Essential Business and Economic Websites for Local Business

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.

Washington State Department of Commerceopens a new window
http:www.commerce.wa.govopens a new window
The agency promotes business in Washington State. It includes information on grants, foreclosure assistance, and other programs.

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerceopens a new window
http://www.tacomachamber.orgopens a new window
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 Councilopens a new window
http://www.erfc.govopens a new window
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.

Washington Center for Real Estate Researchopens a new window
http://www.wcrer.be.washington.eduopens a new window
The Washington Center for Real Estate Research generates the statistics on the housing market one sees in the newspapers.

US Bureau of Labor Statisticsopens a new window
http://www.bls.govopens a new window
Inflation and consumer prices, employment and unemployment and other essential economic data.

US Census Bureauopens a new window
http://www.census.govopens a new window
Go here for an abundance of demographic data, essential for any business. It is all free!

Tacoma Means Businessopens a new window
http://tacomameansbusiness.com/business-assistance/classes.trainingopens a new window
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 Developmentopens a new window
http://www.cityoftacoma.org/governmentcity-departments/communityandeconomic/opens a new window
This department is responsible for business and economic development in Tacoma, particularly fostering small business.

Federal Researve Economic Dataopens a new window
http://www.rResearch.stlouisfed.orgopens a new window
The Federal Reserve generates an abundance of statistical data on the economy. Go here for economic data.

Mission and Installation Contracting Commandopens a new window
http://www.micc.army.milopens a new window
Check out this web site if you are hoping for a contract to supply Joint Base Lewis/McChord.

European Central Bankopens a new window
http://www.ecb.euopens a new window
This is an excellent source for economic data on the European Union.

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