Anacortes provides a relaxed lifestyle, with a low crime rate and plenty of forestlands, that many successful businesspeople miss. We’re an excellent location for relocating a business or establishing a new one.

Doing Business in Anacortes

Anacortes is an excellent business location, with affordable utilities, ample water infrastructure, a ready labor supply, and accessible marinas. Anacortes receives more than two million visitors per year due to its ferry connections. Doing business is convenient because it is only 20 minutes from the I-5 corridor, making logistics a breeze. Anacortes is 90 minutes from two major metropolitan areas and their markets: Seattle and Vancouver, BC. Most importantly, Anacortes provides a relaxed lifestyle, with a low crime rate and plenty of forestlands, that many successful businesspeople miss. We’re an excellent location for relocating a business or establishing a new one.

Anacortes also has a strong, sound infrastructure – we have an award-winning wastewater treatment plant, abundant water for industrial uses, and plentiful power for future growth.

Industry Reports
The Board of Directors of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing relevant industry-specific data.  In January of 2016, the chamber contracted with Western Washington University Center for Economic and Business Development Research to prepare the first studies:

Click here for – Localized Economic Impact of Refineries on Fidalgo Island
Click here for – Fidalgo Island Labor and Business Statistics

Anacortes Business Licensing
Anacortes Municipal Code requires that every person engaging in business within the city limits of Anacortes register their business with the state and include a City of Anacortes Endorsement. Businesses from outside city limits with a gross annual income of $2,000 in Anacortes are also required to obtain a city endorsement. Non-resident businesses under $2000 in annual sales are not required to have a city endorsement.  Apply for a license here.

Small Business Administration SCORE Business Mentor
SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses plan, launch, manage and grow.  SCORE is a nonprofit organization that is driven to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and educational workshops. Find a mentor near you.

Key Metrics & Trends
The Economic and Community Development Division of the chamber has identified key metrics to help gauge our local economy: 2008-2016 Metrics.

The ABCs of starting a business in Anacortes
Looking to start your own business? Learn the steps to take to create a successful vision and plan for your new vocation. Can’t find the answers you need? Contact your Anacortes Chamber of Commerce for more information on other resources and services.

Business Compliance Information

  • IRS Small Business & Self Employed Tax Center – Offering a broad range of resources across federal and state agencies, as well as industry/profession-specific information for self-employed entrepreneurs, employers, and businesses. You will also find links to starting and operating a business, employment taxes, tax law changes for business, business-related forms and publications, and online learning options
  • Starting a Business in the State of Washington – Links to resources from the State of Washington Business Licensing Service
  • Washington State Small Business Guide – The Small Business Guide provides helpful information, links to valuable resources, and outlines the steps for starting and operating a business in Washington
  • Free Business Resources to organize and prioritize your employment needs from the Economic Development Association of Skagit County

Licensing, Permits, Incentives