Relevant Resources

 

The following is a list of government agencies and non-profit groups that are dedicated to providing resources for small, minority, and women-owned businesses.

University of Washington Resources

Consulting and Business Development Center (CBDC):  The CBDC offers a range of services and educational programs to help qualified businesses grow and thrive, including mentoring for small business owners, providing pro bono legal services, and risk management advice.

A/EPP

Architect/Engineer Partnership Program: A/EPP is a UW Capital Projects Office program designed to build and enhance the University’s working partnerships with architectural and engineering firms providing design services.

Local, Regional, and National Resources

 

Office of Minority & Woman’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE): OMWBE is the sole certifying agency in the State of Washington for businesses seeking to be recognized in the public sector as a minority, women, or socially and economically disadvantaged business.

US Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA helps start, build and grow businesses. This web site includes links to certification programs, federal business opportunities, PRO-Net, and technical and financial assistance, and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and NAICS.

Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council: The NWMMSDC serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming through linking major corporations and public agencies to minority-owned businesses--a multi-billion dollar sector representing and impacting today's global economy.  Their mission is to drive economic value by equalizing opportunities.
King County Office of Business Relations and Economic Development

Washington Small Business Development Centers (WSU/SBDC): The WSU/SBDC network helps business owners reach their next level of success by providing no-fee, confidential counseling on various management topics.

Seattle Community Capital Development (SCCD): SCCD provides access to capital and business assistance to low income, woman and minority owned small businesses.

Washington Community Alliance for Self Help (Cash):  CASH is a microenterprise development organization that provides low income women, people with disabilities and other underserved individuals access to capital and business development training.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE): This association, otherwise known as the Counselors to America's Small Business, is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE is dedicated to aiding in the formation, growth, and success of small business nationwide, including Washington State. Services are free.

 

Whatcom Women in Business (WWIB): Whatcom Women in Business is one of the oldest and most encompassing network/referral sources for business women. It is the mission of WWIB to promote a positive image of professional women in business while developing leadership skills, strength through mutual support, mentoring and opportunities for business and personal growth.

System for Award Management (SAM): To do business with the Department of Defense, you must register with SAM. Registration can be done online at this site. There's an easy-to-follow handbook as well as other useful links and information.

 

Washington’s Electronic Business Solution (WEBS): This site is hosted by the Department of Enterprise Services (DES). WEBS is an internet-based bid notification system that many state agencies and institutions of higher education use to notify business of opportunitues via email. Your firm will receive email notification of bid opportunities that match commodity codes selected.

Access Washington - Doing Business: The State of Washington’s official website has a “Doing Business” page that offers help on topics such as how to plan your business, start up your business, grow your business, how to do business with the state, what licenses are needed, how to file taxes, etc.

The Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Washington PTAC): The PTAC Program helps companies find and successfully achieve contracts for work with the local, state and federal governments.

  

Native Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Native PTAC): The Native PTAC helps individuals and tribally owned native firms to become more successful in contracting with federal, state and local government.

William Factory Small Business Incubator: The William Factory Small Business Incubator was created in 1986 to help new businesses in East Tacoma as a way to improve living and working conditions. We house over 40 companies in specialty trade construction, applied technologies and business services.

City of Seattle: Registering your business with the City of Seattle does not pre-approve or authorize you to do business with the City, but the City may use this directory to develop bid lists, contact lists and reports. Prime contractors and consultants may also use the system to solicit firms for sub work.

King County Small Contractor and Supplier: To get certified as a Small Contractor and Supplier (SCS) contact: http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/BusinessDev/contractingopps.aspx

Craft3: This company is a non-profit community development financial institution with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. They do this by providing loans and assistance to entrepreneurs, non-profits, individuals and others who don’t normally have access to financing.