KENNEWICK, Wash. – Get solid advice on how to launch a small business at the Start Smart workshop 6-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in TRIDEC’s Bechtel Room, in the Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick.

Presented by the Washington State University Tri-Cities Business LINKS program, the easy-to-understand session will cover the basics of starting a business, from initial financing to getting the right licenses.
The cost is $25 for up to two people. Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required at or 509-372-7606.
The workshop is designed for those who want to start a business in Benton and Franklin counties. Topics will focus on business plan basics and practical issues, including:
• How much money you need to run the business until it is profitable.
• Options for getting money for your business.
• Things you need to do to legally launch your business – licenses, taxes and more.
• Ideas on how to market your business.
This practical and interactive workshop will help a small-business owner save time and money by planning ahead. Participants will develop an action plan and receive a step-by-step workbook.
The workshop will be repeated on Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9. Start Smart is co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center/Columbia Basin College, SCORE, the City of Richland and the four area chambers of commerce.
WSU Tri-Cities is located along the scenic Columbia River in Richland, Wash. Established in 1989 with upper division and graduate programs, WSU Tri-Cities expanded in 2007 to a four-year undergraduate campus offering 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s and six doctoral degree programs. Learn about the most diverse campus in the WSU system at