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.
Veterans’ Microenterprise Program
Are you a Veteran interested in starting your own business?
The City of Lacey and the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) Center for Business Innovation are committed to supporting economic opportunity for Thurston County’s Veteran population. The EDC Veterans Microenterprise Program, funded in part by a federal Community Development Block Grant, is designed to help eligible Veterans living in Thurston County successfully plan, open, and operate their own business within the City of Lacey.
Veterans interested in starting their own business will receive Business Enterprise Start-up Training (BEST), and veterans who already own existing small business (5 or fewer employees) will receive Business TuneUP Training. Both training opportunities are provided free of charge to qualified Veterans.
Successful graduates of either program can apply for a financial grant, ranging from $500 to $25,000, to open a business within the City of Lacey.
To qualify for the Veterans Microenterprise Program, a Veteran must be a Thurston County resident with a total household income that is 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
Interested in learning more? Contact the EDC at email@example.com or (360) 464-6060.