Center for Business & Innovation

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The Center for Business & Innovation is located in the South Sound Community College Lacey Campus. It is home to the Thurston Economic Development Council, the Lacey Small Business Development Center, the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Washington Center for Women in Business.

Center for Business & Innovation

Business Q&A

Do you have a question you need answered about your startup or early growth stage business? Schedule a 15 minute Business Q&A session on Zoom and get that questions answered by one of our team.

City of Tumwater Business Startup Training

The City of Tumwater in partnership with the Thurston EDC Center for Business & Innovation is offering scholarships for Business Startup Training.‍

Business TuneUp

Business TuneUp is a workshop model training program that helps businesses in early growth stages complete specific tasks to ensure success.

OMWBE Resources and Services

The Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises is providing complimentary resources to minority and women certified firms in the transportation sector to help them bid on and win more government contracts.

City of Olympia Business Growth and Startup Support

The City of Olympia provides scholarships and grant funding for many of the programs of the Center for Business & Innovation for existing businesses and startups in Olympia.

Business Enterprise Startup Training (BEST)-Accounting for Startups

Business resiliency and success are created with a strong accounting platform. For most business owners accounting is the least favorite business activity. It is, unfortunately, the most important. This course will guide you step by step through setting up and maintaining a strong accounting system.

Business Enterprise Startup Training (BEST)-Branding and Marketing for Startups

Learn how to create your brand, identify your target market and select the right marketing tools. Branding and Marketing for Startups presents a simple and straight forward system for developing a successful marketing strategy.

City of Lacey Business Startup Training

The City of Lacey in partnership with the Thurston EDC Center for Business & Innovation is offering scholarships for Business Startup Training.‍

Business Enterprise Startup Training (BEST)-Structures and Licenses for Startups

Learn how to choose the right legal structure for your startup, form that legal structure, and obtain the required business licenses. BEST-Structures and Licenses for Startups is a $99 course. Scholarships are available.

Business Resource Hotline

Free Business Resource Hotline. Just call the number during business hours (M-F 9:30 am - 3:30 pm PST) and a live person will assist you with your questions and direct you to current resources available in Washington State..

Property Search and Site Selection

Are you looking for a new location in Thurston County but need a little help? Use our GIS map of listed available properties in Thurston County Zoom Prospector site selector.

CB&I Consulting

CB&I Consulting connects business owners directly with consultants for direct technical assistance. Consultants complete projects or provide consultations to businesses

Business Enterprise Startup Training (BEST)-Business Plan Writing for Startups

BEST was developed to guide new entrepreneurs through the process of starting a business while writing a business plan at the same time.

Intro to Business Startup

This no cost course is intended to help get you started on the right path for your entrepreneurial journey. It will present 8 steps for you to take to start your business.

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Sean Moore