Learn about new financing options at February’s Peer Network Gathering

Join the financing staff of OED’s Business Retention and Expansion team and its partners on Friday, February 27 for a lunchtime workshop, and get to know get to know about financing options for local businesses needing access to capital. In addition to OED’s financing services, the following financing partners will be presenting: Community Capital Development, Craft3, Grow America Fund, Mercy Corps Northwest, and the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund. Make sure you register today!

OED business resources can help you START|GROW|GREEN your business. Whether you are a start-up restaurant, a business impacted by construction or in need of financing, OED’s Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) team can help. Learn how to access the team and resources by attending the upcoming workshops. Upcoming workshop topics include: Greening your Business, Construction Mitigation Resources, Restaurant Success Services, Workforce Development, the City-wide Business Advocacy Team, Film and Special Events, and Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement.

ONLY IN SEATTLEThe Office of Economic Development’s (OED) Only in Seattle Initiative hosts monthly Peer Network gatherings to bring together leaders from business district organizations, chambers of commerce, and business associations to problem solve, learn best practices and new models, and nurture relationships. Peer Network gatherings can be workshops, trainings, presentations by community experts, or simply a lunchtime gathering to build relationships and discuss neighborhood priorities.

GROW SEATTLEThis year, OED’s Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) team will lead a series of Peer Network workshops focused on OED’s direct business services. These workshops are meant to provide neighborhood business district organizations with tools and resources to provide direct technical assistance to their neighborhood businesses. The Grow Seattle Partnership is a formal relationship with OED’s BRE team and local chambers, merchant associations, and business groups with the purpose of better serving local businesses in the neighborhood. Please contact Lance Randall, Business Retention and Expansion Manager, to become a partner (contact information below).

Visit the OIS Calendar for upcoming events and Peer Network gatherings.
Register for the February 27 Peer Network gathering today!

Contact Lance Randall for more information about OED’s Business Retention and Expansion Services:
Lance Randall
(206) 733.9743

Only in Seattle Newsletter – January 2015

The Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.

In this edition:

  • Only in Seattle Peer Network;
  • Free Legal Clinics offered by Wayfind Legal;
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund and Neighborhood Park and Street Fund;
  • Get your Only in Seattle Map and Brochure;
  • Calendar of Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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A Look Back At Some Of The Top Office Of Economic Development Stories Of 2014

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2014, The OED Digest team took a look back through the stories of the year. These top stories represent a cross section of the work of the Office of Economic Development to invest in and strengthen our local economy, from supporting small businesses, investing in neighborhood business districts, growing our competitive industry sectors that range from film and music to manufacturing and maritime, nurturing our local startups and restaurants, and investing in our local workforce. Enjoy a look back at these highlights from the past 12 months.

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In Good Company Profile: Copacino + Fujikado

Copacino + Fujikado is a Seattle-based advertising agency that provides strategic planning and creative marketing communications for leading regional and national brands. Headquartered in downtown Seattle, the firm uses collaborative imagination as a business tool to help local businesses tell their story. From its client base, to many of its campaigns, the agency puts its heart and soul into promoting what makes Seattle such a special place. Its successful multimedia campaign for Visit Seattle received national attention and solidified Seattle as a year-round tourist destination. With 16 years in the business, Copacino + Fujikado is recognized for its creative approach and innovative solutions for clients big and small, its commitment to promoting Seattle, and its civic engagement in Seattle’s local economy.

Check out the video profile of Copacino + Fujikado here:



In Good Company: A Seattle Business Showcase, is brought to you by the Office of Economic Development, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Seattle Channel to recognize businesses that embody Seattle’s pioneering spirit and reflect Seattle at its best. The ongoing showcase of businesses spotlights locally owned businesses for being unconventional, transformative and exemplary.

Mayor proclaims Sat, Nov 29 Small Business Saturday

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proclaimed Saturday, November 29, Small Business Saturday, supporting local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economy, and preserve our neighborhoods. The Mayor noted that, “the City of Seattle celebrates our local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy.” Check out the full proclamation below.

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Shop Small this Small Business Saturday – Nov. 29


OED’s Only in Seattle Initiative is a proud supporter of Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting local, independent businesses.

Visit Seattle’s local business districts to shop, dine and explore the hidden gems throughout the holiday season, and plan a special trip down to the holiday market at Westlake Center, featuring ten different businesses each week for four weeks. Catch neighborhood favorites like Trophy Cupcakes, The Sock Monster and Marjorie’s Steel Drum Plantains at the holiday market. Check out the Seattle Holiday Market website for a complete lineup of businesses.

In addition, a variety of neighborhood business districts are hosting special events on Small Business Saturday, so be sure to check out the list of events below.

In addition to shopping, take part in Small Business Saturday with these steps:

  • If you are a customer, rally your community to shop small on social media by using the hashtag #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSat. Here are a few sample Tweets and Facebook posts:


  • Nov 29 is Small Business Saturday! Mark your calendar to #ShopSmall on the big day and support your favorite small businesses. You can also head to ShopSmall.com for more ways to get involved.
  • Your favorite local goodies are waiting for you right around the corner. On#SmallBizSat, Nov 29, #ShopSmall and fill your day, and your shopping bags, with neighborly love.


  • Get your neighborhood to #ShopSmall with you on Nov 29 by sharing what makes your business unique.
  • Small Business Saturday is Nov 29! It’s the big day to #ShopSmall and support your local businesses. ShopSmall.com
  • What small business are you planning to #ShopSmall at this #SmallBizSat?

Neighborhood events around Seattle

Shop Fremont for the Holidays – Kicks-off on Thursday, Nov. 20, 4 pm in Fremont

Beacon Hill’s Meaningful Movie – Friday, Nov. 21 in Beacon Hill

Macy’s Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting, and Magic in the Market – Friday, Nov. 28, starting at 9 am in Downtown

Shop the Hill – Friday, Nov. 28 – Sunday, Nov. 30 in Capitol Hill

Shop-o-Rama – Saturday, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 & 20 in the Wing Luke Museum

Shop the Square and Howlidays  – Saturday, Nov. 29, Dec.6 & Dec. 13 in Pioneer Square

Ballard for the Holidays – Saturday, Nov. 29 in Ballard

Small Business Saturday – Saturday, Nov. 29 in your local business district

Shopping Small in Historic Georgetown – Saturday, Nov. 29 in Georgetown

Holiday Magic – Friday, Dec. 5, 4 pm in Queen Anne

Light up the Beach – Friday, Dec. 5, 5 pm – 8 pm in Rainier Beach

Holiday Craft Bazaar – Friday, Dec. 6 – Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 am – 2 pm in Hillman City

Urban Craft Uprising – Friday, Dec. 6 – Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

Winter Festival and Crafts Fair – Friday, Dec. 6 – Saturday, Dec. 7 in Phinneywood

Art under $100 by South Park Arts - Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 pm – 9 pm in Georgetown

Columbia City Holiday Festival – Saturday, Dec. 6, 5:30 pm in Columbia City

Joy and Toy Drive – Friday, Dec. 12, 5 pm in Othello

Georgetown Art Attack – Saturday, Dec. 13, 6 pm – 9 pm in Georgetown

OED is Hiring a Public Relations Specialist

The Office of Economic Development is now accepting applications for a Public Relations specialist position via the city’s Career Center. This position will be located at OED and will support the City’s economic development agenda and mission to create a vibrant economy that benefits the whole city by promoting access to economic opportunities for all of Seattle’s diverse communities, and strengthening existing industries. This position will provide direct support for community outreach and public engagement for OED programs across OED’s lines of business, including the Office of Film + Music (OFM), at the intersection of public policy with the city’s business environment, industry sectors, workforce development partners, and neighborhood business districts.

Reporting to the Communications Director, the Public Relations Specialist will service both City functions (OED & OFM) through marketing, communication, and outreach tasks that support the City’s economic development agenda and mission. The position is a ½ FTE (Full-Time Equivalent), or 20 hours a week, and there may be the opportunity for additional hours up to 0.75 FTE in 2015. We are looking for a candidate that is willing and able to work additional hours as funding is available.

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing, designing, preparing, developing, and producing a variety of public information materials including: articles relating to news on Seattle business and economy, website content, blog and social media posts, program brochures, office newsletters, event promotional collateral, reports, advertising, slideshow presentations, news releases, etc.;
  • Assisting with the planning and implementation of marketing strategies for a variety of departmental projects and programs;
  • Participating in the design, development, production, and distribution of promotional materials, including the production of foreign language materials and other strategies from the City’s Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement toolkit;
  • Supporting the planning, developing, and evaluating methods to encourage resident participation in departmental programs and projects;
  • With support and supervision, assessing Office and audience needs and evaluates effectiveness of communication efforts for OED’s programs, including creating monthly analytical reports on OED’s communications assets using such tools as Google Analytics;
  • Serving as a technical assistant to various citizen advisory committees by conducting research on issues, scheduling meetings, taking meeting minutes, or other similar activities;
  • Providing data entry and maintenance of OED Communications databases for newsletter distribution, media lists and other tools; and
  • Responding to inquiries from the general public by phone, in person, or in writing.

Knowledge of the following programs will determine a candidate’s effectiveness in this role:

  • Microsoft Suite, Adobe Suite, In-Design, PowerPoint, Constant Contact, DreamWeaver, FTP programs, CMS programs, WordPress and other website back ends, and Social Media platforms.

Competitive candidates will have a Bachelors degree in a related field, 2-5 years of work or internship experience in communications/marketing field and demonstrate ability to write and edit quickly in a fast-paced work environment across multiple communications channels and to a variety of audiences.

The position will close on Tuesday, December 2 at 4 pm.

For a complete job description, full list of qualifications, and instructions on how to apply please visit the Career Center and use the search term “Public Relations Specialist”.

Restaurant Success Initiative Makes it Easier to Open a Restaurant in Seattle

Initiative to be a model for streamlining regulations, boosting restaurant industry across the state

Mayor Ed Murray, City Councilmember Sally Clark, Governor Jay Inslee, and King County Executive Dow Constantine joined the Washington Restaurant Association and restaurant entrepreneurs today in Capitol Hill to announce the launch of Restaurant Success, a new initiative to provide better service and support for prospective restaurateurs.

Mayor Rest Success“I’m excited about this effort because opening a restaurant is a common entry point into the economic mainstream for communities of color, and our business assistance support will be working to reach a broad spectrum of business owners,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “We also expect to use this initiative’s approach to shape how we break down silos within government and make it simpler for businesses in Seattle to start and grow. We’re committed to helping businesses succeed here.”

Restaurant Success is a public-private partnership between the state of Washington, city of Seattle, King County and the Washington Restaurant Association. The initiative was developed in collaboration with more than 17 agencies and organizations, and includes:

  • A comprehensive, one-stop online guide with city, county, and state permitting and licensing information, and tools to help restaurateurs easily navigate the process.
  • Dedicated customer service and technical assistance in the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development led by a new Restaurant Advocate, Jennifer Tam.
  • Ongoing regulatory reform and process improvements across city, county, and state agencies that interact with restaurant entrepreneurs.

“We know that small business is a key generator of jobs and economic activity. Starting a restaurant is one of the most frequent ways that people launch a small business career. That’s why I have supported this effort and why this is a great example of the kind of work that the City can do to make it easier to run a business in Seattle,” said City Councilmember Sally Clark.Sally and Taylor

The Restaurant Advocate’s role is to provide direct business support and navigational help to restaurant entrepreneurs as they start and operate restaurants in Seattle. In addition to conducting outreach to businesses, specifically ethnic business owners, the Restaurant Advocate will work with partners to improve policies or programs across the public-private partnership.

“We have already benefited greatly from the City’s Restaurant Advocate, Jennifer Tam, as she has introduced us to a number of critical resources that will help us successfully open our new Indian restaurant,” said Gita Bangera, co-owner of a restaurant preparing to open in Pioneer Square in the coming months. “Getting clear information, helpful referrals, and assistance mitigating obstacles, definitely are making a big difference in our new startup venture of opening a restaurant. We are extremely appreciative of this resource.”Mayor Taylor Gita Jennifer Tam








Restaurant Success is located at www.growseattle.com/restaurant