For more information, call or e-mail OED’s Yvonne Newsom.
Seattle 2.0, a Seattle-based group dedicated to helping tech entrepreneurs build great companies, is hosting its second annual “Seattle 2.0 Awards.” The event recognizes the accomplishments of more than 300 Seattle-area technology start-ups and the exceptional people who have driven this work through the recent economic downturn.
The Seattle 2.0 Awards single out the best of the best in Seattle’s start-up community, and these individuals are judged by the people who know them the best: their peers.
The event is tentatively scheduled for May 13, 2010 – a finalized date will be posted in the next two weeks.
For more information, or to sponsor the event, check out Seattle 2.0’s event page.
A recent report from Seattle-based Prosperity Partnership, “Clean Tech Cluster Analysis Update for the Puget Sound Region,” examines the market potential of the rapidly growing clean tech cluster in the Puget Sound. The report was commissioned to provide more accurate and timely information about the size and scope of the cluster, as well as the specific industries within the cluster and its strengths and potential for growth.
The Prosperity Partnership hopes that the report will serve as a platform from which the region can move into more comparative analysis, evaluation, and development of a strategy to maximize competitive advantage. The report includes an analysis of the clean tech economy and venture capital investment trends and provides a brief overview of the policy environment and the region’s clean tech assets and opportunities.
For more information on the Clean Tech Analysis Update for the Puget Sound Region, contact Joan Chen at email@example.com.
Seattle’s Office of Economic Development will launch its inaugural City Business Casual event on Thursday, January 28th at 5:00 p.m. These regular monthly events will be an informal way for the Seattle business community to meet with influential and business-focused city officials, influential city leaders, and key department heads in a laid-back and relaxed setting. The inaugural event will feature remarks from Mayor Mike McGinn, who will be mingling with the crowd during the two-hour event.
Close collaboration and exchange of information will be essential to business growth in Seattle in 2010 and beyond. City Business Casual is a great new way to facilitate an open exchange between the city and its thriving business community as the city recovers and grows in the new year.
Download a printable City Business Casual flyer
The USA Bid Committee announced yesterday that it will include Seattle as one of the 18 host cities that it will submit to FIFA as part of the United States bid to host the FIFA World Cup in either 2018 or 2022. There are two Seattle-area stadiums under consideration as locations to play in should Seattle be chosen as a host city — Qwest Field (67,000) and Husky Stadium (72,500) — and the USA Bid Committee will make a choice between the two by May 2010.
FIFA will award the host nation for both 2018 and 2022 in December 2010. If the United States is chosen as a host country, FIFA and the USA Bid Committee will then select between 10 and 12 host cities to be featured as World Cup venues.
The FIFA World Cup championship is awarded every four years. The tournament consists of 64 matches, with 32 teams competing for the title over a period of about a month in June and July. The games are played in 10 to 14 venues, with most venues used for a two- to three-week period. The World Cup is one of the most widely viewed sporting events in the world and the 1994 FIFA World Cup™ held in the U.S. reported approximately $4 billion in economic impact.
Click here to support Seattle’s bid to host the World Cup, or sign the petition below.
The new year brings with it a sense of uncertainty regarding Washington’s economic future in the next 12 months. Is the job market going to rebound? Which economic sectors will recover the fastest? What are housing prices in Washington going to look like in a year?
Join the dialogue this Thursday, January 15th, at enterpriseSeattle‘s 38th Annual Economic Forecast Conference, which will examine the economic trends that will shape the Northwest in 2010, as well as delve into the sectors that will help lead the recovery. Business leaders and experts, including representatives from the Puget Sound Economic Forecaster, will speak throughout the program.
The conference also features keynote speaker Governor Chris Gregoire, who will discuss the current economic climate from the perspective of Olympia policymakers.
To register or learn more about the conference, visit enterpriseSeattle’s event page.
Update: Individual presentations and webcasts from the 38th Economic Forecast Conference are now available online through enterpriseSeattle.”
This Friday, January 15, Seattle CityClub, a non-partisan civic engagement organization that hosts regional forums in the Puget Sound region, will host a conversation with Blake Nordstrom, President of Nordstrom, Inc., and David Tank, a recent Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. These two world-class business leaders will explore what’s happening locally and nationally with the nation’s economic and business climate, and will give their input on whether they think the country is on the road to sustainable recovery.
Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for the two presenters.
The event will be held at the Rainier Square building on January 15, 2010, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Visit Seattle City Club’s event page for more details about the event and information on how to register.
Business owners are starting the new year just like the rest of us: by making resolutions. But these goals aren’t just about losing weight or exercising more. They’re about fixing problems with their companies, or coming up with ideas for working smarter in the coming year.
This week, AP Business writer Joyce Rosenberg rounded up some important New Year’s “business resolutions” in a piece aimed at helping businesses anticipating next year’s economic and workforce climate. These resolutions include:
• Spending more quality time with clients
• Protecting the company cash flow
• Firming up “unofficial” employee policies
• Working on the work/life balance
• Putting money into human assets
All of these practices, Rosenberg concludes, boil down to “taking better care of employees, clients, and kids.”
Take a peek at Rosenberg’s piece and see if any of these workplace resolutions could start your company off to a happier, healthier business year in 2010.
In 2005, Seattle’s Markey Machinery applied for a paving permit to solve a troublesome street drainage problem near their manufacturing facility on 8th Ave S., near the Duwamish River in Georgetown. Markey soon discovered that the Georgetown Community Council and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition had also been working on the same swath of road, with the intent of creating a family friendly path along part of 8th Ave S.
These three groups immediately saw an opportunity to collaborate and find a way to manage rain runoff along 8th Ave. S. in a way that worked for business and the community. But further complicating matters was the Markey facility’s proximity to the polluted Duwamish River. To address environmental concerns, the Georgetown Group engaged graduate students and landscape engineers to develop a natural “bio-swale” rain water retention plan, rather than simply draining runoff into the sewer.
“Bio-swale” design in hand, the Georgetown Group then solicited support from a number of City Departments—including Transportation, Public Utilities and Economic Development— asking each if there was a way for the bio-swale concept to be applied to an industrial setting so close to a Superfund targeted river.
The Office of Economic Development’s Kris Effertz convened all of the involved parties to work through these issues, taking advantage of all possible resources and funding to enable a successful outcome for Markey and for the community. The City found a way to match their drainage regulations with the 8th Ave S. proposed solution, utilizing both Neighborhood Street Funds and community volunteers. On December 5, 2009, the Markey Machinery “natural drainage swales” were completed—an innovative and eco-friendly solution that satisfied the business community, local residents, and environmentalists.
**Originally reported by Seattle Industry**
The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (NFMA) is currently searching for a Market Manager to manage a Seattle neighborhood farmers market for the winter, with the opportunity to cover additional shifts and duties as needed. The position pays $16.50/hour.
The Market Manager serves as the face of NFMA at each market and is expected to provide the highest level of customer service to shoppers, vendors, and volunteers.
The full job description for this position is available on the NFMA website.
Only résumés with a cover letter stating why you want to work at the NFMA will be considered. Applications received by January 4, 2010 will receive first consideration. Send cover letters and résumés to Mary Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.