(From Mayor McGinn’s blog)
Four months ago, the Seattle City Council, led by Sally Clark, voted unanimously to pass Mayor McGinn’s proposal to open up more opportunities for mobile food businesses. The resulting legislation made significant changes to the way street food businesses are regulated in the City, with the intention of creating more jobs, new opportunities for entrepreneurship and a more vibrant street life with expanded eating options for Seattle’s neighborhoods. In order to make sure that those who are interested in starting a mobile food business have all the necesary tools to take advantage of the new climate, Mayor McGinn directed city departments to hold a series of workshops to connect those entrepreneurs with the departments who issue the relevant permits.
Monday evening, the Office of Economic Development held the second of those workshops, in partnership with Washington CASH, an organization that provides education, support, and access to resources for aspiring entrepreneurs. The meeting was held in Spanish, and a translator was on hand to ensure that attendees were able to communicate effectively with the represented city departments. Experts from the Seattle Departments of Transportation and Planning and Development, as well as Public Health of Seattle/King County, made short presentations, distributed literature on the permitting process, and answered the questions of those in attendance. Mayor McGinn opened the workshop by telling the audience that, “we are holding this event because we want you to succeed.”
There was also a presentation from local businesswoman Roz Edison, owner of the popular Marination food truck and restaurant business. Edison was able to translate the success of her food truck, Marination Mobile, into the opening of a brick-and-mortar location on Capitol Hill. As one of the pioneers of Seattle’s street food scene, Edison volunteered to share her experience of starting a business in this expanding sector of our local economy.
The workshops aren’t the only way you can find out how to get a mobile food business up and running. The Office of Economic Development has put together a website with everything you need to know.