Like many small local businesses, Spaceworks, Tacoma’s creative business developer and incubator, has seen a lot of changes due to COVID-19. Among these changes is a new model for the Business Planning Cohort, the small group of Tacoma entrepreneurs — limited to 12 businesses — that is selected twice annually to complete a 12-week course to help them realize their innovative business vision. This year, the spring cohort of 2020 has a new training coordinator, Jennifer English, and also is being run entirely online for the first time since its inception.

“We’ve moved from paper-filled binders to an internal Google site, we use LivePlan to build one’s business plan, and we’ve taken to Zoom for our classroom instruction, presentations, and break-out sessions,” wrote Artscape Coordinator Gabriel Brown on the Spaceworks website. “While we certainly miss the face-to-face interactions, we’re also building new digital learning skills that we’ll carry forward into the future.”

Spaceworks will host a virtual graduation for its current cohort on June 16 at 6 p.m.

Other COVID-19 pivots made by the creative business incubator include the creation of a single streamlined platform that showcases Tacoma’s creative talent. The creative business directory, called Tacoma’s Creatives, makes easier the process of hiring a designer, supporting a small business, and learning more about any number of local creative professionals.

For a complete list of Spaceworks’ response to COVID-19, click here.