Start A Business

The One-Stop Resource for Entrepreneurs

Are you looking to start a business? Not entirely sure what you have to do in order to get it off the ground? The Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) can help residents in Thurston County make their dreams of business ownership a reality. We are a one-stop resource – with counseling services for businesses in all stages of development, a comprehensive resource library, workshops, classes, networking events, and more – for entrepreneurs like you.

Please click here if you would like to make an appointment with one of our on-site counselors.

Business Enterprise Startup Program

What is the B.E.S.T. program?

Business startup isn’t rocket science – it’s a step-by-step, common-sense procedure. We can teach you the steps to take and how to maneuver around the obstacles so your business is successful.


SCORE is a nationwide nonprofit association whose mission is to grow successful businesses through education and mentorship. Their work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). With a nationwide network of 13,000+ volunteers, SCORE is able to deliver services at no or low-cost. Here at the CB&I, we have approximately one dozen volunteer counselors available, with a diverse range of experience and expertise. Most of our counselors are retired executives that can help mentor you as you navigate the path of starting your business.


Business Planning

Remember, a Business Plan is a living, breathing document that changes and adapts to the flow of your customer feedback – it is not static, but it is a reference point!


Marketing & Market Research for Startups

Your business card is your most basic tool and can be one of your most effective. You can make them in small quantities at home or through inexpensive print companies, online or locally. Just remember to get your basic information on them.

Business Library

Reference Materials at Your Fingertips

The Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) has a comprehensive, on-site reference library that includes books, pamphlets, forms, videos, and audio tapes.