Regulatory Fairness Meeting for Small Business

On Thursday June 6, small business owners will have an opportunity to discuss issues regarding Federal regulatory compliance and enforcement. SBA Acting National Ombudsman Yolanda V. Swift will meet with members of the Seattle-area small business community to hear issues and comments about Federal regulatory enforcement and compliance actions. Small business owners, representatives of trade associations, and community and business leaders are invited to participate, comment about compliance actions and enforcement of regulations by Federal agencies, and learn more about the impact of Federal regulations on small businesses.

This Seattle Hearing will be your opportunity to testify/discuss issues regarding Federal regulatory compliance and enforcement and how you have been affected as a small business owner. The SBA’s Office of the Ombudsman’s mission is to assist small businesses when they experience excessive or unfair federal regulatory enforcement actions, such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines, penalties, threats, retaliation or other unfair enforcement action by a federal agency.

The event will take place on Thursday, June 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Rainier Club (820 4th Avenue, Seattle). To RSVP, contact

The SBA’s Office of the Ombudsman also allows you to fill out a comment form on your experience working with Federal regulations. The comment form can be found here.

For more information or if you have any questions about this meeting, contact SBA Fairness Board Member Rich Gaspar at

‘Moving Forward United’ Conference For Emerging Young Professionals

Registration is now open for the second annual National Urban League Western Region Conference, hosted by the Seattle Urban League Young Professionals (SULYP). The conference will take place from Friday, February 22 through Sunday, February 24, 2013. Young professionals will have the opportunity to connect with peers through games, music, and food. On Saturday, three empowering workshops will cover career advancement, financial success, and civic leadership. The weekend will also include a community service project and a charity gala.

To register for the event, click here.

Consultant Opportunities Workshop with Seattle Public Utilities

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is hosting a workshop on January 23 at Seattle City Hall to provide consultants with information about upcoming opportunities to do business with the department.

The workshop, which will be held in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Project managers will present information on upcoming SPU projects, including phased engineering support services for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) planning, design and construction in CSO basins.

Some of the workshop topics include:

  • SPU contracting processes
  • Working with SPU
  • Women and minority-owned business inclusion plans

Project Managers and other staff will be available to speak one-on-one with consultants. (This session will be timed and consultants will be asked to rotate.) All questions asked during the “General Q&A” and “Business to SPU” portions of the workshop will be recorded and published.

Due to room size, advance registration is requested to guarantee admittance. Registration will also help SPU develop a distribution list for future events.

Register at:



Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities, at:

In addition to providing a reliable water supply to more than 1.3 million customers in the Seattle metropolitan area, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the City’s infrastructure and protect, conserve, and enhance the region’s environmental resources.

Local Farmers Markets Offer Seasonal Goods, Wreath Making, and ‘Fresh Bucks’

As November draws to an end, Seattleites can count on local farmers markets to provide a variety of unique seasonal products, and even some special events and promotions. This weekend, University District Farmers Market (UDFM) is open Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (open year-round), West Seattle Farmers Market (WSFM) is open Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (also year-round), and  Broadway Farmers Market (BFM) is open Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (through December 23). The Columbia CityPhinneyMagnolia and Lake City farmers markets are all closed for the season. The Seattle Farmers Market Association (SFMA) also offers markets in Ballard, Madrona, and Wallingford. The Ballard Farmers Market is open year-round on Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Madrona and Wallingford farmers markets are both closed for the season.

Upcoming events and promotions include:

  • December 8: Wreath Making at U District Farmers Market from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    • Each year, the Seattle Parks Dept. donates piles of evergreen branches and clippings from the Cedar River Watershed for a wreath-making event.  The event is free and open to the public! Wire, tools, boughs, ribbons, and ornaments are all provided. University District businesses are supplying the decorations and free hot cider will be provided!
  • Fresh Bucks Bonus Program– extended through December 31, 2012
    • The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, the Not Yet Foundation, and the West Seattle Senior Center have come together to strengthen seniors’ access to local and healthy food, and to encourage seniors to participate in the weekly community building at their year- round neighborhood farmers markets.
    • Senior Fresh Bucks are being distributed directly to low income seniors through the West Seattle Senior Center’s programs, including their food bank and nutrition programs, in $20 increments during November and December. Seniors aged 60 and older who currently receive EBT/SNAP (food stamps) benefits, or who meet the criteria of low income as determined by the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (185% of federal poverty level), can claim their Senior Fresh Bucks once per month at the West Seattle Senior Center and redeem them at the West Seattle, Broadway or University District Farmers Markets.

Some of the seasonal products include:

  • Gingerbread from Tall Grass Bakery (UDFM)
  • Spiced quince cranberry ginger beer by Rachel’s Ginger Beer  (UDFM and BFM)
  • Holiday ham from Skagit River Ranch and Olsen Farms (all FMs)
  • Holiday stolen from Preston Hill Bakery (UDFM)
  • Seasonal truffles from Trevani Truffles (UDFM)
  • In season in December:
    • Holiday wreathes, apples, pears, plums, pluots, lettuces, greens, fresh herbs, Brussels Sprouts, Jerusalem artichokes, beets, broccoli, Romanesco Broccoli, beans (dried: Cannolini, Black Turtle, Peas), Carrots, Garlic:  Elephant and Spanish Roja, kohlrabi, shallots, scallion, Turnips, Rutabagas,  Parsnips,  Cabbage,   Cauliflower, Fava Beans, Winter Squash (Kobocha, Golden Nugget, Carnival, Acorn, Kuri), Pumpkin Squash (Fairy Tale, Sugar Pie, French Rouge), potatoes, Chantrelles.  Also available: pickles, preserves, jams, fruit syrups, chutneys, chocolates, pastries, breads, pork, cheeses, beef, poultry, goat, eggs, salmon, shellfish, fresh pasta, dried fruits and vegetables, ciders and hard ciders.


About The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance: The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to supporting and strengthening Washington’s small family farm businesses by creating and operating vibrant, successful neighborhood farmers markets. The NFMA organizes seven food and farm-focused farmers markets in Seattle: University District, West Seattle, Broadway, Columbia City, Phinney, Lake City and Magnolia. NFMA is a member of the Washington State Farmers Market Association and national Farmers Market Coalition and has been a leader in ensuring equal access to local, healthy food by promoting EBT at its markets since 1995.  Learn more at:, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Seattle Farmers Market Association (SFMA) also offers markets in Ballard, Madrona, and Wallingford. With a variety of local produce and foods, the SFMA markets mission is to support and strengthen Washington’s small farms and farming families, as well as the communities they serve.

The Not Yet Foundation shares the NFMA’s passion for preserving our local farmland as well as building healthy communities and has a special interest in supporting senior services.

The West Seattle Senior Center is located at 4217 SW Oregon St., and will be distributing Senior Fresh Bucks, while supplies last, from 1pm-5pm, Monday-Friday.


Holidays in Seattle Launches 4th Annual Holiday Campaign

Now in its fourth year, the annual Holidays in Seattle campaign – geared toward helping promote downtown Seattle as an outstanding destination for holiday travel – offers an exciting assortment of holiday happenings from Pioneer Square to Seattle Center. The holiday season begins this November with seasonal favorites like the DSA Holiday Carousel presented by KING 5 benefitting Treehouse; Winterfest Ice Rink; Argosy Christmas Ship festival; and Macy’s Holiday Parade. A full list of events can be accessed here.

Photo credit: Christopher Nelson

For the first time, Holidays in Seattle is partnering with Seattle-based geocaching company GeoTeaming, to offer the Holiday Goosechase, a free holiday mobile-based scavenger hunt. The Holiday Goosechase is a fun new activity designed to get participants out and about in the city to take pictures related to the task on their smartphone, which they then submit for evidence. Images are automatically added to an activity feed for participants to keep track of the leader board.  The hunt begins Nov. 23 and runs through Dec. 31 and includes multiple ways to win prizes throughout the week, such as two nights at Hotel Monaco or four passes to the Seattle Great Wheel, among others. Finally, a grand prize winner will be named at the end of the hunt. The GooseChase mobile app can be downloaded for free from Google Play or the iTunes App Store, using the search term “Holidays in Seattle” to join the game.

Visit and @seattleholidays throughout the season for updates. You’ll also find event and visitor information, travel tips and much more. Also look for the official “Holidays in Seattle” guide in person at the Seattle Visitor Center and Market Information Center and at other retailers in the downtown area. The guide is also available in the December issues of the Seattle Metropolitan and Portland Monthly magazines.

Holidays In Seattle was created to highlight the unique and enriching holiday experience of Seattle’s city center, from Seattle Center to Pioneer Square. The goal of the campaign is to enhance the economic impact of the 2012 holiday season by promoting the diversity and wealth of holiday attractions, events and promotions that make Seattle the premier holiday destination in the Northwest. Campaign organizers hope to expand the campaign in future years
to leverage greater seasonal growth in retail, restaurant, hotel, arts and entertainment and other Seattle business.

Holidays in Seattle is a partnership of the Downtown Seattle Association/Metropolitan Improvement DistrictSeattle Center and Seattle’s Convention and Visitor Bureau to promote downtown Seattle as your destination for season favorites and new traditions alike.

Event: Solving the Commercial Energy Efficiency Puzzle Friday, September 14

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and sponsors will host a breakfast summit, highlighting new funding and technical opportunities for building owners and managers. The event will be moderated by Maud Daudon from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Building owners, elected officials, and potential program participants will all be present to discuss energy efficiency programs and funding for building owners and managers in Seattle.

Commercial and residential buildings are the largest consumers of energy, accounting for approximately $400 billion annually in energy costs in the United States. In most cases, energy consumption is the determining factor for the financial performance of a building. Energy-efficient buildings create greater net income for owners, are more cost efficient for tenants and have a greater marketing advantage. As an example, representatives from Washington Athletic Club will discuss how the $1 million dollar renovation of the facility is saving the club approximately $200,000 annually.

The event is sponsored by Emerald Cities Seattle, Seattle 2030 District, Community Power Works (City of Seattle), MacDonald Miller Facility Solutions, Seattle Steam and the Energy Efficiency Finance Corporation.

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Friday, September 14, 2012

WHERE: Washington Athletic Club, Crystal Ballroom, 1325 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Want to golf on a downtown Seattle street? Tomorrow you can!

Have you ever wanted to drive a golf ball on a downtown Seattle street toward Mount Rainier?  For a day, you can!  Intuit will be in town Tuesday, April 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., creating a driving range on 2nd Avenue to film a commercial for its GoPayment mobile credit card reader.

Participants can receive a free golf ball, hit a bucket for $3 or improve their game with a 10-minute lesson by former PGA tour player Jeff Coston for just $5—paid with plastic.

The Office of Economic Development is excited to host this commercial production in Seattle. Commercial and corporate work is the  cornerstone of the local film industry, accounting for one third of all permitted filmwork in Seattle. The City’s ability to attract and accommodate this type of large scale production helps to grow the local industry. The Intuit “GoPayment” production is hiring over 100 film crew work days, is working with numerous local vendors, and has booked 58 hotel room nights for traveling crew.

So come out of your office for a once in a lifetime opportunity to put your golfing skills to the ultimate test, with a 200 foot long golf range in the middle of Downtown.  More information can be found here.

How do we make Seattle roads safer? Share your ideas at upcoming public forums

How can we improve safety on Seattle roads, and ensure everyone gets where they’re going safely?  Mayor Mike McGinn and members of the Seattle City Council have convened a Road Safety Summit to get the public’s answers to this question. After a series of public forums, an action plan for safer streets will be developed and presented to the public.

There are two more public forums scheduled that you can attend:

  • Tuesday, November 15th, from 6-8 pm at the Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Avenue Northeast, Seattle WA 98125) RSVP
  • Monday, November 21st from 6-8 pm at the Southwest Community Center (2801 SW Thistle Street, Seattle WA 98106)  RSVP

There is also one more Road Safety Summit meeting after the public forums:

  • Monday, December 12th in the Bertha Knight Landes room at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Ave, Seattle WA 98104) RSVP

This final meeting will be an opportunity to hear what the next steps are for Road Safety in Seattle. If you have questions or need more information, please email or visit the Road Safety Summit webpage.

Then, by the end of the day on November 23rd, go online to to provide your thoughts and ideas on how to improve safety on Seattle streets.

You will be asked to review traffic safety data and then give your answers to these three questions:

  1. What do you think are the highest priority safety problems to solve on Seattle roads?
  2. What do you think are the most important things to do to make Seattle roads safer?
  3. We often talk about what government can do to promote safety. What are the ways that                 non-governmental groups and individuals can promote safety?

The feedback you give will be submitted and used to develop top recommendations for improving road safety in Seattle. These recommendations will be presented to the public at a meeting on December 12th at City Hall from 6-8 pm. For more information on the Road Safety Summit, see





Call for temporary art, culture and design projects at Seattle Center

In preparation for The Next Fifty, the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair at Seattle Center 2012 – Seattle Center is seeking up to 20 temporary projects to highlight art, culture, and design. 

Project budgets should range from $1,000 up to $50,000, inclusive of all expenses, including design, implementation, removal of artwork, travel and taxes.  

National and international individuals, curators, institutions as well as youth led projects (24 years and under) are encouraged to submit proposals of new and original temporary visual, performing, literary and media art projects that could range in duration from one day to six months. 

The Next Fifty focuses on the themes of Arts, Culture and Design; History; Sustainable Futures; Science and Technology; Global Health; Learning; Commerce and Innovation Economy; and Civic Action. The temporary projects will help enhance the activities and experiences of The Next Fifty, illuminating today’s challenges and imagining tomorrow’s possibilities. 

Letter of Intent and application materials are due Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11 p.m.(PST).

The celebration will take place at Seattle Center starting April 21, 2012 through October 21, 2012.

More information on The Next Fifty Art Call, including instructions for application, is available at

Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets in 2010 – Walk.Bike.Shop.Breathe.Play.

Seattle Summer Streets events help people imagine what life could be like if fewer people drive and more walk, bike, ride transit, play and shop locally. Everyone is invited to participate in these events.

Friday, August 13th Greenwood Art Walk Summer Streets Party

This party will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Greenwood /Phinney Avenue from N 87th Street to N 65th Street is being closed to cars and opened up for people to play, walk, bike, shop, dance, and relax.  This event is being held during the monthly Art Up Art Walk. Come out and enjoy great food, mingle with your neighbors, look at great art and support local businesses. The Gumshoe 5K starts the same day and Seattle Children’s is sponsoring a kid’s obstacle course and there will be skateboard demos with free helmet give-aways.

Learn more about the Greenwood neighborhood here.

Learn more about the event here.

Saturday, August 21stThe Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Summer Streets Party

This party will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come out and watch the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. and lasts about an hour. The entire event celebrates life in the America’s most diverse zip code of 98118.  Rainier Avenue between Alaska and Brandon is being closed to cars and opened up for people to play, walk, bike, shop, dance and relax.  Seattle Children’s is sponsoring a kid’s obstacle course and there will be skateboard demos with free helmet give-aways.  Enjoy great food, mingle with your neighbors and support local businesses.

Learn more about the Rainier Valley neighborhood here.

Learn more about the event here.

Learn more about Seattle Summer Streets here.