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STEP 1: GETTING STARTED

Your Business Plan is a "must have" roadmap to be successful.

Business Plan Counseling

Eastern Washington University Business Resource Center 509.828.1214

Impact Washington (manufacturing companies) | 425.438.1146

SCORE Spokane | 509.353.2821

SNAP Financial Access | 509.456.7174

Entrepreneur Training

The Avista Center for Entrepreneurship at Spokane Community College | 509.533.7391

NxLevel® Entrepreneur Training | 509.924.4994

Resources

Community Indicators Initiative of Spokane

Eastern Washington University Business Resource Center | 509.828.1214

SNAP Financial Access - ACCESS Business Resource Center | 509.456.7174

Spokane Public Library | 509.444.5300

Spokane Regional Site Selector

Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce Resource Center | 509.924.4994

 

STEP 2: FUNDING YOUR BUSINESS

After investing your own money and perhaps funds from family and friends, talk with local banks and lending instutions in addition some to these community resources:

Financing/Loans

AHANA - African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native Americans | 509.209.2634

SNAP Financial Access (microenterprise loans) | 509.456.7174

SNEDA - Spokane Neighborhood Economic Development Alliance | 509.444.7633

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Spokane Branch Office | 509.353.2800

Early Stage/Seed/Angel Financing

Innovate Washington (technology & cleantech companies) | 509.358.2000

Inland TechStart Fund (technology companies) | 561.322.9660

 

STEP 3: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Home-based business, storefront, online, or commercial/professional office - make sure customers can navigate to you.

Commercial/Professional Office

Spokane Regional Site Selector

Incubators

Innovate Washington (technology companies) | 509.358.2000

Spokane Entrepreneurial Center | 509.944.0527

Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce Incubators - Spokane Valley & Liberty Lake | 509.924.4994

Commercial Kitchen Rental | 509.868.5774

 

STEP 4: OBTAINING LICENSES & PERMITS

Contact applicable city/cities, county, state, and federal government.

Starting a Business in Washington State | 800.917.0043

Spokane County

City of Airway Heights

City of Cheney

City of Liberty Lake

City of Medical Lake

City of Spokane

City of Spokane Valley

 

STEP 5: HIRING & EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

These resources can also help you with employment law, workers' compensation, and other information you need to know when hiring employees:

Associated Industries (HR/Legal Support) | 509.326.6885

Inland Northwest Society of Human Resource Management (INSHRM) | 509.344.2235

WorkSource Spokane | 509.532.3000

 

STEP 6: TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

Associated Industries | 509.326.6885

Greater Spokane Incorporated - BIZStreet | 509.321.3632

SCORE Spokane | 509.353.2821

Small Business Development Centers | 509.358.7765

SNAP Financial Access | 509.456.7174

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Spokane Branch Office | 509.353.2800

WorkSource Spokane | 509.532.3000

 

STEP 7: EXPLORING MORE OPPORTUNITIES

Expanding, Relocating or Adding New Locations

Greater Spokane Incorporated - Economic Development | 509.624.1393

Government Contracting

Greater Spokane Incorporated - Eastern Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) | 509.321.3641

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Spokane Branch Office | 509.353.2800

Exporting & International Trade

Small Business Development Centers | 509.358.7765

Spokane U.S. Export Assistance Center | 509.344.9398

 

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Starting Your Own Business

Resources for Entrepreneurs with a Disability

Business Publications:

The Spokesman-Review

Inland Business Catalyst

Journal of Business

Business Week

Entrepreneur

Inc. Magazine

Wall Street Journal - Small Business