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ScaleUp Thurston Kicks-off First Cohort

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Click here to see the first ScaleUp Thurston Cohort.

Business leaders from the 15 companies in the first cohort of ScaleUp Thurston gathered for the first time on Thursday, January 7, 2016 to meet and begin their 14-week journey together. Rachel Young of Miss Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes was all smiles as she explained that in less than 2 years she has now opened 3 stores and employs about 15 people. “It’s crazy!” she told Casey Sobel of Top Rung Brewing who was sitting next to her. “I need to manage that growth!” Her sentiment was shared by all in the group, including Ana Seidel of Bliss Kiss, who explained to the group that “we’re now selling our nail care products on Amazon, and it’s just exploding, and we can’t do it all by ourselves anymore.”

ScaleUp Thurston, a program of the Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation, is all about managing that growth in emerging companies. It’s about figuring out what you don’t know, and learning how to grow effectively. The business leaders expressed a desire to improve their management skills, accelerate growth, and build the internal systems necessary to succeed.

The companies in the first cohort represent a broad range of products from raw juice drinks (Zoe Juice Bar) to fine dining (Ricardo’s) to industrial uniforms (Ideal Commercial Uniforms), as well as a broad range of services from electrical contracting (Thurston Electric) to integrated pest management (PCI Pest Control) to enterprise software (Gardiant LLC).

Instructor Daryl Murrow introduced the curriculum by the Kauffman Foundation, “FastTrac GrowthVenture”, which the companies will learn in 10 modules. Each participant received a printed book in a custom folio to carry future class notes.

The cohort was also welcomed by a number of community members including several SCORE mentors from the Center for Business & Innovation, a contingent of commercial lenders from TwinStar Credit Union, marketing and sales consultant Steve Pottle, and community development consultant George Sharp.

The Center for Business & Innovation is now accepting inquiries about joining the second ScaleUp Thurston cohort.

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Thurston EDC Announces Inaugural ScaleUp Thurston Cohort to begin January 7

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The Thurston Economic Development Council announced today the businesses selected for the first cohort of the ScaleUp Thurston program to begin early in 2016 at the Center for Business & Innovation in Lacey.  This first cohort of ScaleUp Thurston kicks off on Thursday, January 7, 2016, with a celebratory gathering at 11 a.m. where co-workers, friends, and supporters are invited to meet the business owner participants and learn more about the ScaleUp Thurston program.

ScaleUp Thurston is funded through a federal contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Designed to help existing businesses ‘scale up’ to the next level of growth, the program will focus on supporting traditionally underserved business owners, including veterans, women, tribal members and minorities.

“We’re excited to work with these great emerging companies to accelerate their business success, create new jobs, and drive investment in our community,” said Celia Nightingale, Director of the Center for Business & Innovation.  And according to Daryl Murrow, Business Growth Strategy Manager, “The cohort represents a great mix of industries, with a diverse array of ages, backgrounds and perspectives.  That was exactly what we were looking for.  I look forward to working with them during the 14-week program and beyond.”

The following companies were selected for the first ScaleUp Thurston cohort:

All City Cleaning Services, LLC

Ashley Ventures Inc.

Bliss Kiss

Elite Cleaning of Washington

Gardiant LLC

Ideal Commercial Uniforms

Mint Landscapes, LLC

Ms. Moffett’s Mystical Cupcakes

Olympic Plumbing Technology

PCI Pest Control


Thurston Electric LLC

Top Rung Brewing Company

Yards Done Right

Zoe Juice Bar


The ScaleUp training includes 10 classroom sessions of the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac GrowthVenture, one-on-one business counseling, exclusive networking events for the cohort and business leaders, facilitated connections to commercial lenders and potential private investors, and development of individualized custom growth plans for the businesses.


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Free Training to Grow Your Business!

If you’re serious about your growing your business, and are committed to taking it to the next level, we want to help you get there!

ScaleUp Thurston is now offering a fourteen week growth oriented immersion program designed specifically for business owners ready to move beyond $150K – $500K in sales.  ScaleUp Thurston includes facilitated in-person classroom training, and connections to a high caliber network of peers, resources, and mentors.

Ready to grow?  Apply by April 4, 2016  to join the next ScaleUp Thurston Cohort.

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