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Here are a few of our favorite resources:

General Economic Data 

  • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco  —
    The Twelfth Federal Reserve District includes the nine Western states and is the largest district economically. Visit the site for economic research and information for our region and the nation as a whole. 
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  —
    This site provides a wealth of information, data tools, and publications about national economic trends and policy impacts provided by a panel of highly respected economists. 

Business Partners 

  • Washington Small Business Development Center  is your local resource for expert business advice, management training, and market research. SBDC advisers offer personal one-on-one assistance at no charge. Visit the website to connect with an advisor, explore classes, webinars and  podcasts or check out research, and business planning tools.
  • Small Business Administration  is focused on helping Americans start, build, and grow businesses. The SBA Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, and other forms of assistance to small businesses. The SBA also offers an extensive learning library of articles, online training, and videos on a broad range of business topics. The SBA also offers information about aspects of the Affordable Care Act that affect businesses.
  • SCORE  is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. It holds events and workshops across the U.S., providing education and matching entrepreneurs with volunteer mentors. The website offers local and online workshops, tools, templates and information about free mentoring opportunities.

Tools and Templates 

Provided by Washington Small Business Development Center

  • Business Financials — Understanding your financials and how to use the information they contain is critical for all business owners.
  • Business Plans  — A business plan is your business' game plan and a way to communicate to potential investors and financial institutions.
  • Growth Strategies  — Resources if you're considering whether it's time to expand, relocate, franchise and how to finance that growth.
  • Buying or Selling a Business  — Assistance in answering how you value, market, negotiate a business purchase or sale.