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Services for Transitioning Military

The Thurston EDC has a strong commitment to support service members as they transition out of the military and into the local civilian workforce. We have several programs that provide entrepreneurial support and skills training to soldiers while they are in the process of transitioning.

Center for Business & Innovation Veterans’ Microenterprise Program

Lacey Veteran owned Microenterprise Businesses
(5 or fewer employees, including the owner)

The City of Lacey and the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) Center for Business & Innovation are committed to supporting Veterans. The EDC’s Veterans’ Microenterprise Program, funded in part by a federal Community Block Grant, is designed to help eligible Veterans living in Lacey or Lacey’s Urban Growth Area successfully plan, open, and operate their own business within the city.

Are you a Veteran owned business located in the City of Lacey? And are you a Microenterprise business with 5 or fewer employees?

We can help with your success at no cost to you. Enrolled Veterans will receive admittance into our 8 week TuneUP training program, business plan update writing assistance and an opportunity to apply for business assistance grants ranging from $500 to $26,000.

Are you a Veteran interested in starting your own business? We can help, at no cost to you!  Enrolled Veterans will receive Business Start-Up Training (BEST), Business plan writing assistance and an opportunity to apply for business start-up grants ranging from $500 to $26,000.

To qualify for the Veterans’ Microenterprise Program, Veterans must meet the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development “low to moderate income” criteria, which ranges from $41,500 for a one-person household to $68,850 for a six-person household as noted below:

  • $41,550 for a 1-person household
  • $47,500 for a 2-person household
  • $53,450 for a 3-person household
  • $59,350 for a 4-person household
  • $64,100 for a 5-person household
  • $68,850 for a 6-person household

Eligible program applicants must live within Lacey or the City’s Urban Growth Area, (generally, the area adjacent to Lacey’s north, south, and east). Businesses funded by a Veterans’ Microenterprise Grant, including home-based businesses, must be located within the city limits.

Interested in learning more? Contact the EDC at (360) 464-6060 or


Providing employment opportunities for transitioning service members

Camo2Commerce is all about providing opportunities for career development and jobs to service members transitioning out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord into civilian life in western Washington. We offer a number of customized services to transitioning service members, including one-on-one career coaching, job placement services, short-term training, hiring fairs and more.

Camo2Commerce works to fully integrate the public workforce system into the transition services provided on military installations. Our goal is to enable transitioning service members to seamlessly shift into the civilian workforce, and specifically into high-demand career opportunities.


Thurston Economic Development Council

4220 6th Ave SE
Lacey, WA 98503