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WorkSource
17731 Highway 99, Second Floor Lynnwood, WA 98037
Call for Hours
Employment assistance
WorkSource Affiliate
1101 South Yakima Avenue M210E Tacoma, WA 98405-4895
Mon & Tues. 8am - 5pm Wednesday by appointment only
Employment assistance
WorkSource Affiliate
342 Catherine Street Walla Walla, WA 99362
Call for hours

Vet Corps

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VetCorps Team Directory
Find the VetCorps Navigator Near You!

Veteran Owned Business

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Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
1437 S. Jackson Street, Suite 201, Seattle, WA
vboc@businessimpactnw.org
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
Business.wa.gov - Small Business Guidance
help@business.wa.gov

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 (wa.gov)

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
info@washingtonptac.org

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
technicalassistance@omwbe.wa.gov

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.

Education

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Career Bridge
Find the education and training you need to get the job you want.
Find a VA Approved Higher Education / Training Program
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
List of WA State Community & Technical Colleges.

Education

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Federal VA

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GI Bill Comparison Tool
Education

Learn about education programs and compare benefits by school.