License and Permits
Funding Options for Small and Growing Businesses
Small businesses require capital to grow. Unfortunately, many loan programs are designed to serve larger businesses. To close the funding gap, the Department of Commerce offers your growing business several loan programs that can help you purchase new equipment, renovate, expand or construct facilities, support early stage product development or repurpose properties that have been abandoned or underutilized due to environmental issues.
The Regulatory Handbook contains information about local, state and federal permits, approvals, and licenses for Washington State. Although not a complete list, this list does provide in-depth information on most environmental permits.
The Regulatory Handbook also contains performance data on timeliness for specific permits per Chapter 43.42A. This permit timeliness performance data is also accessible in ORIA’s Central Repository on data.wa.gov.
Linking entrepreneurs and small businesses to Washington state agencies
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We are Washington states’ Small Business Liaison Team (SBLT) and we’re taking action to make it easier to do business in Washington State – our vision is to make Washington the best place to do business.
Formalized and expanded by order of the Governor in January of 2012 (Executive Order 12-01), the SBLT includes 27 agencies participating in subgroups that focus on outreach programs, soliciting ideas for regulatory improvement, and developing new business tools.
Making Washington State the best place to do business.
We listen to businesses, then drive action to make it easier to do business in Washington State.
This free guide provides links to valuable resources, and outlines the steps for starting and operating a business in the state of Washington (available in six languages).