Small Business Development
Mason County is home to a vibrant entrepreneur and small business community. With that comes a rich support structure serving all sectors. Whether you’re launching your first startup, seeking financing, or planning for expansion, we and our partners have tools to help you succeed.
Access to capital
The EDC can connect businesses with financing solutions to help pay for business expansion, fund equipment purchases, buy a building, etc. Any business looking to start or grow in Mason County should contact us for information.
One unique program is available through the Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Seattle-based Community Sourced Capital, created Fund Local to help businesses get up to $50,000 in loans, interest free.
The EDC facilitates mentoring by connecting new business owners with experienced ones. These business professionals can help entrepreneurs and startups move more quickly to the next stage while avoiding some of the common pitfalls associated with growth and expansion. We also offer a variety of tools and resources business owners need to learn and grow.
Education and training
The EDC works with local partners to provide education and training programs for entrepreneurs, business owners and executives. This is based on the successful business model of an entrepreneurship program developed by Avista Utilities in concert with the community college which enrolled 75 students and led to 20 businesses being launched.
Contact the EDC for technical assistance and support. You can also view online resources. This includes how-to articles, grant opportunities, book reviews, and links to online resources, as well as two new publications targeted to startups and small businesses, the Washington Small Business Playbook and a Crisis Planner for Small Businesses.