In our travels through the internet, we occasionally run across a website that is full of helpful information for business owners. We like to share that information with our members. Below you can find links to just a few sites that might prove useful.
ZoomProspector: Find out what your competition is for your business in the local area.
US Census Quick Facts: Find out the demographics and income ranges of your area to see if there is a market for your product.
Statewide Broadband Maps: Find out if your area has the broadband capabilities you’ll need to run a business.
Sno-Isle Libraries Resource Database: A vast wealth of resources and knowledge are at your fingertips with library access. Take a few minutes to poke around the research database; you’ll see what we mean.
Esri Consumer Spending: Find out what the consumers are spending in your field to get a look at your market.
Grants.gov: Search for grants for your organization.
US Bank Connect: US Bank has put together a lot of guides and resource links that are essential to the small business owner in terms of financing, accepting payments, and more.
Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington: Provides free export finance advice and counseling assistance to small and medium sized exporters or prospective Washington State-based exporters.
The One Page Business Plan Company: This consultation firm assists in the forming of business plans for a variety of different types of companies.
Entrepreneurship.org: Links and resources are available for entrepreneurs in a variety of fields.
How to Write a Business Plan: This presentation was developed by EDC Director Ron Nelson and is given once a month at the WorkSource office in Oak Harbor, the Oak Harbor Library, and Goosefoot in Bayview. It covers why you need a business plan, helpful tools and resources, and the basic structure of a business plan. Learn more about the next upcoming class on our calendar.
Getting Started on a Cottage Food Permit: Food businesses are tricky. With licenses, materials, commercial kitchen rentals, and more, the margins are so slim. But if you’re making certain types of food, and have an income from it of $25,000 or less, you might be eligible for a Cottage Food license. This video from the WSDA covers some of the essential basics.
Clinton Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 444
Clinton, WA 98236
Phone: (360) 341-2526
Freeland Chamber of Commerce
5575 Harbor Avenue
PO Box 361
Freeland, WA 98249
Phone: (360) 331-1980
Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce
32630 Sr 20
Oak Harbor, WA 98277-2670
Phone: (360) 675-3755
Langley Chamber of Commerce
208 Anthes Avenue
PO Box 403
Langley, WA 98260
Phone: (360) 221-6765
Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism
PO Box 365
Coupeville, WA 98239