Since launching in 2013, nearly 100 entrepreneurs have gone through the Spaceworks Creative Enterprise Training program.
Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Training Program provides participants with the tools, resources and support they need to start a small business or non-profit in Tacoma, as well as build community through peer support and exchange. Participants will not only be prepared to run the various aspects of their business, but also will be able to interact with and take full advantage of resources and partners in the local community.
- The training program includes assignments, panel discussions, guest speakers and specialized presentations.
- Peer-to-peer mentorship occurs between participants and business owners in the community.
- Access to content experts is provided at free or reduced rates, such as lawyers, tax accountants, retail sales consultants, etc.
The program takes place in evening sessions over a course of 3 months. Lessons include crafting your vision, branding, market analysis, funding, partnership agreements, choosing a business structure, licenses & permits, insurance, leasing, how to approach property owners, financial management, trademarks & copyrights, pricing your product/service, marketing, merchandising, and finally… how to pitch your business (photos below).
The entrepreneur training culminates with each participant giving a rapid fire, 3 minute presentation on their business and business model. This presentation is delivered before a panel of local experts who then ask the crucial questions, and provide feedback.
We are excited to announce entrepreneurs of 2017!
Baird Textile & Sundry
Ericka Baird & Noah Baird
Sewing haven, focused on clothing
Heirloom quality wood furniture
Full-service stringed instrument shop specializing in the service and sales of violins, violas, cellos, bows, cases and accessories.
Shanti – Yoga.Sound.Dance
Christina Felty | www.shantiyogasound.com
Harmonizing lives through active health, meditation and creative connection
Uplift Yoga & Healing Arts
Anna Gildenhar | www.uplift-yoga.com
Aerial yoga, sound healing pracitioner & Thai yoga therapist
LeShawn Gamble | renaissancetwenty-one.com
Renaissance 21 (R21) is a modern resolution to racial inequity in art, a small firm that integrates visual art with community causes and awareness campaigns. R21 produces and sells unique, customized art for and through a variety of mediums. In addition, we produce shows and galleries that showcase our own pieces as well as those from our youth-based art program.
Erica Johnson | www.enjoycanned.com
A small batch operation of local canned goods. Mostly pickled, but I do occasionally produce small batch jams and fruits from locally sourced farms.
Ea Murphy | tacomaaikikai.com
Aikido: 1) the way of peace 2) a modern Japanese martial art
Dojo: 1) a place of the way 2) training hall for martial arts
The Green Wardrobe – Sustainable & Stylish Fashion
Consignment store business model focused on up-cycling, renewing, reusing, and giving fashionable clothes a new home
Jade & Co. Succulent Boutique
Jeanne Serrano | jadeandco.info
Succulents, terrariums, and workshops