Entrepreneurship Resources

Programs and Related Services

Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship
The Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship offers accessible and affordable “first step” entrepreneurship training, one-on-one consulting and other support, empowering people in low-wealth and underserved communities. The Center strives to work with individuals and communities to start and grow profitable small businesses, create jobs and build community resilience and wealth.  Learn more>

Business Impact NW, formerly Community Capital Development promotes lending and economic opportunities to under-served populations. BIN provides small business consulting services, training and networking. BIN operates three Women’s Business Centers (Washington Business Center, the South Sound Washington Business Center and the Northwest Women’s Business Center), Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and the Washington Statewide Minority Business Enterprise Center (MBEC).  Learn more>

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) is an innovative clinic serving entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest. We team law and business students with pro bono attorneys and business advisors to provide critical early stage legal and business counseling.  Learn more>

City of Federal Way| Microenterprise Loan Program
currently offers three programs that use CDBG funds to directly assist local businesses: Small Business Loan Program, Microenterprise Loan Program, and the Commercial Business Exterior Improvement Program. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and it is administered locally through the City of Federal Way. Learn more>

Grow Seattle is the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development’s business arm of the City of Seattle. To achieve their mission, they provide direct services to Seattle businesses, including permitting assistance, financing, advocacy, location assistance, and the development of successful business districts.  Learn more>

Jump Start Fund, non-profit micro-enterprise development program formed by the Refugee Resettlement Office offers micro-loans, riba (interest) free loans for Muslim clients, business counseling, technical assistance and post-loan assistance to monitor the status of the borrower’s loan and business progress. Learn more>

Mercy Corps Northwest works to assist motivated low-income individuals to improve their lives through starting or expanding a small business.  MCNW offers a range of services, including seminars and small business loans.  Learn more>

Northwest Access Fund (formerly Washington Access Fund) is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) established by and for people with disabilities in Washington and Oregon. Northwest Access Fund provides low-interest loans and other financing services to help individuals with disabilities obtain the technologies and business equipment needed to live independently and to succeed at school, at work, at play and in the community.   Learn more>

Seattle SCORE was organized in 1965 as a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the support and development of Greater Seattle’s small businesses. Their volunteers are a diverse group of professionals and entrepreneurs who provide free, personalized counseling to help people start and grow successful businesses. They also provide workshops for a modest fee for new businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.  Learn more>

StartZone’s vision is a community where everyone has the opportunity to become financially self-sufficient by participating in a diverse, strong, and sustainable local economy. In pursuit of this vision, StartZone helps South King County residents achieve financial self-sufficiency by providing accessible and affordable training, consulting and other support for building small businesses that are bankable, profitable, and sustainably connected to the local economy.  Learn more>

Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA) is a state wide network of agencies and organizations serving micro enterprises. Learn more>

VENTURES, formerly known as Washington C.A.S.H.  empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources—and unlimited potential. It is a nationally-recognized program that provides the hands-on education, support, and access to capital needed to launch and manage successful small enterprises. Most of their services are free or very low-cost. Their goal is to help people become financially successful through small business ownership. Most of their members come from low-income situations and are looking to start a new business or develop an existing business into a profitable enterprise. Services are provided throughout the Puget Sound area, including South Seattle, Seattle, and Kitsap County. Learn more>