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
Agency: Business Impact NW
Phone: 206-324-4330
Supporting the continuing growth of local small businesses through micro-enterprise. We are a sounding board, adviser, funding source, and access 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...

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.