, enforcement of regulations, and assistance with sales, marketing, and accounting.
Agency: Human Rights Commission
Phone: 800-233-3247
Investigates discriminatory practices based on race, creed, color, national origin, and families with children.
Name: Manny Santiago
Agency: LGBTQ Commission
Phone: 360-902-7302
Website: Coming Soon!
Improve the LGBTQ community and ensure an effective means of advocating for equity in all aspects of state government.
Name: TBD
Agency: Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
Phone: 360-709-4600
Coordinate programs to educate, train, and grow the workforces; regulate licensing of private schools; career resources.
Name: Marie Cooper
Agency: Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Phone: 360-688-1548
Services: Washington Health Benefit Exchange operates WA Healthplanfinder, where individuals and families can get health insurance and access to state and federal subsidies to lower costs.

Federal resources

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The IRS is part of the Department of the Treasury and is the revenue collection service of the federal government. The IRS processes applications and issues Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number. Business entities in the United State are identified by EIN. This is a free service offered by the Internal Revenue Service and you can get your EIN immediately. You may apply for an EIN online.

Team Representative Contact Information
Name:  Seattle District Office
Agency: Small Business Administration
Email: NA                                                              
Phone: 206-946-3400
• Account inquiries (help with letters, notices and levies on your wages or bank account), Adjustments (changes to tax account information or payments), Alien clearances (Sailing Permits), Assistance with Affordable Care Act tax provision questions for individuals, Assistance with questions about tax law changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is available year-round.