Business Planning Cohort

Spring 2020 Business Planning Cohort

Have a business idea or want to learn business strategy for your existing creative business? The Business Planning Cohort is for entrepreneurs who have an innovative/unique vision and want to be part of Tacoma’s local economic community. Participants of this cohort commit to a 36-hour course (3 hours per week in class) taken in person over 12 weeks. While in the cohort, entrepreneurs are provided with the tools, resources, and support they need to determine the feasibility of their small business or non-profit in Tacoma and develop a business strategy. Participants enjoy peer support and exchange while in the cohort, often forming a long lasting support network. 

Applications are now OPEN for the Winter 2021 Business Planning Cohort. Application deadline is December 8th, 2020. The cost of the program is $200 and is on a sliding scale depending on financial need.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of business owners, coaches, alumni, steering committee members, and community partners who select 12-14 businesses for each cohort.



  • Microenterprise (fewer than 5 employees)
  • Planning to do business in Tacoma

SELECTION CRITERIA The review process is competitive, and the panel will be looking for a diversity of businesses. Businesses will be selected based on the criteria and scored per the percentages listed below.

  • Innovation and Creativity 25%
  • Scale and Impact 20%
  • Financial Need 10%
  • Quality of Product or Service 20%
  • Community Investment and Involvement 25%

Apply Here:

APPLICATIONS DUE December 8th, 2020 by midnight, PST
Notifications will be sent out December 18th
Class begins on January 12th, 2021


Spaceworks welcomes all clients and will obtain reasonable and appropriate accommodations for those with disabilities. We support equal access to our websites, services, programs, and activities. Accommodations for our programs should be made at least two weeks in advance by calling 253.627.2175 or emailing

Due to COVID-19, all programs will be held virtually via Zoom until regulations allow in person gatherings. Most of Spaceworks training sessions are located at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, which is located at 950 Pacific, Suite 300, Tacoma, WA, 98402. The office and meeting rooms on the third floor are serviced by an elevator and are wheelchair accessible. Restrooms are also on the third floor and are wheelchair accessible. Other events or programs may occur at businesses throughout the city.

Service animals are welcome.

Large print copies of training materials are available upon request.

American Sign Language interpreters are available upon request for any training or workshop. Please contact two weeks in advance to request an interpreter.

For any questions or issues contact:
Jennifer English 
Training Coordinator

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