Assistance Information

Whether working to recruit new businesses, working with existing business on expansion or retention, Prosser EDA strives to increase economic vitality. We provide important local economic data, supply financial and consulting resource information, and assist with compliance with city/county codes and permitting. 

Local Work Force

WorkSource Columbia Basin  WorkSource Sunnyside 
815 N. Kellogg St., Ste. D 1925 Morgan Road 
Kennewick, WA 99336  Sunnyside, WA 98944 
Business Services  Rhonda Marquez 
509-734-5953 509-836-1102 
wscbemployers@esd.wa.gov  rmarquez@esd.wa.gov 

WorkSource Employers Section provides information on posting a job listing, wage and job vacancy information by occupation, writing a job description, and county economies.

 

 

City of Prosser:  Benton County:  Port of Benton: 
Steve Zetz, City Planner  Adam Fyall, Sustainable Dev.   Diahann Howard, Dir Ec Dev
601 7th Street Prosser, WA 99350  PO Box 190 Prosser, WA 99350  3100 George Washington Way Richland, WA 99354 
509-786-8212  509-736-3053  509-375-3060
szetz@cityofprosser.com  adam.fyall@co.benton.wa.us  dhoward@portofbenton.com 

  
 

Small Business Development Programs

Small Business Development Center, Columbia Basin College; educational programs for small business, assists with business plans, expansions, structure & financial proposals. Prosser EDA can schedule an appointment with a SBDC counselor, for an individual one on one consultation.

Business Assistance Center Finance Unit:

The Business Finance Unit provides technical assistance, financing services and targeted lending to assist small and medium-sized businesses in obtaining loan capital for start-up and expansion. For information regarding WA State Dept. of Commerce finance programs visit Commerce Programs.

Impact Washington:

Impact Washington formerly Washington Manufacturing Services, provides valuable assistance to small and mid-sized manufacturers to improve productivity and competitiveness. They understand challenges small manufacturers face & help implement solutions for long-term positive impacts. IW links manufacturers with local expertise and national resources.

Service Corps of Retired Executives:

SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Pacific Northwest National Labs

Richland, WA Offers a variety of Business Resources

Loans/Financial Resources

HAEIFC Hanford Area Economic Interest Fund Committee:

Project must diversify/expand the area’s economic base & create primary jobs. 509 943-9185

Rural Washington Loan Fund:

The Rural Washington Loan Fund provides gap financing for businesses located primarily in distressed and timber impacted areas of the state. The fund finances higher risk projects than those funded by conventional lenders.

Federal Loans: SBA 504, SBA 7a:

SBA 504: This federal program offers long-term financing to small businesses (under 500 employees) for the acquisition, construction, expansion or renovation of land and buildings or purchase of equipment.

SBA 7a: This federal program provides loan guarantees for commercial loans as well as direct loans to eligible small businesses. The loan monies can be used for debt, the purchase of a business, acquisition of equipment or property, or leasehold improvements.

Visit the SBA website at sba.gov

GovLoans.gov is your Gateway to Federal Loan Information.

Benton-Franklin Council of Governments
Richland, WA (509) 943-9185

Benton Rural Electric Association 
Prosser, WA (509) 786-2913

Exemptions & Tax Credits

"Washington State Export Program"

 

Department of Revenue

 

Manufacturers, research and development and high technology firms deferrals, exemptions, and credits; Manufacturers and food processors Sales & Use tax deferrals/exemptions Variety of B&O Tax Credit Programs / Warehouse Tax/Rural-Distressed County Business & Occupation Tax Credit Program

Investment Tax Credits for Rehabilitation of Historic Structures

The Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation assists businesses interested in applying for investment tax credits available for the certified rehabilitation of historic structures. Staff provide technical assistance and review projects eligible for the 25 percent tax credit. For more information contact: Washington State Office of Historic Preservation Restoration Designer, at (360) 586-3079