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Starting a Business in Seattle

When it comes to new business development, entrepreneurship is alive and well in Seattle with new businesses starting-up every day. As businesses start-up, their owners face challenges that include: navigating the city permitting process, securing financing, deciding how and where to expand, and addressing issues related to attracting and retaining quality employees. OED helps potential business owners' access local resources to get their businesses off the ground.

Guides to Starting a Business

The Office of Economic Development has created a comprehensive, ten-step guide to starting your own business in Seattle. The guide covers topics like obtaining a business license, financing your business, navigating the permit process, and more.

The Washington State Department of Commerce's (DOC) Small Business Resource page provides business owners and entrepreneurs with instantly accessible information on federal, state, and local agencies, business associations, economic development centers, government contracts, and Innovation Partnership Zones. Visit DOC's ChooseWashington Small Business Resource page.

The Small Business Administration's Washington office releases an annual Small Business Resource Guide. The guide includes step-by-step information on accessing SBA programs and services, business licensing, state and local government regulations, technical assistance, loan options, and selecting a business plan and legal structure.