Resources for Small Businesses

 

Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
  • WSDOT Office of Equal Opportunity
  • WSDOT Contract Ad & Award
    • Upcoming WSDOT opportunities, including WSDOT Small Works Roster opportunities
    • How to obtain plans and specifications
    • How to pre-qualify for  WSDOT projects and Small Works Roster
    • Bids
    • Bid Opening Schedules
    • Addenda
    • Proposal and Plan Holders Lists
    • Geo-Tech Reports
    • Contract Plans and Specifications
    • Contractor Bulletins
    • WSDOT Consultant Services
    • Prequalification of Contractors

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program disparity study is now online. Click Here for more information.

Doing Business with State Agencies

Washington’s Electronic Business Solution (WEBS)

  • This site is hosted by the Department of Enterprise Services (DES).   WEBS is an internet-based bid notification system that many state agencies and educational institutes use to notify businesses of opportunities. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to sign up. Your firm will receive email notifications of bid opportunities that match commodity codes you select.

Contract Status

  • Procurements that are in the planning phase and are going to be put out for bid.
  • Contracts that have been awarded within the last 12 months.
  • Contracts due to expire in 12 months or less.
Doing Business with the Federal Government

System for Award Management (SAM)

The System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. There is NO fee to register for this site.

Local Resources

Access Washington Doing Business
Washington State’s Business Portal – Business Status, Do Business with the State, Grow a Business, Grants and loans, Business counseling, Licenses, Permits, Inspections.

AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native Americans) Business Association
AHANA strives to improve the economic status and enhance the quality of life of minority communities through the development of business and employment opportunities.

Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC): Washington counties list
The Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) is a private, non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington. Our mission is supporting effective local government in Washington through trusted consultation, research, training, and collaboration.

Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute
The Institute expands the services which the college can offer the tribes, enabling Evergreen to assist local tribes to meet their economic, governance and resource goals. At the same time, the Institute provides additional, real-life learning opportunities for Evergreen students.

Seattle Community Capital Development
Community Capital Development is a consortium of non-profit community development organizations. This includes a community development corporation that provides training, counseling and membership. CCD also includes a certified community development financial institution that provides access to capital and business assistance to small businesses, with special emphasis on low-income, women and minority entrepreneurs and small businesses in distressed and underserved communities in Washington State. CCD’s approach to economic development and alleviating poverty is through self-sufficiency achieved through entrepreneurialism.

Upper Columbia United Tribes
UCUT was formed to ensure a healthy future for the traditional territorial lands of our ancestors and takes a proactive and collaborative approach to promoting Indian culture, fish, water, wildlife and habitat.

Washington State Small Business Development Centers
The Washington SBDC promotes economic vitality within Washington communities by providing expert business advising, demand-driven training, and applied research to existing businesses and entrepreneurs.

The SBDC is a cooperative effort of Washington State University, other educational institutions, economic development organizations and the US Small Business Administration.

Whatcom Women in Business
Whatcom Women in Business was established in 1978, and is one of the oldest and most encompassing network/referral sources for business women. It is the mission of WWiB to promote a positive image of professional women in business while developing leadership skills, strength through mutual support, mentoring and opportunities for business and personal growth.

Yakima County Development Association
The Yakima County Development Association will enhance the income, quality of life, and employment stability of Yakima County residents by retaining, expanding and recruiting new business and industry.

Tabor 100
Tabor 100 is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates who are committed to economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large.

Win With Washington
We are an accomplished association of Washington owned businesses focused on making connections count to drive economic prosperity. Established and influential in our industries our incisive skills and astute experiences provide our clients with a collaborative edge.

National Resources

BusinessUSA
This federal government site guides you through the maze of government rules and regulations and provides access to services and resources to help you start, grow, and succeed in business.  Topics include government contracting, business laws, financing, special entrepreneurs (women, minorities, veterans, etc.), and more.

Asian American Business Development Center
Asian American Business Development Center was established in New York City in 1994 to promote greater recognition of Asian American businesses’ contributions to the general economy. AABDC encourages Asian American businesses to be more actively involved in issues and policies that directly affect them at the federal, state and city levels and provides capacity-building assistance to business entities that enables them to compete in the mainstream marketplace and expand business opportunities.

Count Me In
Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is a new organization that makes small business loans and gives training scholarships to women.

Diversity 2000
The heart of this website is its free database of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE’s) and contacts within Fortune 1000 companies. You can register your company as a supplier at no charge. Suppliers’ profiles are made available to buyers including Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, associations and other major purchasers nationwide seeking to do business with M/WBE’s. You’ll find a lot of other resources here as well.

Department of Defense (DoD) MENTOR-Protégé Program
This unique program seeks to encourage major DoD prime contractors (mentors) to develop the technical and business capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses and other eligible protégés.

Expect a Hand, Not a Handout From the Government
This page has some basic facts about Government loans and grants.

Federal Business Opportunities
This site is designated as the single source for federal government procurement opportunities that exceed $25,000. If you are interested in bidding on government contracts, you can sign up to automatically receive procurement information. You can also search procurements by solicitation number, date, classification code, and agency for both active and archived solicitations.

Hispanic Business
An online Magazine

INROADS
The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource
This section offers a broad range of resources across federal and state agencies, as well as industry/profession specific information for self-employed entrepreneurs, employers and businesses.  Within this web page you will find links to starting and operating a business, employment taxes, tax law changes for business, business-related forms and publications, and online learning options.

Latino Business Association
The Latin Business Association (LBA), a 501(c)(6) private non-profit organization established in 1976, is one of the nation’s most active Latin business trade associations on the basis of active membership and overall outreach to its member business owners. The LBA is the only organization that truly represents over 800,000 Latin businesses in California.

Native American Nations
Information on Individual Native American Nations.

Native Tribes of the United States and Canada
An index of the Native Tribes of the United States and Canada.

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation.

National Congress of American Indians
NCAI was established in 1944 in response to the termination and assimilation policies the US government forced upon tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereign nations. To this day, protecting these inherent and legal rights remains the primary focus of NCAI.

National Minority Business Council
Founded in 1972 as a full-service, non-profit (501)(c)(3) corporation, the organization is dedicated to providing business assistance, educational opportunities, seminars, purchasing listings and related services to hundreds of businesses throughout the tri-state area and across the nation.

Professional Women in Construction
Professional Women in Construction (PWC) is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing professional, entrepreneurial and managerial opportunities for women and other “non-traditional” populations in construction and related industries.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
This association, otherwise known as the Counselors to America’s Small Business, is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE is dedicated to aiding in the formation, growth, and success of small business nationwide, including Washington State. Services are free.

SBA Office of Advocacy
Created by Congress in 1976, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government.

US Census Bureau (NAICS)
This Web site includes links to North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) and economic census information. OMWBE uses the NAICS business descriptions to categorize the primary activity of a firm for small business size determination.

US Department of Commerce Minority Bus Dev Agency
MBDA is a leader in strengthening the economy and improving the lives of all Americans.

We support job growth and economic expansion through a network of MBDA business centers, collaboration with federal, state and local government agencies, and strategic partnerships. We support job growth and economic expansion through a network of MBDA business centers, collaboration with federal, state and local government agencies, and strategic partnerships.

US Dept. of Interior – How do I trace Indian Ancestry?
Indian Affairs (IA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

US Dept. of Labor Office of Small Business Programs
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) administers the Department of Labor’s responsibility to ensure procurement opportunities for small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, HUBZone businesses, and businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. OSDBU serves as the Department’s Ombudsman for small businesses under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA).

US Dept. of Transportation, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, (OSDBU)
This Web site includes links to federal business opportunities, PRO-Net, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program regulations (49 CFR 26).

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This Web site includes links to business information; contracting opportunities, including work at Hanford; technical assistance; sources of money; and EPA industry topics.

USDOT Federal Transit Authority DBE page
DOT’s DBE Program seeks to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts in the Department’s highway, transit, and airport financial assistance programs and to create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts.

US Small Business Administration (SBA)
This Web site includes links to certification programs, federal business opportunities, PRO-Net, and technical and financial assistance, and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and NAICS.

White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanic Americans
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative) was originally established by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. Since then, the call to address these within the Hispanic community has been recognized by Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush and more recently by President Barack Obama through the renewal of the Initiative.

Women Entrepreneurs Inc
Women Entrepreneurs Of America, Inc. was established in November, 2002 in Cleveland, Ohio by Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Yolanda Lamar-Wilder. Inspired by her own personal and business experiences in the corporate sector during the 80’s and 90’s, she set out to design an organization based on what she wished had been available to her.

Other Certification Programs

US Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA offers two small business certification programs; HUBZone and 8(a)/SDB; and has a lot of good information for starting a business.

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
ASTRA Women’s Business Alliance and WBENC have partnered to offer this Women’s Business Enterprise program.The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country.

Washington State Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Your Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to promoting Veteran/Servicemember Owned Businesses. This Registry is one way that our state and its citizens can honor you by promoting your business and its products and services statewide.

King County
Learn more about King County’s Small Contractor and Supplier Certification program.

Port of Seattle
This webpage introduces the Port of Seattle’s Small Business Initiative.

City of Tacoma
The Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Office – formerly known as the Historically Underutilized Business Office (HUB) – administers Title VI compliance, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Women and Minority Business Enterprise (W/MBE), and SBE Small Business Assistance Programs.