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Central Washington Business Resource Center

Through collaborative efforts, the Chamber established the Central Washington Business Resource Center.  This full-service business resource facility offers services and programs, meeting and conference rooms, and is the business location for the following organizations:

Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
Yakima County Development Association/ New Vision
Small Business Development Center

New Vision, Yakima County Development Association (YCDA), is a one-stop source for all the information and assistance that is available to local businesses - a network of government agencies, chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, and other important non-profit service providers.  YCDA is committed to attracting out-of-county corporations and investors to Yakima County, expanding and diversifying our economic base, assisting manufacturers with expansion, and supporting new business creation in Yakima County. (509) 575-1140,

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) services include consultations regarding business plan development, financing and other management issues.  SBDC certified business advisors have management consulting experience and have access to extensive resources to assist small business owners and address any specific business problem.  To make an appointment, call (509) 454-7612.

SCORE counselors provide assistance with questions regarding business plan, financing options, marketing strategy, product development, and employer/ employee relations.  All these services are offered at no fee.  SCORE counselors are volunteers who have had successful business careers as company executives or business owners.  To make an appointment, call the Chamber office at (509) 248-2021.

The Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce addresses topics which are timely and helpful for business owners, managers and/or employees.  The Chamber collaborates with business and government entities on legislative issues affecting central Washington State.  Legislative Hotline is held weekly during the legislative session to allow businesses to connect verbally with their state representatives.  (509) 248-2021,

Additional Business Resources

Business License: If your business is inside the city limits of Yakima , contact the City of Yakima:
(509) 575-6121
129 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98902

Zoning:  Includes residential home-based businesses in Yakima County.  
Yakima County Assessor’s Office
(509) 574-2230
128 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901 

Businesses Involving Food:
Yakima Health District
(509) 575-4040
1210 Ahtanum Ridge Rd., Union Gap, WA 98903

Day Care Licensing:
WA State Dept. of Social & Health Services
(509) 575-4265
1002 N. 16th Ave., PO Box 12500, Yakima, WA 98907 

Contractor and Master Business Licenses, Safety and Health Issues:
WA State Department of Labor & Industries
(509) 454-3708
15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 100, Yakima, WA 98902 

Unemployment Insurance:
WA State Department of Employment Security—Tax Division
(509) 574-0137
306 Division St., PO Box 10708, Yakima, WA 98907

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS):
USCIS Office - Yakima
(800) 375-5283
415 N. 3rd St.
Yakima, WA 98901 

Property Tax:
Yakima County Assessor’s Office
(509) 574-1100
128 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901 

Master Business License, Retail Sales Tax, Business and Occupation Tax, 
and Temporary Business License:
WA State Department of Revenue
(509) 575-2783
1714 S. 16th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902

Certificate of Trade Name:
WA State Department of Licensing— Business License Center
(360) 664-1400
405 Blacklake Blvd., Bldg. 2,
Olympia, WA 98507-9034

Trade Mark Application and Filing Articles of Incorporation:
Secretary of State Corporation Division
(360) 573-7115 
505 E. Union, 2nd Floor
Olympia, WA 98504-0234

General Information:
Business Assistance Center
(360) 237-1233
919 Lakeridge Way SW, Suite A
Olympia, WA 98502

Federal Withholding Tax, Federal Excise Tax, Federal Unemployment Tax, Tax Id #:
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
(509) 454-5675
107 S. 7th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902

Tax Information
Yakima City Clerk
(509) 575-6037
Washington State Department of Revenue
(509) 454-5160

Better Business Bureau
(800) 455-4200