Small Business Development Resources
MicroMentor: MicroMentor is a free online service that connects small business owners with business mentors. MicroMentor puts experience to work by offering business professionals meaningful volunteer opportunities and by offering entrepreneurs one-on-one advice to help build successful businesses. Our mission is to help small businesses grow faster, generate more revenue, and employ more people. We make it easy to be a mentor, find a mentor, and build a business.
Your Business Resource: This resource website is the work of BuRSST which is based in South King County and is dedicated to helping you start your small business successfully!
Seattle SCORE was organized in 1965 as a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the support and development of Greater Seattle’s small businesses. Their volunteers are a diverse group of professionals and entrepreneurs who share their time and expertise to help you start and grow your business. SCORE provides free, personalized counseling to help individuals start and operate a successful small business. They also provide workshops for a modest fee for new businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Small Business Administration The SBA is a federal government agency that supports small business people. On the SBA website, you will learn about SBA-backed loans, government contracting opportunities, disaster assistance and training programs to help your business succeed.
Minority Business Development Agency The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America.
Festivals and Fairs
Entrepreneurs who are interested selling their products at fairs, festivals and shows can use the links below to promote their business.
“How to Sell at Craft Fairs and Shows” :Entrepreneur Magazine article with detailed advice for small businesses.
Washington Festivals & Events Association: WFEA is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the common business interests of the festivals and events industry in Washington State. Their online events calendar includes a listing of many of the fairs and festivals in Washington.
Festivals Directory Northwest Contains information about festivals, fairs and shows in the Pacific Northwest for each season. Washington CASH has a copy available in our resource library.
Festival Network Online A nationwide searchable database publishing event data on thousands of Festivals and craft shows.
The Crafts Fair Online This website is the oldest and largest craft directory on the web, offering links to thousands of crafters’ websites plus listings of craft shows and information about suppliers, publications, newsgroups, classes, software and more.