Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA)

The Washington State Microenterprise Association builds the capacity of nonprofits that help companies with training, technical assistance and financing to strengthen Washington’s smallest businesses


The Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA) provides capacity building support, networking, training and technical assistance, grantmaking and resources to nonprofit Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) in Washington State. These MDOs are regional leaders that assist the smallest businesses in the state (companies with 5 or fewer employees) with business training, technical assistance, microloans or support in accessing financing. Our partners focus on serving inspiring entrepreneurs who are often people with limited incomes, veterans, people with disabilities, rural and those who have been historically marginalized to help them earn more, innovate, grow, and contribute to Washington State’s economy.

WSMA strengthens the capacity and reach of Microenterprise Development Organizations  delivering entrepreneurial support services and financing to the smallest businesses in local communities thereby improving the entrepreneurs’ connections to the business resources they need.

Fostering connections among business development organizations, agencies and individuals dedicated to microenterprise development encourages leadership and amplifies the voice of microenterprise practitioners.  Microenterprise development is a viable community and economic development strategy where business support and access to financing increases jobs, grows businesses and strengthens local economies.

Services offered by this organization are listed below. This provider specializes in the areas listed in bold.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Business Planning

  • Microenterprise Development Organization (MDO) (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Grant Funding Providers (Specialty)
  • Local Investment Network
  • Non-Traditional Financing

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Disability Services for Employees

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small and Microbusiness/General

Nonprofit Development

  • Advocacy Tools & Training
  • Business Technical Services
  • Communities of Practice
  • Fund Development

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Microbusiness Advocacy (Specialty)
  • Small Business Policy

Technical Assistance

  • Rural Business Resources (Specialty)


  • Business Management Training
  • Health and Safety Training

Events and Community Building

  • Local Investment Networks
Contact Information
Cherie Reeves Sperr