INNOVATE & START-UP

A curated collection of resources to start and grow your innovative business.

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Clark County

No matter where you are with your business, our “Grow Clark County” podcast series gives you a peek into real conversations with Clark County business owners, entrepreneurs, and executives. Marnie Farness, our Director of Business Relationships, discusses everything from current issues to the guest’s journey to success.

Marnie Farness, CREDC Director of Business Relationships

 
Business Planning and Mentorship

Community Partner Resources

Fourth Plain Forward

Partners to offer free small business technical assistance for Fourth Plain business owners including marketing, financial literacy, permits, and business plans.

 

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber

The metro area’s chamber of commerce that specifically caters to the needs of Hispanic and Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs.


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Vancouver Branch (NAACP)

The NAACP exists to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

Industry Resources

Workforce Southwest Washington

Provide industry support by helping businesses to recruit, train and retain the employees.

Impact Washington

Assistance specifically for the manufacturing industry.

Local Resources

Clark County Green Business Program

10-minute drive to PDX, voted the nation’s best airport, offering more daily non-stop flights than any other mid-size airport in the U.S.

Situated in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Clark County is exceptionally well-positioned to access major West Coast, Midwest & International markets through multimodal connections to I-5, I-84, deep water ports, rail, & the Portland International Airport (PDX).

Fort Vancouver Community Library Business Resources (FVRL)

Research resources for a well-informed business plan.

 

Mercy Corps Northwest

A team of humanitarians promoting financial inclusion and social equity across the Pacific Northwest.

 

Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon

MESO is a designated SBA microlender, an IDA fiduciary, a USDA RMAP (Rural Micro-Entrepreneur Assistance Program) lender, and a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

 

Craft 3

Craft3 lends to established nonprofits and growing and start-up-business including those that don’t qualify for traditional loans.

 

WSU MAP Program

The WSU Vancouver Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program (MAP) program contributes to regional economic development by helping small businesses and nonprofits grow and succeed while providing educational opportunities for Carson College of Business students.

 
Business Advising Resources

Washington Small Business Guidance

Resources available in English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, and Traditional Chinese.

SCORE

National nonprofit with a local chapter. Free monitoring services and low cost seminars for entrepreneurs and small business owners of all industries.

Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 

Assisting Washington businesses through advising, education, and research. 

Washington State Department of Commerce – Startup Washington

Our Department of Commerce’s clearinghouse for all the information and resources entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses need to achieve success, including funding sources, training and technical assistance, mentorship, and education.

The Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA) 

Specializing in regulation guidance in Washington state, this office offers self guided resources, one-on-one guidance, and a call/text hotline.

National Resources

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The national resource for launching, managing, and growing your business.

 
 
Find Capital to Fund Your Startup

Oregon Venture Fund

Funding and support to build the next generation of world-class growth companies.

FusionX Ventures

Investing in early stage companies where they can add significant value.

Portland Seed Fund

Top-performing early-stage venture fund focused on investments in the Pacific Northwest.

Cascade Angels

Creating opportunities for investors and businesses in Oregon to drive economic growth and fuel prosperity.

TiE Oregon

Growing business through mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding.

Clark County Coworking & Office Space
Resources

CoLab
915 Broadway St #100, Vancouver, WA 

  • Private Offices

  • Coworking

  • Virtual Offices

  • Members Only Meeting Rooms

Regus Downtown Vancouver
1220 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

  • Private Offices

  • Coworking

  • Virtual Offices

  • Public Meeting Rooms

Regus Camas
2005 SE 192nd Ave Suite 200, Camas, WA 98607 

  • Private Offices

  • Coworking

  • Virtual Offices

  • Public Meeting Rooms 

The Electrical Panel
317 NE Cedar Street, Camas WA 98607

  • Coworking

  • Members Only Meeting Table

Hire or Contract Staff

Employers Overload

Employers Overload specializes in professional, clerical, and light industrial placements. Providing innovative workforce solutions to high quality organizations in the markets they service.

 

WorkSource Vancouver

A mainstay in finding talent across the nation offering free job postings.

 

NW Staff Resources

A full-service staffing agency offering everything from temporary hires through to pre-employment screenings and payroll.

 

Express Employment Professionals

Connecting good people with good businesses.

 

Terra Staffing Group

Specialty talent recruitment and payroll services.

 

Adecco

The local office of a staffing, temporary hire, and payroll agency serving major brands across the nation.

Get 1-on-1 Guidance

Whether it’s finding the right space, addressing talent needs, accessing capital, or connecting with partners and industry mentors, our team can help you identify the resources you need to start and grow your company. All of our services are confidential and provided at no cost.

 

Marnie Farness
Director of Business Relationships and Strategy
mfarness@credc.org
360-850-5724

Address

805 Broadway St
Suite 412
Vancouver WA 98660

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