About the Thurston County Small Business Incubator

The Thurston County Small Business Incubator is creating jobs by helping entrepreneurs and small businesses access the resources they need for growth and long-term success. The Incubator, a project of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation, is supported by the Foundation, the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, the business community, and local and state governments. The Incubator maximizes opportunities to expand its resource base by working closely with community partners and other businesses and employment-directed organizations.

Small Business Incubator for Minority-Owned Business Startups

The Small Business Incubator creates jobs by helping entrepreneurs and small businesses access the resources they need for growth and long-term success. With a refreshed focus on minority micro-businesses, our goal is to break down the barriers minorities experience when developing a business.

  • Peer Support through the Diversity Caucus 
  • Chamber Direct and/or Community Leverage
    • Business Planning
    • Start-up Funding
    • Location Support
    • Supply Chain Connection 
    • Marketing and Media Support and Development 

Support the regional Diversity Business Caucus development that serves and develops minority-owned business leaders in Thurston County and beyond. Provides a space for their voice in local policy, advocacy, and community health. Supports the development and growth of minority-owned businesses by providing a peer network, expert consultation, and in-kind resources for marketing and media support. 

Our Facility

Conveniently located in downtown Olympia, our Small Business Incubator provides ample space for companies to conduct business. It features more than a dozen offices, two conference rooms, a kitchen, restrooms, and a work center.

Amenities include:

  • Reception
  • Conference room with video conferencing
  • Use of office equipment (fax, copier, postage, etc.)
  • Hands-on training for each business participant
  • High-speed internet
  • Kitchen access
  • Central downtown location
  • Parking

Why Participate in an Incubator?

  • Business incubators can reduce startup costs by 40-50%
  • The success rate for incubated businesses is over 80%
  • Incubator companies increase their sales an average of 400%

What We Can Assist With

  • Financial Resources
  • Administrative Resources
  • Mentorship
  • Networking

How to Apply

The application process begins with an informal online application to determine whether the incubator can provide useful services to your business. Review the steps to determine your eligibility.

Step One

Am I qualified for the Small Business Incubator?

  1. Is your business locally owned?
  2. Do you have a business plan?
  3. Is this a full time venture?

If you answered yes to all of the above, congratulations, you may move on to step two!


Step Two

We want to get to know you better. Fill out our informal questionnaire to tell us a bit more about you and your business. A general overview is fine. We’ll ask for details later.

After our team reviews your submission, we will reach out to you for a preliminary interview to determine if the incubator is the right fit. If we agree to move forward, you will be sent a link to a formal application.


Step Three

If You’ve received the formal application be sure to have your business plan, financials, and other required information on hand.

FIll out the application and submit it!


Step Four

We will review your documents and follow up with any questions we may have. If accepted into the Small Business Incubator, your company will receive a lease agreement, welcome packet, and meet with a member of our team to go and logistic questions you may have (move in, internet, phone, etc).

Informal Incubator Application


Our Incubator Clients

We’re proud to feature our Incubator clients who continue to flourish during their time with us.

Mosaic Marketing Studio

Our boutique marketing firm is located downtown Olympia and we serve the greater Thurston County region, including Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Shelton and Belfair, Washington. We also have clients as far away as Cheyenne, Wyoming!

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J. Robertson & Co.

J. Robertson and Company (JR & Co.) is a full-service strategic planning and public communications firm based in Olympia, Washington. Our work with public agencies, non-profit corporations and private sector clients is focused on building vibrant communities and shaping sustainable organizations.

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Experience Olympia & Beyond

Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB); a.k.a. Experience Olympia and Beyond

The VCB is the official destination marketing organization for Thurston County. Passionate about tourism, economic development, and enhancing our local community, our destination marketing team works tirelessly to inspire, inform, and influence travelers to visit the remarkable region we call home.

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Pixatel Systems

We conceptualize and create innovative applications and e-Learning systems that enable universal access to knowledge, develop responsible citizenship, and make the power of technology accessible to all. Through our Citizen Empowerment portfolio of services, Pixatel partners with governments, enterprises, and content publishers around the world to develop and launch innovative services to address key strategic challenges.

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Rebuilding Together Thurston County

Working with some of the best volunteers in the country (!!!), Rebuilding Together Thurston County rehabilitates and repairs homes of low-income homeowners in the county. With an eye towards safety and health concerns, work is geared to elderly and disabled persons, as well as veterans. Projects might include installing grab bars; cleaning and repairing gutters; replacing windows; repairing holes in the floor or walls due to water leaks; installing new switches for light fixtures; building a new or repairing an old ramp; repairing or replacing the roof; etc.

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Community Partners & Resources

The Thurston County Small Business Incubator maximizes opportunities to expand its resource base by working closely with community partners and other business employment directed organizations.

Additional Business Resources

Thurston Regional Planning Council

(360) 956-7575

Internal Revenue Service

(800) 829-1040

Better Business Bureau

(206) 431-2222

Employment Solutions

(360) 357-3362

Enterprise for Equity

(360) 704-3375

Thurston County Chamber Benefit Services

(360) 357-3362