Information for Clients

The ELC generally works with clients in four main areas:

Client Application Forms

There are no fees for the ELC’s services, but clients are responsible for out-of-pocket expenses such as incorporation, patent, copyright, or trademark registration/filing fees.

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  1. APPLY: Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Client Resources



City of Seattle Business License

The City of Seattle's business license application and fee information can be found here.

Business Startup Tips from the City of Seattle

A pdf guide called "10 essential steps for starting a business in Seattle." This guide has many resources for getting started, and would be useful for businesses outside of Seattle as well.

Seattle SBA Office

A good resource for information on financing your business and for workshops designed for small business owners.

Seattle SCORE

Valuable workshops and free counseling for small business owners.


Large list of resources for starting up and growing your business. Members receive coaching, access to financing information, and more.

Entrepreneurs can receive IDAs (individual development accounts) for which Washington CASH will match savings 2:1. Entrepreneurs must first take an 8-week Business Development Training.

WA State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises

Resources tailored to women and minority business owners. Includes online information and in-person workshops.

Inc. Start-up Resources

A wide variety of resources for business owners who are starting up or growing their businesses. Includes marketing and branding resources and technology tips.

Wall Street Journal’s Small Business Section

Timely information about a variety of business issues. A good source for inspiration and ideas.

UW Foster Business & Economic Development Center

The BEDC's consulting program provides advice to businesses that includes accounting, operations, marketing, and management assistance.


A network to help immigrants, minorities, women, and people with disabilities in South King County start and run their businesses. Members are eligible for business classes, mentoring, and tax filing assistance.

InfoBiz: King County Library System's Small Business Resources

Links to online resources for small business owners in King County.

Washington State Dept of Commerce

Provides small businesses and non-profits in Washington state with resources and business planning materials for expansion in the US and abroad.

Innovate Washington

Innovate Washington uses a focused, unique set of tools and services to accelerate the success of Washington companies so that prosperity, jobs and economic growth can follow.

The Seattle Networking Guide

Lists groups and organizations that have been screened by SNG and found to offer worthwhile opportunities for professional and social networking, career advancement, learning, volunteering and corporate sponsorship.

TiE Seattle

TiE stands for Talent, Ideas and Enterprise. It is an open and inclusive organization that has more than 58 chapters in 12 countries, including a robust network in Seattle. TiE seeks to cultivate and nurture the ecosystem of entrepreneurship and free-market economies everywhere, as it sees this to be the single most powerful instrument of prosperity.

Professional Women of Color Network

PWOCN facilitates and provides: Business Opportunities, Reciprocal Networking Opportunities, An Exchange Of Information Pertinent To Women Of Color, and Resources & Referrals For Personal & Professional Success.

Washington State Microenterprise Association

Microenterprise Development Organizations provide entrepreneurial training, technical assistance and access to capital. They help create new business, generate jobs and advance self-sufficiency.

Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association

Independent trade association serving the life sciences industry in the state of Washington. Members include organizations engaged in, or supportive of, research, development and commercialization of life science technologies.

UW Professional & Continuing Education

Serves professionals seeking career change, career advancement or development of personal interests. Partners with academic units throughout the University of Washington to offer 125 certificate programs, 35 master’s degree programs, bachelor degree completion, courses, workshops and more – all spanning more than 75 fields.

Washington Access Fund

Promotes access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities in Washington State.

Seattle Housing Authority

Economic Opportunity Programs offered by Seattle Housing Authority for residents who want to find jobs and advance their careers.

Additional Resources for Technology Entrepreneurs



U.S. Economic Development Administration

A government agency that aims to increase economic development by supporting innovation and job creation.

Startup America Partnership

A network of resources for entrepreneurs, started at the White House to help small businesses grow. This organization focuses heavily on innovation and is divided so that businesses at various stages of development can find the resources they need.

Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Startup Resources

Offers events and opportunities for learning about issues related to entrepreneurship and networking with the UW Foster Business School community.

The Tech Garden

Resources designed to help technology entrepreneurs start their businesses. Includes links for business incubation, business growth, and funding.

Washington Technology Industry Association

Washington Technology Industry Association is the largest state-wide association of technology companies and executives in the world.  Joining WTIA connects you with technology business leaders from around the state in a meaningful and engaging way.

Additional Resources for Social Entrepreneurs and Non-Profits



City of Seattle Technology Resources

The City of Seattle offers free website hosting to non-profits as well as other technology resources.


An organization that is dedicated to helping non-profits by strengthening their boards.

Outcome Indicators Project

Provides frameworks to help non-profits evaluate the effectiveness of programs. This site includes frameworks designed for 14 different types of program.

501 Commons

501 Commons is a first stop for nonprofit resources and referrals to local service providers. They provide a broad range of high-quality consulting services through one organization.

The Seattle Foundation

Seattle's largest community foundation distributes over $50 million to local nonprofits each year. Donors with an established fund can meet and exchange ideas with other SF community supporters.

Z Girls As a business owner, moving forward aggressively but mindfully is really important so knowing all of the potential risks and then knowing all of the legal steps helps us to be more strategic about what we do and how we decide to do it.

- Libby Ludlow, Founder at Z-girls

What the ELC does is amazing. Lawyers and law students volunteer their valuable time to give you fantastic legal guidance for FREE! Besides giving us guidance to help found Impel, the folks at the ELC gave me a crash course in intellectual property law which has been critical in advancing almost every aspect of our business.

– John Hoekman, Ph.D. Founder and CSO, Impel NeuroPharma

FAt CAt Fudge The students and lawyers asked me questions about every possible aspect of my business. They helped point me in the right direction. I’ve been thrilled to work with the clinic. They helped teach me how to ‘talk the talk’ in wholesale, and its really paid off.

– Kristine Wraspir, Owner, Fat Cat Fudge

This new public safety camera program in the Chinatown-International District was truly a community collaboration and required help from all of our partners. The UW Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic provided critical support in our planning for the functioning of this system—which is now operational and giving our small businesses a renewed sense of safety.

-Don Blakeney, Executive Director, Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area

We’ve been very fortunate to find a great partner and resource in the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.

-Quang Nguyen, Senior Economic Development Specialist and Manager of Hing Hay Coworks, SCIDpda

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