ScaleUp Thurston

Second Cohort Graduation


Congratulations to the second cohort of ScaleUp Thurston! On Thursday July 28, 2016, the class graduation took place in conjunction with the Center for Business & Innovation’s (CB&I) Business & Innovation Celebration.

The first annual Business & Innovation Celebration provided a platform for businesses of all types and sizes to learn, grow, and innovate. With workshops on innovation training, networking, and an Innovation Video Contest, it was the perfect tie-in to the ScaleUp Thurston graduation.

The ScaleUp graduation presentations drew a packed crowd from event participants, including several Board members of the Thurston EDC. The room was filled with supportive people learning about and cheering on the ScaleUp companies.

Each ScaleUp company gave a 5-minute PowerPoint presentation summarizing their growth plans. A common theme also emerged on the value of the lessons learned from their ScaleUp training experience.

The third cohort for ScaleUp Thurston will begin on January 5, 2017.  To apply, please Apply Here before December 26, 2016.

Second ScaleUp Kicks Off

The second ScaleUp Cohort kicked off in style on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Center for Business & Innovation, with more than forty people attending to celebrate the 19 companies participating in the intensive business training experience.

Learn the names and view individual photos of the new Scalers by clicking here.

The new Scalers opened the morning by introducing themselves with 3-minute overviews of their companies.  The diverse group of companies range from personal services like home care and real estate, to professional services like pest control and accounting.  The group also includes retail, food service, and energy efficiency improvements.

Second ScaleUp Cohort Selected

The Thurston EDC and the Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) are proud to announce the selection of 19 local companies for the second cohort of ScaleUp:

Douglas Bolar, Accountable Custodial & Maintenance www.accountablecm.com

Sarah Amell, Aqua Terra Cultural Resource Consultants, www.AquaTerraCRC.com

Jeannine Kempees, Belleza Ropa, www.bellezaropa.com

Melly Rodriguez, Countryside Real Estate

Sandra Hall, Dillinger’s Cocktails & Kitchen, www.dillingers.weebly.com

Kyle Kennemore, Echo Energy LLC, www.echoenergyllc.net

Gayea Main, Gayea’s Great Demo’s

Felita Poole, Hannahs Home Care Agency www.HannahHomeCare.net

Marty Marstrom, Marstrom Adult Family Home

Paul Wilks, Mrs Klean Janitorial

Kaylee Purcell, PCI Pest Control, www.pci-pest-control.com

TerriAnn Hawkeswood, Phone Master, www.phonemasterwa.com

Cynthia Hancock, Precisely Right Accounting, www.preciselyrightaccounting.com

William Davidson, Pro Tech Solution Services, www.protechsvcs.com

Michael Boyer, Purdy Fun Climbing, www.purdyfunclimbing.com

Shane Miller, S & T Window Films www.stwindowfilms.net

Cheryl Pearce, Sandstone Café

Kevin Leneker, Singlehanded Consulting, www.shcvoc.com

Josh Burns, Total Lawn Care of Olympia, www.totallawncareolympia.com

Join us for a kick-off on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the CB&I, Room 186 to celebrate.  Friends, family, and program supporters are invited to attend.  Please RSVP Ramsey Zimmerman (rzimmerman@thurstonedc.com) by Tuesday May 3rd if you plan to come.

This session runs May through July 2016.  Visit www.scaleupthurston.org for updates on the companies’ progress, and to apply to participate in a future cohort!


First Cohort Graduation


On Thursday, April 7, 2016, the first Cohort of ScaleUp Thurston graduated!  Each company gave a 5 minute PowerPoint presentation with elements of their Growth Plans and lessons learned from the experience.  Some common themes emerged.  Many companies were launching into new marketing efforts such as new vehicle wraps, expanded use of social media, and entering new markets.  Several business owners expressed a new-found understanding of the nuances of their financial reports, and new approaches to forecasting.  There were many kind words of thanks for the experience.

The public was invited to attend, and several EDC Board members were present, including Lacey Councilperson Virgil Clarkson, Jessica Jensen, and Reid Bates.  A number of family members and employees were also present to celebrate the accomplishment.  Afterwards, the group enjoyed conversation and treats, including Miss Moffet’s Mystical Cupcakes.

The second cohort for ScaleUp Thurston will begin on May 5, 2016 and the participating companies will be announced soon.

Apply Now for Second ScaleUp Thurston Cohort

Now’s the time to APPLY for the second Cohort of ScaleUp Thurston, a program of the Center for Business & Innovation that is designed to accelerate companies to significant growth and expansion. The 14-week experience begins May 5, 2016 and runs through July 28, 2016. The application deadline is April 4, 2016 for this round. For the 20-25 companies selected in this highly competitive round, participation is completely FREE, but valued at more than $5,000 each.

WEB-small-0906-Zoe-Juice-BarThe CB&I launched the first ScaleUp Thurston in January, and companies who have participated in the program are already seeing the value and results. “I love taking this class,” said Jason Phillips, owner of Zoe Juice Bar. “I have gained lots of insightful information and tools, and the ability to connect with likeminded individuals in the region has been really valuable.”

ScaleUp Thurston is a comprehensive business growth training program, which includes in-person classroom training and one-on-one coaching to help small business owners plan and achieve their goals. The training program lasts a total of 14 weeks and includes ten weeks of classroom instruction and four exclusive networking events. At the end of the training businesses will have developed a customized growth plan for their business.

ScaleUp is designed for companies in operation two or more years, with revenue between $150,000 and $500,000 per year that are committed to doubling or tripling their revenue in the next few years.

Training Dates: May 5 – July 28, 2016
Class Days: Thursday mornings, 9 am – 12pm
Location: Center for Business & Innovation, 4220 6th Ave. SE, Lacey WA 98503

Apply Today!
To be considered for the May – July 2016 training program complete and submit the ScaleUp Application. Applications must be received by April 4, 2016. Participants approved for the training program will be notified by mid-April.

For more information about ScaleUp Thurston, contact Daryl Murrow at dmurrow@thurstonedc.com or (360) 464-6056.