Starting a Business

Guides and Resources

Starting a new business in Whatcom County

Basic information on starting a new business here.

Do you need a business plan?

Information and resources for business planning.

Market and Industry Research

Why market research is important and how to learn more.

Templates and Other Resources

Download spreadsheet templates, Microsoft Word document templates and more.

Training Videos

Videos to watch or listen to for tips and ideas

Money to Start or Grow a Business

Whether you are in the beginning phases or have a business ready to grow, these tips will help you find the money you need.

Hiring Your First or Next Employee

Timely tips and strategies for growing businesses, from your WWU SBDC!

Lifetime Value of a Customer

What is a customer lifetime? What is the value of a customer? What's the lifetime value of a customer? How does the value of one customer compare to another? Get the answers to these questions and more, right here, right now!

Steps to Starting a Successful Business

What are the Steps to Starting a Successful Business? Learn about finding your "why," finding your market, finding resources and finding success for your small business startup.

The Value of Business Banking Relationships

What is a business banking relationship? Why is it important? How does a business owner initiate a banking relationship? What are the benefits of a good banking relationship?

Will you qualify for a business loan?

What do I need to get a business loan? Why was my loan application turned down? What kinds of businesses get business loans? How can I improve my chances of getting a loan?

Awareness Wheel

How can you get the most out of performance reviews? Are more frequent reviews productive? What are the expectations and fears around reviews? Let's learn more with a certified business advisor.

Accountable Advertising

How do you get the most from your advertising dollars? How can you be sure your efforts are delivering results? How do you know if your advertising dollars are wasted? Let's find out more with the Covid Cashanova!