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Location

You’ve heard it before and we’ll say it again: location, location, location. Choosing the right place to start your business makes all the difference in the world, whether you’re starting a restaurant or opening an auto parts store.

To learn about different commercial areas in Tacoma, visit our downtown and neighborhoods page. To help you make the smartest decision, the City of Tacoma offers free customized household demographics for any part of the city you are considering locating your business.

No matter where you decide to locate in Tacoma, be sure to check with the City’s Planning and Development Services Department to make sure that your business location is zoned as an allowable use and that you have all relevant zoning and land use information.

Are you opening a business from your home? Be sure to check out additional information on our home-based business page.

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Biz Spotlight:

Chelsia Berry

Chelsia Berry Designs

In Business Since 2010
Number of Employees 1

With over a year of owning a business under her belt, Chelsia Berry is excited to be a new entrepreneur in Tacoma. “I’ve always loved Tacoma; it’s my home.” As a talented clothing designer, she’s on a mission to help create world peace through fashion design. Her tagline says it all: When a woman feels beautiful and confident, her presence cannot be ignored.

This up-and-coming designer knows the power of networking and is actively connected to the cultural circles of the city. “The arts scene in Tacoma is amazing—it’s an opportunity to meet like-minded people who want to offer something different from a big box store,” says Chelsia.

She’s also not afraid to ask for help when she needs it. A few months ago, Chelsia decided to move her original alterations business into a new storefront in downtown Tacoma. She heard about the City’s free assistance programs and sought out advice on how best to display her merchandise. City staffers met with her onsite and provided tips for displaying her clothing line and decorating the window displays. The result? “Now my windows glow at night!”

Chelsia attributes much of her growing success to her choice to locate in Tacoma. “I can be a big fish in a little pond. Everyone you need to know in Tacoma, you will meet.”