Business Resource Center

Support for Businesses in Our Area

Find What You Need

There are many local resources and organizations in Lewis County that offer support and tools for local businesses. Whether you are an established business looking for information or a new business just getting started – you can find the help and information you need here in the Centralia – Chehalis area. The organizations listed below are local support, information, and resources for businesses.

Business Organizations

Economic Development Offices

Since its inception, the EDC has worked with more than 100 companies that have located here, responsible for providing over 3,000 jobs. The EDC has also collaborated with 250 local firms to help them expand or strengthen their operations as well as solve transportation, utility and regulatory problems. The EDC includes 300 business members plus local government, education, and others. The council offers programs to increase competitiveness of its companies and provide assistance with site location and permitting issues. The “Small Business Development Center” is a valuable service for start-up companies. Also, “The Lending Network” is an excellent financial resource that has made more than 60 loans to small, local companies over the past ten years. Employee recruitment and training programs are also available.

City & County

General Information

  • Lewis County – Government, Residents, Visitors, Business, Services, and Contact Infromation
  • City of Chehalis – Applications & Permits, Community Development, City Attorney, City Clerk, City Council, City Manager, Codes & Ordinances, Finance Department, Fire Department & EMS, Human Resources & Risk Management, Meetings, Municipal Court, Office of Economic Development, Parks & Recreation, Police Department, Public Works Department, Chehalis Foundation, Chehalis Historic Preservation, City Manager’s Report, City Newsletter, Links, Maps, Press Room, and Contact Information
  • City of Centralia – City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerks Office, Personnel Department, Engineering Department, Community Development, Parks & Recreation, Finance Department, Municipal Court, Economic Development Department, Publilc Works Departments, Centralia Timberland Library, Police Department, Fire Department, and Contact Information

Additional Business Resources

Business Licensing

  • City of Chehalis Business License – or Download Application
  • City of Centralia Business License – or Download Application
  • WA State Licensing: Starting a Business – Information and Resources


City & County Utilities

Businesses Involving Food

Day Care Licensing

Unemployment Insurance

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)

Property Tax

Master Business License – Retail Sales, Business, Ocupation, and Temporary

Certificate of Trade Name

Trade Mark Application and Filing Articles of Incorporation

Federal Withholding Tax, Federal Excise, Federal Unemployment, Tax ID#

Tax Information

Business Accountability

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