There are many major technical giants in Washington, including Amazon and Microsoft. This means that the close proximity to these companies makes it easy to set up e-commerce and get access to computing resources. Also, the number of businesses in Washington that accept credit cards is very high, meaning that getting a credit-savvy customer base will increase the number of products and services sold for small businesses. The only downfall to starting a small business in Washington is the increasing cost of minimum wage. Starting in April 2015, the minimum wage in Seattle will be $15 per hour, increasing the hourly cost of basic labor skills dramatically.