RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES Through the City of Lacey’s partnership with Thurston Strong, a FREE initial supply of PPE is available to businesses restarting.  Here is a link to that information.  To order PPE, please follow this link. One of the City of Lacey’s economic development community partners, Enterprise for Equity is offering free classes to…
June 18, 2020

Attention Restaurant and Retail Business Owners

ATTENTION LACEY RESTAURANT OWNERS ATTENTION LACEY RETAIL OWNERS THE CITY OF LACEY WANTS YOU TO BE ABLE TO REOPEN FAST, SAFE, AND PROFITABLE It’s going to be a beautiful summer: Let’s DINE outside! Let’s SHOP Outside! –Are you concerned about being able to safely social distance AND have adequate table turnover and sales volume to…
June 5, 2020


Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) has a grant opportunity available to all licensed child care providers. PURPOSE The Child Care COVID-19 Grant provides support and stabilization for child care providers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ELIGIBILITY Any licensed child care provider in Washington that is open on the date they…
May 20, 2020


In this unprecedented time, customers are wary of taking any unnecessary trips outside of their homes. As a result, many businesses are finding their revenue streams dried up, and many business owners worry about the long-term sustainability of their businesses.   Fortunately, there are several cost-free steps that business owners can take to stabilize their…
April 28, 2020


NEW GRANT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE NOW! The Department of Commerce is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Small businesses who qualify for the grant program and are located within Thurston County can apply here: which will link to a Commerce page…
April 8, 2020

COVID-19–Updated Useful Information for Businesses

In the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis, new Information becomes available nearly every day.  In an effort to cull through the endless data, in order to provide just the information of use to businesses in Lacey, here are two resources: The Guide to the CARES Act for Small Businesses The COVID-19 Tool Kit for Families and…
April 6, 2020


To assist small, locally owned Lacey-based for-profit businesses, the City of Lacey committed  $1 million to the COVID-19 Lacey Small Business Stabilization Grant Fund, an emergency fund that provided working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses. Those fund s have now all been awarded or committed.  
March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Federal Assistance Available to Small Businesses

COVID-19 Federal Assistance for Small Businesses   In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or the “CARES” Act (HR 748) has been signed into law. This legislation provides nearly $2 trillion in assistance, including tax credits and $377 billion for loans and grants to assist small businesses with…
March 30, 2020

Lacey Mid-Town: An Innovation District

One of the many effective tools of economic development is placemaking: creating an environment that is attractive, welcoming, engaging, and makes people want to gather. Many successful historic downtowns are examples of successful placemaking. Most of Lacey developed well after World War II, and was incorporated as a city in 1966: a time when most…
February 4, 2020

Lacey Celebrates 2019 & Looks Ahead to 2020

Lacey Celebrates 2019 & Looks Ahead to 2020 We are honored to have earned a spot on Money’s 2019 “100 Best Places to Live in America” list. To compile the ranking, Money looked at nearly 160,000 data points, including economic health, cost of living, ethnic and economic diversity, public education, income, health and safety, ease…
December 17, 2019