Resources and Resourceful

The EDB specializes in assisting companies interested in locating their business in Tacoma and Pierce County, and connecting them to the resources needed to help them thrive.

We provide a perspective and overview of local business activity, and assist with your project needs. Ask how we can help you access these resources, and if there are others for which you may be eligible.

The Progress Process

Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce for the first of a 6-session, interactive workshop in which we will explore organizational transformation with a lens on equity and anti-racism.

Why is this important for you? Not only is working on anti-racism the right thing to do, but studies have shown a link between diversity and a company’s financial performance..

The Progress Process is designed to engage participants who are looking for space to discuss equity literacy and organizational development. The facilitators are experienced equity practitioners and established leaders in the public and private sectors. Participants will gain knowledge and skills that will help them navigate a roadmap to practice and achieve levels of equity, inclusion and anti-racism in their businesses.

SESSION 1 – Feb. 25 | 11:30-1:00

Why Equity: Concept of Operations

Equality is good, but equity is what’s best. Our first session will be an introduction to concepts to achieve shared language and understanding. Participants will discover the real power of equity as reproducing the “curb cut effect.”


Grant Twyman, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager, Clover Park School District

Rachel Askew, Organizational Culture and Equity Advocate Leadership Development Enthusiast Community Builder


Member Price…………..$50 for each session / $250 for 6-session package

Non-Member Price……$75 for each session / $400 for 6-session package


Partnership opportunities are available.

Contact Michelle Matheson, Director of Member Engagement and Operations

Program Partners

The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County

United Way of Pierce County

Pierce County Government

Asia Pacific Cultural Center

Field Roof Service, Inc.


Downtown Tacoma Business Improvement Area

In 1988, the Downtown Tacoma Business Improvement Area (BIA) was created to keep downtown safe and clean. As the city has grown, so has the Downtown Tacoma Partnership. Today, the group continues to maintain expansive safe and clean services, while also providing community beautification, transportation services, and retail support and recruitment.

Downtown Tacoma Partnership

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.

Impact Washington

Job Skills Program

If your company has employee-training needs, there’s more than $5 million on the table to help offset the cost. Washington State’s Job Skills Program (JSP) provides funds for training new or current employees on-site or in a local classroom. Since 2008, JSP has granted almost $24 million in grants and trained nearly 29,500 new and existing workers in Washington State.


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.

MBDA Tacoma

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.


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 annually. 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.

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.

Project Assistance

Energy-saving Programs

Puget Sound Energy

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.

PSE Business

Tacoma Public Utilities

TPU has rebates, financing, resources, and services to help companies use power and water efficiently.

TPU Economic Development

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. WSBDC 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.


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.

South Sound MIC

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.

Economic Gardening

We can help.

PIERCE COUNTY WA economic development Sarah Bonds edb staff

Sarah Bonds

Vice President for Business Recruitment

Contact Sarah

PIERCE COUNTY WA economic development Maddie Merton edb staff

Maddie Merton

Vice President for Business Retention and Expansion

Contact Maddie