Business Advising - Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC)

The Washington SBDC promotes economic vitality within Snohomish County communities by providing confidential, objective business advice at no cost to small business owners and entrepreneurs; assembling resources to help clients answer questions unique to their situations; guiding clients through the discovery and implementation processes; and helping clients make informed decisions to achieve their business goals.

The Washington SBDC offers a number of training classes year-round. They can be viewed live or on-demand.

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Helping Washington businesses grow and succeed through advising, education and research.


To be Washington’s world-class business advising service.

Services offered at no cost to the business owner or entrepreneur:

  • Confidential, one-on-one advising
  • On demand and live webinars on diverse business topics

How We Help

  • Planning or growing your business
  • Analyzing financial statements
  • Acquiring capital and managing cash flow
  • Buying or selling businesses
  • Exporting to markets around the world
  • Market research
  • Business systems and record keeping
  • Getting and keeping customers
  • Cost-cutting strategies
  • Finding and keeping qualified employees
  • Succession Planning
  • Tech Commercialization

Small business owner testimonials

“For Covid assistance, Janet was our conduit to the SBA - a reliable resource for helping us understand the most up-to-date information in a changing situation. Her advising has been a support during this sometimes-discouraging year.”

  — Kali Kelnero, Co-owner

"I could not have done this without the support and help of my advisor. It changed my life."

 — Thea Heineman, Owner

"The SBDC advisors provide objective advice. They have no other agenda, but helping their clients succeed. It didn't cost me anything, but it made a big difference."

 — Trieva Katsandres, Owner

The SBDC program was established in 1980 as a state-federal partnership that provides publicly funded business advising services to business owners and entrepreneurs in just about any industry and at any stage of business development. All SBDC programs are required to raise at least half of their funding from state and local funding partners. The federal government provides one-to-one match funding through the SBA, with every SBDC network eligible to receive a percentage of the total federal allocation to the SBDC equal to the population served. The Washington SBDC currently receives no direct funding from the state and derives match funding primarily from universities, community colleges, economic development agencies and other business and civic organizations.

Email for free, confidential one-on-one business advising at the WSBDC!