Center for Business & Innovation

The Center for Business & Innovation is home to over a dozen resources to help entrepreneurs in any stage of their business journey.


South Thurston Economic Development Initiative (STEDI) is is a consortium focused on long-range economic and community development in the rural areas of the Thurston County.

Lacey/Olympia Small Business Development Center

The Washington Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are funded by the SBA with matching grants from the communities they serve. The Lacey/Olympia Center receives its matching funds from South Puget Sound Community College. It provides no-cost business advising and a myriad of educational resources to companies of all stages; from start-up to growth to succession. The Center Director is Certified Business Advisor Jennifer Dye. She is supported by Administrative Professional Sachint Goel.

ScaleUp Business Training

This immersive program teaches experienced entrepreneurs how to transform their enterprise into an automated business enterprise capable of generating seven figure revenues.

Washington Center for Women in Business

The Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) offers a variety of services to women entrepreneurs, individuals interested in starting a business, and organizations in business that are interested in growing their business. The WCWB offers a free one hour Intro to Business Startup course, one-on-one coaching, an ongoing webinar series Let's Talk Business, and the annual INSPIRE Women's Business Conference.

Washington APEX Accelerator

The Washington APEX Accelerator formerly WA State Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) assists businesses through the government-contracting marketplace. Washington APEX Accelerator's mission is to increase the number of government contracts awarded to Washington firms so that those firms can grow. They provide no cost, confidential, one-on-one technical assistance in all aspects of selling to federal, state, and local governments.


SCORE Greater Seattle is a group of experienced business professionals who provide guidance to those desiring to start up a new small business or to assist existing small businesses in improving their profitability. Our volunteers are successful real-world business professionals who volunteer thousands of hours to help existing and startup businesses succeed. Our volunteers are experts with experience in areas such as; accounting, finance, human resources, consulting, import/export, law, operations, production, retail, wholesale, manufacturing, sales, marketing, management, business plan preparation, strategic planning, and many other business disciplines. We provide: - Volunteer MENTORS who share their expertise across many industries - Free, confidential business mentoring in person, via email, or by video - Free business TOOLS, templates, and tips here online - Inexpensive or free business WORKSHOPS (locally) and webinars (online 24/7)

Lacey MakerSpace

The Lacey MakerSpace is a workshop for builders and inventors. Located on the St. Martin’s University Campus in Zaverl Hall the space serves as a catalyst for economic growth. The Lacey MakerSpace benefits the community by providing access to advanced design and fabrication tools, business and education resources, and skill development.