Supporting Business in Seattle

Seattle's Office of Economic Development (OED) recognizes that small businesses are integral to the economic fabric of the city as an important source of jobs and vital contributors to Seattle's unique identity.

Our Small Business Development team has prioritized direct contact with individual businesses to learn about their priorities, needs, and challenges, and provides services that will help them grow and remain competitive. Typical business services include access to technical assistance resources (such as 1-on-1 business consulting), connections to alternative financing options, and help navigating government regulations and process.

10 Steps to Starting a Business

Earl's Cuts & Styles, Seattle

Are you considering starting a business? We've put together a simple guide to help you plan.

Financing & Financial Support

Pros Tires, Seattle

We connect entrepreneurs with non-traditional loans and financing options. Learn about resources that may be available to your business.

Rules & Regulations

Rainier Beach Veterinary Hospital, Seattle

Here you'll find information on complying with requirements related to registering your business, licensing, taxes, permits, and managing employees.

Resources & Support

Two Big Blondes Plus Size Consignment, Seattle

We help connect you with business consulting services, business organizations, problem solving support, and help navigating City government.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cappy's Boxing Gym, Seattle

This collection of questions and answers covers a variety of subjects related to doing business in Seattle.

Industry-Focused Resources


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