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Spaceworks Info Sessions

29 Nov

Tiffanny Hammonds works on Artscapes mural “5 Stages” at the corner of 11th & Market. Photo by Kris Crews.

Starting in December 2017, Spaceworks Tacoma will begin offering monthly info sessions at various locations around Tacoma. Meet the staff, ask questions and learn about all the opportunities Spaceworks has to offer. We will present information about all our programs including:

Incubator, Artscapes, Coworking and Special Projects

Info Session

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
6:00-7:30 PM
Tacoma Arts Community Center
1102 S. 11th St.
Tacoma, WA 98405
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Thank You, Tacoma

22 Nov
Spaceworks Tacoma NEON Annual Fundraiser 2017

Jaison Rivera painting live during Spaceworks’ fundraiser NEON 2017. Photo by Scott Haydon

With the holiday season upon us we wanted to take a moment to express the gratitude we have for the continued support we have from our community. Continue reading

Fish Tank Event Showcases Newest Entrepreneurs in Spaceworks Network

2 Nov
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At the Spring 2017 Fish Tank event, program participants Erika and Noah Baird showed off their costume design skills. Costume models: Theresa Hopper, and Gritty City Sirens performers Ava D’Jor and Heather Hostility. Photo by Kris Crews.

Spaceworks Tacoma invites the public to the free event on

Fish Tank Entrepreneur Showcase

Saturday, November 18, 1-4pm

1120 Pacific Ave (second floor)

Register    —    Facebook Event

Nine new businesses will launch soon in Tacoma thanks to their participation in Spaceworks Incubator program. On Saturday, November 18th, 2017, Spaceworks invites the community to discover the creativity and vision of these entrepreneurs at Fish Tank Entrepreneur Showcase. Continue reading

South Sound Summit For Entrepreneurs And Small Business

25 Oct

Spaceworks Tacoma invites you
to join us at the premier event for South Sound entrepreneurs to convene and connect:

Advancing South Sound Business

Monday, October 30, 1pm – 7pm

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

The first of its kind in the South Sound, this half-day conference provides opportunities for entrepreneurs to learn from a variety of world-class speakers in addition to getting one-on-one expert advice on the issues specific to your business. Spaceworks offers you an exclusive deal:

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Elope 253 on Move To Tacoma Podcast

24 Oct

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Rochelle Bergstrom was invited to local podcast Move To Tacoma to discuss her urban and sophisticated wedding chapel called Elope 253. Rochelle has received entrepreneurial training through Spaceworks Incubator program and opened her own business in 2016. She shares the story of how Spaceworks helped make her dream of owning a business possible.

Listen to the podcast here:

Move To Tacoma is a blog and podcast offering insight on Tacoma’s neighborhoods and cultural attractions. It is operated by entrepreneur and real estate agent Marguerite Giguere.

Marguerite has been selling houses in Tacoma since 2005 and nowadays she exclusively represents buyers in Downtown Tacoma and the immediate surrounding neighborhoods. As a long time Tacoma real estate agent and blogger, Marguerite is one of Tacoma’s biggest fans.

South Sound Together Awards $10,000 Grant to Spaceworks to Fund Small Business Microgrants

1 Aug
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Photographer Mihael Blikshteyn presents his business plan for review at Spaceworks’ small business pitch event in November 2016 upon completing Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise training program. In 2017, Mihael Blikshteyn Photography was one of 13 businesses accepted to Spaceworks’ accelerator program. (photo Kris Crews)

Spaceworks expands its support for creative entrepreneurs in Tacoma by offering expert coaching and small business microgrants through its Creative Enterprise business accelerator program thanks to a $10,000 grant from South Sound Together*.

Spaceworks’ pilot accelerator program was developed in 2016 for its Creative Enterprise alumni businesses who are poised for growth. In 2017 the program continues with the second cohort selected from past participants. Thirteen applications were accepted to the accelerator program which provides strategic planning, one-on-one coaching, financial coaching, content-specific workshops, peer mentorship, and a $500 microgrant per Creative Enterprise. Continue reading

Spaceworks’ Participants Celebrate Tacoma Pride 2017

6 Jul

Tacoma Pride Festival honors the LGBTQA community by fostering pride in each person as valuable, creative members of a diverse population in the South Puget Sound region. This family friendly event begins with flag raising at Pantages Theatre, Friday July 7th and lasts through Saturday, July 15th, 2017. The Tacoma Pride event will be held downtown Tacoma on Pacific Avenue near Fireman’s Park July 8th, 12-5pm.

Join Spaceworks artists and entrepreneur participants in celebrating Tacoma Pride this July with this list of events.

Spaceworks Interactive Pride Art Project

Featured Artist: Saiyare Refaei


Spaceworks partnered with Tacoma Rainbow Center and Artscapes 2017 artist Saiyare Refaei to create a fun, visual art project for the whole community to participate. Find the Spaceworks booth to color in or outside the lines!

Want to help us manage the art at the event? Sign up to volunteer!

July 8, 12 PM – 5 PM
Tacoma Pride Festival
S 9th & Pacific Avenue,
Tacoma, Washington 98402

Destiny City Queer-Fem Con

Destiny City Comics

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Deadline Approaching to Apply to Creative Enterprise Tier I – Spaceworks Answers FAQ

26 Jun

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Start your own creative business with the tools, training, and support that Spaceworks Tacoma can bring to your idea. Since 2010 Spaceworks has helped over 100 entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses.

One of the programs Spaceworks offers, called Creative Enterprise Tier I, helps individuals or teams to develop business plans for for-profit or non-profit businesses and organizations with focus on creative or innovative approaches.

As the application deadline nears, we would like to answer some common questions about the program:

How does the program prepare me to build a better business?

Creative Enterprise Tier I consists of 14 classes that include market research, legal issues, accounting and financials, visual merchandising, branding and marketing, and more. The participants are partnered with coaches to strategically build their individual business plans.

At the end of the program each business pitches their plan to a panel of experts at Fish Tank, to receive feedback and get a first chance to publicly present their brilliant ideas.

Is this only for startups?

No, this program is designed to help you build a strong business plan no matter how long you’ve been in business. Some of the participants have been in business for several years, and some of them are just starting. What’s most important is that you have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and we’ll help you develop it further.

Is there a cost to participate?

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NEON 2017 Recap

16 Jun

Check out the highlights of NEON 2017 in this video by Kris Crews

The evening of June 10, 2017, was alight with hundreds of glowing smiles and sparkling personalities that came out to fund the programs for creative entrepreneurs, artists, and makers in Tacoma. NEON 2017 was the second year that Spaceworks held it’s major public fundraiser to offer Tacoma community an invitation to come together under one banner, building a brighter Tacoma.

Spaceworks is grateful to the immense support it received this year. Over 120 volunteers have contributed 685 hours of work. About 350 guests attended the event to raise $50,000 that will directly go to fund programs like Creative Enterprise which supports the growth of small business, as well as Artscapes, which pays artists to install publicly viewable art around Tacoma.

Spaceworks Tacoma NEON Annual Fundraiser 2017

Spaceworks offers artist studio spaces at 1120 Creative House. Less than a year ago they launched the Spaceworks Gallery, which presents 6 contemporary art feature exhibitions a year with artists like Asia Tail who curated “Protect the Sacred” exhibition in January 2017 and donated one of her paintings to the auction.

Spaceworks Tacoma NEON Annual Fundraiser 2017

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Deadline Approaching to Apply to Creative Enterprise Tier I

14 Jun

Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise invites talented individuals from Tacoma with fresh ideas for products and services such as designers, crafters, consultants, organizations, community groups (non-profit or for-profit) and others to apply to the program to build sustainable, profitable businesses.

Deadline is approaching for the next round of applications for Fall 2017 cohort of the training program, called Creative Enterprise Tier I. The deadline is June 29th, 9am, to apply, visit our guidelines and application page.

Twelve participants will be selected to receive not only training, but also individualized coaching and mentoring. They also become a part of the entrepreneurial support network and gain additional visibility through Spaceworks promotions. Find out more at our upcoming Info Session with program coordinator Gwen Kohl:

Creative Enterprise Info Session
Thursday, June 22, 2017

5:00-6:30 PM
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409

This training program consists of 14 classes that include topics like market research, legal issues, accounting and financials, visual merchandising, branding and marketing and more.

The participants are partnered with coaches to strategically build their individual business plans. At the end of the program, each business pitches their plan to a panel of experts at Fish Tank, to receive feedback and get a first chance to publicly present their brilliant ideas. Continue reading

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