Skip to page contents
You are here: Home ) Research Tools ) Weblinks ) Business and Finance

Business and Finance

Barkley Branch

Free to Bellingham Public Library Cardholders

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

AtoZdatabases
Reference and Marketing Database including 30 million business profiles and 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

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

Recommended Websites

General - State

Doing Business
access.wa.gov/topics/business
Washington State’s online gateway website to business information

Office of Financial Management
www.ofm.wa.gov/localdata/what.asp
Gateway website for government produced statistics on Whatcom County.

General - Federal

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

Business and Industry
www.census.gov/econ/index.html
Economic data and analysis provided by the Economic Programs of the Census Bureau

General - Other

Bankrate.com
www.bankrate.com
This commercial website provides rate information for mortgages, auto loans, home equity loans, savings and checking accounts and credit cards.

Big charts.com
www.bigcharts.com
Owned by Dow Jones and Company, this is a comprehensive investment research website. Includes historical securities performance.

Investopedia
www.investopedia.com
Owned by Forbes, this site provides investor education information.

ThomasNet
www.thomasnet.com
Thomas Register of American Manufacturers.

Small Business - Local

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

City of Bellingham Finance Office www.cob.org/services/business/doing-business.aspx
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
bellingham.score.org
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
www.portofbellingham.com
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
www.bellingham.com
A variety of services for members, including business related seminars and networking opportunities.

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

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

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

Old Fairhaven Association
www.fairhaven.com
Support for business owners in the Fairhaven area.

Small Business - Other

Doing Business in Washington
access.wa.gov/topics/business
Information on starting and managing a business in Washington State.

Small Business Guide
www.ora.wa.gov/business.asp
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
www.sba.gov
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
bls.dor.wa.gov
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
www.dor.wa.gov/content/doingbusiness
State tax information and consultation for prospective and established small businesses.

Office of the Secretary of State
www.sos.wa.gov/corps
The Corporations Division registers corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. They also register trademarks.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
www.lni.wa.gov/main/smallbusiness
Services and information for small businesses that have one or more employees.

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

Top of Page ^ Top of page