According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 99.5 percent of businesses in Washington qualify as small businesses. Those 590,908 small businesses employ approximately 1.3 million people, or 51.5 percent of all employees in the state.

In Pierce, King, and Thurston Counties, small businesses employ between 47 and 58 percent of employees in each county. In Kitsap and Mason Counties, small businesses employ between 58 and 65 percent of workers.

During Small Business Week, several free events are available to established and prospective small business owners. See our list of local and national events here.

Numerous other resources are also available year round:

Pierce County

Thurston County

King County

Lewis County

Mason County

State resources

National resources

U.S. SBA offers guides, funding information, and help for specific business owners including women, veterans, and minorities.