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State Resources

Access Washington

The Official State Government Web site, you will be able to find out information about all of the major departments and services of the State of Washington.

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES)

The DES is responsible for a variety of services that support the operations of other state agencies and enable them to focus on their core missions. DES maintains master contracts and Washington Electronic Business Solutions (WEBS).

OMWBE

The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises administers the state certification program. The purpose of this program is to maximize the opportunities for the minority and women business enterprises (MWBEs) to participate in public works projects and to provide goods and services to state agencies and educational institutions. Bona fide minority and women owned business can participate in the state program by becoming certified by OMWBE. OMWBE also processes applications for certification for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program.

Local Resources

Don’t forget about your local government agencies and entities! Check with your local cities, ports, school districts, counties and other local agencies for information on their purchasing practices, small works rosters, vendor lists, etc. The best way to find them is to do an online search for them. If you need help locating local agencies to do business with, contact your local PTAC counselor for assistance.

Small Business Assistance available in Washington State

SCORE

SCORE is a Resource Partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and provides free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.

Washington Women’s Business Centers (WBCs)

The Office of Women’s Business Ownership is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development’s network of training and counseling services. It oversees a network of Women’s Business Centers. The centers are designed to assist women achieve their dreams and improve their communities by helping them start and run successful businesses, regardless of social or financial disadvantage, race, ethnicity or business background.

Innovate Washington

Innovate Washington is a true public and private hybrid to economic development. They accelerate technology-based innovation through a highly collaborative ecosystem that brings together entrepreneurs, large companies, state government, investors, and industry leaders. Their goal is to make Washington the best place to develop innovative ideas and launch innovative companies.

Washington Small Business Development Centers

WSBDC provides one-on-one, confidential assistance at no charge for businesses. They provide counseling for management and technical business affairs such as:

  • starting, purchasing or selling a business
  • choosing and incorporating new technology
  • financial management
  • business plan development
  • market plan development
  • business research

We build Washington State’s economy by: versity, Western Washington University, community colleges, economic development organizations, and the US Small Business Administration. Our Business Advisors have certified broad-based skills and significant experience as business owners or managers.

Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council

For over 30 years, the Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) has been linking major corporations and public agencies to minority-owned businesses, a multi-billion dollar sector representing and impacting today’s global economy. The NMBC currently serves the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska.

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs – Washington State Veteran and Service Member Owned Business Certification

The Veteran Owned Business Registry is an official way for veterans to certify their businesses and reap the rewards of being officially recognized as a Veteran Owned Business.

The benefits of registering with the Veterans Owned Business Registry are;

  1. Eligibility to do business with the many agencies of the State of Washington
  2. Eligibility for the Linked Deposit Program: http://www.dva.wa.gov/program/linked-deposit
  3. Public recognition of your status as a Veteran Owned Business.

Even if you are not planning to directly do business with the State of Washington, customers like to know they are patronizing Veteran Owned Businesses.

To get registered click here: http://www.des.wa.gov/services/ContractingPurchasing/Business/Pages/WEBSRegistration.aspx

It is free.

It is quick.

It is easy.

If you have any questions, please contact vob@dva.wa.gov.