Business Community & Information
Thank you for your interest in locating in business-friendly West Richland! This page is designed to help you find information and useful resources.
For additional assistance, please contact Eric Mendenhall, Community Development Manager.
- How to Start a Business in Washington by the Chamber of Commerce website
Contact the City Community Development Department for information on available sites, or to notify our office if you have a site available for sale or lease.
Wine / Beer / Spirits Industry
There are numerous advantages to locating small and large-scale wineries, or other beverage-production facilities, in West Richland:
- Locate within close proximity to the highly-acclaimed Red Mountain AVA grape-growing region
- Reach a population of 273,000 within a 25-mile radius; a quarter of all households earned over $100,000 in 2014; $63 million spent annually on alcoholic beverages (source: Applied Geographic Solutions)
- Benefit from a central location to the growing regions of Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley, and Walla Walla
- Take advantage of superior infrastructure and planned transportation enhancements for shipping
- Seek out funding through local gap-financing programs
- Enjoy our simple permitting process and winery-ready zoning
- Consider your ideal location; multiple sites and sizes are available
- Locate within a community that embraces agriculture: Benton County's Crops and Livestock values are over $920 million; the food processing industry tops $520 million in gross annual sales
- Join existing West Richland businesses Pacific Rim Winery (Banfi owned; 100,000 plus cases per year), Black Heron Spirits, and Sugar Horse Cellars in a business cluster concept
West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce
The Mission of the WRACC is to be an influential voice for businesses in West Richland and the greater Mid-Columbia region. To promote growth and economic vitality for its members; through collaboration, business to business interactions, community, and statewide marketing.
Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is the leading business advocate for nearly 1,200 private, public and non-profit member firms in the Tri-Cities region. The Tri-City Regional Chamber advocates for a strong business community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Benton and Franklin Counties and beyond.
The local Visitor and Convention Bureau
Tri-City Industrial Development Council
The Tri-City Industrial Development Council (TRIDEC) is a not-for-profit, community-based organization, with over 360 members, serving the economic development needs of Benton and Franklin counties in Southeastern Washington.
Benton-Franklin Council of Governments
Financing programs are available through the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (BFCG) and are designed to "fill the gap" between the amount of conventional financing available and the amount needed for the project. The intent of gap financing is to provide the amount needed to develop a job-creating business expansion. Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $500,000.
Small Business Development Center
The Washington State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a location in Kennewick designed to help you start or grow your business. SBDC primary services include customized one-on-one advising designed to assist and inform business owners and managers to help them make better-informed business decisions to grow and sustain their businesses. Other services of the SBDC include customized and nationally recognized training and advisor-assisted gathering of critical market intelligence.