City's Business Help Center
Business Development Experts
There are dozens of experts offering customized business assistance, classes, financial access, networking; mentoring etc providing information on each would be overwhelming. Therefore, we have listed a few who have committed to speaking with you and then connecting you to the best expert to meet your needs be it business expansion, technical assistance or startup assistance.
In addition to speaking directly with one of the professions below you can also seek out peer-to-peer assistance through LaunchPad a local regional professional networking site and/or you can connect with the Avista's Center for Entrepreneurship through the community colleges of Spokane – more details below . . .
Achieving your professional goals just got easier.
"I have been able to develop Spokane business relationships that I never would have been able to get through any other network."
President, Stewart Title
LaunchPad is a place where YOU will:
- Build professional relationships
- Increase your industry expertise
- Connect with like-minded individuals
- Locate vendors, employees, customers and mentors
LaunchPad combines an online networking engine with industry focused LIVE events. We help YOU develop local business relationships!
Join our the LaunchPad community and begin connecting.
Watch this LaunchPad video to learn more!
LaunchPad INW's offers Entrepreneur & Business Events in addition to sharing the events of other service business assistance providers and organizations.
Spokane Neighborhood Economic Development Alliance (SNEDA) is a neighborhood-based, nonprofit organization that aims to help businesses improve their profitability and create jobs. We do this by connecting businesses to existing resources and providing financing to entrepreneurs who have been unable to access it through traditional means.
Small Business Development
For some, a small business can provide an increased income for your family as well as a valuable asset that can be passed down to your children or sold in future years. ACCESS works with low and moderate-income people wanting to start a business as well as those wanting to expand or enhance an existing business. Services include:
Snap Financial Access team
Cara Weipert and Greg Franson
(509) 456-7174 ext 119
SCORE Spokane volunteers are real-world professionals with time- tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses like yours succeed. Counselors are experts in such areas as accounting, finance, marketing, technology, management and business plan preparation.
Services offered by SCORE include...
Spokane, Washington Chapter of SCORE
2011 SCORE Small Business Resource Guide for Businesses located in Spokane, North Idaho, Eastern and Central Washington
The International Trade Alliance is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes international business in the Inland Northwest of the United States. We work with area businesses to help them establish or expand their global presence. The International Trade Alliance is the only organization in Eastern Washington that represents international business issues at the local, state and federal levels. Find out more about the ITA . . .
Helping Businesses in Washington State Succeed for Over 30 Years
The Washington Small Business Development Center Network is your resource for expert business advising, management training and market research. SBDC advisors offer one-on-one technical assistance at no charge to make sure you have the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you and your company. For more info on services. . . .
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Business Advisor, Alan Stanford
For online training, resources, and to take an export readiness assessment survey, please see our Export Readiness Center portal.
Do you want to own your own business?
Do you have the skills, drive, and passion to be an entrepreneur?
How do you get there?
Where do you start?
The Avista Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) at SCC offers a new and innovative approach to help people marry their technical talents with entrepreneurial skills. For more info . . .
(509) 533-7391 or
1-800-248-5644 ext. 7391
Business Help Center Contact Information
Starting a Business
- City of Spokane's Resource Guide
- Download the Starting a Business information package here
- Guide for Small Business in Washington State
- CareerOneStop – Business Development
- Washington State Business Licensing Service
- Small Business Start-up video series
Tax &Licensing – Business registrations and other Links you will need.
Doing Business in Spokane
Congratulations on taking one of the first steps to starting your new business in the City of Spokane! All businesses operating in the City or with the City are required to obtain a City of Spokane Business Registration. SMC 8.01
The following information will help you understand our business licensing process:
- What do I need to do before I apply for a business registration?
- Do I need a business registration?
- How do I apply for a business registration?
- What are the fees associated with a business registration?
- Do I qualify for a reduced-fee registration?
- Do I need a business site evaluation?
- What special permits do I need for a restaurant business?
- How do I apply for a temporary registration?
- Do I need an Itinerant Vendor Permit?
- How do I apply for an Itinerant Vendor Permit?
- Who can I contact if I have further questions?
Building Department links you may need: