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Small Business Assistance

 

Small Business Development Center  

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps address the needs of small businesses and strengthen Renton's economic vitality. Please click on the link to get started! The SBDC offers no-fee one-on-one confidential help to grow your business and one-on-one technical assistance to make sure you have the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you and your company:

  • Bank loan applications 
  • Improving profit
  • Hiring, training, and retaining employees
  • Buying or selling a business  
  • Financial management and forecasting

Community Capital Development (CCD)

Community Capital Development is a consortium of non-profit community development organizations.  This includes a community development corporation that provides training, counseling, technical assistance, loans and membership:

  • Trained counselors help small businesses with all aspects of starting and running a small business, including marketing, management, finance and strategic planning.  CCD helps with business plans, cash flow projections and loan applications 
  • Training programs are designed specifically for entrepreneurs
  • Financing to qualified small businesses and start-ups through the small business loan program 

  Washington C.A.S.H.

Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (C.A.S.H.) is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington. They provide the hands-on education, in-depth support, and access to capital needed to launch and grow successful small enterprises. CASH provides resources to those in our community for whom traditional business development services are out of reach, with a focus on low-income, women, and minority populations: 

  •  Business education and training 
  •  Peer network and support groups 
  •  One-on-one coaching 
  •  Microloans and matched savings accounts 
  •  Community volunteers and market access opportunities 
  •  Other in-depth resources  

Small Business Administration  

SBA has developed many small business loan and assistance programs, special outreach efforts and initiatives to aid and inform small businesses. Services and information available through this office includes:  

  • Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders 
  • Free counseling, advice and information on starting, better operating or expanding a small business through (SCORE) 
  • Assistance to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals  
  • Women's Business Ownership Representatives are available to advise women business owners
  • Special loan programs are available for businesses involved in international trade 
  • Veterans can receive business counseling and information about SBA guaranteed loans  

SCORE

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. SCORE is a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge:   

  • AT NO COST, meet with experienced professionals to talk about any aspect of small business you need 
  • Meet in person or online  
  • Short and long-term mentorships available  
  • Group and online workshop, online templates and tools for building a business plan and starting-up or growing a business 

 Mercy Corps NW (MCNW)  

Mercy Corps Northwest programs work to increase economic self-sufficiency and community integration through microenterprise development and self-employment. MCNW assists low-income, current and aspiring small-business owners throughout Oregon and Washington in order to reduce unemployment, grow personal incomes and assets, and increase economic growth:

  • Business seminars, courses and trainings 
  • Small business loans 
  • Individual Development Accounts
  • Reentry programs and resources to assist formerly incarcerated individuals
  • Agricultural programs to help recent refugees and immigrants start small-scale farms enterprises