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. 

Cohorts are offered in the spring and fall each year. Applications are due in December for  spring cohorts and June for fall cohorts.

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


  • Quality of product or service as exhibited in the work sample
  • Feasibility of concept / business
  • Ability to execute concept / business
  • Ingenuity and strength of concept / business
  • Benefit to the community
  • Ability to create a destination-quality business
  • Commitment to opening a business in Tacoma

Application open September through December and March through June



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                   

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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