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


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


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

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

The next Business TuneUp Course begins September 12, 2019

The next Business TuneUp Course begins September 12, 2019 Does this sound like you? Your business has grown and you now have more work than you can handle, but also more problems to deal with. You work hard to get things under control only to have new issues develop. Your revenues have plateaued, but you…
August 19, 2019

Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo

Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo Attend this exciting one-day event focused on setting the 2018 economic stage for our five-county region. The Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo, in its ninth year, draws upwards of 350 decision makers and community leaders from all sectors of business and industry in our region.   Keynote speaker Dr. Bill…
November 6, 2017

Build the talent pipelines you need

Are you having a challenging time finding the skilled talent your business needs? Interested in sharing best practices or learning how you can influence and build the talent pipelines you need? Join the Thurston Economic Development Council and the Pathway to Prosperity Planning Partners October 12th from 9am-1pm at the Pathways to Prosperity Conference to…
October 3, 2017

Grow Your Business Internationally

  The US Small Business Administration (SBA), in partnership with the Washington Export Outreach Team (WEOT), will be presenting a FREE half-day Workshop specifically for entrepreneurs and small business owners. At the workshop, you will be able to discover the tools and resources to get your products overseas, learn about shipping & logistics, and grow…
August 10, 2017

Learn How to Start a Food Truck Business–May 18, 2017

Food Trucks Food trucks have been growing in popularity in the northwest and throughout the country.  They are a way for entrepreneurs to launch a successful food business without all of the extensive start-up costs associated with a conventional restaurant.  They have created opportunities for entrepreneurs that didn’t exist before, and in the process provided…
April 21, 2017