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 Advising

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!



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.