Starting a Business
Resources for Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups and New Business Owners
Starting a new business can be a challenge and Spokane Valley recognizes the critical role small businesses and entrepreneurs play in the economy. The steps identified on this page can help you launch or grow your new business. For additional assistance, email Spokane Valley staff or call 509-720-5240.
1) Access local business resourses and prepare your best Business Plan
Business planning, advice and research is extremely valuable when starting a new business. The following partners offer resources that could help during this process.
- Avista Center for Entrepreneurship
- Greater Spokane Incorporated Small Business Help
- Ignite Northwest
- SCORE Spokane
- Small Business Administration
- SNAP Financial Access - Women's Business Center
- Spokane Angel Alliance
- Spokane Regional Business Library
- Startup Spokane
- Washington Small Business Development Center
- Washington State Small Business Liaison Team
- Washington State Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises
- WSU CoMotion Labs
2) Register the Business
Spokane Valley requires every person engaged in business or continuing business during the calendar year to register with the city. Log in using your Secure Access Washington (SAW) user ID to register your business online at Washington State Business Licensing Service.
3) Check Zoning Regulations
4) Identify a Location
The Spokane Valley Site Selector allows you access to available commercial properties and business locations. It also provides data on important factors such as labor force, demographics, consumer spending and housing.
5) Apply for a Permit
Once a location is selected, check the approved occupancy for an existing building and research building code requirements for renovations or new construction.
Email the permit center or call 509-720-5240 for questions or to apply.
Online permitting is also available for some permits.
6) Choose a Tax Structure
The business structure will have legal and tax implications. Learn about the different types of business structures and find the right fit at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Seek professional legal, tax or account advice as appropriate.
7) Obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number
Register with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before opening a business bank account, hire employees or owe taxes. Apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number and enroll in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System.
8) Obtain a Business License
Visit Washington's Business Licensing Service to learn more about the different licenses available.
9) Apply for Financing or Grants
For information on available financing and grants, visit the Financial Opportunities webpage.
10) Hire Employees
When ready to hire, learn more about Washington's requirements.
11) Apply for Incentives
A wide variety of incentives are intended to encourage the creation and retention of Washington jobs.
Fair opportunity for small businesses
Are you starting a business that will seek procurement and contracting opportunities with local, state and federal agencies?
View a 45-minute webinar sponsored by the City and Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce that explains state and federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification programs.
Learn more about the state's DBE program by visiting the Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises.