Here we’ve compiled a list of sites we find helpful and some we just plain enjoy and keep coming back to. Let us know when you’ve found helpful sites that you think we should add!

Business Support

Business Examiner
Business Examiner Media Group is a local company dedicated exclusively to the information and marketing needs of the South Sound business community. Through our multiple platforms of media, the Business Examiner is the South Sound Business Information Resource, providing content of interest and impact to local business owners, executives and managers.
http://www.businessexaminer.com

City of Tacoma
The City of Tacoma welcomes businesses of all sizes and understands that a thriving, diverse business environment is the lifeblood of Tacoma’s local economy. This section  provides information on an array of development programs and services for those wishing to start or expand their business in Tacoma, or relocate their business to Tacoma.  The City of Tacoma offers their own finance programs to assist business in accessing the capital for land/building, equipment, working capital, with loans ranging in size, rate and requirements.
http://www.cityoftacoma.org/business

Doing Business in Pierce County
From learning about the bidding process for county projects, building permits and building project assistance, understanding business licensing in in unincorporated Pierce County, resources to grow, control, expand business, and tax incentives in Pierce County. Looking for digital maps of Pierce County. Parcel search, sales and tax info, planning and land management zoning and information, to property taxes and recorded documents available online. Look here!
http://www.piercecountywa.org

Economic Development Board for Tacoma Pierce County
Leadership, focus and resources from both the private and public sectors provide the EDB with tools for success.  While the results have been impressive, we continue to strive to be at the cutting edge of innovation in the marketplace.  Our goal is to help your business or your client’s business succeed.
http://edbtacomapierce.org

Small Business Administration
Starting a business is an exciting proposition, but it’s also an incredibly challenging undertaking. The resources in this section will help you learn about what it takes to start a business.
http://www.sba.gov

Small Business Development Center
The Washington Small Business Development Center Network is your resource for expert business advising, management training and market research. SBDC advisors offer one-on-one technical assistance at no charge to make sure you have the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you and your company.
http://www.wsbdc.org

Tacoma Angel Network
TacomaAngel Network activities improve the economic quality of life in the Tacoma and South Puget Sound region through supporting local entrepreneurs in building strong businesses that create new jobs and stimulate the regional economy.  The founding sponsor for the TacomaAngel Network is the Tacoma-Pierce County  Chamber.
https://www.tacomaangelnetwork.com

Tacoma Score
The South Sound Tacoma Chapter provides FREE confidential mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.The South Sound/Tacoma Chapter of SCORE is a no cost SEAP-Approved provider which provides entrepreneurial training, business counseling, and technical assistance including “Preparing a Successful  Business Plan to Start a Small business”.
http://tacoma.score.org

Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises
OMWBE develops programs designed to improve the contributions of minority and women-owned small businesses to the Washington State economy.  The OMWBE assists qualified minority and women businesses in the State OMWBE certification process for public contracting and procurement and access to financial opportunities. Creating a competitive and fair business environment that includes small businesses owned by minority, women, and socially and economically disadvantaged people.
http://omwbe.wa.gov

Service Corps of Retired Executives [SCORE]
Any start-up or existing small business is eligible for counseling at no charge from the Service Corps of Retired Executives.
http://www.score.org

 

Chambers of Commerce

Chambers of Commerce provides connectivity with other community stakeholders to leverage and maximize resources. Through innovative approaches in community partnerships and concentrating on education, chambers take a stand as stewards of the future.

Your Pierce County Chambers:

FIND YOUR CHAMBER & MORE
Find both state and local Chambers of Commerce, Convention Centers, Visitor Bureaus and Tourist Boards in the United States providing U.S. business, relocation, visitor and tourist attraction information. From the links above, under either “chambers of commerce” or “visitor bureaus”, choose the state you want to travel to.
http://www.2chambers.com

Bonney Lake Chamber of Commerce 
http://www.bonneylake.com

Fife Lake Chamber of Commerce 
http://www.fifechamber.org

Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce 
http://www.gigharborchamber.net

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
http://www.lakewood-chamber.com

Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce 
http://www.puyallupsumnerchamber.com

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
http://www.tacomachamber.org

Just for Fun & Nerdy

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!
https://www.dropbox.comCool scheduling calendar-it can almost herd the toughest cats!
http://www.doodle.com

Great sites to discover new tools:
http://www.cnet.com
http://www.appadvice.com
http://www.go2web20.net

More sites added, check back often!