Resources To Help Grow Your Business
Whether you are an established business owner or just starting out, these resources can help you learn and grow your business.
Impact Washington for Manufacturers
- Lean Training
- Business Valuation Tools
- Supply Chain, Strategy, Growth, Export and Transition Planning and Consulting
- Food Processing and FSMA Compliance
- Manufacturing Technology Integration
Resources for existing Businesses
- Aberdeen Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Located at Grays Harbor College, the SBDC provides free, one-on-one, confidential, businesses consulting to existing and start-up businesses.
- Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms – Funding for up to $75,000 in matching grants for U.S. businesses that have been hurt by imports. Grants can be used on a variety of projects that help improve a firm’s business.
- Make it in Washington – Free one-on-one consulting for manufacturers that provide guidance on improving operational efficiencies; accessing new sources of growth/ development capital; navigating the risks associated with pursuing new customers, markets, and products; and solving technological challenges.
- Economic Gardening – Economic Gardening connects CEOs and company executives with a strategic research team that provides information and analysis on five key areas: core strategy, market dynamics, qualified sales leads, innovation, and temperament. “Economic Gardening gives companies access to sophisticated corporate-level tools they can’t afford or may not know about,” says Chris Gibbons, the founder of Economic Gardening. “It gives them strategic information to solve problems and identify new opportunities.”
Starting a Business
- Starting and Managing a Business – A collection of videos, articles, and tools – including a business-plan writing tool – for starting and managing a business.
- E-Book: Washing ton State Business Playbook – A great resource for planning and opening your business.
Human Resources and L&I
- Human Resources – Articles on HR compliance.
- The Complete Guide to Human Resources for Small Business
- Washington Small Business L&I – Resources for Washington L&I including small business FAQs, workshops on L&I and no -cost, confidential L&I consultation.
Legal and Compliance
- Nolo legal resources for small business – A reference guide for legal matters including business formation, contracts, litigation and much more. This is a guide and should not be a substitute for professional legal advice.
- Washington State Small Business Guide (PDF version also available) – Guide to starting, expanding, or closing a business in Washington State including tax obligation, payroll requirements, and other obligations and resources.
- Business Liaisons – Quick contacts for Washington State Agencies.
- State permitting services – Services including simple project questionnaire, permitting guides, and call center for state permitting questions.
- Business liaisons – Quick contacts for Washington State Agencies.
- Grays Harbor County Permitting – Permitting for County and Satsop Development Park
- City level permitting for Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Montesano, Elma, McCleary, Westport, Ocean Shores and Oakville.
Financing a Business
- E-Book: Startup Wisdom: 27 Strategies for Raising Business Capital
- Local Community Banks and Credit Unions
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans
- Washington State Collateral Support Program - The Collateral Support Program (CSP) can help small businesses secure SBA 504 financing with their lenders when collateral support is a concern.
- Community Development Organizations – Community development organizations can provide funding in specific cases. List of local organizations below:
- Craft 3
- Enterprise for equity
- Community Capital Development - Offers SBA Microloans of $2,500 to $50,000, and non-SBA term loans ranging from $2,500 to $100,000. SBA guaranteed term loans can be up to $250,000.
- Business Consortium Fund, Inc. - The LGPP loan program enables eligible minority-owned firms to obtain financing when funds are not available through conventional channels on reasonable terms.
- Accion – National, non-profit micro and small business loan fund.
- Fund Local (crowd funding tool) - Using an online lending platform co -sponsored by the Washington State Department of Commerce, and Community Sourced Capital, a business can raise money via shareholders, members of your community who want to invest in a 0% loan for your business. We highly recommend reading the Crowdfunding Guide if you are interested in using this funding source.
- Angel and Venture Capital Funding – Unique funding option for high-growth companies.
- Prepare My Business – Comprehensive guide for all types of emergencies.
- E-Book: When Trouble Strikes: A Crisis Planner for Businesses – Planner to help you identify possible crises affecting your business and help you either minimize their impact or avoid the crisis altogether. An essential planner for any small business.
- Disaster Assistance – List of federal disaster assistance programs. “Alternate Funding for Disaster Recovery” offers a more comprehensive guide to alternative funding sources.
- E-Book: Your Town: The 25 Immutable Rules of Successful Tourism – Simple strategies for developing local tourism.