Here is a handy list of web sites for small businesses in this region, you might have to wade through thousands of possibilities to find. This is a good way to find demographic information, data, or contacts. Apartment occupancy rates for the southern Puget Sound area? The unemployment rate for Pierce County? Who to contact if you want to sell to Joint Base Lewis/McChord? Median income for the census tract in which your business sits? Look here.
These are web sites of useful information on business and the economy in Tacoma and Pierce County.
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
Part of the chamber's mission is to promote business in Tacoma. The chamber produces a publication called Pierce County Economic Index, available online here.
Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council
What will the state economy be like next year? What about revenue to fund state government? This site is also an online source for the agency's publications.
Tacoma Means Business
This is the web site for the Tacoma Means Business program at Bates College. The program is the de-facto headquarters in Tacoma for Small Business Administration programs like SCORE.
Tacoma Department of Community and Economic Development
This department is responsible for business and economic development in Tacoma, particularly fostering small business.