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Business

Start Your Business


Write a Business Plan & Start a Business


Financial & Legal Resources


Find Customers

  • Gale Business: DemographicsNow - Find detailed demographic and consumer expenditure information to help you evaluate the suitability of a region's market for your future business.
  • ReferenceUSA - Job search, business research, and marketing database including more than 25 million business profiles & 267 million U.S. residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
  • Small Business Reference Center - Explore the Business Areas category to learn about "Marketing & Public Relations" topics.
  • Lynda.com - Use a keyword search to learn about areas such as "finding customers" and "social media marketing," or browse related Business Topics.

Identify Competitors

  • ReferenceUSA - Job search, business research, and marketing database including more than 25 million business profiles & 267 million U.S. residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
  • Gale Business: DemographicsNow - A second tool to identify similar businesses around your intended market with the "Businesses/People" tab.

Industry Information



Additional Resources

  • Business Impact Northwest - A nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) dedicated to serving under-banked entrepreneurs by providing access to capital and comprehensive business technical assistance.
  • Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship - CIE provides underserved populations with entrepreneurs with training, advising, mentorship, networking, and peer support.
  • Department of Licensing - Learn how to start, operate, or grow a business, and how to obtain business licenses for various industries.
  • Department of Revenue - Washington state tax regulations and training information.
  • Doing Business in Snohomish County - Connect with small business support services and resources specific to Snohomish County.
  • Economic Alliance Snohomish County - The regional economic development agency for Snohomish County, which also provides services to small businesses.
  • GroWashington Help for start-up product-based businesses, including training and business consulting.
  • Island County Economic Development Council - The regional economic development agency for Island County hosts trainings, assists businesses with developing marketing plans, and more.
  • NW Innovation Resource Center - NWIRC works with entrepreneurs and inventors to provide them with one-on-one advising, mentorship, group training, networking opportunities and investor introductions. 
  • Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance - A valuable guide for information on how to plan, run, grow, and close a business in Washington State.
  • SCORE – Connect with an experienced business expert and get advice about starting and running a small business. Sign up for an appointment at a local library.
  • Small Business Administration – Federal agency that gives assistance to small businesses in the form of loans, contracts, and counseling.
  • Stats America - The Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business has developed a set of tools and reports to help understand economic development opportunities from federal, state, and some commercial/private source data.
  • South Whidbey Incubator Kitchen – The Incubator Kitchen is available to rent to commercial users that already have a food business or that are ready to start a new food business and need an approved commercial kitchen space to make their product.
  • TheLab@everett - Creative space for inventors and entrepreneurs to incubate and grow their business ideas, network, and attend workshops and entrepreneurial education programs.
  • Washington Business Licensing Service - Licensing requirements for starting and running a business in Washington State.
  • Washington BusinessHub - Your one-stop resource for starting and operating a business in Washington State
  • Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center - Connect with a counselor to get help getting government contracts from local to federal agencies.
  • Washington Small Business Development Center - Small business owners receive confidential, objective business advice at no cost.