Economic Development


Believe you have a great new business idea but not sure where to start? Startup Skagit Valley is offering a program with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship for aspiring entrepreneurs in Skagit County that includes free business training and ongoing support for your business. This is an exciting program with demonstrated success that can help you get your business started and moving forward within your community.  Startup Skagit Valley will host a 16 hour course in Mount Vernon to teach you how to apply business fundamentals to assess the feasibility of your business goals. Participants will have access to individualized coaching and mentoring from the CIE, the Small Business Development Center and local volunteer business and economic professionals. You will also get a chance to win one of three $500 seed grants to help with startup expenses and an opportunity to incubate in the Mt. Vernon Pop-Up store! Check out the flyer HERE for more information. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2020. Access the application HERE

The City of Anacortes is dedicated to enhancing and expanding the economic and business climate of the City. Our goal is to preserve Anacortes as an attractive place to live and work.

Downtown Anacortes

Every great city has a strong, healthy downtown. It is important for Anacortes to have a vibrant downtown where people throughout the region can gather to live, work, shop and enjoy entertainment options.

Business Development

The City works to enhance our economic base through business creation, expansion and retention efforts in partnership.


We are committed to promoting healthy economic development and providing jobs in our community through the City’s streamlined development review  process. This is a more efficient process that does not compromise our ability to ensure that development projects are consistent with codes and policies that affect the livability of our community.

Marine Trades

Anacortes Marine Trades offers services for the boat owner. This directory contains over 50 marine trades companies and professionals. please visit the Marine Trades website for more information. 

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