Additional Business Resources

Niche and Kiggins

There are several local and regional resources dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start and grow a business. These include business planning, market and industry analysis, taxes, permitting, and much more.


Ascent Funding -

Albina Opportunities Corporation is a non-profit, non-bank community development financial institution lender who’s mission is to inspire business opportunities and create jobs and wealth for Portland and the surrounding Metro area’s underserved small businesses and distressed Neighborhoods. Whether you have insufficient collateral, marginal credit history, or some other circumstance, we can often offer loans when traditional banks cannot.

Cascade Harvest Coalition-

Resources for Washington State Farmers related to business and farm planning, training, financing, and accessing land. 

Clark Creativity Support-

A regularly updated site with online resources specifically for the needs of creative professionals. Check out pages with tips on business planning, grant writing, and advocacy tools for arts & culture.

Clark College-

Business Administration Course Offerings-
Course offerings in Clark College’s Business Administration program. 
Certificate in Small Business Management-
Information and program details for Clark College’s Certification in Small Business Management
Corporate and Continuing Education Program, Small Business Classes -
Small business courses offered by Clark College’s Continuing Education Program. 

Clark County Green Business Program-

This program provides web-based assessments, resources and assistance to businesses seeking a structured approach to implementing green initiatives and measuring results. In addition, technical assistants are available to visit businesses, perform resource audits and recommend improvements. 

Clark County Skills Center-

Clark County Skills Center is a cooperative educational venture between eight Southwest Washington’s School Districts. They implement the 21st Century skills in the curriculum taught and the expectations of excellence in its students. 

Columbia River Economic Development Council-

Data and demographic information for Clark County, WA. 

Destination Downtown-

A partnership between the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Downtown Association, and C-Tran, this program offers transportation information and services to downtown employees. By providing incentives for biking, walking, using transit and carpooling, Destination Downtown helps reduce congestion and frees up parking for downtown business patrons. 

Fort Vancouver Regional Library-

The library offers a number of resources to small businesses, including access to subscription research databases and one-on-one assistance by reference librarians. They also offer business trainings, including the Business Startup Workshop series initiated in 2016, and physical amenities such as meeting rooms, wi-fi, and copy/scan machines.

Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce-

L& I Refund Program-
Information on the GVCC L&I Refund Program, which creates a pool for workers compensation premiums for qualifying GVCC members, who receive a premium refund at the end of the program year.
The Greater Vancouver Chamber and its partners organize many opportunities for networking.
Assistance with Government Contracting and Procurement-
GVCC is the Procurement Technical Assistance Center for Southwest Washington, and provides free one-on-one counseling and training to help businesses in Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania Counties understand how to do business with local, state and federal agencies.
Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP)-
The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce advocates sound, sensible, and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver’s infrastructure and quality of life. They are a City of Vancouver funded small business technical assistance provider.

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce-

The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce advocates sound, sensible, and dynamic policies that ensure a vital economic climate while improving Vancouver’s infrastructure and quality of life. They are a City of Vancouver funded small business technical assistance provider.

Innovate Washington

Export assistance for Washington-based manufacturing companies.

Mercy Corps NW-

Mercy Corps NW provides resources for growing your business. They offer business development classes, mentoring and technical assistance services, along with financing options.

Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs-

Also serving SW Washington, OAME provides one-on-one counseling to business owners, including the creation of a business action plan that includes management and administration, marketing and sales, budgeting, location and financing. 

Procurement Technical Assistance Center-

PTAC works to help local businesses compete successfully by being the bridge between buyer and supplier. They have a wealth of knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize service at affordable costs. 

Small Business Administration-

Create Your Business Plan-
Templates, articles and resources to help create your business plan.
Healthcare Information-
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted comprehensive health insurance reforms designed to ensure Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance. Learn what the law means to small businesses and self-employed business owners.
Obtain Your Federal Business Tax ID-
Information on how to apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, which is used to identify a business entity.
SBA Loans and Grants-
Resource for finding various business loans and grants.

Share IDA Program-

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are bank savings accounts that can be used to start a business, purchase a home, or to pursue higher education. Participants save up to $2,000 over the course of two years and Share provides a 2:1 match to put toward these assets.

Score Vancouver -

SCORE Vancouver offers free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses, including business mentoring and low-cost workshops.

Small Business Development Center -

The Washington Small Business Development Center Network is a resource for business advising, management training and market research. They offer one-on-one technical assistance at no charge.

Washington Department of Revenue Business Licensing Service-

Apply for a Washington State business license.

Washington Business HUB-

A one-stop resource for starting and operating a business in Washington State.

Washington State Department of Commerce Sale Business Services -

Small business services, including education, training, business loans, export assistance and crisis planning.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries-

Minimum Wage-
Information about Washington State's minimum wage.
Insurance for Business-
Information about Insurance for Businesses.

Washington Sate Department of Revenue Tax Workshops and Regulations-

Learn the basics of Washington State taxes from the Department of Revenue. As a small business or new business owner, these resources will help you understand your tax reporting responsibilities.  A tax handbook for new businesses is also available in both English and Spanish.

Washington State Employment Security Department-

Information on Independent Contractors

Workforce Southwest Washington-

The mission of Workforce Southwest Washington is to prepare and promote a skilled and adaptive workforce for a thriving economy in Southwest Washington. They bring together funding, state agencies, local service companies, colleges and community-based organizations to provide employment and training services to businesses, job seekers and youth.


WorkSource is a joint venture of organizations dedicated to addressing Washington State's employment needs

WSUV Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program (MAP)-

MAP works with organizations (for profit and nonprofit) from all industries throughout Southwest Washington and the Portland metropolitan area, including organizations in under-served communities. Over the course of a 16-week semester, faculty-supported student teams conduct an analysis of a company’s financial, market and organizational capabilities and create an actionable plan to grow the business.