Business Resources

Lakewood wants businesses to thrive in the City. This is why Lakewood and Pierce County offer many opportunities for entrepreneurs or small businesses to start or expand.

Becky Newton
Economic Development Manager
6000 Main St. SW, 3rd Floor
Lakewood, WA 98499
(253) 983-7738

[email protected]

Phones & Email:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Business Assistance

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.


Lakewood Business Assistance

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

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.


Pierce County Business Assistance

Pierce County Economic Development Resources

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!

Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board

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.

Pierce County Business Accelerator

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.

Workforce Central

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

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.


Washington State Business Assistance

Washington State Department of Commerce

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.

Choose Washington

Choose Washington is a resource within the Washington State DoC that provides information and incentives for bringing business to Washington State.

Access Washington

Access Washington is the main online portal for the State of Washington. Find information, apply for a business license, file your taxes, and more!

Washington Businesshub

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

Business Impact NW provides assistance to new small business start-ups with microloan financing, training, and coaching.

Washington Small Business Development Centers

Washington Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) promotes economic vitality by providing advice, training, and research to entrepreneurs and existing businesses statewide.

Impact Washington

Impact Washington supports Washington manufacturers to identify their unique challenges and opportunities to improve efficiency, working conditions, and profits.


National Business Assistance

U.S. Small Business Administration

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.


Resources and Opportunities

Business Resource and Developers Forums

November 2021 Business Resources Forum

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.

Presentations:

Funding Landscape – Business Impact NW
Human Resources Best Practices – Aero Precision USA
Washington Labor & Industries COVID Requirements
Health Department Update

2019 Developers Forum

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.

Read attendee feedback from this year’s event and responses by the city.

Other 2019 Presentations:

Past Developers Forums

2018

2017

2016

Additional Resources

Doing Business with the Government:

Preventing Cyber Crime

Miscellaneous Resources