Network Partners

GET TO KNOW OUR NETWORK PARTNERS

Like tools in a toolkit, each partner organization has unique strengths, capacity and array of resources. When we work together to serve, results can be awesome.

If you would like to be personally connected to any of these resources or get a recommendation for a specific issue, please contact us at info@essentialseseattle.com.

 

SPL’s Library to Business Programs

Whether you have a long-established business or are just beginning to plan a new business, SPL’s Library to Business programs and resources are here for you to use for free. We offer dozens of classes and workshops every year in partnership with local organizations like the ESES Collective. Our business librarians are trained to help you with all aspects of business research, from data about potential customers to market trends. You can access our online research tools for free with your Library card. For more information, email L2B@spl.org or call 206-386-4636.

VISIT THE LIBRARY TO BUSINESS WEBSITE

Black-Owned Business Excellence

Black-Owned Business Excellence (BOBE) is a collaboration of more than a dozen organizations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties coming together to support, promote, educate and elevate businesses that are owned by underserved black-owned business owners.

BOBE members are responsible for organizing the new collective’s calendar of events focused on the advancement of BIPOC businesses, as well as a resource-sharing platform to allow early access to opportunities. BOBE meets weekly to discuss the needs of the business communities they serve, and work together to narrow the gaps.

Contact us! info@bobe-wa.org

Rainier Valley Community Development Fund (RVCDF)

RVCDF is a community lender (CDFI) that we work with to keep small business in Southeast Seattle neighborhoods. Their mission is to preserve and strengthen cultural diversity, long-term livability, and economic opportunity throughout Southeast Seattle. Their loan officers can provide strategic support to help you with your borrowing needs and pair you with expert business advisers that are able to provide hands-on assistance and resources to grow your business.

VISIT The RVCDF website

Communities Rise

In line with our mission to build power in communities impacted by systemic oppression, Communities Rise offers FREE legal services to eligible Washington based small business and community organizations. We are proud to provide 3 avenues for assistance to low-income small businesses: legal clinics, Covid-19 legal clinic, and full representation services. While our clinics are limited 60-minute advice sessions with volunteer attorneys, our direct representation services provide in-depth legal support to work one-on-one with a volunteer attorney until the scope of work has been completed. For more information, email contact@communities-rise.org.

Visit Communities Rise website

Urban Impact

Urban Impact’s Business Accelerator is a cohort-based program supporting graduates of the Sharks At The Beach entrepreneurship program and other small businesses in under-resourced communities. This program is designed to supercharge existing small businesses to sustainability and growth by building social capital through mentorship, knowledge capital through business training, and financial capital by providing access to financial resources. For more information, contact B.J. Stewart, bstewart@urbanimpactseattle.org

VISIT URBAN IMPACT’s website

Connect with your Business Association

If you are located in Southeast Seattle and want to learn more about the community-based organizations serving the small business community from Beacon Hill to Rainier Beach reach out to ESES Collective via email and someone will get back to you!

 

FIND YOUR BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

 

Did you know there are neighborhood advocates in all parts of Seattle ready to assist small businesses with a range of needs? Learn more about your neighborhood business association through Office of Economic Development’s Business District page.