Center for Business and Innovation

Thurston County’s One-Stop Resource for Business

The Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) exists to support business with services and resources to achieve their first success – or next success.

No matter what you and your business need, our center’s resources will help you accelerate your business learning and planning, to grow your business faster and more successfully. Take advantage of the CB&I’s experience-proven advice to help you turn your business idea into a reality, or expand your existing business.

Start a Business

Are you looking to start a business? Not entirely sure what you have to do in order to get it off the ground? The Center for Business & Innovation can help you make your dreams of business ownership a reality.

Learn how we can help you start a business

Small Business Counseling (SBDC)

Co-located with the EDC, the SPSCC SBDC is the resource for established businesses to get expert business advising, management training and market research.

Info About Business Regulations

Find information about business and tax regulations unique to Washington State and Thurston County.


The BRC hosts several workshops each month to help businesses in all stages of development. Find the one(s) that can help your business grow!

Business Enterprise Startup Training/SEAP

Business startup isn’t rocket science – it’s a step-by-step, common-sense procedure. We can teach you the steps to take and how to maneuver around the obstacles so your business is successful.


Workforce Development

Our Workforce Development Program coordinates with public and private partners to create a strong workforce system in the county and region.

Government Contracting

Our Washington PTAC can help your business find, bid and win government contracts. Statewide, Washington PTAC counseled over 1500 clients, with over $308M in government contracts being awarded to their clients in 2014.

Energy Efficiency Services

Thurston Energy works to promote energy efficiency and reduction of operating costs for businesses in the Pac5 region.

For Women-Owned Businesses

The Washington Center for Women in Business is an SBA-funded women’s business center offering online and in-person training, and personalized coaching to help women business owners throughout the state of Washington.

Grow Your Business

ScaleUp Thurston, a program of the Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation, is all about managing growth in emerging companies. It’s about figuring out what you don’t know, and learning how to grow effectively.