Effie Garcia, the founding owner of the Student Success Center of Orting has a long history of helping children learn and grow. She is guided by her belief that all children, no matter their socio-economic status or geographic location, deserve access to places that provide an enriching educational environment. “I started teaching preschool 20 years
SÜSU Rolled Ice Cream
Seattle is a food city, which means it can be an intimidating place to jumpstart your first food business. With an increasingly competitive market amidst the Amazon-age of endless options, food businesses in particular must be innovative, embrace risk and exhibit a solid background in their craft. SÜSU Rolled Ice Cream, the artisanal ice cream
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
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
Introducing Kerrie Carbary, Business Impact NW’s newest staff addition! As the South King County Project Manager, Kerrie offers business coaching by appointment as well as holds drop-in hours at various locations on the south end and is focused on building and expanding Business Impact NW’s presence in the area. She is also creating and formalizing a volunteer mentor
Jan Parker mastered cooking in high-end hotels and for discerning private clients all over the world, but her love of Filipino food started at home. Growing up in Tacoma, her parents felt it was important to stay connected to their Filipino culture. “They fed me authentic food from the Philippines and even taught me how
Therapist Ada Pang has filled her caseload over the last two and a half years through specializing in counseling couples as well as people living with or impacted by cancer, and clients who fall under both of those categories. Now that her business, People Bloom Counseling, is operating at a caseload that is close to
Please follow our discussion series as we post regular blogs on 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’s in-person OLS class on
On the surface it may seem obvious what drives the owners of Peloton Bicycle Shop and Café — the small space near Seattle University combines a full service bicycle repair shop with coffee, beer, and breakfast/brunch/lunch. Without a doubt, they have a passion for bikes, good food and brews but that’s not the whole story.
“Everyone comes to business ownership through their own path – people are either pushed or pulled into entrepreneurship,” says Susan Perreault, Training Manager & Instructor at Business Impact NW and the Washington Women’s Business Center (WWBC). When people are pulled, it’s due to a passion, an opportunity, or a desire for independence or financial security.