Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Our Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee brings together many different stakeholders including entrepreneurs, small businesses, ecosystem builders, supporters, and community. Together, they work on initiatives making Kitsap a great place for building a business and attracting new technologies. Kitsap values our entrepreneurs and innovators, who shape the world around them. Kitsap’s “E&I” team is focused on the future of Kitsap’s economy, making sure our community has the necessary resources to build companies, site technology in our community, all while offering connectivity to the greater Puget Sound startup and innovation ecosystem.
- Washington Autonomous Vehicle Cluster (“WAV-C”). Through the E&I team and other Washington stakeholders, KEDA is currently drafting a proposal to be submitted to Washington’s Innovation Cluster Acceleration Program (“ICAP”). We intend to drive a statewide cluster initiative supporting the growth and success of unmanned and autonomous land, water, and air vehicles.
- Programming: Longstanding programs featuring entrepreneurship in Kitsap include the BE$T program at Kitsap community resources, and the annual EDG3 Fund competition from Kitsap Bank. With plenty more to come: Right now E&I is evaluating and discussing the potential of new speaker and technical assistance programs for the
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PROGRAMS & RESOURCES
- Kitsap SCORE: The local branch of this national volunteer organization provides free and confidential business advice to entrepreneurs who are working to launch a new business or grow their existing businesses. Their volunteer mentors have extensive experience in a broad range of industries and specialties, and their mentoring services are available without charge.
- Kitsap Community Resources BE$T Program: Works with entrepreneurs who are ready to start a new business or improve an existing one.BE$T is an approved Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP).
- KEDA’s Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC): Part of the Washington State PTAC, we provide FREE and confidential business assistance and support to regional businesses in marketing and selling to federal, state and local government agencies and prime contractors. We also assist agencies, departments and primes in their efforts to comply with federal and state procurement diversity goals.
- Kitsap Regional Library: Offers premium business resources (free with your library card) including customizable legal forms, business database products, business plans handbook, and market research tools. KRL also offers free access to lynda.com (aka LinkedIn Learning), a site offering thousands of training videos and tutorials on subjects including business, design, marketing, developer/coding, IT, photography, video, audio, 3D animation, education and e-learning, and more
- Coworking Spaces: There are five in Kitsap – find them all Startup Washington
- State of the art coworking spaces – Kitsap is home to some of the region’s most innovative coworking communities including:
- Vibe Coworks, Office Xpats, Spark Commons, Have-A-Space, The Spot and Bremerton Work Space.
- Bremerton Canvas offers rentable photography studio, pop-up shop or workspace;
- Bainbridge Artist Resource Network (BARN) is a unique non-profit community center for artisans and makers, has studios for everything from Electronic & Technical Arts to Woodworking.
- Creative Consortium in Poulsbo offers meeting rooms, private offices, event space, a private theater, and a fully equipped digital media production studio.
Washington State Resources
Washington State is consistently ranked as one of the best places to start a business. The state has more than 250,000 businesses registered, from one-person start-ups to some of the most familiar names in retailing, aircraft, software and outdoor recreation equipment. If you plan to be the next Amazon.com, Microsoft or Boeing, here are some resources to help you open your business and position it for success.
- The Business Startup Playbook Get your team all on the same page as you drive down the field toward your business goals. A great resource for planning and opening your business, as well as some of the things you’ll need to know down the line to stay inbounds and avoid penalties.
- StartUp Washington: Along with its sister site ChooseWashington.com, StartupWashington serves as a clearinghouse for all the news and information you need to grow your existing state business, relocate your business or some of its operations to Washington State, export your products or services, engage in international trade, attract foreign and domestic investment and identify new market opportunities, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
- WASHINGTON BusinessHub A one stop resource for starting and operating a business in Washington State including printable small business guides which includes detailed information on writing your business plan.
- Office of Regulatory Assistance: The Governor’s Office of Regulatory Assistance (ORA) offers great information and resources for small business and permit projects. Staff members are available to answer any questions related to local and state government regulations. The Small Business Guide is a helpful tool for all phases of business. Contact ORA at 1-800-917-0043 or email@example.com
- Access Washington: Offers great one-stop shop that includes nearly everything you need, from how to choose a business structure to licensing requirements. Washington State is definitely open for business, and this portal will give you a jump start on getting your business up and running quickly. You may also want to look through their handy Business Roadmap, which is an easy to follow introduction to doing business in Washington State.
- Secretary of State: If the business structure you’ve chosen is a corporation, limited liability company, or limited partnership, you will need to register that company with the Office of the Secretary of State first, or have your attorney do it for you. Registration with the Office of the Secretary of State is simple, just be sure to properly plan by using the Washington State Small Business Guide.