Business Incubators

This blog is a forum where people can share their visions for Mason County. My personal vision is to start a Business Incubator, to help local entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.

Business incubators offer a variety of services to reduce the startup’s overhead and operational costs such as:

  • shared office and meeting space, often with shared secretarial services
  • shared manufacturing space, often including a 3D printer for design prototypes
  • shared access to a commercial kitchen
  • mentors, coaching and help developing business and marketing plans
  • advice on procuring funding
  • networking connections

The National Business Incubation Association reports that there are approximately 900 business incubators nationwide. The most successful usually work in partnership with the local high school and/or community college, businesses, non-profits and volunteers.

Washington State offers grants to business incubators. See RCW 43.176.030.

This video takes you inside a business incubator in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about successful business incubators in the Northwest. What are they doing that would work well in Mason County?

Applied Process Engineering Laboratory in Richland (Eastern Washington)

New Ventures Facility at the UW in Seattle

SURF Cafe in Seattle for technology start-ups.
(Don’t miss the interesting articles in their Press section.)

The Culinary Cooperative in Lynnwood

Thurston County Small Business Incubator

William Factory in Tacoma


  • Barbara says:

    Have you had any positive response to this venture in Shelton? I have been talking with some local business owners in Belfair about starting a business incubator in Belfair. Would be interested in getting together and talking about the possibilities.


  • admin Barb says:

    Hi Barbara, yours is the first response to my blog post, but I’ve recently learned that Youth Empowerment Services in Shelton has several projects going to help youth and community members hone their technical skills in music and video production, possibly leading to new local business ventures. I look forward to talking with you and exploring the possibilities. (You can learn more about YES! from their web site at

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