Local Resources

List of Resources to help you start or grow your business

City of Tacoma Community and Economic Development Department
Guide to Seattle's Startup Resources STARTUP RESOURCES AT-A-GLANCE
New Tech Tacoma a meetup group offering fun, food, drinks, presentations and connections with the Tacoma tech community
Keiretsu  Angel investors, the highest funding rate in the Northwest among major angel groups
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Tacoma SCORE provides FREE confidential mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners
The Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC)
1 Million Cups
TEN: College is a supportive and encouraging organization for college students in Tacoma to explore and build entrepreneurial careers.
Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)  is the mega connector for Washington’s technology industry
Seattle Startup Events Calendar a guide to events, classes, workshops and more
Business Impact NW
Women’s Business Center
Veteran’s Business Outreach Center
lending services Business Impact NW, helping small businesses grow so local communities thrive .
Comprehensive Guide to starting a Business

Coworking and Event Space

SURGEtacoma 
UnionClubTacoma
Space Works Tacoma 
We Are Guild 
Coworking Wiki  a free, community-owned and operated resource for everyone interested in the world of coworking.
The Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance  a guide to coworking spaces in the Puget Sound

Do you know of a great resource we should add to the list?

If you know of a resource geared toward helping local freelancers, entrepreneurs, small business and startups find local contacts or information to help them start and grow their business please Email us and we will check into it, thanks!

JOSH KILEN

PRESIDENT – CASCADE DIGITAL MARKETING - WWW.ASKCASCADE.COM

"Initially, I came to SURGE to get away from my wife’s three cats. After the fifteenth time they ran across my keyboard and messed up a piece of content I was working on, I knew it was time for my own space. Coffee shops were an option, but I got tired of drinking a gallon of coffee every day and I didn’t like leaving my laptop unattended when I had to use the bathroom (it was so much coffee). I saw an ad for SURGE and called them up for a tour. The Community Manager showed me around, and I signed up right away. For the price, the amenities you get at surge are the best deal in Tacoma. My revenue has grown 10x since I joined in February 2016, a large part of that due to the professional atmosphere, the location, and the support at SURGE. If you want to take your business to the next level, SURGE has the tools to help you do it. When you take your tour, stop by and say ‘hi.’"

"I've been working at SURGE Tacoma for a little over 2 years now and love it! I enjoy showing up every day to get things done and grow my business!"

"I just wanted to reach out and thank you for setting up SURGE. being at surge helped me build confidence and work in an efficient space and I do not think I would have grown as much as I have in the last year and a half it was not for being at surge."

"​For me - coming to surge is my getaway. I can’t imagine being secluded at home and trying to work with the kids. all moms that work at home should try it! even just once a week 😊"

CARMEN ROGERS

"I loved my time there with you and look forward to reconnecting with you again in the future!...thank you so much for the time I spent there and for having such a great environment to work in!"

BRIAN FORSYTHE

SOLID CHOPS ACCOUNTING

"I have been a SURGE member since early 2016. having a nice workspace, outside of my home essential for me. having a community of people to connect with professionally and personally makes it an enjoyable place to be. I recommend SURGE Tacoma to anyone looking for coworking in the area. "

Krystina Jarvis

Owner, A Drop in the Ocean

"SURGE has been incredible. I honestly initially chose it because I needed a mailing address for my business, but now, the value I get out of being a member is worth every penny. As a Cafe member, I love the flexibility with where I work. My current favorite spot overlooks the city, and as the sun sets on Mt. Rainier there’s just no better way to end a work day. I also love knowing that as my business grows, my membership can grow with me into a dedicated desk or office. The monthly member events are great for meeting new people and seeing the diversity of businesses in the space. I would recommend SURGE to anyone currently based out of their home who needs a place to get work done besides their couch - entrepreneurs, students, authors, artists, anyone. Although working in sweatpants at home is nice on occasion, I’ve found that my productivity is boosted significantly when I’m at SURGE."

Will Manzanares

Owner, Will Talks Biz

"I chose SURGE because it was local and central. You guys were nicer than some of the other places, personality wise and when I saw the prices in Seattle, I was like, that is ridiculous. The price is right for what I am trying to do. I also thought, wouldn’t my skill set help most of the start-ups here? I have been so used to doing things out of my house, this helps separate home from work. I wanted to experience a coworking space, and it is better than a coffee shop. I also chose it because you are more flexible than other spaces. Coworking spaces are for those who need to be driven by going to a work place, and they can’t separate their home life and their work life."

Terrilski Davis

Owner, Platoon 720 Credit and Business Formations

"I chose SURGE after discovering its existence online while searching for office space outside of my home. I needed not just an office building, or coworking space, but a community. Hands down!! SURGE provides that community for business owners in any industry to come and feel welcomed in an environment that’s conducive for growth without threat of competition, but collaboration and genuine networks. I would totally recommend it for any startup business that needs to expand not just their company but their productivity with peace of mind."

Jayson Owens

Financial Advisor with Bright Road Wealth Management

"I chose Surge because my previous “executive office” management company was literally the worst! Stuffy and unworkable. I called Surge on Friday afternoon at 4:30pm looking for conference space after finding out that my previous company had canceled my bookings for the next week! They were able to get me signed up and saved all those meetings!

Since the beginning the staff has been so helpful and flexible. I work a lot of evenings and weekends and having access to the building has made my business possible! I love the energy here and the opportunity for spontaneous conversation in the kitchen."