Since launching in 2013, over 40 businesses 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 2016!
Scott J. Cormier
Splice Welding & Design
Naarah McDonald & Erin Severe
The Productivity Parlour for Artful Living
741 St. Helens, Tacoma
Kalvin Trancao & Sasha Ashworth
Mihael Blikshteyn Photography
Monique Smith & Roshaun Yates
Aaron Schmookler & Adam Utley
The Yes Works
Josiah French & Devon Baldwin
Jeff Southard & Abby Kok
Sunday Morning Coffee featuring Cora Coffee Roasters
Sean Patrick Burke
with Erik Bernard and Adam Hobbs
Clarissa Gines and Rosemary Mathison
Stella Kemper and Rebecca Parson
Bering Street Studio
Martha Lucas and Janelle Abbott
This Then That
Explore It Scavenger Hunts
Richard and Clemmie Penton
Sky Movement Creative
Tacoma Thrift and Consignment
Liz Van Dyke