Small Business Resources

There are over 31 Million small businesses in the US and over 10,000 in the City of Spokane with fewer than ten employees.

The needs of our small businesses vary from start-up assistance to how to export products. Here we have compiled local and state resources available to help your business thrive at all stages of starting, running, and growing in Spokane.

To connect with a business association in one of our many neighborhood business districts or downtown - you can find those organizations and their contact info on our Partners page.

StartUp Spokane + Spokane Public Library

StartUp Spokane connects you to the resources you need to launch and grow your successful business. Startup Spokane is a program of Greater Spokane Inc., in partnership with the Spokane Public Library.

Washington Small Business Development Center

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of more than 30 expert business advisors working in communities across the state to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business.

SBDC advisors provide one-on-one, confidential, no-cost advising on all phases of small business development and are often co-located with economic development specialists in community colleges, economic development agencies or government agencies.

Washington States' Small Business Liaison Team

Washington States' Small Business Liaison Team (SBLT) is taking action to make it easier to do business in Washington State - the vision is to make Washington the best place to do business.

Live Local INW Marketplace & Resources

With all the uncertainty around us, it's more important than ever to support our local economy. The vision of Live Local INW is to help Spokanites and people around the Inland Northwest engage more deeply and meaningfully with their community by choosing local businesses, circulating more wealth locally, and making our entire community stronger and more resilient. Learn more!

SizeUp Inland NW

Reach out to local business and economic development professionals who are available to help businesses grow using the SizeUp Inland NW tool. Learn more!

WA Department of Commerce's Thrive!

Running a business is not for the faint of heart. In the beginning, there's a temptation to do it all yourself. But as your company grows, you may discover it's impossible to be everywhere at the same time. Even though you're growing you feel like you're losing control. The Department of Commerce is there to help and has partnered with the Edward Lowe Foundation to offer Thrive! Learn more!

Contact Information

Contact Teri Stripes,
Economic Development Specialist at:

Spokane COVID Response

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