In 2011, Efrem Fesaha walked into a café in Asmara, Eritrea that roasted its coffee at night, so it had fresh beans available to make espresso in the morning. “The smell of coffee inside a café is super rare. In most cafés you don’t even smell coffee,” says Efrem. “The whole experience really excited me!”
This time of year especially, it’s easy to forget to engage in self-care. Families are locking in holiday plans with distant relatives over their precious time off. Parents are searching for the most thoughtful gifts for their children, while retailers are trying to get the attention of busy customers in the form of holiday gift
IMPACT Pitch 2018: Small Business Empowerment!
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
Introducing our IMPACT Pitch Judges and MC!
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
Repair Revolution – 1 Year After IMPACT Pitch Win
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
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
“We feed people – we have something for everyone” says co-founder Amanda Bedell with Phebe Rossi of Nuflours Bakery. Together, Phebe and Amanda pride themselves in serving up a variety of options for every body, from gluten-free to dairy-free, paleo, vegan, soy, corn, peanut –free, and more. You walk in and everything looks delicious, because
“Mom, when you keep doing your best, you’ll never fail,” these were Lily Tran’s son’s encouraging words for her when she needed it most. With the support of her biggest fan, Lily took the plunge and opened her own business. She attended classes given by Business Impact NW’s Women’s Business Center, found funding for her
Following the conference, Business Impact NW (BINW) and Harborstone Credit Union, together with BECU as the platinum sponsor, hosted the IMPACT Pitch Competition for the very first time. The BINW team welcomed the sponsors, semi-finalists, and finalists into the Service Room; soon after, other guests came in and registered for the joyous event. Eight finalists