Washington Department of Commerce is committed to strengthening communities and growing local economies that celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, provide the necessary infrastructure to support growth and expansion, have the right mix of services and programs to support intelligent economic development and offer families a safe place to live, work and play.

Sabrina Jones
CEO, Movher and Put a Cork In It

Washington Department of Commerce is committed to strengthening communities and growing local economies that celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, provide the necessary infrastructure to support growth and expansion, have the right mix of services and programs to support intelligent economic development and offer families a safe place to live, work and play.

Sabrina Jones
CEO, Movher and Put a Cork In It

The department’s Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness has partnered with the foundation since 2016. A primary second-stage offering is Thrive! Based on the foundation’s System for Integrated Growth, Thrive! gives growth-oriented companies access to experts, analytics and best practices that are immediately actionable.

In a July 2021 performance study, 12 Thrive! participants reported the following:

  • 100% satisfaction
  • 100% took action on deliverables received
  • CEO Growth mindset increased. In their words:
    • “We are thinking out further than just this moment and Thrive! is motivating that.”
    • “It got us back into a growth mindset.”
    • “It made an impact on me as CEO in directing the vision of the company and it has sharpened focus on my marketing strategy for 2021-2022.”
    • “We have some short-term outcomes like sales and profit, we have increased profit by 10x in one year. Long term viability is even more important.”

Case studies

Service for small business
Shaping our clean energy future
Adding infrastructure to communities

“On the discovery call, I could tell right away that our team leader was fantastic,” says CEO Rich Fowles. “He knew how to drill down and identify exactly what we were looking for.”

Growing jobs through our key sector strategies
Working toward affordable housing

Connect

Susan Nielsen, Small Business Program Manager
susan.nielsen@commerce.wa.gov
509-220-6048