Here are a few helpful organizations and websites to get you started:

▼ Washington state’s Small Business Liaison Team (SBLT), formalized and expanded in 2012 by Gov. Chris Gregoire, has a website with links to resources and clear outlines for starting and operating a business in the state. Website features include a step-by-step guide and multiple related links for what must be done to open a business, including a business plan, structure, name, registration, location, federal tax number, licenses and permits, operations, and employees. business.wa.gov

▼ The Washington State Department of Commerce has a site, StartUp Washington, with information on starting, growing, and rebuilding a business. The site includes information on programs, tools, resources, and other links. startup.choosewashingtonstate.com

▼ The City of Tacoma offers small-business assistance, including a loan program. cityoftacoma.org


Other local startup resources include:

Spaceworks Tacoma spaceworkstacoma.com

VIBE (Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship) tacoma.uw.edu

Thurston Economic Development Council’s Center for Business & Innovation thurstonedc.com

Southwest Washington Regional Agricultural Business & Innovation Park thurstonedc.com

Lacey MakerSpace laceymakerspace.org


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