The Port of Columbia is available to provide business support for all businesses in Columbia County.

The Port of Columbia serves as the ADO (Associate Development Organization) for Columbia County, which means we are tasked with supporting not only Port tenant businesses, but all businesses in Columbia County. The Port assists businesses with planning, financing, succession planning, business trainings, and much more. We also provide referrals for needs that are better met by area professionals. Contact the Port office or for assistance.

10 Steps for Starting a Business in Columbia County

StartUp Washington

If you are looking to start-up a business or expand your existing business, take a look at the StartUp Washington website for a large amount of helpful information and guidance.  Click here for the website.

Small Business Development Center

The SBDC is a network of expert business advisors who help business owners with many aspects of running a small business. Click here for the websiteMeet our local SBDC advisor here.
Check out this presentation by Paul Bowen on business licensing and incorporating in WA state.

Small Business Administration

The SBA is an organization dedicated to helping small businesses. Click here for the business guide. 


SCORE helps small businesses thrive through mentoring and education. Click here for their website. Click here to connect with a local mentor.