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Thurston EDC aims to help Lacey veterans start business

Jan 2, 2018 - 05:33 PM

Are you a veteran looking to start your own business within Lacey’s city limits? If so, the City of Lacey and Thurston Economic Development Council want to give you a hand.

The Council’s Center for Business Innovation is teaming with the City for the EDC Veterans Microenterprise Program. Funded in part by a federal Community Development Block Grant, the program helps eligible veterans living in Thurston County successfully plan, open, and operate their own business within the City of Lacey.

 Veterans interested in starting their own business will receive Business Enterprise Start-up Training (BEST). Veterans who own an existing small business (five or fewer employees) will receive Business TuneUp Training. Qualified veterans can participant in either training free of charge. 

Successful graduates of either program can apply for a financial grant, ranging from $500 to $25,000, to open a business within the City of Lacey.

To qualify for the program, a veteran must be a Thurston County resident with a total household income less than:•  $41,550 for a one-person household;

•  $47,500 for a two-person household;

•  $53,450 for a three-person household;

•  $59,350 for a four-person household;

•  $64,100 for a five-person household; or

•  $68,850 for a six-person household

To learn more, visit thurstonedc.com/veterans.

            

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