Mission & Purpose

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.

Our Purpose

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

SBDCs must work collaboratively with assistance from SBA's district offices to coordinate their efforts to expand services and avoid duplication, particularly with other SBA-funded programs such as Women Business Centers (WBCs), SCORE, Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOCs) and U.S. Export Assistant Centers (USEACs). Where the SBDCs are located in communities with these resource partners, the SBDCs will coordinate with them in offering training and other forms of assistance to their clients.

SBDCs are encouraged to fully utilize the resources of other federal, state and local government, academic and private sector programs concerned with aiding small businesses in order to provide seamless but not duplicative business development assistance at every stage of their growth.

Our Mission

The Washington SBDC promotes economic vitality within Washington communities by providing expert business advising, demand-driven training, and applied research to existing businesses and entrepreneurs.


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.

Page Updated 12.11.2015