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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Tacoma Public Utilities
TPU has rebates, financing, resources, and services to help companies use power and water efficiently.
- 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.
- 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.
Vice President for Business Recruitment
Vice President for Business Retention and Expansion