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Business Resources

Getting Started

Recognizing that small business owners need more than just capital to grow, we also assist potential clients by guiding them to resources necessary to turn their business ideas into reality. Explore the resources below to prepare your business plan and get ready for financing.

City of Seattle

The City of Seattle Office of Economic Development’s Small Business Development team provides an extensive list of resources to start or grow your business. From business planning and filing for licenses and tax registrations to learning about Seattle’s minimum wage and labor standards, growseattle provides assistance and answers to help you get started. Rainier Valley Community Development Fund is proud to be a lender endorsed by this program. Learn more…

Small Business Administration

The US Small Business Administration offers a wealth of information on planning, managing and growing your business. From market research and writing a business plan to every-day management and accessing financing of your business, the SBA provides tools and referrals to help you succeed in your business. Its Learning Center provides a broad range of webinars to get you started. Learn more…

Greater Seattle SCORE

Small business consulting is available from expert advisors who provide one-on-one mentoring at no cost. Learn more…

Seattle Public Library

The Seattle Public Library provides services to new and experienced business entrepreneurs in addition to electronic resources to plan, fund, market and operate your business. The library also hosts business assistance events at neighborhood libraries. In addition to printers and copiers, computers with internet access equipped with Microsoft Office and Adobe applications are available to library cardholders. Learn more…

Apply Now

If your business or residence is located in southeast Seattle and your company has been in business for at least one year, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund will work with you on your specific financing needs. Take a few minutes to complete a loan inquiry now.