Resources

Resources

Welcome to the EDC’s Virtual Assistance Center! Here, you’ll find a variety of business resources designed to help all of King County’s businesses, from entrepreneurs, to small and medium-sized, to large FORTUNE 100s, succeed.

HOW CAN WE ASSIST YOU?

CONSULTING SERVICES

At the EDC, we provide confidential consulting services, free-of-charge, to businesses seeking to establish operations, expand, or relocate within King County. We’re committed to fostering the next generation of businesses, helping local companies grow, and assisting outside companies establish themselves here. Our services include:

  • Market Intelligencemarket
  • Site Selection and Relocation
  • Workforce Development Resources
  • Business Consulting
  • Business Development Connections
  • Access to Financing Options
  • View the full list of service here

STARTUP AND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

King County is home to a vibrant entrepreneur and small business community. With that comes a rich support structure serving all sectors. Whether you’re launching your first startup, seeking financing, or planning for expansion, we and our partners have tools to help you succeed.

Click here for a list of incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces.

WOMEN, MINORITY & VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES

There are many valuable resources available to women, minority, and veteran-owned businesses.

Does my company qualify as a women, minority, and/or veteran-owned business?

A woman or minority owned business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman, women or minority individual(s). In the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. To receive Veteran-Owned Business Certification, veterans must provide proof of Honorable Veteran status and proof of 51 percent ownership status, along with proof the business is a Washington State Enterprise.

Benefits of certification

  • What are the benefits?

Certified women- and minority-owned businesses have access to an array of resources and opportunities, including education and mentorship programs. City, state and federal agencies aim to maximize opportunities for certified women- and minority-owned businesses when considering contract bids.

Washington State agencies have been asked to do 5 percent of their purchasing from Veteran- or Servicemember-Owned Businesses. Private businesses and citizens across the state will be able to identify your business as being veteran-owned, and you become eligible to apply for the Veterans Linked Deposit Program, which can improve your access to capital and reduce interest rates on small business loans by up to 2 percent.

  • How does a business receive certification?

In order to have access to some resources and participate in contracting opportunities, businesses must obtain either state or federal certification, or both. Visit the Washington State Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises for applications. However, many resources are available to businesses regardless of certification. 

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) also has a certification that gives business owners access to online resources, education programs and partnership opportunities. Register here.

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council has similar resources upon certification. 

To receive the greatest benefits of certification, veterans should first register their business with Washington’s Electronic Business Solution. Businesses can then apply for certification through the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

National business development resources

The Small Business Association offers free classes for veteran entrepreneurs.
See this article for veteran-focused funding opportunities.

Local Resources

Government contracts

The City of Seattle is committed to including women and minority-owned businesses in their contracts. Once you have a state certification, apply here for city contracts.
As a veteran, you can apply for government contracts. Find additional information.

Staying up-to-date

We recommend subscribing to the newsletter of every relevant website, in order to stay informed on opportunities and upcoming events. We welcome your feedback on the resources we listed, and recommendations on further centers and associations.

BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS

FINANCING OPTIONS


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 

WORKFORCE AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT

DATA & MARKET INTELLIGENCE RESOURCES

Did you know King County is home to more than 1.9 million people and more than 789,000 households? A primary focus at the EDC is to provide timely, useful and informative market intelligence to clients and stakeholders. We update, maintain, and share data on demographics, employment, economics, targeted industry clusters, and real estate to ensure you’re equipped with sound knowledge to inform your  business decisions.

The Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County has commissioned or partnered with other local organizations on a number of Impact and Cluster Studies.

 

Custom Reports

Interested in expanding, establishing or relocating your company’s operations to the Seattle/King County region, the EDC would be happy to compile customized information or answer questions you might have. Please contact us directly with specific questions at 206-389-8650 or info@EDC-SeaKing.org.

 

Publications by Other Organizations

Puget Sound Regional Council publications

 

 

WORKING WITH GOVERNMENTS

 

 

KING COUNTY INCUBATORS, ACCELERATORS AND CO-WORKING SPACES 

Incubators/Accelerators

Co-Working Spaces

Click here to view a map of King County’s Incubators, Accelerators, and Co-working Spaces.

Why Seattle-King County?

....It's Home of Big Ideas!

Why Seattle-King County?

How can we assist you?

The EDC provides confidential consulting services, free-of-charge, to businesses seeking to establish operations, expand, or relocate within King County.

Learn More