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Small Business Development Center

About the SBDC

About the SBDC

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. As one of Washington State’s top providers of small business assistance, the SBDC has 27 offices to serve the needs of Washington’s business community. Since 1983, our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The Small Business Development Center at Western Washington is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the City of Bellingham, the Port of Bellingham, Whatcom County and the City of Blaine.




The Washington SBDC is a network of centers that exist in a cooperative effort of Washington State University, other educational institutions, economic development organizations, and the US Small Business Administration


Together, the passionate, committed people of the WSBDC will set the standard for responsive, relevant and vital guidance to help entrepreneurs translate their visions into long-term success. As a dynamic partner in the small business community, we will energize Washington’s economic engine for sustainable growth.


The SBDC program is designed to provide high quality business and economic development assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs in order to promote growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement.

The WWU SBDC partners with other SBA-funded programs such as Women Business Centers (WBC's), SCORE, Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC's) and U.S. Export Assistant Centers (USEAC's) to offer training and assistance to their clients. The SBDC works collaboratively with assistance from SBA's district offices to coordinate efforts to expand services and avoid duplication of other local and SBA funded programs.

Our Economic Impacts

We report our client impacts in aggregate to show our funding partners the positive return on investment on their economical development dollars.


The SBDC is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis and available to individuals with disabilities.