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Celebrating Pride: Florentino’s Fine Flowers

Each June, we celebrate Pride together by uplifting the stories and voices of LGBTQ+ individuals and groups, celebrating the culture and experiences of LGBTQ+ communities, and supporting the ongoing advancement of and pursuit for LGBTQ+ civil and human rights. This June, the Seattle Office of Economic Development spotlights Florentino’s Fine… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Office of Economic Development Expands Digital Point of Sales Program 

City of Seattle invests Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to address small business economic impacts exacerbated by the digital divide Seattle small businesses can now apply for the Digital Sales Access Program — a partnership between the Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED), Comcast, Kay Tita, Square and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Bruce Harrell Awards Tom Skerritt the 2022 Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Film

Mayor Bruce Harrell announced Tom Skerritt as the recipient of the 16th Annual Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Film. The Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film recognizes an individual or entity for their exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement, and reputation of Seattle as a… [ Keep reading ]

City Invests $8 Million in Economic Recovery Funding to Connect Small Businesses to Operating Capital

Español አማርኛ 繁體中文 한국어 Soomaali ไทย Tiếng Việt New partnership with Community Development Financial Institutions will allow small businesses to borrow up to $150,000 in operating capital to support economic stabilization and long-term recovery Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and the Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) announced the launch of the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces Recipients of the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Grants

Mayor Durkan and the Seattle Office of Economic Development announce the grant recipients of the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund.  

Seattle Office of Economic Development Launches Seattle Restored, Matching Local Small Businesses and Artists with Vacant Downtown Storefront

 Seattle Office of Economic Development is partnering with Seattle Good Business Network and Shunpike to match 25 vacant downtown Seattle storefronts with pop-up shops and art installations.  These projects will benefit neighborhoods, small businesses, artists and property owners by creating vibrant and engaging streetscapes that encourage the public to visit downtown Seattle, support local businesses and support local artists—particularly Black, Indigenous, and other entrepreneurs and artists of color. This program is funded by the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFR) established under the American Rescue Plan.  

City Launches Shop to the Beat Program to Support Small Retail Businesses and Local Musicians

Office of Economic Development invests in new economic recovery program to activate commercial corridors and support creative economy workers. The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) is announcing a new recovery program financed by the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFR), that will support small retail businesses, local musicians and… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrate Seattle Restaurant Week with grayseas pies

During Seattle Restaurant Week, Seattleites are given a unique chance to support the greater Seattle area’s culinary community, highlighting its craft, diversity, resilience, and great food! On the heels of Filipino American History Month, Seattle Office of Economic Development is highlighting grayseas pies! grayseas pies was started by Gracie Santos,… [ Keep reading ]

The Small Business Stabilization Fund is OPEN!

አማርኛ | 繁體中文 | 한국인 | Soomaali | Español | ไทย | Tiếng Việt We are excited to announce that the Small Business Stabilization Fund is accepting applications starting today, October 19, 2021. The deadline for applications is November 14 at 11:59 p.m. The application is available in eight languages at seattle.gov/SmallBusinessStabilizationFund. The Seattle Office of Economic Development is investing an additional… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month: OED Spotlights South Park’s New Farmers Market, El Mercadito

Tuesday nights at South Park Plaza is the place to be. Cultivate South Park—a coalition of South Park residents dedicated to building community through food and public spaces—hosts El Mercadito, the newest famers market in Seattle. Prior to the onset of the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture identified the census track that includes South Park as having a… [ Keep reading ]