CIE prioritizes building community. One way we accomplish this is by partnering with local community organizations in every way possible. We are driven by holistic and collective action approaches that incorporate education, conservation, public health, workforce development and other disciplines.
The SBDC has more than 30 expert business advisors working in communities across the state to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business.
SBDC advisors provide one-on-one, confidential, no-cost advising on all phases of small business development and are often co-located with economic development specialists in community colleges, economic development agencies or government agencies.
The Department of Commerce is the one agency in state government that touches every aspect of community and economic development: planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more. We work with local governments, tribes, businesses and civic leaders throughout the state to strengthen communities so all residents may thrive and prosper.
The North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (NODC) empowers the North Olympic Peninsula to invest in and pursue its own economic and environmental destiny. As the federally-designated Economic Development District for Jefferson and Clallam counties, NODC is a collaborative, innovative effort among member governments, community organizations, tribes and businesses to advance economic, environmental and quality of life initiatives in the region. NODC primarily plays a planning and facilitation role, collaborating with local governments, nonprofit organizations and businesses to improve the regional economy.
Spearheaded by the Washington State Department of Commerce, the state’s entrepreneur and small business strategy is designed to strengthen communities through the cultivation and retention of economic and intellectual wealth at the local level.
Aiming to re-energize communities and businesses with an intense entrepreneurial spirit, whether they are large or small. Technology allows people to live and work where they want to these days and it is the state’s goal to provide the tools, resources, education, training and support needed to start and growth a business anywhere in the state.