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Kitsap’s  business climate is as healthy as our environment. Local chambers of commerce, economic development officials, and local leaders in government work diligently with key agencies to ensure permitting, processing, licensing, and taxes are minimal, expedited, and equitable.

Resources include:

  • Kitsap SCORE: The local branch of this national volunteer organization provides free and confidential business advice to entrepreneurs who are working to launch a new business or grow their existing businesses. Their volunteer mentors have extensive experience in a broad range of industries and specialties, and their mentoring services are available without charge.
  • Kitsap Entrepreneurial Center: Provides incubator services include owners of startup small businesses and early stage companies in need of a robust set of business programs and sustainable practices and services. All incubator clients must have the potential to increase business employment, commit to a “First Source” hiring agreement of lower income individuals, subscribe to “best practices” of business management; and demonstrate the capacity to deliver marketable products and/or services. Call (360) 782-6800 for more information.
  • Kitsap Community Resources BE$T Program: Works with entrepreneurs who are ready to start a new business or improve an existing one.BE$T is an approved Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP).
  • KEDA’s Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC): Part of the Washington State PTAC, we provide FREE and confidential business assistance and support to regional businesses in marketing and selling to federal, state and local government agencies and prime contractors. We also assist agencies, departments and primes in their efforts to comply with federal and state procurement diversity goals.
  • Kitsap Regional LibraryOffers premium business resources (free with your library card) including customizable legal forms, business database products, business plans handbook,  and market research tools.

Washington State Resources:

Washington State is consistently ranked as one of the best places to start a business. The state has more than 250,000 businesses registered, from one-person start-ups to some of the most familiar names in retailing, aircraft, software and outdoor recreation equipment. If you plan to be the next, Microsoft or Boeing, here are some resources to help you open your business and position it for success.

  • Small Business Playbook – Starting a Business in Washington State  Get your team all on the same page as you drive down the field toward your business goals. A great resource for planning and opening your business, as well as some of the things you’ll need to know down the line to stay inbounds and avoid penalties.
  • StartUp Washington: Along with its sister site,  StartupWashington serves as a clearinghouse for all the news and information you need to grow your existing state business, relocate your business or some of its operations to Washington State, export your products or services, engage in international trade, attract foreign and domestic investment and identify new market opportunities, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Office of Regulatory Assistance: The Governor’s Office of Regulatory Assistance (ORA) offers great information and resources for small business and permit projects.  Staff members are available to answer any questions related to local and state government regulations. The Small Business Guide is a helpful tool for all phases of business. Contact ORA at 1-800-917-0043 or
  • Access Washington: Offers great one-stop shop that includes nearly everything you need, from how to choose a business structure to licensing requirements. Washington State is definitely open for business, and this portal will give you a jump start on getting your business up and running quickly. You may also want to look through their handy Business Roadmap, which is an easy to follow introduction to doing business in Washington State.
  •  Secretary of State: If the business structure you’ve chosen is a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership, you will need to register that company with the Office of the Secretary of State first, or have your attorney do it for you. Registration with the Office of the Secretary of State is simple, just be sure to properly plan by using the Washington State Small Business Guide.
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