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Veteran Owned Business

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Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
1437 S. Jackson Street, Suite 201, Seattle, WA
Counseling, Referrals and information

The Veteran Business Outreach Program is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business. The SBA has 22 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Bunker Labs

Bunker Labs was built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. The organization provides educational programming, mentors, events and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

Business Loan Programs - Small Business Guidance

The Small Business Guides provides helpful information, links to valuable resources, and outlines the steps for starting and operating a business in Washington state. The Small Business Guide is available in English, SpanishRussianKorean, Vietnamese, and Chinese.

The Business Guide includes sections that will help you plan, run, grow, or close a business in Washington State.


Federal Surplus | Department of Enterprise Services (

The Small Business Association has released proposed regulations to implement the Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2018 and is currently seeking public comment. Comments must be received by March 23, 2020. See the proposed rules for more information. See Frequently Asked Questions about the act. 

About the act

On April 16, 2018, the Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2018, (S.2679), was introduced to amend the Small Business Act directing the SBA to give access to and manage the distribution of U.S.- owned surplus property, pursuant to a memorandum of agreement between the SBA, the General Services Administration (GSA), and the head of the state agency for surplus properties, to small businesses owned and controlled by veterans.

SBDC, EDC, and SCORE offices
Starting a business in Washington State

This is a road map for opening a business in the state of Washington. There are eight steps in the road map but not all of them will apply to your business. We recommend you read through all steps in this road map before applying for your business license. You can download the Road Map as a PDF file if you prefer that format.

Here are the 8 steps:

  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; and
  8. Check with your City and/or County for their requirements.

Start here to see what's involved in each step

US Small Business Association (SBA)

The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations.

Veteran’s Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship
University of Washington Tacoma 1900 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA 98402
Counseling, Referrals and information

The Veteran’s Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) provides military veterans, and military spouses the education, resources, and supportive environment to use their natural inclinations and skills to innovate and create their own professional lanes through entrepreneurship. VIBE, taps into several Washington regional assets—motivated veterans, a supportive community, a university setting—with the goal of supporting students as they learn about entrepreneurship and turn their ideas into viable businesses.

VOSB & SDVOSB Verification

Get Verified to do Business with VA

Get verified through the Vets First Verification Program to participate in the Veterans First Contracting Program for VA set-asides and sole-source contracts for SDVOSBs and VOSBs.

Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
4220 6th AVE SE, Lacey, WA 98503

No cost, confidential, one-on-one technical assistance in all aspects of selling to federal, state, and local governments.

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Washington State’s Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises
1110 Capitol Way South, Suite 150 , PO Box 41160, Olympia, WA 98501

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises is charged with certifying small, minority and women-owned businesses to facilitate their participation in public contracting and procurement. This is accomplished through a comprehensive certification process and education. The outcome - successful small businesses led by minorities, women and veterans help make our economy and our families more resilient, strengthening our communities and improving the quality of life for all Washingtonians.


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GI Bill Comparison Tool

Learn about education programs and compare benefits by school.

VA Education and Training Benefits

VA education benefits help Veterans, service members, and their qualified family members with needs like paying college tuition, finding the right school or training program, and getting career counseling. Learn how to apply for and manage the education and training benefits you've earned.

Washington Career Bridge
Education, Employment assistance

Washington Career Bridge - Home to over 5,000 education programs, career exploration, data on wages, and more! 

Reach your career goals with Career Bridge

Career Bridge is Washington's one-stop source for career and education planning.

  1. Explore Careers--See how your talents align with a career by taking a quiz.
  2. View Job Trends--Next, discover if a career is growing and how much it pays.
  3. Find Education--Finally, search nearly 6,000 education programs to find locations and costs, whether students got jobs, what industries they went to work in, and how much they were paid.

With Career Bridge, you'll also discover:

  • Average earnings and employment outlook for each career.
  • Hot jobs for the future.
  • What you'll need to learn to get those jobs.
  • How to pay for your education.

Career Bridge is also home of the state's Eligible Training Provider (ETP) List.

This site was created by the state's Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, a partnership of business, labor, and government dedicated to helping Washington residents prepare for and land living-wage jobs, while meeting employers' needs for skilled workers.

Now find the education and training you need to get the job you want.

Washington Student Achievement Council
917 Lakeridge Way SW, Olympia, WA 98502

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) is a nine-member council supported by a cabinet-level state agency. By statute, the Council provides strategic planning, oversight, advocacy, and program administration to support increased student success and higher levels of educational attainment in Washington.


Washington's Community and Technical Colleges - Getting Veterans Back to Work

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges advocates, coordinates and directs Washington state’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges.

Women Veterans Resources

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550 SW 7th St. Suite B305, Located in the Puget Sound JATC Building , Renton, WA 98057

Here are five good reasons to start your career as an apprentice:

  • Earn a paycheck while you learn. Start at $20-30+/hr your first day! 
  • A secure future – Achieving such a high level of skill will lead to a higher salary and greater job opportunities.
  • There are apprenticeships in nearly every field you can imagine.
  • A skill you can use. Careers that start with an apprenticeship are highly skilled, and they are in high demand.
  • The chance to be your best. When you start an apprenticeship, you’ll learn a skilled trade from a master craftsman.

ANEW offers pre-apprenticeship programs, employment navigation and financial support for individuals who desire a family wage career.

ANEW is a trusted partner in the construction industry. We can assist you with the training and navigation you need to obtain a family wage career in construction. To learn more about our services, attend an info session.

Upcoming info sessions to enroll in our programs are listed on our calendar (click below).


Federal Legislation Related to Women Veterans
Legal assistance

Federal Legislation Related to Women Veterans

  • P.L. 106-419, “Veterans Benefits and Healthcare Improvement Act of 2000,” authorized special monthly compensation for women Veterans with a service connected mastectomy.  It also authorized benefits to children born of mothers who served in Vietnam and who have certain types of birth defects.

  • P.L. 107-330, “Veterans Benefits Act of 2002,” authorized special monthly compensation for women Veterans who lost 25 percent or more of tissues from a single breast or both breast in combination (including loss by mastectomy or partial mastectomy) or has received radiation of breast tissues.

  • P.L. 108-422, “Veterans Health Improvement Act&rduqo; authority permanently to extend Military Sexual Trauma counseling and treatment to active duty service members or active duty for training.

  • P.L. 110-186, “Military Reservist and Veterans Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act” established a Women Veterans business Training Resource Program.

  • P.L. 111-163, “Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010,” provides contract for a comprehensive study on barriers to health care for women Veterans, pilot program to provide group readjustment counseling in retreat settings for newly separated women combat Veterans, mandates inclusion of recently separated women on Advisory Committees for Women Veterans, and requires VHA to carry out a 2 year pilot program to assess feasibility and advisability of offering child care to Veterans

Federal VA Women Veterans Health Care