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.

Whether you run a small business, or are thinking about starting one, there are numerous resources 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.