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Small Business of the Month: Connect Lounge

Listen: Origin Story – Connect Lounge Connect Lounge in Belltown has its mission engraved on its communal tables: “Building a community, one conversation at a time.” Through her business, Iulia Bejan is creating a welcoming space where guests are free to chat with old and new friends over craft cocktails… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Made introduces youth to the world of urban manufacturing

Last week, Seattle Made and its member businesses invited local youth to tour businesses around the city to get a glimpse into the huge variety of careers available in urban manufacturing. Supported by the Seattle Office of Economic Development and the Port of Seattle, the tours showed young people the… [ Keep reading ]

Workforce Spotlight: Seattle Colleges connects working adults with career training

“A report published last year by the Washington State Auditor suggested that schools and parents are steering most kids toward bachelor’s degrees, without exploring other opportunities that cost less, result in more pay, and, at least in some cases, may be a better fit.” The Seattle Colleges—our biggest partner in… [ Keep reading ]

Small Business of the Month: Seoul Bowl

There seems to be a Seattle-area food truck for just about every type of food you can think of. We owe our local, delicious, convenient, international variety of street food options to creative and resourceful small business owners like James Chang, owner of Seoul Bowl. Seoul Bowl’s menu takes Korean… [ Keep reading ]

More than 150 businesses recognized in first year of Washington’s green business program

EnviroStars, Washington’s green business program, has helped more than 150 businesses of all sizes and types improve their sustainability during the program’s first year. 57 Seattle-based businesses are participating so far. The program connects businesses with local environmental assistance, resources and utility rebates. Businesses earn EnviroStars recognition by taking steps… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Startup Stories: Armoire

Armoire is a Seattle-based startup that wants to change the way people—for the moment, mostly women—approach their wardrobes. Armoire members complete a style profile including questions about size and style preferences. The app then presents a “closet” of items for the member to choose from based on an algorithm and… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle, Seattle Colleges and Kaiser Permanente celebrate first year of medical assistant training scholarships

A new public-private partnership is helping address our region’s growing need for medical assistants, while at the same time connecting low-income community members, people of color, and first-generation college students with living-wage careers. On September 7, representatives from the City of Seattle, Seattle Colleges and Kaiser Permanente gathered with students… [ Keep reading ]

Small Business of the Month: Villa Escondida

Seattleites—especially Seattleites who moved here from Mexico or California—will often tell you how hard it is to find good Mexican food in the city, but you have to know where to look. Villa Escondida in Belltown, called “among city’s best Mexican” by the Seattle Times, is one of the only… [ Keep reading ]

A “Win-Win-Win:” Research shows impact of private-public partnerships in job training

Seattle is enjoying impressively low unemployment rates—the lowest point in 2018 so far was 2.8 percent in April. With so few workers to go around, how is an employer to fill open positions? The answer to that question, for many employers, is investing in workforce development—that is, making sure that… [ Keep reading ]

Career exploration day connects youth to opportunity in the maritime industry

This summer, the Youth Maritime Collaborative’s first-ever South Lake Union Day event provided a chance for youth who are participating in internships or training programs to learn about maritime career opportunities, get hands-on experience with real maritime skills, and explore the history behind transportation and industry in the Puget Sound… [ Keep reading ]