Bellevue is committed to helping businesses thrive here. Whether entrepreneurs, small businesses or medium to large corporations, Bellevue works with local and regional agencies to serve the business community's needs.
Businesses on the rise downtown
The Office of Economic Development provides extra help to small businesses. Services are targeted for small business start-up, retention and growth, and financing. Two categories of business activity – interactive media and restaurants – receive special attention.
Partner agencies provide assistance, targeted for various kinds of businesses. These partner agencies can help solve operational and organizational problems or provide expert advice on how to grow and sustain business success. Assistance is available for small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as manufacturers and all enterprises needing staffing help.
For update information information on fedearl Recovery Act help to small businesses, go to SBA Recovery. Recent changes include that the 504 loan program will include refinancings. In the past, SBA 504 loans were only for new real estate and equipment purchases. SBA’s America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) Loan Program can provide up to $35,000 in short-term relief for small businesses facing immediate financial hardship to help ride out the current uncertain economic times and return to profitability. Each small business is limited to one ARC loan.
Help for Manufacturers
Manufacturers can gain assistance from Washington Manufacturing Services. Through its affiliation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership, WMS can link manufacturers with both local expertise and hard-to-access national resources.
WorkSource can provide human resource assistance, help during layoffs and access to resources for business development, all free. WorkSource has locations in Redmond and Renton and at Bellevue College.
Classes are available at the following: