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Local Business Assistance & Economic Development

Resource Index


An excellent resources for business assistance information are WorkSource Washington Business Assistance.

For your convenience, a list of commonly requested topics and resource links is provided below. We hope you find it useful for quickly accessing local and other on-line resources that can address your business needs.

Small Business Assistance

  • Seattle SCORE
    National non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses - workshop calendar
  • Washington Cash
    Access to capital and business development training for low income women, people with disabilities, and other underserved individuals
  • Community Capital Development
    Access to capital and business assistance for low-income, women and minority entrepreneurs, and small businesses in distressed and underserved communities
  • FreePatentsOnline
    Free patent searching, PDF downloads, competitive intelligence alerts, and other tools

Also refer to the Business Networking & Support listings.

Employment Law

    Employment laws assistance

  • Pre-Employment Inquiries
    Examples of fair and unfair inquiries apply when made in reference to job application forms, preemployment interviews, or any other type of inquiry made of job applicants

Tax Reports & Information

  • Local District Tax Offices (Bellevue, Seattle South, Seattle North)
    Contact information for local offices that can address UI tax questions

Tax Credits & Incentives

Department of Labor & Industry

Economic Development

Human Resource Tools & Guidelines

  • O*NET
    Database with information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations—Can be used for a variety of human resources functions, including the development of job orders and position descriptions

  • Employ Experience
    Information and best practices for keeping a competitive edge by attracting and retaining older, more experienced workers

  • The HR Manager
    Convenient on-line reference guide to a broad range of Human Resources topics

  • HRVillage
    On-line resource created by human resource professionals

  • Society of Human Resource Management
    Association committed to serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the human resource profession

  • Downloadable Business Forms from Office Depot
    Variety of free, downloadable forms for your various business needs

Employee Retention & Assistance

Employee turnover costs your company money. You can control the work environment, but there are factors outside the workplace that can affect an employee’s success on the job. The following resources can help address a variety of concerns:

  • Calculating the Cost of Employee Turnover
    Article and on-line calculator from the University of Wisconsin—Cooperative Extension Center for Community Economic Development

  • Employment Staffing
    Article from ”The HR Manager” addressing effective hiring strategies, controlling employee turnover, and involuntary terminations

Employee Development & Training

Disability Awareness & Sensitivity

Business Networking & Support

Chambers of Commerce in Seattle-King County
(Links for chambers with current websites)


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