Start a Business

Starting Your Business in Pierce County?

We’re here to help you succeed!

Pierce County does not require a business license except for certain categories. Check with the County Auditor’s Office to see if your proposed business may need a license.

Cities in Pierce County may require a business license. If you are locating your business within city limits, check to see if a license is required.

Other permits or professional licenses may be required. You will find a complete list under Start Your Business.

Entrepreneurs - Getting Started

Plan Your Business

You've thought about starting a business. Careful planning and research will improve chances of success. Find out about:
  • Business training available
  • Mission and vision statements
  • Types of business ownership structures
  • Market analysis and marketing plans
  • Operations and personnel planning
  • Financing plans

Start Your Business

You will have to make specific decisions before opening your doors. Your decisions will have consequences far into the future. Learn of some decisions you’ll have to make. These include:
  • Is it better to buy an existing business or create one from the ground up? What’s involved?
  • What type of ownership structure will work best and what name will the business have (and why)?
  • Where will the business be located and what permits and licenses are required?
  • Will employees be hired?

Learn From Others

Pierce County is a great place to do business and assistance is readily available.

The Washington Small Business Development Center is a network of business advisors, trainers, and support staff who operate from Washington State University, Western Washington University, several of the state’s community and technical colleges, and selected economic development agencies. They offer a wide variety of assistance for all phases of your business.

Business Impact NW serves startups as well as existing businesses providing coaching, classes, and access to capital to community small businesses, with an emphasis on working with traditionally underserved populations. In partnership with the SBA they also house the Veterans Business Outreach Center and the Washington Women's Business Center.

The Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps companies find and successfully achieve contracts for work with the local, state and federal governments.

The South Sound-Tacoma Chapter of SCORE provides free confidential mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The Governor's Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA) provides an online business service center where you'll find tools to help you plan, start, or grow your business in Washington State. 

Need More Help? Contact: Sara Garner at (253) 798-2335.