Tacoma is in an upward trajectory of growth, especially in business. This growth is made possible partially due to organizations like Spaceworks, a coworking space, business incubator, and art and event space in downtown Tacoma. Through the incubator program, business owners undergo training, technical assistance, a variety of workshops, and then receive their business licenses for the City of Tacoma and State of Washington and DUNS number.
From July 2018 to June 2019, Spaceworks has helped collaborate with and launch 12 new businesses in Tacoma. The list of new or reinvigorated entrepreneurs is as follows:
- Steve Buchanan, GoodDesign
- Anne Baker, ATMO Architecture
- Perry Pettacia and Shannon Shintani, Magic Circus
- Aaliyah Al-Mahdi, The People’s Parlor
- Ea Murphy, Aikido Tacoma Aikikai
- Geoff Cole, Tangential Studios
- Katie Burki, KdBird
- Katie Dean, Little Green
- Isaiah Hunt, Top Tenth Clothing
- Kirsty Kalkhoven and Devon Long, Chowtown
- Emily Ager, Danielle Schell, and Olivia Bennett, Fern + Foster
- Colin Andersen, Colin Andersen Illustration
Tacoma’s 12 new businesses are here to serve everything from clothing to office design spaces, resulting in six newly established microenterprises and six full-time jobs.
The incubator program is largely funded by a Community Development Block grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The incubator’s business planning cohort is a 36-hour course taken over 12 weeks. To find out more about the incubator program or apply to one of their business success workshops, visit this website.