South Thurston Economic Development Initiative (STEDI)
The South Thurston Economic Development Initiative (STEDI) is a recently-formed group that is committed to ensure that business owners in south Thurston County have access to resources. A number of organizations are involved, including Thurston Regional Planning Council, the Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau, local municipalities, Washington State University TeleWork program, Yelm Chamber of Commerce, Tenino Chamber of Commerce and Thurston EDC.
The Thurston EDC works to connect local businesses with experts and resources to help them stay competitive through its Business Resource Center – providing counseling, mentoring, and technical assistance to new and existing business owners.
The BRC hosts Mobile BRC presentation in South Thurston County once a month. Please contact us for info about upcoming events or visit the Events tab on our website to learn more.
STEDI News:  Business Resources Brochure, Marketing on a Shoestring Workshop
Business Licensing
Any business that conducts physical activities in the city, whether or not the business operates from a physical location in the city, is required to obtain a business license. The purpose of the program is to develop a database of businesses within the City and to use such information to provide business related services.
Business License Application
Business License Application (Solicitors)
Tenino Hazardous Waste Inventory Form (TMC Chapter 18D.50)
Business License Application (Home Business Info & App)
Liquor License Application
Tenino Chamber of Commerce
The Tenino Chamber of Commerce is a great place to look for information related to starting a new business or establishing connections with other local business owners.  The Chamber businesses are “working together to increase the sense of community and promote  business in and around the city of Tenino”.  Click here to visit the Chamber website.
Development Opportunities:
If you are an entrepreneur looking to start your own business, proprietor of an established business in search place to build your home office and/or light industry that is in close proximity to the I-5 corridor, give Tenino a look.  With the installation of Tenino’s new sewer system, the availability of both vacant commercial lots and unoccupied storefronts in Tenino’s downtown core and the growing population of the area, now is a great time to invest in Tenino.
Map of Tenino Vacant/Redevelopable Land
Map of Current Tenino Zoning
Tenino Building Department
Email questions to our Planner Fred Evander at
Doing Business With Tenino:
To work with the City of Tenino you must obtain a City of Tenino business license submit an application for placement on the City of Tenino Small Works Roster.  If you check the box on your business license application or renewal, a link to your website will be included on our website as a courtesy.  The small works roster will also be available to citizens on the website or upon request at Tenino City Hall.
Requests for Proposals/Qualifications – Currently there are no open contract opportunities
Small Works Roster Application
Business License Application