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Resources for Small Businesses

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The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) manages and monitors the Washington State Department of Transportation's External Civil Rights Programs. These programs include:

  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)
  • Minority & Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE)
  • Small Business Enterprises (SBE)
  • On the Job Training (OJT)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Contract Compliance (EEO CC)
  • Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) / 504 Rehabilitation Act
  • Title VI
  • Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
  • Environmental Justice (EJ)

We are a part of the Construction Office, responsible for the administration of highway construction projects, including:

  • contract advertisement
  • issuing plans, specifications and bid documents
  • distributing addenda
  • bid opening
  • bid verification
  • contract awards
  • advertisement and award of Design-Build projects
  • contractor prequalification
  • maintaining the Small Works Roster


  • 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.
  • 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.


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.


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 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.
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 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.
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.
The Procurement Technical Assistance Center assists Washington State businesses in selling to federal, state and local governments.
  • Finding opportunities to bid
  • Interpreting solicitations and regulation
  • Certifications & registrations
  • Marketing to government buyers …and much more

Ventures offers a number of additional resources, incuding an initial eight-week Business Basics course to help people reach their goals and move their businesses forward. These services include a variety of resources, including access to capital, advanced business training, free small business legal advice, one-to-one coaching, and more. Some of these services require signing up in advance or have additional application requirements.

Washington State's Business Portal - Business Status, Do Business with the State, Grow a Business, Grants and loans, Business counseling, Licenses, Permits, Inspections.
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.
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.
Business Impact NW is a consortium of non-profit community development organizations. This includes a community development corporation that provides training, counseling and membership. BIN 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 undeserved communities in Washington State. BIN's approach to economic development and alleviating poverty is through self-sufficiency achieved through entrepreneurialism.
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.
Providing technical assistance to Washington State businesses, the Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) works to give businesses the opportunity to thrive in the government-contracting marketplace. Washington PTAC’s mission is to increase the number of government contracts awarded to Washington firms so that those firms can grow. We provide no cost, confidential, one-on-one technical assistance in all aspects of selling to federal, state, and local governments. PTAC advises businesses on bid reviews, marketing assistance, contract performance, small business designations, and more. PTAC hosts procurement training classes and seminars, and helps businesses register with the correct databases in order to compete for government contracts.


Information on Individual Native American Nations.
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.
An index of the Native Tribes of the United States and Canada.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence is a new organization that makes small business loans and gives training scholarships to women.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This page has some basic facts about Government loans and grants.
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.
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.
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).
An online Magazine
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).
The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.
This Web site includes links to business information; contracting opportunities, including work at Hanford; technical assistance; sources of money; and EPA industry topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.


The SBA offers two small business certification programs; HUBZone and 8(a)/SDB; and has a lot of good information for starting a business.
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.
Your Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to promoting Veteran/Service member 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.
Learn more about King County's Small Contractor and Supplier Certification program.
This webpage introduces the Port of Seattle’s Small Business Initiative.
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.