OED’s Financing Partners: Only in Seattle’s Peer Network Gathering Recap

IMG_0357The February 27, 2015 Peer Network Gathering began with a simple question: How important is access to capital for small businesses? As neighborhood business district leaders and small business owners introduced themselves, the response was clear that access to capital is one of, if not the, most important resources for small businesses to start and grow.

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development’s (OED) convened neighborhood business district organizations and OED’s financing partners to share resources and build relationships. OED’s financing partners that attended were:

Business District leaders representing 15 different neighborhoods were in attendance to discuss the unique benefits of each resource and how best to communicate or refer businesses to these resources. Lance Randall, Business Retention and Expansion Manager at OED, described the intent of the Grow Seattle partnership between the City and business organizations – to position the local organizations as “go to” experts for business technical assistance in the neighborhood. For more information on this program, please contact Lance Randall at lance.randall@seattle.gov and 206.733.9743.     [Read more…]

Business and property owners: Share your thoughts on solar

The cost of installing a solar energy system is now lower than ever. Although seen as a cloudy state, Washington has great solar potential. With rising electricity bills and state incentives available, the business case for solar makes sense right now.

Organizations around Seattle are partnering to create more options for local businesses to invest in solar energy and want to hear from you! We are seeking input from Seattle commercial property and business owners to help guide future commercial solar energy programs.

Please complete this 5-minute survey by March 12, 2015 and be entered to win one of two $25 dollar gift cards to Cherry Street Coffee. All responses will be used only for these purposes, and will remain confidential. We greatly appreciate your time and input.

The survey is being conducted by the Office of Economic Development, Craft3, NW SEED, SODO BIA, Seattle City Light, and the Office of Sustainability and Environment.

Seattle business owners: Chime in about broadband services

The City of Seattle is looking for input about broadband from Seattle-area businesses. This survey will ask you about your current broadband services and whether they meet your needs; your satisfaction with the services that are currently available to business owners in Seattle; and what you believe the City’s role should be in bringing high-speed connectivity to residents and businesses in Seattle. The survey should take just around 10 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Take the Broadband Survey

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
lance.randall@seattle.gov
(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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