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Apply now, Storefront Repair Fund applications closing July 26, 2024

The Office of Economic Development’s Storefront Repair Fund is accepting applications until July 26, 2024, or until funds are exhausted. Businesses can apply for $2,000 grants (up to two) to help cover repair costs to current property damage or reimburse business owners for costs paid out-of-pocket for past damage. … [ Keep reading ]

OED’s Michael Wells named  PSBJ Outstanding Voice Honoree

When working with small business owners, Michael Wells, small business advocate, leads with empathy. He owned an independent bookstore, so he understands the challenges and the joys of running a business. It’s because of that work, particularly his work advocating for businesses in the LGBTQ+ community, that the Puget Sound… [ Keep reading ]

Summer Starts Downtown!

It’s summertime in Seattle! The longer, sunny days bring endless opportunities to enjoy all our city has to offer. Soak up the sun along the waterfront, catch an outdoor film, dance in the park, or explore a vibrant street festival – there’s something for everyone Downtown this summer! Check out… [ Keep reading ]

Accounting and Business Consulting Program celebrates milestone, helps businesses like Hyson Boba in Cherry Hill achieve goals

Paul Nguyen grew up drinking boba. We’re talking about the real, authentic boba that originated in Taiwan. The co-owner of Hyson Boba, originally from Vietnam, moved to Seattle last year. He sampled boba shops around the city and quickly noticed a trend. “A lot of boba tea here is not… [ Keep reading ]

Creative economy professionals invited to MXR:SEA networking events

We’re thrilled to relaunch “The Mixer” program with MXR:SEA on June 27 at the M5 Creative Building. This is the first in a series of free in-person workshops and industry networking events designed to support small businesses, entrepreneurs, and those who work in Seattle’s creative economy. These events aim to… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Center and Office of Economic Development Open Temporary New Production Space for Film and other Creative Industries Downtown

The Seattle Office of Economic Development and Seattle Center are partnering to temporarily repurpose the former Cascade PBS building, at the corner of 5th and Mercer Streets, to attract, grow, and keep production teams in Seattle. The M5 Creative Building is designed to house a mix of businesses including feature… [ Keep reading ]

Good Drinks Offers a New Way to Explore and Support Local Bars and Restaurants

Celebrate with us at the Good Drinks Launch Party on June 5 at 6 p.m. The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) is partnering with Seattle Good Business Network to launch Good Drinks — a free digital passport designed to support local bars and restaurants while revitalizing Downtown. Users can… [ Keep reading ]

From pop-up to full-time: Anyoung Super highlights Asian American makers

As Youn Chung restocks her Asian American food and lifestyle superette, Anyoung Super, she takes care to make sure every item is visible. She sees it as more than selling Asian American specialty goods; it’s a way to tell the stories about the people behind the products. “I get really… [ Keep reading ]

Building Community through Pokémon

Brian Myers does more than own and operate Tabletop Village; he’s building a community within a community. He jokes that the Chinatown-International District shop is more like a community center supported by retail sales. “Having a community is different than trying to sell cards,” said Myers. “You can buy cards… [ Keep reading ]

OED Seeks Firm to Research Equity in Seattle’s Cannabis Industry

We are continually working to build an inclusive economy in Seattle, where people across the city, particularly those from historically excluded communities, have access to career paths and business ownership opportunities. This is important for long-standing industries, as well as newer industries like the cannabis industry. We’re using the Request… [ Keep reading ]