We want Washington’s smallest businesses to have access to the tools and resources they need so they can innovate, succeed, and create economic vitality and a strong sense of place in their communities.
We strengthen these businesses by assisting the regional organizations that help them thrive, Microenterprise Development Organizations (or MDOs).
The Washington State Microenterprise Associations provides MDOs across Washington state with:
We hold regional conferences, provide technical assistance, and link MDOs with funding and other resources.
We convene meetings, conferences, and other networking opportunities to help MDOs and microbiz advocates collaborate with business, economic development, and financing partners.
We award grants to MDOs to support their programs. Since 2008, we’ve awarded more than $2 million in grants to MDOs for capacity building and training.
Our grants to MDOs have leveraged an additional $926,000 in funds from federal, local, or private sources
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Microbusinesses are a rich source of innovation and employment. They represent a well of opportunity for the state’s economic growth.
Thanks to Washington’s pro-business efforts, our state has a fairly diverse business landscape that has led to prosperity for many employees across the state. Corporations, major retailers, and high-tech entrepreneurs benefit from solid policy, capital, and even media attention.
Microbusinesses in Washington are operated by people in many underrepresented groups including Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), veterans, and people with disabilities as well as rural, tribal, LGBTQA+, and entrepreneurs who are low-income and/or under-resourced. These populations face significant barriers to business success due to lack of financing, training, and other business support resources.
MDOs are uniquely skilled and geographically accessible organizations that have great capacity to provide training, credit counseling, technical assistance, microloans, and other services to entrepreneurs. An MDO may be the only source of help for a community’s microbusiness owners.
By supporting existing and emerging MDOs and helping establish new ones we are able to serve some of the most innovative, resourceful business owners in the state’s economy. Find out more about the organizations who are helping microbusinesses in Washington prosper and succeed.