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Small Business Start Up Guides

Here you can browse and select the Start Up Guide format that works best for you. Get the critical information you need to start and operate a business in Washington State, toolkits, roadmaps, even registration and financing guides, when you explore the links below.


The Business Startup Playbook
StartUp Washington - Washington State Department of Commerce

The purpose of this playbook is to give you all the critical information you need to start and operate a business in Washington State, whether you’re starting out from scratch, buying an existing business, relocating your company, or opening an office or facility within the state’s borders.

Roadmap for Opening Business in Washington State
Business.WA.GOV Small Business Guidance

This is a road map for opening a business in the state of Washington. There are eight steps in the road map but not all of them will apply to your business. We recommend you read through all steps in this road map before applying for your business license.

Startup Toolkit
Start Up NCW - Wenatchee Valley College

Our goal is to re-energize communities and businesses with an intense entrepreneurial spirit, no matter the size. Technology allows people to live and work where they want to these days and it is the state’s goal to provide the tools, resources, education, training and support needed to start and grow a business anywhere in North Central Washington.

ORIA - The Washington Small Business Guide
Governor's Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance

You won’t want to start your business before you have completed your business plan!


Oregon Start a Business Guide
Oregon Secretary of State Corporation Division

You should have experience in and knowledge of the business you plan to enter. If you don’t have either, considerworking in the industry or with a successful owner/operator for at least six months.

Oregon’s Business Express - Navigate Your Business Journey
Business Express - State of Oregon

Oregon's state agencies are available to help you start your business journey, or meet you where you are to help you expand, grow, and succeed

Starting a Business in Oregon
Business Oregon - State of Oregon

Find information about registering a new business as well as where to go for financial resources to start your business in Oregon.