• City of Tacoma QA
  • City of Tacoma OpenData

Additional Business Resources

Local Resources

To apply for a City of Tacoma Business License through the Tax & License portal, visit the File Local website.


MBDA logoAnother local resource is the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, which provides technical assistance and strategic business consulting to established minority-owned Tacoma businesses.  The center works with minority business enterprises to generate increased financing and contract opportunities and to create and retain jobs.



Make It Tacoma website logoThe City of Tacoma's Community and Economic Development Department's Make It Tacoma website is designed to help business owners, investors, site selectors, and entrepreneurs easily find the information they need to be successful in Tacoma.




State and Federal Resources

State Resources

  • Washington BusinessHub is one a stop resource for starting and operating a business in Washington State.
  • The Washington APEX Accelerator (formerly Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)), works to give businesses the opportunity to thrive in the government-contracting marketplace. The Washington APEX Accelerator provides no cost, confidential, one-on-one technical assistance in all aspects of selling to federal, state, and local governments.
  • The Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) is a network of business advisors, trainers, and support staff. WSBDC provides in-depth, confidential, no cost customized one-on one business advising, business training and advisor assisted market intelligence. 
  • Washington State Department of Commerce - Offers businesses, entrepreneurs and investors, especially those in rural and under served communities, an array of consulting and support services, most of which are free.

Federal Resources

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
  • The Internal Revenue Service Small Business and Self Employed Tax Center provides tax resources for self employed, independent contractors, or employers. It provides assistance with preparing your taxes, online learning, and stages of owning a business.


Business Classes and Training Workshops

  • Business Impact NW - Offers one on one free business coaching and lunch and learn workshops for small businesses.
  • Pierce County Business Skills Program - offers nine, free, non-credit, short courses for small business owners. Get access to free, on demand business skills training to help you start, build and keep your business on the right track.
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - Located at Bates Technical College, the Tacoma SBDC offers no fee business advising on an appointment basis for existing businesses. 
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Virtual Federal Funding Workshop - A program created to help socially, and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to - and succeed in - the federal marketplace, through building capacity and grow through contracts, and having access to business development support.

Women-Owned Small Business Program Overview.pdf

SBA Funding Workshop Slide Deck - All Programs.pdf

  • South Sound/Tacoma SCORE - A team of nationally Certified Mentors who provide free professional counseling to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Mason and Grays Harbor counties.
  • The World Trade Center Tacoma - The World Center Tacoma is a non-profit located in downtown Tacoma that helps local businesses connect to the global economy. It offers training, counseling and connections for Tacoma area companies that want to trade internationally.

Business Coaching and Consultation

  • Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center - MBDA provides strategic business consulting-services include sales consulting and forecasting, market feasibility studies, operations management and quality control, bid preparation and many more services.
  • SCORE Association - SCORE mentors are business executives who volunteer their time to assist small businesses with strategic planning and business plan review. 
  • CRAFT3 -  Provides loans to finance businesses including those in start-up and expansion phases. Our loans range in complexity and size, from $25,000 to $5 million. 

Data Resources & Tools

  • SizeUp - Are you a business owner or aspiring entrepreneur? Make smarter decisions with data that shows how you measure up against the competition in your industry. This free tool helps you determine what percent of businesses you are outperforming in your industry in revenue, size, salaries and more.
  • Zoom Prospector - Are you a site selector or investor? Get robust, high-quality data that drills all the way down to the zip code level, as you assess possible locations. This free tool helps you research hundreds of criteria to find the community that meets your specific needs, and helps you analyze locations based on more than 1,000 variables to find the perfect one.
  • ESRI Business Analyst Online - Provides demographic reports with 75 different templates. Psychographic tapestry profiles showing socioeconomic and consumer behavior are measured against national averages and medians. Businesses can use this to build business and marketing plans or site selection. Annual subscription fee associated. Email the program to learn more.
  • The Puget Sound Economic Forecaster - Provides trends for the Puget Sound area for a subscription.
  • IMPLAN - Provides economic impact data and modeling to governments, universities, and public and private sector organizations for assessing the economic impacts of project decisions in all industry sectors. When you need to know how businesses, projects, or policies interact with and shape the economy, IMPLAN is here to help.