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ABI/Inform Trade and Industry
Search for full-text business magazines and newletters with a trade or industry focus.

Reference USA 
Business and residential listings of over 24 million U.S. businesses, organizations, agencies, 1.5 million Canadian businesses, and 222 million consumers.

Small Business Resources in Bellingham, Whatcom County and Washington State (library brochure)

Recommended Websites

General - State

Doing Business
Washington State’s online gateway website to business information

Office of Financial Management
Gateway website for government produced statistics on Whatcom County.

General - Federal

Business and nonprofits
click on ‘Businesses and Nonprofits’
The federal online gateway to all types of business information.

Business and Industry
Economic data and analysis provided by the Economic Programs of the Census Bureau

General - Other
This commercial website provides rate information for mortgages, auto loans, home equity loans, savings and checking accounts and credit cards.

Owned by Dow Jones and Company, this is a comprehensive investment research website. Includes historical securities performance.

Owned by Forbes, this site provides investor education information.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers.

Small Business - Local

Washington Small Business Development Center
SBDC business advisors offer no cost, confidential assistance in all aspects of starting and owning a small business.

City of Bellingham Finance Office
Business registration forms and links to other local and state small business resources. A searchable database of existing business registrations is included. The Permit Center has information regarding regulations on commercial spaces.

SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business
Free counseling on a wide variety of subjects for those starting or managing a small business. Sponsored by the Small Business Administration

Port of Bellingham
Information and programs that sustain and enhance the economic vitality of Whatcom County. The website contains Whatcom community profiles.

Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry
A variety of services for members, including business related seminars and networking opportunities.

WorkSource Whatcom
Assistance to small business owners with employees, including recruiting, testing, and training.

Sustainable Connections
Access to information on the nonprofit network of independently owned Whatcom County businesses and supporters.

Downtown Bellingham Partnership
Find assistance for business owners in the downtown Bellingham area, including cooperative advertising campaigns and networking opportunities.

Old Fairhaven Association
Support for business owners in the Fairhaven area.

Small Business - Other

Doing Business in Washington
Information on starting and managing a business in Washington State.

Small Business Guide
This online guide shows all the necessary steps to establish a small business in Washington State. There are active links throughout the guide to government and other agencies.

Small Business Administration – Seattle
A range of services available to small businesses including small business loans, counseling, market research and the publication Washington State Small Business Resource Guide.

Business Licensing Service
Find what you need at the State’s one-stop website to business registration and licensing information and interactive forms. They also register tradenames.

Department of Revenue
State tax information and consultation for prospective and established small businesses.

Office of the Secretary of State
The Corporations Division registers corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. They also register trademarks.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Services and information for small businesses that have one or more employees.

Internal Revenue Service
Find the many resources available to the small business owner including online classes, newsletters and many links to other government agencies.

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