WSU Tri-Cities

Business LINKS

Business LINKS

Business LINKS is a public service dedicated to the development of emerging and expanding businesses in support of a diverse regional economy. We provide information, professional education and connections to internships and joint research opportunities with students and faculty members at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Business LINKS is an outreach program of WSU Tri-Cities, located in Richland, WA. Business LINKS provides resources for start-up businesses and established businesses.



Start Smart Workshop: Learn how to start a business in Benton and Franklin Counties.

The Start Smart workshop will cover:

  • 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?
  • And other important questions...

Join us for this 3-hour, practical and interactive workshop to save time and money by planning now for your business success. Participants develop an action plan and also receive a step-by-step workbook. The workshop begins at 6:00 p.m. and is held at TRIDEC, Bechtel Room, 7130 W. Grandridge, Kennewick. Class size is limited so sign up for the date that best works for your schedule by registering soon. Pre-registration is required; no refunds are available.

Call 509-372-7606 for the updated schedule of workshops.

How to Register

The workshop is only $25 and includes a step-by-step workbook. There are four ways you can register. Select one of the following:

  1. Download the registration form.
  2. CALL 509-372-7606 to register by Visa or MasterCard.
  3. US MAIL: Please complete the registration form and mail it with your check* or credit card information to:

    WSU Tri-Cities Business LINKS
    2710 Crimson Way
    Richland, WA 99354

  4. FAX with Credit Card Information: Fax the completed registration form with your credit card information to

*If paying by check, payment must be received by WSU no later than five (5) business days prior to the event. Unpaid registrations will be cancelled after that date.

To receive more information, call 509-372-7101 or e-mail Sponsored by Washington State University Tri-Cities Business LINKS, City of Richland, the Small Business Development Center, SCORE, and your Chamber of Commerce.

Assistance to Complete Special Projects

Businesses often have special projects that could benefit from the creative ideas, cutting-edge knowledge, an extra "set of hands" and external perspective achieved by partnering with a student intern, student team and/or faculty member. These projects range from developing a business, conducting market research, creating a communications plan, designing a website or social media plan, researching a scientific challenge, or producing an engineering design—and many other areas. If you'd like more information about how a partnership could assist your business, contact us at 509-372-7101 or email to find out about timelines, project requirements, free versus for fee, and other options.


Since 1995, Business LINKS has provided training and counseling to over 8,000 clients. Business LINKS provided comprehensive start-up assistance in the creation of 500 new businesses to date. The program continues to be funded by grants and gifts; it has expanded its services to meet the needs of successful entrepreneurs.

Contact Information

LoAnn Ayers

Business LINKS, 2770 Crimson Way, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland, WA 99354-1671, 509-372-7600, Contact Us