Spaceworks Announces: Creative Enterprise Applications Open


DEADLINE TO APPLY: 5pm on Monday, December 7, 2015
For guidelines and online application click here 

Spaceworks invites creatives* who have a plan for a creative/innovative business that benefits Tacoma’s community and are seeking to develop a thriving business to apply to participate in its 2016 Creative Enterprise Program.

Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Program provides relevant and meaningful business training and peer-to-peer support to the participants to systematically grow Tacoma’s creative class and generate destination quality activity that will engage and transform our community. Affordable space is also provided, dependent on availability, to serve as a training ground to test new ideas, products and services with a safety net of technical assistance and mentorship.

Selected participants will start Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Training in January 2016 and pitch a full business plan for review in May 2016. Spaceworks staff will help to launch these businesses to the streets of Tacoma throughout 2016.

*Artists, designers, crafters, techies, makers, foodies, consultants, organizations, community groups and other entrepreneurs working in any creative field (for-profit or non-profit).


Spaceworks will offer information sessions and “office hours” for potential applicants prior to the deadline to present ways to build a strong application and provide feedback to applicant’s proposals. Whether you are just thinking about applying, or you’ve started the application and have questions, join us to get your questions answered.

Information Sessions:
Includes a Creative Enterprise Program overview, review of application guidelines, tips to create a strong application, Q&A, and get to know the Spaceworks staff.
• Monday, Nov. 16, 6-8pm
• Monday, Nov. 23, 6-8pm
Location: 1120 Creative House, 1120 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200, Tacoma, WA 98402
No RSVP necessary, just show up at 5:45-6pm

Office Hours: 
Provides up to 15 minutes of one-on-one consultation with Spaceworks staff to answer questions and review your application materials.
• Monday, Nov. 9, 1-5pm
• Monday, Nov. 16, 9am-1pm
• Monday, Nov. 23, 1-5pm
• Monday, Nov. 30, 9am-1pm
Location: Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, 950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 300, Tacoma, WA 98401
Click here to sign up for your time slot.

*Pictured Above
Image 1: In the last 5 years, Spaceworks has assisted 66 Tacoma businesses in bringing their visions to life. Pictured above, top left: eTc Streetwear Boutique, 907 Pacific Ave, Umi Wagoner & Perris Wright, Photo by Patrick Hagerty. Top right: Destiny City Comics, 218 St. Helens, Michael Fitzgerald, Photo by Patrick Haggerty. Bottom left: Sound Movement Art Center, 902 Market St, Giselle Lorenz Brock & Raven West, Photo by SMAC. Bottom right: 1120 Creative House, 1120 Pacific Ave, creative co-working space hosting artists, creatives, and community events. Logo design and installation by Pointline.

Image 2: During the Spring 2015 Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Training program, a panel of Spaceworks Alumni shared their stories, their perspective, and offered technical advice on starting a small, creative business in Tacoma. Photo by Crews Creative.

Questions? Contact Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Coordinator, Gwen Kohl at 253.682.1741 or