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

How Businesses Will Re-Open in Washington

How Businesses Will Re-Open in Washington As the flattening of the curve of the numbers of cases of COVID-19 progresses, businesses in the State of Washington will reopen in phases.  These are the phases and the timing announced by the State of Washington.  Here is a link to information on the phases.
May 5, 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

Help is Available for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Many very well run businesses are being impacted by the unprecedented and sudden disruption to operations and loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 virus.  If your business is one of them, there is help available. Comprehensive Information from the Thurston Economic Development Council   Special Business Financing The US Small Business Administration provides low-interest…
March 13, 2020

COVID-19: Insurance for Businesses and Events

The Washington State Department of Commerce has provided information on their website to assist businesses concerned about their insurance coverage for potential losses due to the COVI-19 virus.  Washington state business owners typically buy insurance coverage to protect themselves from potential losses. With the outbreak of a coronavirus (COVID-19), business owners may question if their…
March 5, 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