The StartZone Philosophy

StartZone Northwest 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.
  • Person-Centered 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 members 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. We are committed to helping our members build businesses that are formal, bankable and profitable with a solid foundation that can support growth.


If you have any questions or would like more information about StartZone Northwest, contact us by email or call us at 206.780.6230.

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