Starting a Business

Starting a business can be daunting. But luckily, we've been there. 

Let's start with the basics.

Roadmap for Starting a Business in WA:
  1. Research and make a plan
  2. Register your business with the Secretary of State (SOS)
  3. License your business with the Department of Revenue (DOR)
  4. Report your new employees to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
  5. Apply for a Reseller Permit with the Department of Revenue (DOR)
  6. Register as a contractor with Department of Labor & Industries (L&I)
  7. Contact your local health department for food handling requirements
  8. Check with your City and/or County for their requirements

Resource Centers & Industry-Specific Support

Video Resources 

Start a Business
Small Business Tax Workshop
Crafting a Great Pitch
Grow Your Business
From Idea to Product
The Great Resignation
Must-Knows of Wages & Hours
Using Census Data for Business


Securing Capital
The Growth Mindset
Money to Start/Grow a Business
Crime & Fraud Prevention
Taxes: Who Needs to File?
Small Business Resiliency
Working Backwards: The Customer
Create an Engaging Website

Written Guides

How to Write a Business Plan
Sample Business Plans
Meeting Startup Investors
Simple Marketing Strategies
Loan Programs for Businesses
Launch & Expand
Managing Payroll 101
WA Small Business Liason Team

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