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StartZone was funded in April 2008 with a Federal earmark administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. We began serving clients in October 2008. Today, StartZone has over 400 members and provides a range of workshops, consulting and other business support services. More than half our members are women and more than two thirds are people of color or recent immigrants.


StartZone believes in providing reality-based, individualized services to put members on the path to owning a business that can grow and be profitable.

  • Reality Based – We help our members determine early whether or not they are ready to move forward and whether their startup or expansion goals are realistic and feasible. Our assessment tools help members make an early "go-no-go" decision, before they've invested a lot of time, energy and money on a business concept that won't fly.


  • Customized Service – StartZone is not a one-size-fits-all program. Not all of our members need a business plan or are looking for financing for their business. Our members reflect the wide diversity of the community we serve and bring with them challenges that are often culturally-specific. We meet our member where we find them, help them articulate their business goals, and develop a customized work plan designed to help them overcome their specific challenges and move them toward success.


  • Pathway to Growth and Profits– Businesses in the informal economy (that is, businesses that are "cash only under the table") can work on a small scale but are not bankable and have limited growth and profit potential. StartZone is committed to helping members build businesses that are formal, bankable and profitable with a solid foundation that can support growth.


StartZone's multi-cultural and multi-lingual staff reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. Our business specialists collectively bring years of experience working with people from diverse communities of the Puget Sound region to help them start and grow small businesses. Learn more about our staff.


StartZone benefits from a number of partnerships within Highline Community College and throughout the Highline service area. Learn more about StartZone’s partners.



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