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StartZone benefits from a number of partnerships within Highline Community College and throughout the Highline service area.


City of Federal Way Community Services


King County Housing and Community Development


Southwest King County Economic Development Initiative (SKCEDI)
StartZone is an adjunct of the Southwest King County Economic Development Initiative (SKCEDI), a cooperative effort to enhance investment and employment opportunities in Southwest King County. The partners have created several programs to help local businesses including the Small Business Development Center and the Southwest King County International Trade Promotion Program. StartZone serves SCKEDI's mission of working together to promote economic development by initiating projects and programs that focus on small business development and retention in Southwest King County.

  • City of Burien
  • City of Des Moines
  • City of Normandy Park
  • City of SeaTac
  • City of Tukwila
  • Unincorporated North Highline
  • King County Office of Business Relations and Economic Development
  • Port of Seattle
  • Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce
  • Highline Community College


Highline Community College Programs
Being a program of Highline has been essential to StartZone's success. Highline has a long-standing commitment to business and economic development in the region and a variety of business development programs. StartZone benefits from Highline's outreach infrastructure, relationships with the business community, vocational training programs, business and economic development programs and faculty and staff resources, all of which are being leveraged for the benefit of StartZone and its members.

  • Continuing Education
  • Small Business Entrepreneurship Certificate Program
  • Center of Excellence in International Trade, Transportation and Logistics
  • Business Attraction Program
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center
  • Community and Employment Services
  • ABE/ESL Program
  • CIS Department Web/Database Developer Program


Highline's Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center co-located at Highline Community College supports local business owners in their efforts to build profitable businesses, strengthen the local business community and stimulate regional economic growth. Since 2002, the SBDC has been helping promising startups and established small businesses reach the next level by providing no cost business consulting. StartZone has been intentionally designed to serve those not yet ready for SBDC services, moving them along the service continuum with the goal of providing them a warm hand-off to the SBDC once they are on a solid and sustainable footing.


Highline's Procurement Technical Assistance Center
In 2009, a Procurement Technical Assistance Center was established at Highline Community College. Serving all of King and Pierce Counties, the PTAC provides no-fee assistance to businesses desiring to market and sell their products and services to federal, state and local government agencies. Because StartZone is co-located with the PTAC, we are a one-stop shop for our clients seeking government contracting opportunities.


Referral Partners
StartZone has developed a network of referral partners, including microenterprise development organizations, small business development organizations, chambers of commerce and social service organizations. These partners have been trained to make successful referrals, help us outreach our events, and host outreach orientations.

  • African Chamber of Commerce
  • Airport Jobs
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Services
  • Burst for Prosperity
  • Community Capital Development
  • Diocese of Olympia JumpStart Fund
  • Express Advantage
  • Federal Way Multi Service Center
  • Filipino Chamber of Commerce
  • Green River Small Business Assistance Center
  • Kenyan Women Association
  • Latinos for Community Transformation
  • Mercy Corps Northwest
  • Metropolitan Development Council
  • Neighborhood House
  • OUR Washington/The Prosperity Center
  • Washington CASH
  • Washington Access Fund
  • Washington Initiative for Supported Employment
  • White Center Community Development Association
  • YWCA Learning Center


Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations (WAACO)
WAACO’s mission is to promote community development and organizational capacity-building in Washington State by assisting charitable and community-based nonprofit organizations and low-income micro-entrepreneurs obtain free legal assistance on business-related matters. WAACO connects low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs in Washington State with attorneys who will assist them, pro bono (without a charge for their time), on business legal matters. WAACO also provides legal trainings to attorneys and on topics related to microenterprise businesses. WAACO volunteer attorneys meet with low-income microenterprise entrepreneurs to spot legal issues and counsel them on legal issues and responsibilities with respect to their microenterprise business venture. Microenterprise entrepreneurs may qualify for “extended legal services” beyond the clinical consultation, if the attorney determines the venture is ready for further legal representation. More information about WAACO is available at their website: www.waaco.org.



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