SBA’s Business Guide lists the requirements needed to start, grow, and expand your business. Since laws and taxes vary by state, here’s what you need to do before starting your business in our area. If you need small business information for the state of Idaho, visit the Doing business in the Boise District page.
Business name and registration
Register your business name with the county clerk where your business is located. If you are a corporation, you will also need to register with the Secretary of State.
Business licensing and zoning
Licenses are typically administered by a variety of state and local departments. It is important to consider zoning regulations when choosing a site for your business. Contact the local business license office where you plan to locate your business.
Washington Taxpayer Assistance Centers
915 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA 98174
Department of Revenue Washington State
2101 Fourth Ave., Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98121
Health and safety
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
300 Fifth Ave., Suite 1260
Seattle, WA 98104
SBA lending in our area
Loan programsLearn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
Local lendersDownload a list of participating lenders in our area.
Lender MatchDescribe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
Lending activity reportsView 7(a) and 504 lending activity reports from our district.
Additional local resources
Download our guide to SBA resources
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