WSU’s 24 SBDCs operate in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBDCs provide Washington businesses and entrepreneurs with business management assistance, training, and support. A 25th center is expected to open in Redmond in early 2015. WSU is also considering a South Seattle location to support the growing number of minority-owned businesses in that community.
Services at SBDCs are offered without a fee. Between 2010 and 2013, Washington SBDCs provided more than 105,000 hours of client-based services. During the same period, SBDC advisors served more than 8,200 small businesses, created or saved more than 3,500 regional jobs, and facilitated access to more than $150 million in capital, contributing more than $26 million in state tax revenue and more than $8 million in federal tax revenue.