Client Resources

City of Seattle Business License
The City of Seattle's business license application and fee information can be found here.

Business Startup Tips from the City of Seattle
A pdf guide called "10 essential steps for starting a business in Seattle." This guide has many resources for getting started and would be useful for businesses outside of Seattle as well.

Seattle SBA Office
A good resource for information on financing your business and for workshops designed for small business owners.

Seattle SCORE
Valuable workshops and free counseling for small business owners.

WA State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises
Resources tailored to women and minority business owners. Includes online information and in-person workshops.

Inc. Startup Resources
A wide variety of resources for business owners who are starting up or growing their businesses. Includes marketing and branding resources and technology tips.

A network to help immigrants, minorities, women and people with disabilities in South King County start and run their businesses. Members are eligible for business classes, mentoring and tax filing assistance.

Washington State Dept of Commerce
Provides small businesses and non-profits in Washington state with resources and business planning materials for expansion in the US and abroad.

The Seattle Networking Guide
Lists groups and organizations that have been screened by SNG and found to offer worthwhile opportunities for professional and social networking, career advancement, learning, volunteering and corporate sponsorship.

TiE Seattle
TiE stands for Talent, Ideas and Enterprise. It is an open and inclusive organization that has more than 58 chapters in 12 countries, including a robust network in Seattle. TiE seeks to cultivate and nurture the ecosystem of entrepreneurship and free-market economies everywhere, as it sees this to be the single most powerful instrument of prosperity.

Professional Women of Color Network
PWOCN facilitates and provides: business opportunities, reciprocal networking opportunities, an exchange of information pertinent to women of color and resources & referrals for personal & professional success.

Washington State Microenterprise Association
Microenterprise Development Organizations provide entrepreneurial training, technical assistance and access to capital. They help create new business, generate jobs and advance self-sufficiency.

UW Professional & Continuing Education
Serves professionals seeking career change, career advancement or development of personal interests. Partners with academic units throughout the University of Washington to offer 125 certificate programs, 35 master’s degree programs, bachelor degree completion, courses, workshops and more – all spanning more than 75 fields.

Washington Access Fund
Promotes access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities in Washington state.

Seattle Housing Authority
Economic Opportunity Programs offered by Seattle Housing Authority for residents who want to find jobs and advance their careers.

Additional Resources for Technology Entrepreneurs

Economic Development Association
A government agency that aims to increase economic development by supporting innovation and job creation.

Washington Technology Industry Association
Washington Technology Industry Association is the largest state-wide association of technology companies and executives in the world. Joining WTIA connects you with technology business leaders from around the state in a meaningful and engaging way.

Additional Resources for Social Entrepreneurs and Non-Profits Resource

An organization that is dedicated to helping non-profits by strengthening their boards.

Outcome Indicators Project
Provides frameworks to help non-profits evaluate the effectiveness of programs. This site includes frameworks designed for 14 different program types.

The Center for WhatWorks
Toolkits to help non-profits evaluate the outcomes of their programs.

501 Commons
501 Commons is a first stop for nonprofit resources and referrals to local service providers. They provide a broad range of high-quality consulting services through one organization.

The Seattle Foundation
Seattle's largest community foundation distributes over $50 million to local nonprofits each year. Donors with an established fund can meet and exchange ideas with other SF community supporters.