RICHLAND, Wash. – Learn how to start a business in Benton and Franklin counties at a workshop presented Monday, Aug. 8, by the Washington State University Tri-Cities Business LINKS program.
The Start Smart workshop will answer questions focusing on business plan basics, such as:
  • How much money will you need to start and run the business until it is profitable?
  • What are your options for getting money for your business?
  • What do you need to do to legally launch your business — licenses, taxes, and other issues?
  • How will you market your business?


This practical and interactive workshop helps you save time and money by planning ahead. Participants develop an action plan and receive a step-by-step workbook.

The Start Smart workshop is at 6:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Registration for this two-hour workshop costs $25 for up to two people. Pre-register online at or call 372-7101.

The Start Smart workshop is repeated the second Monday of each month — the next three are scheduled for Sept. 12, Oct. 10, and Nov. 14. Start Smart is co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center/Columbia Basin College, SCORE, the City of Richland, and the four Chambers of Commerce.