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Has your business been impacted by COVID-19? We're offering small business advising, outdoor dining support, and one-on-one financial assistance. 

Startup425 Foundations Spring Series is back. Foundations kicks off 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 5th, and is meant to provide you with the basic building blocks you need to start forming the structure of your small business. Foundations is brought to you by Startup425, the King County Library System and SCORE Greater Seattle, a nonprofit dedicated to business mentorship. The classes are held over five consecutive Tuesdays, covering a variety of topics, each presented by local specialists and subject matter experts. Learn more at https://www.startup425.org/programs/foundations/ 

Our Cultural and Economic Development Team is available to welcome and assist local and global businesses and art organizations – from one-person startups, artists, restaurants and other small businesses to Fortune 50 corporations.  Our team works to provide proactive and personalized support and navigation of available resources to meet your unique business needs.

Site Planning and Development Assistance

Our team can assist with site selection, commute planning, business development introductions, right of way questions and more. Connect with us!

Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Resources

Bellevue is home to many small businesses, with 97% of firms employing 100 or fewer workers. A healthy and vibrant economy in Bellevue depends on the success of startups and small businesses. Bellevue is committed to providing the resources that your business needs to start, grow and thrive on the Eastside. Explore some of the available resources below and reach out for assistance in discovering the best tools for your unique business needs.

Startup 425 Training and Resources

Startup 425 is a collaborative effort to expand entrepreneurship opportunities across Eastside communities.  Programing provide access to tools entrepreneurs across industries need to go from idea to successful operating business. No cost Foundations programing lowers the barriers to entry for non-traditional and first-time founders.

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Small Business Development Center Advisor

Bellevue businesses have access to a Small Business Development Advisor that provides no-cost, one-on-one, confidential advising to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, or buy/sell their businesses.  

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Business Impact Northwest Advisor

Bellevue has partnered with Business Impact Northwest to provide free technical assistance to small businesses and nonprofit organizations located in Bellevue. Our advisor can assist in locating and applying for additional financial tools and provides coaching, classes and capital businesses need to successfully launch and grow. Set up a meeting here

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OneEastside SPARK

OneEastside SPARK provides recovery assistance and resiliency building programs and tools to address key areas of need amongst small businesses and non-profits in East King County.

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Small Business Education HUB

Seattle Business Education Hub is a business development and resource center (located in Bellevue) whose mission is focused on assisting women, minorities, veterans and other business owners in the startup or growth stage with financial literacy training and small business education.

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5G Open Innovation Lab

Located in Bellevue is a global ecosystem of developers, start-ups, enterprises, academia, and government institutions working together with start-ups to fuel the development of new 5G capabilities.

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King County Library Business Resources

Find free market research tools and tips in this list of library and community resources curated by a KCLS librarian. These resources are for both startup businesses and businesses looking to grow. Market research can help you determine if there is a need or demand for your business. Resources also can help you learn more about your target audience, identify your competition and where to locate your business.

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King County REACH (Retention, Expansion, and Collaboration Hub): The King County REACH program offers assessments, connects businesses to information and resources, and acts as a matchmaker for businesses within King County. Bellevue Businesses have access to SizeUp, a business intelligence tool with the data needed to find potential customers, and marketing investments.

King County Library System: At every stage of your business the King County Library System can connect you to the people and information you need.

Greater Seattle SCORE: Whether you’re just starting out in business or ready to sell or retire, you can get no-cost, confidential, business advice from expert advisors committed to helping you succeed. Find a Mentor.

Startup Washington: The State of Washington has a wealth of resources and tools to help small business and entrepreneurs thrive. 

Green Business Resources: Bellevue offers several programs for businesses to reduce their environmental footprint, including services to help you improve recycling at your workplace and by helping employees find commute-trip options. 

Small Business Digital AllianceThe US Small Business Administration recently set up an online portal to provide small businesses with access to free digital tools to expand their e-commerce footprint. Verizon is participating in this program and working with City and Community advocates to increase awareness of these resources for small businesses.

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready ProgramThis is a free online program designed to give small businesses more tools to succeed in today’s digital world. Developed in partnership with small business owners who are succeeding in the digital economy, the program provides resources, networking and coaching which are tailored to the specific needs of small businesses.