Economic Development

  1. Start A New Business
  2. Expand or Relocate an Existing Business
  3. Why Ellensburg
Ellensburg offers many advantages to businesses who start or relocate here. On the way to everywhere, Ellensburg has excellent access to major transportation systems, ready-built public utility services, and a workforce of skilled and unskilled laborers who are job ready.  The small town feel and quality of life attract many people to Ellensburg.

LOCATION. Just under two hours from Seattle and less than three hours from Spokane, Ellensburg is strategically located in the center of Washington State.

MINIMAL LICENSING/PERMITS.  To start a business in Ellensburg, you will apply for an Ellensburg Business License

LOW TAXATION. Ellensburg's sales/use tax rate is lower than the average rate of other Washington cities.

INCENTIVES. Washington State Department of Revenue offers many tax incentives for businesses.

WHAT EBDA CAN OFFER:



FUNDING ASSISTANCE. The Ellensburg Business Development Authority offers financial help for businesses. The MicroLoan Program is a non-traditional funding path meant for those business owners who cannot secure funding through traditional sources due to age of the business, amount of funds requested, purpose of the loan, lack of credit performance history, or lack of collateral.

BUSINESS INCUBATOR. A 10,000 SF building designed to support up to 7 start-up light industrial businesses.

START-UP RESOURCES. To aid with your success, we have available a range of support resources. From understanding financials to marketing to business planning and more, we offer the expertise to lend you a hand in a meaningful way.

The scope and complexity of each business determines the regulatory process to get a business up and running. As a general guide, all businesses can benefit from learning about these ten things you should know before starting a business. The Small Business Administration's website contains a wealth of helpful information for business start-ups and management.