The Thurston Investment Network (ThINK) is a group of local investors interested in investing in Washington businesses with high growth potential. Businesses pitch to the investment network and interested investors work with businesses to negotiate investments. There is no maximum investment limit.
The Center for Business and Innovation in partnership with the South Puget Sound Community College offers small business microloans for business owners who have participated in a CB&I training program or are South Puget Sound Community College students or alumni. Microloans range from $3,000-$25,000 and have a 6% interest rate.
CB&I Consulting provides consulting that is designed to connect business owners directly with subject matter experts in order to fill skills gaps in both technical and strategic implementation of business services and systems. As well as 1-1 technical training in several specialized fields and programs, this direct technical assistance program includes e-commerce website building, accounting system implementation, tax consulting, accounting system upgrades and clean ups, human resource consulting, legal consulting, and hospitality consulting.
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.
The Center for Business and Innovations ScaleUp Program has two components: the Training Series geared toward organizations that want to tune-up their business, build their marketing, and attain financial mastery, and ScaleUp Mastermind geared toward ScaleUp training alums that have business for more than one year and are working to improve operations.
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, a business planning webinar series BEST, one-on-one coaching, and an ongoing webinar Let's Talk Business.
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.
The Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) assists businesses through the government-contracting marketplace. Washington PTAC’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.