City of Tacoma Services

Our job is to help you get the information you need to start and grow your business. Through our Small Business Services, the City provides free business workshops and customized business assistance tools to help you navigate the road ahead. To request any of the services below, contact Debbie Bingham at 253.591.5117 or dbingham@cityoftacoma.org. Below is a sample of the FREE services that are available to any Tacoma business.

Small Business Assistance Workshops
The City hosts quarterly workshops on a variety of business topics, such as cash flow planning, building a website, and marketing on a shoestring budget. Visit our Small Business Workshops page for current and past workshop information. Workshops are open to any business located in Tacoma.

Customized Business Services
We have customized research, reports and services to help your business get to the next level.

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Biz Spotlight:

Greg Stewart 

Orbiter LLC

In Business Since 2006
Number of Employees 4

When asked about why he started his business in Tacoma, Greg Stewart goes straight to the facts. “We build software and hardware at Orbiter,” says Greg. “It’s less expensive to do business in Tacoma and we have talented engineers here.” It’s no wonder; his business is all about creating an economical way for schools, non-profits and the U.S. military to gather data and effectively count laps.

Greg founded the company in 2006 and today employs four people to help provide this innovative wireless chip timing solution for a variety of events, including road races, sporting events, military fitness tests and school physical education. Part of his growth strategy has been doing business on a local level. “Nine Tacoma-based companies provide parts for the manufacturing of our Orbiter product.” In addition to adding value to the local community, Greg sees long-term benefits to doing business in Tacoma. “There is potential for great quality of life here without traffic congestion.” 

As a high tech company with talented software programmers, electrical engineers and marketing people, Greg is always looking for smart ways to grow his business. He recently participated in the City’s free website diagnostic service and in his words got world-class information about the effectiveness of his site. “The City’s presentation about how to optimize our website was the most helpful presentation for promoting our business on the web that we have ever seen. The value to our firm was worth thousands of dollars.”