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Impact Washington

Impact Washington is a non-profit organization that strengthens Washington manufacturers to make them more globally competitive. With their manufacturing experts and network of industry resources, they provide the change that makes the difference between surviving and thriving.

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Minority Business Development Agency

The U.S Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only Federal Government agency solely dedicated to the support of minority businesses enterprise.

MBDA Center-Tacoma is one of 44 centers providing technical assistance and strategic business consulting to established minority-owned businesses in the Puget Sound region regardless of size.


Office of Regulatory Innovation and Assistance

At the Washington State Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA), the mission is to help people navigate Washington’s environment and business regulatory systems and collaborate for innovative process improvements.

Project and Permitting Assistance

Connecting business to the right people at the right time saves money. Pierce County Economic Development staff works with industrial and commercial development projects to expedite the permit process for business relocation or expansion.

Puget Sound Energy Programs

You can lower your business’s energy bills without heavy investment with PSE’s commercial energy management programs. They can help you identify low-cost/no-cost operations and maintenance upgrades, with incentives that can cover some or all of your implementation cost.

Small Business Development Center

The Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) is a network of business advisors, trainers, and support staff who operate from Washington State University, Western Washington University, several of the state’s community and technical colleges, and selected economic development agencies.  Core services revolve around assisting clients with making better informed business decisions to grow and sustain their businesses. WSBCS provides in-depth, confidential, no cost customized one-on one business advising, business training, and advisor assisted market intelligence. The WSBDC  has locations in Puyallup and Tacoma.


Tacoma Public Utility Programs

TPU provides a multitude of resources and services to help companies use power and water efficiently.

Downtown Tacoma Business Improvement Area

Founded in 1988, the Downtown Tacoma Business Improvement Area (BIA) has more than two decades of experience providing maintenance, security and streetscape improvements in an 84-block district of downtown Tacoma. The activities of the BIA are supported entirely by rate-paying property owners who collectively elect to pay an annual fee that supplements publicly financed street sweeping and police services.

Pierce County Economic Development Purchasing Forum

The Pierce County Economic Development Department and the City of Lakewood Economic Development Department host a free purchasing forum for local businesses. Learn new and existing business opportunities with government agencies.

  • Meet one-on-one with purchasing agents from federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Learn how to access agency portals
  • Learn about upcoming bidding opportunities
  • Network with other Pierce County business owners and managers
  • Participate in educational breakout session(s)

Ask us when the next Purchasing Forum will be held.

South Sound Manufacturing Industrial Council

The Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound is the voice for the manufacturing, industrial and maritime community.

The MIC promotes and enhances a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries. They are dedicated to safeguarding and improving people’s lives, creating a sustainable environment, and providing the jobs that anchor Washington’s economy.

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber provides and promotes programs to support the local business community through advocacy, leadership, and networking.

Washington State Economic Gardening Program

Washington State is committed to helping its small businesses grow. One way to do that is to help business leaders get over the inevitable hump that occurs in the second stage of a company’s life. Typically, businesses at this stage know that they need to grow, they just don’t know how, where or when.

We can help.

Sarah Bonds 

Vice President for Business Recruitment

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Maddie Merton 

Vice President for Business Retention and Expansion

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