Small Business Resources

Here you will find a list of resources that could help your business. These include free courses, how-to’s, programs and other tools you can use to help your business grow.

Restart Academy – Created by the Washington State Dept. of Commerce to rebuild communities through a vibrant growing community of entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. Each course will take you through a specific topic, from how to make a fresh start and building stakeholder trust to developing a successful exit strategy down the road for you and your business. Courses include an online workbook, assignments and additional links and resources. The courses are FREE and you can do them at your own pace.

Seattle Good Business Network – Do you have a business in Seattle and looking for ways to make it more environmentally sustainable? Seattle Good Business Network can help you find free tools, technical assistance and resources through partnerships and programs. It has been awarded a Seattle Public Utilities’ Waste-Free Matching Communities Grant to offer free resources.  The organization has other programs as well that can help you with your business needs.

The Seattle Public Library: Business Calendar – Offers dozens of free virtual classes, workshops and events every year for people who want to launch or grow a business. Improve your business skills, learn how to use free Library resources, and connect with local organizations that support businesses of every size.

Income Tax Guide for Native American Individuals and Sole Proprietors – Federally recognized Indian tribal governments aren’t subject to federal income tax but they must pay employment tax on wages paid to employees. Members of a federally recognized Indian tribe are subject to federal income and employment tax and the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), like other United States citizens.

Information for Employers offering Health Benefits to Employees – Health benefits is something that all employees ask about and this article from Washington Health Benefits Exchange has information about Washington Healthplanfinder and what you need to know about healthcare coverage.

SharedWork program – The Washington State Employment Security Department has a program called SharedWork, which is an opt-in program that helps stabilize operations of most businesses during temporary economic setbacks. Employers keep their workforce intact by temporarily reducing hours to save payroll costs and keep the business operating. The program pays employees a prorated percentage of unemployment insurance benefits. Eligibility is open to most business and industries.

How to Start a Small Business – Do you have several entrepreneurs that would like to start up their business in the next months? Consider using the Small Business Guide when walking entrepreneurs through the steps of starting their business. This in depth guide has various resources and is available in multiple languages.

How to Create a Facebook Business Page: Want more people to find your business on Facebook? Wondering how to make a Facebook business page? This article shows you how to create a Facebook business page, including a complete tutorial with optimization tips and suggested features to integrate.

How to Find Your NAICS Code – When you apply for grants you’re likely going to be asked for your NAICS code. It describes what industry your business is in. This search tool can help you find it. Just type in keywords like “fishing,” “construction,” “restaurant,” etc. and it’ll pull up all of the codes related to it.

How to Apply for a Unique Entity ID (UEI) – In this 26-minute webinar from OneEastside SPARK, you will learn how to apply for a UEI on SAM.gov, which you’ll likely need when applying for some grants. The UEI has replaced the DUNS number.

How to Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) – In this 5-minute video, Tina Begay (Navajo) shows you how to get your EIN online.

Reopening Resources for WA Small Businesses – RESTART Partners’ Resources page puts a wealth of small business COVID-19 information at your fingertips.

Sister Sky Inc. – Sister Sky Inc. is a SBA-certified 8(a), Native American, economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business (EDWOSB) dedicated to delivering empowerment and enrichment services to Native American and disadvantaged communities through culturally-conscious training, technical assistance, event management and communications.

Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) – NAFSA offers presentations on how to operate a business, understand financial basics of managing a small business, manage your money and avoid financial dangers, and navigate banking and credit through its financial tool kit.

SmallBizHelpWA – This website provides current and accurate information on the available relief programs for Washington’s small businesses and eligible non-profits, as well as those organizations that assist them. The information shared on this site is meant to simplify and supplement the details provided by the US Small Business Administration. It can help find funding, lenders and organizations that support small businesses.

Food Business Resource Center (FBRC) – FBRC is a one-stop shop for Washington State food entrepreneurs. Access skills, resources, networks, and marketplace opportunities to start, run and grow your successful food-related business. It is a program of Business Impact NW that specializes in connecting all business owners with opportunities and answers. It offers trainings, one-on-one coaching, referrals to resource partners, and networking events in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska.

Rural Community Development Resources (RCDR) – Assisting low-income entrepreneurs, this organization offers business services, access to financing, and financing opportunities to its clients. This organization serves those within Yakima, Benton, Grant, Adams, Franklin, Walla Walla, Chelan, Okanogan and Kittitas counties.

SmartWA Business Decision Support Tool – The Washington State Department of Commerce has launched a new SmartWA business decision support system and COVID-19 dashboard to help small business owners identify the safety protocols most likely to be important to customers.

Resources for Native American Women Business Owners – Becoming Self Made has compiled a list of funding, training and networking resources for Native American women business owners. This list is meant to help business owners search for funding resources, training programs for aspiring and current entrepreneurs, and opportunities to network and pool resources. 

Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) – NAAF is a private, charitable trust that offers grants, webinars, and financial tools to Native farmers and ranchers.

StartUp Washington Resources – StartUp Washington Resources page has some great links to resources that can help your business grow and thrive.

Strengthening Financial Avenues in Native American Communities – This article delves into the wealth history in Native communities, lists ways to address money challenges in these communities, describes systematic barriers to wealth, and provides additional resources to support Native communities.

SBA Table of Size StandardsThe size standards for businesses eligible for SBA programs have been updated. The size standards for manufacturers and wholesalers is typically based on the employee number. The size standards for retailers, contractors, and service based businesses is based on the revenue size. The size standards are for the most part expressed in either millions of dollars (those preceded by “$”) or number of employees (those without the “$”)