Welcome to Downtown!

Renton: The Center of Opportunity

Renton offers a wealth of development and business possibilities, strategically positioned in a central hub and fostered by a pro-business environment. The city thrives within the vibrant Puget Sound region, a technology-driven area witnessing business relocations, expansive housing projects, and the revitalization or creation of various neighborhoods.

For more information on resources tailored to downtown businesses, consult our Resource Guide. If you’re considering starting a new business in Renton, our New Business Packet 2023 is a comprehensive resource to guide you through the process.


To learn more about business opportunities or how your business could thrive in the City of Renton, take a look at these resources for more information:

Thinking about starting a business? Check out these resources designed to help small businesses:

  • STARTUP425 – Expands entrepreneurship opportunities across Eastside communities by providing access to tools that experienced workers, students, and entrepreneurs need to go from idea to working business
  • Washington Small Business Development Center – Helps address the needs of small businesses, and offers free counseling for businesses looking for new ways to grow
  • Renton Chamber of Commerce – Improves business and economic conditions, and offers members leadership development, networking opportunities, advocacy, and resources to promote business prosperity
  • Small Business Administration – Provides a plethora of resources on starting a business, growing an established business, applying to a loan program, discovering research grants, and more

(View the full list here)

How Can the Renton Downtown Partnership Help You?

New Business Welcome Packet: Welcome to Renton! This packet contains general information about the area and services provided. It also includes contact information for various organizations associated with small business and economic development.

Signage: Need help with new or replacement business signage? Check out our informational flyer!

Promotion: Have an upcoming event or special you would like to promote? We would love to spread the word through our social media and email newsletters! Reach out to us at [email protected] or submit your event for listing here.

IGNITE! Meetings: Our Economic Vitality Committee holds IGNITE! meetings about every other month that features guest speakers on topics related to small businesses.

Online Business Profiles: Get help claiming and editing your Google or Yelp business profile. Email Sue Bollinger, Economic Vitality Committee Chair.

Get the Look Guide: Read our guide on how to create a safe, welcoming space that will attract customers and boost sales!

Flyer explaining the Facade Improvement Grant Program featuring a before and after example

Facade Improvement Grant Program 2024

The Renton Downtown Partnership (RDP) is implementing a Facade Improvement Grant Program to preserve and enhance the charm of Downtown Renton. The intent of the RDP grant program is to support our downtown through investment in beautification and historic preservation efforts. The grant program also intends to enhance the pedestrian environment while improving the quality of life in the downtown. We want Downtown Renton to be a delightful place to shop, work, and live!
 This Program will cover improvements such as: signage, awnings, exterior restoration, windows and doors, accessories that are a part of street side facade, etc
For the full list, information about qualifying, and applications click here
Applications are due June 1st.