Incubator: Cultivating small businesses

Spaceworks’ Incubator provides relevant and meaningful small business training, technical assistance, workshops, coaching, and peer-to-peer support to entrepreneurs creating or growing Tacoma-based businesses. We work with a growing roster of innovative, creative businesses that are strengthening our economy and making Tacoma a destination city.

We encourage entrepreneurs who are seeking to launch or grow a thriving business to participate in our Incubator program. To join, you must attend our hands-on, step-by-step, strategy-building entrepreneurial success workshop. Anyone is welcome to participate, but registration is required. The first workshop will be held in Spring 2018. Sign up for Spaceworks Info Session to learn more!

Featured Incubator Participants

The Arts & Crafts Press
Yoshiko Yamamoto

The Arts & Crafts Press is a small letterpress printing studio. They produce greeting cards, note cards and limited-edition block prints from hand-cut blocks in a hybrid style of Japanese woodcuts and Wester letterpress. All current note cards and prints are designed by Yoshiko Yamamoto. The Arts & Crafts Press is Spaceworks participant since 2014.

Tinkertopia
RR Anderson & Darcy Anderson

Tinkertopia diverts safe+clean remnants, seconds, scraps, off-cuts, discards, misprints, and overstock from the waste stream, then redistributes these goods as low-cost arts & crafts supplies. Besides selling unique art and craft supplies, Tinkertopia hosts studio/work space for birthday parties, field trips, and craft parties. Spaceworks participant since 2012.

Write253
Mary Fox

Write253 is a Tacoma non-profit that offers kids from underserved neighborhoods rich and interesting writing experiences to enhance and support their school curriculums. Write253 immerses students in innovative forms of the written word through workshops, field trips, and tutoring. Spaceworks participant since 2011.

Renaissance 21
LeShawn Gamble

Created by Tacoma-Seattle artistst LeShawn Gamble, Renaissance 21 focus is equity through utilizing art, mentorship, education, and entrepreneurship. They hope to be your go to source for art, events, and youth services. Follow Renaissance 21 to hear more about their youth art programs.

Burns Violins
Mike Burns

Burns Violins specializes in repair, restoration, new instrument making, rentals and sales of violins, violas, bows, and accessories. Whether it’s your family heirloom violin or your trusty instrument since graduating conservatory, we will see that your prized instrument will be fit to serve generations to come.

Jade & Co.
Jeanne Serrano

Jade & Co Succulent Boutique seeks to be Washington’s succulent grower, supplier, and retailer of hardy and tender succulents. Growing, creating, teaching and collaborating in succulent appreciation. Because flowers die.

Jennie currently vends at various locations including Tacoma Flea Market, South Lake Union Market, and Fremont Sunday Market. Upcoming events and workshops posted on company Facebook.

Uplift Yoga
Anna Noel

Uplift is a full-service yoga studio and healing arts center, specializing in AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga, as well as Sound Healing & Thai Yoga Therapy services. They offer a variety of other new & unique forms of yoga in addition to apparel, jewelry and holistic products.

Tacoma Aikikai
Ea Murphy

Tacoma Aikikai embraces a traditional aikido training environment, rooted in the lineage and discipline of Japanese martial traditions. They are committed to creating a safe and inclusive training environment, mutually respecting all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, faiths, ages, and abilities.

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