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ABI/Inform Trade and Industry
Search for full-text business magazines and newletters with a trade or industry focus.
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)
Washington State’s online gateway website to business information
Office of Financial Management
Gateway website for government produced statistics on Whatcom County.
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
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.
Washington Small Business Development Center
SBDC business advisors offer no cost, confidential assistance in all aspects of starting and owning a small business.
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
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.
Assistance to small business owners with employees, including recruiting, testing, and training.
Access to information on the nonprofit network of independently owned Whatcom County businesses and supporters.
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.
Doing Business in
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 –
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
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.