Lakewood and Pierce County offer many opportunities for entrepreneurs or small businesses interested in starting or expanding operations. Our Economic Development department can provide you with basic demographic and economic information about Lakewood and Pierce County. We also work closely with the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board on business retention, expansion, and recruitment activities. The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce provides 500 community businesses with numerous resources including promotion, lobbying at the state and local levels, and networking opportunities.
Economic Development Manager
6000 Main St. SW, 3rd Floor
Lakewood, WA 98499
To email Becky Newton add her email handle before @cityoflakewood.us
Phones & Email:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Permit and Service Counter
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Start Your Business
Access Washington is the main online portal for the State of Washington. Find information, apply for a business license, file your taxes, and more!
Choose Washington is a resource within the Washington State DoC that provides information and incentives for bringing business to Washington State.
Washington Businesshub is a resource for operating a business in Washington State. It includes resources for planning, starting, running, and growing your business.
Business Impact NW provides assistance to new small business start-ups with microloan financing, training, and coaching.
Grow Your Business
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce connects the diverse population of Lakewood through positive, active leadership. They build relationships for member businesses with government agencies, schools, citizens, and valued military partners.
The Pierce County Business Accelerator will serve entrepreneurs and business owners throughout Pierce County with a focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) veteran, and women-owned businesses to help foster innovation and create wealth-building opportunities.
Impact Washington supports Washington manufacturers to identify their unique challenges and opportunities to improve efficiency, working conditions, and profits.
SBDC advisors provide one-on-one, confidential, no-cost advising on all phases of small business development and are often co-located with economic development specialists in community colleges, economic development agencies or government agencies. Other services of the Washington SBDC include no-cost or low-cost workshops on a variety of business topics and customized market research services.
Pierce County WSBDC Business Advisor:
950 Pacific Ave, Ste #452
Tacoma, WA, 98402
Email: [email protected]
Washington PTAC works to help companies succeed. We guide companies through the entire process of applying for and fulfilling government contracts, from helping you determine what kind of products and services government needs, to registration, bidding and more. Services include: Interpretations of solicitations, registrations and certifications, training and seminars, specifications & drawings, marketing assistance, post award assistance, and a computerized bid match service.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers programs that specifically support the needs of small business, such as loan assistance, equity financing, surety bonding, and financing to assist with acquisition, operation or expansion.
The National Development Council (NDC) is a national nonprofit that serves to increase the flow of capital for investment in low-income communities. NDC directs capital to support the development and preservation of affordable housing, the creation of jobs through training and small business lending and the advancement of livable communities through investment in social infrastructure.
The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program provides funding to organizations to execute state/regional programs that increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals leading to an increase in the number of SBIR/STTR awards from women, socially/economically disadvantaged individuals, and small businesses in underrepresented areas – typically rural states.
- Partners in Washington State:
Develop Your Workforce
Workforce Central’s mission is to steward the Pierce County Workforce Development System. They bridge the gap between job seekers, employers, and community organizations to build a robust workforce pipeline and ensure economic vitality across the region.
WorkSource is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that provides an array of employment and training services to job seekers and employers in Washington.
Economic Development Partners
The Pierce County Economic Development Resources page includes information about importing/exporting, tax incentives, doing business with the government, business forums, business education, and more!
The Economic Development Board (EDB) for Tacoma-Pierce County is a nonprofit economic development organization focused on helping Tacoma-Pierce County businesses reach their pure potential. The EDB specializes in serving companies interested in locating their business in the city of Tacoma and throughout Pierce County.
The Washington State Department of Commerce (DoC) touches every aspect of community and economic development. This includes planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more. The DoC works with local governments, tribes, businesses and civic leaders throughout the state to strengthen communities so all residents may thrive and prosper.
Other Resources and Information
Business Resource and Developers Forums
The City of Lakewood partnered with the Tacoma Pierce County Economic Development Board to deliver a high-impact forum on November 10th. This included opening remarks by County Executive Bruce Dammeier and Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson. Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland addressed the 119 attendees with encouragement and support.
Panelists included Christine Buckley, Business Impact NW, Nigel Turner, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Erik Duke, Washington State Department of Revenue, Tom Brown, Lee & Associates; John Stebbins, WA Labor & Industries, Janie Vigil, Aero Precision; and, Wilton Waverly, DEI Manager for City of Lakewood.
Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen welcomed over 100 attendees to the 5th Annual Lakewood Developer’s Forum June 13, 2019.
Congressman Denny Heck (via video) spoke about the housing crisis and what we can collectively do about it.
Attendees appreciated hearing from the city’s Development Services Team about the Lakewood Downtown Plan, comprehensive plan and code amendments, Colonial Center Plaza, capital improvements, industrial development, and Pacific Highway redevelopment efforts.
Guests also enjoyed a detailed report on how demographics shape residential development from Annie Radecki, Vice President, Pacific Northwest of John Burns Real Estate Consulting.
Mark Knowlden, Opportunity Development Group, wrapped up the event with a timely presentation on Opportunity Zones and how to take advantage of this federal incentive.
This annual event is geared toward Real Estate brokers, developers, contractors, property owners and partners. It is a great way for those interested in developing in Lakewood to learn about what’s happening in the city, including priority projects and why Lakewood is recognized as a leader in the South Sound.
Other 2019 Presentations:
- Seth Borman – Lakewood Multi-family Development
- Travis Hale – Lakewood-Tacoma Gateway Industrial Market
- James Guerrero – Current Lakewood Projects
- Weston Ott – Lakewood Transportation Projects
- Frank Fiori – Lakewood Development Permits
- Nancy Craig – Lakewood Building Department
- Courtney Brunell and Jeff Gumm – Lakewood City Council Programs Supporting Development
- Dave Bugher and Becky Newton – Why Lakewood?
Doing Business with the Government:
- Import-Export Assistance
- Tradeshows – Maximizing Your Time
- Marketing to the Government
- Recruiting and Training Employees
Preventing Cyber Crime
- Chad Crummer – Cyber Crime and ID Theft
- Patrick Reed – Business ID Theft
- DS Benbow – ID Problem Overview
- Aaron Hanson – Preventing Cyber Crime and Business Theft
- Darrel Bowman – Qualifying Cyber Security Professionals of the Future
- U.S. Small Business Training (SBA)
- Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
- Washington State Procurement and Technical Assistance (PTAC) “Selling to the Government” training, conferences and counseling
- Native PTAC (Small Business and Procurement Training)
- Community Capital Development (select location then calendar – Small Business and Procurement Training)
- US DOI webinars (Small Business and Procurement Training)
- IRS Small Business info
- Washington Technology Industry Association (Technology Related Training and Events)
- Invista Performance Solutions (One-stop organization customized training)