An important part of the CleanTech Alliance’s mission is to act as a resource for members. We are constantly adding information in this area to enable you to quickly gain insight on issues, find the facts that you need or explore different points of view. Below, you'll find information on our partners, links to resources, and tools to help you succeed!
Doing Business in Washington State
Put together in partnership between the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington State Bar Association, "Doing Business in Washington State" is a guide for foreign business and investment. It is specific to Clean Technology and details why Washington State has become one of the best places to do business.
Environmental Services Directory for Washington State
The Environmental Services Directory for Washington State is a business-to-business directory of environmental services, products, and information sources available in Washington State. First published in 1990, it has been on the Internet since 2001 and is consistently top ranked in online searches for environmental services in Washington State.
Led by the U.K. and built in collaboration with the U.S., China, India, Europe and others, the Global Calculator is an interactive tool for businesses, NGOs and governments to consider options for cutting carbon emissions and the trade-offs for energy and land use through 2050.
Washington State Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce has a mission to grow and improve jobs in Washington State by championing thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustainable infrastructure.
Commerce Director Brian Bonlender reorganized the Department in 2013 and established the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness. The new OEDC engaged business and industry leaders to help recruit and support a team of professionals to collaborate on policies and growth strategies in target sectors.
Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County (EDC)
The EDC is a public-private economic development partnership which was founded in 1971 to expand and diversify the economy across King County and its 39 cities. The EDC's mission is to expand and diversify the economy throughout King County by retaining and recruiting jobs, promoting global competitiveness, and growing strong and sustainable industry clusters. One of the EDC's targeted clusters is clean technology, led by Steve Gerritson.
Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington
Since 1983, the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington (EFACW) has provided free export finance advice and counseling services to small and medium sized Washington state businesses.
EFACW services include:
Payment methods options and applicable risk mitigation solutions
Basic foreign exchange risk considerations
Review of banking services needs
Introduction to Export Import Bank and Small Business Administration export finance programs and representatives
Craft3 is a nonprofit lender with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. They do this by specializing in loans to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, individuals and others who don’t normally have access to financing. Then, Craft3 complements these financial resources with their expertise, networks and other advocacy for their clients.
Since inception, Craft3 has invested more than $322 million in over 4,373 people and businesses in Oregon and Washington.
Clean water loans
First Sound Bank
Founded and managed by a team of local banking executives, First Sound Bank is committed to delivering personalized services, convenient access and competitive rates to support the needs of the local business community. First Sound Bank offers customized banking for small- to medium-sized businesses, organizations, not-for-profits and professionals in the Puget Sound region. In addition to commercial loans, equipment financing and SBA lending First Sound provides online banking including remote deposit capture at www.firstsoundbank.com plus an expansive array of cash management services, as well as ATM banking throughout the country and abroad.
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union
At PSCCU, members are not only part owners of a financial cooperative, but they also help play a role in environmental sustainability, financial security for others and job creation. The credit union offers all the financial products and management tools you’d expect, but they diversify themselves by combining helping the environment with providing their members with the best money-saving options. One of the major ways they accomplish this is through their Energy Smart (Home Efficiency) Loans. They have helped numerous homeowners around the Puget Sound area and beyond update their homes to be energy-efficient, as well as businesses that supply the designs, material and labor to grow and prosper.
PSCCU is a full service financial institution and offers:
GreenUp loans (bicycles and equipment, hybrid, electric or new clean diesel vehicles)
Free Online Banking, eStatements and Bill Pay
Over 5,000 Branch and 30,000 Surcharge-Free ATMs Nationwide - and overseas!
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
JP Morgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm and one of the largest banking institutions in the United States, with operations worldwide.