“To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen.” —Tom Robbins, author
Although Seattle ranks in the top five rainiest major U.S. cities and among the top places that don’t get a lot of sunlight, dreary it is not. Seattle not only has a diverse and resilient economy, according to recent Census data, it is the fastest-growing big city in the U.S. Seattle’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and a cultural scene, which is admired worldwide, add to its appeal and the 15,000 new jobs it added last year don’t hurt, either.
Thinking about leasing office space in Seattle? Here are a few resources available to help start and grow your business:
Community Capital Development (CCD):
CCD provides small business loans and technical assistance for small businesses through the Business Assistance Center. The Business Assistance Center also provides one-on-one help to entrepreneurs putting together a business plan.
A nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological, and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities, Craft3 offers small business loans and technical assistance to low-income entrepreneurs and businesses that create family wage jobs in low-income communities.
Evergreen Business Capital:
Evergreen is a nonprofit organization that acts as an intermediary between entrepreneurs and two federal government commercial loan programs—the SBA 504 loan program and the Rural Loan Fund, which targets small business in rural Washington.
Washington CASH is a community-based nonprofit that provides training and lending services for low-income women, people with disabilities, immigrants and other low-income individuals to support business startup or expansion activities.
Powered by the City’s Office of Economic Development, the StartupSeattle website offers free postings for tech startup events; a comprehensive list of organizations and services for tech startups; a blog with business tips, trends, profiles of startups and community leaders; and a newsletter.
The Seattle Climate Partnership:
This is a voluntary pact among Seattle-area employers to take action to reduce their own emissions, and work together to meet or beat the global warming pollution reduction target of the Kyoto Protocol. These employers are committed to taking actions that will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time cutting costs, improving the work environment for their employees, and improving their record of corporate responsibility.
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