Plan Your Business

Know where to start and plan where you’re going.

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Getting Started

Every smart business starts with a solid foundation of research. Use our interactive SizeUp tool to research your competition, compare city demographics and resources, and analyze advertising prices. Tacoma also offers a variety of classes and training workshops that guide you through starting and/or growing your business. Not sure where to start? That’s what we’re here for. Contact City of Tacoma’s business support team for friendly and experienced guidance.

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Create Your Business Plan

Your business plan is your roadmap to success; this plan documents your products/services, target audience and their needs, competitors, financing, marketing, operations, and your competitive advantage. Creating a business plan allows you to pinpoint potential weaknesses and obstacles, plan realistic solutions, and equip your company with a clear mission and vision. Contact us to get free business plan guidance or reach out to one of Tacoma’s experienced business organizations.

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Search Available Business Real Estate

Finding the right business property is a key step in planning your business. Are you looking for a downtown storefront with steady foot traffic? An open office space that allows for easy collaboration? Or a large manufacturing site that offers plenty of room for growth? Whatever you’re looking for, get started with our interactive business property search tool, which allows you to search based on hundreds of criteria, including demographics, consumer expenditures, property type, and more.

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Check out our comprehensive business checklists that walk you through:

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