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

Center for Business & Innovation
BEST is listed at $249, but cost for the program is based on location. Scholarship funding offered when available.

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

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

Center for Business & Innovation

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.

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Business Resource Hotline

Center for Business & Innovation

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..

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CB&I Consulting

Center for Business & Innovation
This free service is offered based on grant funding availability, to all businesses in Washington state that have been operation for at least one calendar year. Preferential placement to businesses that have completed an approved CB&I training program.

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

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INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference

Washington Center for Women in Business
INSPIRE conference is committed to low-cost admission. Scholarships are available.

Annual conference that focuses on providing aspiring and current women business owners with tangible tools they can use to succeed. The conference also provides an excellent networking opportunity for women to connect with Washington business leaders.

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Intro to Business Startup

Center for Business & Innovation
Intro to Business is available at no cost for all residents of Washington state.

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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Lacey MakerSpace

Lacey MakerSpace
Lacey MakerSpace is a membership program with a monthly fee, from $50-$30 a month.

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. 

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Lacey/Olympia SBDC Entrepreneur Video Series

Lacey/Olympia Small Business Development Center
This is a no cost resource.

The Lacey/Olympia Small Business Development Center as created as series of video to help guide entrepreneurs through various stages of their business journey

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Let’s Talk Business

Washington Center for Women in Business
Let's Talk Business is a no-cost bi-monthly webinar and podcast series. View upcoming events.

The WCWB presents a no cost bi-monthly webinars series featuring business professionals from across the State of Washington with various expertise.

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Market Research

Cost for market research assistance varies depending on requirements and partnership. Contact Gene to learn more about opportunities.

The Thurston EDC CB&I has the ability to provide market research that can give businesses access to economic data and subject matter expertise for the local economy. Market research products developed by the research director can help businesses understand local economic markets. Research can provide businesses with anything from setting employee wages to industry trends and consumer demand.

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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.

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Quick Startup Program

Washington Center for Women in Business
Approved applicants will receive a $1500 grant to cover cost of the training and annual E-Commerce subscription fee.

Do you have a product or service you're ready to sell online? Quick Startup will set you up with the tools and technical training to build and launch your online storefront!

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SPSCC Corporate and Continuing Education

Noncredit courses through CCE are designed to help you grow personally and professionally. While you won't earn college credit, many courses can help you reach continuing education requirements for your job or industry certification.

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SPSCC Growth & Innovation Fund

SPSCC Growth and Innovation Fund
Available to those that have participated in any approved CB&I training program, and to current SPSCC students or SPSCC alumni.

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-$50,000.

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ScaleUp Mastermind

ScaleUp Program
ScaleUp Mastermind is a no-cost resource.

This monthly training and networking series provides businesses access to subject matter expert speakers to dive deeper into specific relevant business topics and their practical application. Business owners interact with experts and peers to discuss topics and identify opportunities for business growth.

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ScaleUp Training

ScaleUp Program
This program is funded by a grant through the Washington Department of Commerce for 2021-2022. Program fees without this funding resource are $1599.00/

The ScaleUp program provides tools and knowledge to improve strategic alignment, optimize market strategy, and master financial metrics to drive performance. Training is delivered over an 8- session series of weekly live instructions paired with self-paced online learning modules and is delivered by trainers with real world experience in scaling small business.

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Small Business Development Center Business Advising

Lacey/Olympia Small Business Development Center
SBDC services are available to all businesses in Washington state with no associated cost.

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of more than 30 expert business advisors working in communities across the state to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business. The SBDC provides confidential, no-cost advising for all stages of business development.

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ThINK

Thurston Investment Network (ThINK)
Contact ThINK for pricing structure and funding opportunities.

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.

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WCWB Business Coaching

Washington Center for Women in Business
WCWB Coaching services are available at no cost to all business owners in Washington state.

The WCWB offers no cost one-on-one business coaching with professionals experienced in business startup, finance, accounting, marketing, and operations.

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Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Counseling

Procurement Technical Assistance Center
PTAC is a no-cost service available to all businesses in Washington State.

The Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) assists businesses through the government-contracting marketplace.

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