“What Seattle Really Thinks About Local” Event on June 5

Understanding what your customers and neighbors really think about shopping and buying local can have a profound impact on the way a company does business – and help the company fine-tune its strategies to compete against non-local chains and corporations. As part of a new event series, Seattle Good Business Network is hosting ‘What Seattle Really Thinks About Local,’ on June 5 to present the results of a major, exclusive survey examining the perceptions and attitudes of Seattle and King County residents when it comes to spending money with local, independent businesses. The Office of Economic Development provided support for research that will give you a first hand look at:

•    How Seattle/King County residents define the term “local”
•    The importance of buying from locally owned businesses compared to other decision factors
•    How much more, if any, residents are willing to spend on local options
•    How attitudes differ by key demographic and psychographic factors
•    The key implications for your business

Visit the event site for more information.

Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth Hosts Successful Kickoff Meeting

The Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth (Partnership) officially launched its year-long initiative last week at the Ballard Library with a “Joint Kickoff” meeting that packed the meeting room with Ballard community and business leaders.

“As I look around this room, I can’t recall a time in recent memory when such a broad cross-section of our Ballard community has come together in such a unified way to jointly create a commercial revitalization plan that will help guide Ballard in the years ahead,” said Scott Ingham, Co-President of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The Ballard Chamber of Commerce was recently awarded an Only in Seattle grant through the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development to will help lead an effort – dubbed the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth – that will create a framework for a commercial revitalization plan for Ballard.

“There was an impressive 50 people at the kickoff event representing the residential community, commercial, nightlife, manufacturing and other key sectors,” said Steve Johnson, Director of the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development.

“It was very inspiring to see all of those different elements – which are really assets of Ballard that make it as unique as any neighborhood in this country in terms of traditional maritime, single family, emerging multi-family, still strong retail, and nightlife – come together and figure out how they themselves want to organize and ask the City for assistance,” said Steve.

The Partnership engages stakeholders from throughout the Ballard community to participate in designing a commercial revitalization plan that represents a consensus approach to future growth and development. A Leadership Group has been formed and will guide the overall effort.

Members of the Leadership Group represent primary stakeholder sectors in the core Ballard community. Those sectors include the following: retail merchants, residents, maritime/industrial businesses, restaurant/nightlife, major property owners, social services and Swedish Ballard Medical Center. The Ballard Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the Leadership Group and the overall process.

The Leadership Group will collaborate closely with the four Working Groups that have been established to explore and ultimately prepare specific proposals to be included in the framework for the commercial revitalization plan. The Working Groups will focus on issues in the following areas:

– Business Retention and Development

– Clean/Healthy/Safe

– Urban Design and Transportation

– Marketing and Promotions

In addition, the Partnership will receive ongoing facilitation support and engagement from critical City of Seattle departments and Sound Transit. Participating City departments include: the Department of Planning and Development, the Office of Economic Development, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Neighborhoods, and the Seattle Police Department.

Periodic updates outlining the Partnership’s progress will be available on the Chamber website and information will be shared during upcoming Chamber luncheons, Ballard District Council meetings and other community events throughout the year.

This article was taken from the Ballard BriefBallard Brief newsletter, published by the Ballard Chamber of Commerce

U-District and West Seattle Farmers Markets Launch Incentive Passport Program and Stock New Spring Produce

The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance has launched a new incentive program at Seattle’s year-round farmers markets in the University District and West Seattle.

Collect at least 6 passport stamps by April 7th, 2013 to be entered into a drawing for gift certificates from Elliott Bay Brewery, Seattle Farmers Markets, Chaco Canyon, and more. Passports and passport stamps can be collected from the information booth at either market or at participating local businesses, including Elliott Bay Brewery, Husky Deli, Bakery Nouveau, and Chaco Canyon Cafe in both West Seattle and University District.

Odds of winning are great, thanks to the generosity of Seattle local business partners!

Featured at the West Seattle Farmers Market: Cascade Pies 

Apple, raspberry, blackberry, lemon poppyseed blueberry, blackberry lemon, cherry mocha, salted caramel apple.

Vegan options:  Pecan pie, peaches and crème, sweet potato. Savory: Veggie pot pie, coconut potato curry.

Featured at the U-District Farmers Market: Streetzeria wood-fired pizzas

Information from the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance website at http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/. Follow link for more details on passport program and new produce available.

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: http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org, visit us on Facebook andTwitter.

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.

‘Only In Seattle’ Chinook Book Deals for Georgetown are Valid Through January 29

As part of the Only In Seattle initiative to support Seattle neighborhoods and their small businesses, 15 businesses in Georgetown are offering unique deals to customers through January 29. Deals can be redeemed by downloading the free Chinook Book mobile app and presenting the Only In Seattle deal to merchants at each location. The participating businesses can be found on the Only In Seattle website. Note that Chinook Book exclusively extends these exciting offers for 30 days; deals must be accessed via the Chinook Book mobile app.

Participating businesses in Georgetown include:

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: http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org, 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.

 

Workshop: How “Buy Local” marketing campaigns can support neighborhood businesses

Business owners and advocates know that local businesses are the heart of Seattle commerce. Promoting these businesses through a carefully implemented “Buy Local” campaign can drive traffic into neighborhood business districts and preserve the city’s best local vendors by creating a dynamic and invested community of shoppers.

On November 10th, Seattle’s Office of Economic Development will host a “Buy Local” marketing strategies workshop with presenter Jeff Milchen, a leading advocate for community-based businesses and co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA). City Council President Richard Conlin, an avid supporter of buy local business campaigns, will deliver opening remarks.

Are you a leader in a local chamber or neighborhood business group? A small business owner passionate about promoting the idea of “Buy Local”? This seminar will show you how to fund, design, and execute a successful neighborhood “Buy Local” campaign by building a media presence, mastering website, database, and e-mail essentials, and making city government your ally.

The worshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room (new room!) at City Hall. RSVP by November 5th, 2009 to OED’s Danielle Hursh at 206-733-9254 or danielle.hursh@seattle.gov.

Download the “Buy Local” workshop flyer.