Programs & Incentives

Business Resource Guide

The steps to opening or growing your business in Washington State is provided in the state Small Business Guide: licensing, employment, regulatory, reporting and taxes.

Workforce Training

Washington State has enhanced employee workforce development programs in customized training and job skills. Expanding businesses can cut training costs by 50 percent by working with the local community/technical colleges and receiving B&O tax credits. Job skills grants can further reduce the cost of training. Area partners in workforce training include Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College and the Northwest Workforce Council.

Tax Incentives

Washington State provides a number of exemptions and credits toward sales taxes and business and occupation (B&O) taxes. These exemptions and credits specifically target manufacturing activities and renewable energy. Some industries have preferential tax status. 

Economic Development Funding

As a local government, the Port of Bellingham can apply for grants and low-interest loans for facilities to assist business location and expansion. The port can pursue funding for existing and prospective tenants and provide expertise for economic development prospects within Whatcom County. View available economic development funding opportunities.   

For More Information

Please contact Economic Development Project Manager John Michener at 360-676-2500.