Monday, October 22, 2018 / Published in Blog
Please follow our discussion series as we post regular blogs on all the latest news with Seattle’s labor standards ordinances. We will also highlight various tools and resources that Business Impact NW can provide to educate and guide small business owners on understanding and complying with Seattle’s labor standards laws, such as Henry Wong’s in-person
Intrigue Chocolate
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 / Published in Blog
Portions of the windows were covered in paper as construction workers added finishing touches to Intrigue Chocolate and Coffee House’s newly opened storefront in Capitol Hill. But after I strolled through the door, the construction outside melted away with the smell of freshly brewed coffee greeting me. Natural light barreled through the large windows onto
IMPACT Pitch 2018: Small Business Empowerment!
Friday, October 05, 2018 / Published in Blog
On Thursday, October 4th, Business Impact NW gave away $30,000 to local entrepreneurs at 415 Westlake in Seattle.  Presented by Harborstone Credit Union, IMPACT Pitch was the culmination of a 4-month long contest of 63 applicants vying for a chance to win their piece of the prize money to help them start or grow their successful business
Business Impact NW Collaborates with Wells Fargo
Sunday, September 30, 2018 / Published in Blog
This month Susan Perreault, Program Director of the Washington Women’s Businses Center at Business Impact NW presented with small business leader and SVP Roby Schapira of Wells Fargo at the NAWBO conference in Spokane, WA. The duo teamed up for a presentation titled “Growing Your Business by Knowing Its Lifecycle.” Roby and Susan’s partnership was
Introducing our IMPACT Pitch Judges and MC!
Thursday, September 27, 2018 / Published in Blog
Matt Oppenheimer
We are honored to have such an accomplished group of business leaders judge the IMPACT Pitch Live Competition this year, including winner of last year’s Best Startup Business, Coté Soerens, the Founder and CEO of Remitly, Matt Oppenheimer, and Michael Powell, returning judge and Senior Vice President at Harborstone Credit Union! From a 39 year
Meet Our 8 IMPACT Pitch Finalists!
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 / Published in Blog
In eight short days, our eight IMPACT Pitch finalists will stand before a live audience to pitch how their inspiring business ideas will positively impact the community in attempts to win the $10,000 award for Best Established Businesses or the $10,000 award for Best Startup/ Early-Stage  Business. Surrounded by family and friends while facing a
Repair Revolution – 1 Year After IMPACT Pitch Win
Thursday, September 20, 2018 / Published in Blog
Repair Revolution is on a mission to disrupt the auto repair industry, which is stained with a bad reputation for deception and lack of integrity. “We’ve created the most transparent repair experience possible” says owner Eli Alison, who sends customers photos and videos from the initial inspection of everything addressed in a quote. As a
Monday, September 17, 2018 / Published in Blog, Client Stories
Community comes first at Resistencia Coffee — community, resistance and last, but not least, coffee. Surrounded by Seattle’s industrial area and mere blocks from the Duwamish Waterway this South Park coffee shop is a welcoming, safe and vibrant community-controlled space that is actively resisting anti-displacement efforts. Since opening in their newly remodeled location on Cloverdale
Predatory Lending, Part 2: Finding a better Alternative with CDFIs
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 / Published in Blog
In Predatory Lending, Part 1: an Overview, we painted a picture of how dangerous the waters of predatory lending can be. To review, “Predatory lending is any lending practice that imposes unfair or abusive loan terms on a borrower. It is also any practice that convinces a borrower to accept unfair terms through deceptive, coercive, exploitative or unscrupulous
Predatory Lending: Part 1
Monday, September 10, 2018 / Published in Blog
There are 2 primary ways to fund a business.  It’s very rare a stranger will just come along and gift you a bunch of money with no strings attached, right?  So how should you fund your business? Equity – This is when you have a partner(s) or other owner(s) act as investors with no guaranteed