The Center for Business & Innovation houses the most resources to help small businesses grow and succeed under one roof in Washington State.

We are a group of programs that provide free and low-cost resources to help you start and grow a business, including advising, business training, financial training, funding and more. In collaboration with the Thurston Economic Development Council and South Puget Sound Community College, CB&I provides a variety of resources through a collaborative system unlike any other in the state.

The Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) is committed to the prosperity of small businesses in our community! We provide a variety of services and resources for entrepreneurs, business owners, and managers to help them succeed.

CB&I operates in South Puget Sound Community College’s Lacey Campus. The Thurston Economic Development Council, Washington Center for Women in Business, and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) all operate in the same space, creating a wrap-around hub for new business owners and entrepreneurs.

Together we provide critical knowledge, management tools, solutions to problems and making key connections to help you fast-track accomplishing your goals.

Take advantage of the CB&I’s experience, whether to turn your business idea into a reality or to advance your existing business to the next level.

The CB&I can support your business with:  

  • Advising
  • Coaching
  • Training & workshops
  • Research
  • Workforce training
  • Location assistance
  • Strategic referral
  • Business Assistance

All of these services are meant to support your business success at every stage - from start-up, to scale-up, and beyond, all at low or no cost.

The CB&I is an equal opportunity service provider. All are welcome regardless of gender, gender expression, age, race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, economic status or military status.

Explore all CB&I Programs

Whether you have a great idea for a new business, are ready to write your business plan, need advice on a big decision or change, or are looking for financial assistance and resources to develop, CB&I's incredible team of programs are here to help.

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