Entrepreneur Academy

If you’re thinking about starting a business in Washington State, you’re in the right place. Experts from around the state have created an academy where you can master the skills needed to be a successful business owner, from coming up with the initial idea to avoiding those pesky beginner’s mistakes.

Best of all, there’s no cost to you. So what are you waiting for? A lifetime of learning is waiting for you in the Academy.


About the Academy

The Entrepreneur Academy was created by the Washington State Department of Commerce to teach the skills needed to be a successful business owner. Starting and running your own business can be one of the most rewarding things you can do in life. Believing that every resident has the right to a living wage job and equal access to education, training and support, Commerce created the Academy.

Eleven experts in their respective fields will teach you the critical business skills you need. Each course includes a companion online and printable workbook, links to additional resources, and even quizzes so you can test your mastery of the skills you’ve learned.

The Academy is a companion resource to our Business Startup Playbook, which contains more details on how to start a successful Washington State business, including the step-by-step process for setting your business up.


Entrepreneur Academy


Meet our Academy Instructors. You can also meet them in each individual course if you like.


Ready to dive in? View the list of available courses and enroll in your first one.


Download any or all of the workbooks that are available in our courses.

Academy Staff

Meet the folks behind the Academy who made this all possible.