OED to Offer Restaurant Success Orientation

You’re invited to attend the Office of Economic Development’s Restaurant Success Orientation:

Thursday, June 22, 2017
3:00-4:30 PM
Seattle Public Library – Delridge Branch
5423 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98116


Whether you are starting or expanding your restaurant or mobile food business, the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) offers resources that will help you succeed. Those looking for help navigating the regulatory requirements for getting your restaurant or mobile food business started, looking for financial help, counseling on various aspects of your restaurant business, or advice on how to troubleshoot an issue or figure out next steps, this orientation will help you get connected to a variety of resources available to you. Bring your questions to this orientation and meet the City of Seattle’s OED who can help provide and guide you to the resources that will help you get started and grow.


For more information about navigating the requirements and regulations for opening or expanding a restaurant or mobile food business, take a look through the Restaurant Success website.


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What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking information and directions to the library

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


Who can I contact with any questions?

Jennifer Tam, Restaurant Advocate, City of Seattle Office of Economic Development
Phone: 206.684.3436
Email: jennifer.tam@seattle.gov

BGI to Open Innovation Center in Seattle

Seattle’s strong ensemble of innovation and entrepreneurship organizations is getting a new addition. Shenzhen’s BGI, one of the world’s leading genomics companies, is opening an innovation center in Seattle that aims to use genomics to develop technologies and collaborative projects in life science, global health, and related fields.

Genomics is a field of science that leverages genetics to find solutions to some of the greatest challenges global society faces. Examples include securing food shortages, preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change, and eradicating diseases that kill millions across the globe. BGI’s pedigree in genomics is unmatched. BGI has generated over 1,000 publications and specializes in innovative, high profile research in fields such as healthcare, agriculture, conservation, and environmental fields. Their goal is to make genomics testing highly accessible to researchers and patients across the globe.

BGI co-founder and genomics pioneer Dr. Jian Wang was in Seattle last week to attend the Microsoft CEO Summit and announce the Innovation Center. Wang has previous ties to Seattle, completing a senior research fellowship at the University of Washington early in his career.

Wang has made it clear that BGI will collaborate with other bio research titans in Seattle. During his stay, he met with University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce and UW medicine CEO Paul Ramsey, as well as Dr. Linda Buck, Nobel Laureate and researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. BGI has strong partnerships with leading research institutes in the area, including UW Medicine, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Seattle’s already thriving life sciences sector partnering with BGI’s innovation center will have innumerable global benefits. “With the partnership between UW Medicine and BGI, more innovations in research, education and healthcare will be developed between Seattle and Shenzhen to benefit the health of people worldwide,” Wang stated.

OED Weekly Round-up: April 1-7

The Rainier Beach Merchant Association has a new Community Business Manager. Seattle’s maritime industry turns to local high schools to solve labor shortage. More evidence emerges that Seattle is the destination for software engineers. Salt and Straw comes to Seattle.

1. The Rainier Beach Merchant Association announced Phyllis Porter as their new Community Business Manager. Porter previously served as a Community Partner with the Seattle Department of Transportation. The Community Business Manager is a position funded through the Office of Economic Development’s Only in Seattle grants. Congrats Phyllis!

2. Seattle’s maritime industry aims to expose high school students to job opportunities in the maritime sector. On Thursday, 100 students from local high schools toured Seattle’s maritime academy.  Rainier Beach High School student Malcom Dunston stated that “It’s awesome…. [to be] out here and trying out new things I’ve never tried before.” The Seattle maritime sector is expecting a shortage of 150,000 workers by 2025. Industry leaders are hoping that that gap can be filled by increasing outreach to Seattle’s talented youth.

3. Vancouver and Seattle are neighboring cities that have a lot in common. Both cities are renowned for their vibrant culture, nightlife, and penchant for out of the box ideas. However, currently Seattle is the hotter destination for software engineers. A new study reported by Business Vancouver found that software engineers in Seattle earn almost twice as much as their Vancouver counterparts, while also benefiting from lower housing cost. The analysis also gave Seattle the advantage over San Francisco.

4. Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports that Salt and Straw, a Portland based ice cream company, will open their first Seattle location in Capitol Hill on Pike and Boylston. Salt and Straw is known for their unique flavors and fun atmosphere and will join other Seattle ice cream titans such as Molly Moon’s, Bluebird ice cream, Frankie & Joe’s, among others. Welcome to the neighborhood Salt and Straw!

OED Weekly Round-up: March 25-31

Catalyze Seattle and Reboot Seattle aim to empower local women. There’s an LGBTQ youth job fair at the Miller Center. More money is allocated to the city’s Technology Matching Fund. Draze partners with OED to fight gentrification.

1. Two Seattle women are helping local startups hire more women.  GeekWire reports that Martha Burwell and Ruchika Tulshyan have started a project called Catalyze Seattle, which aims to collect data on the demographics of startups and make recommendations to firms that want to hire more women and other minorities.

2. The Seattle Times recently profiled Reboot Seattle, a company that offers an eight-week re-entry course for women who want to return to the workforce after a period of being away. According to the article “ReBoot borrows techniques from the recently popular coding boot camps, which teach people computer code in a couple months, and tech accelerators, which provide resources to get startups off the ground”. They help their students get familiar with the latest workplace technology tools, update their LinkedIn profile, learn salary negotiation, and plan for their next step.

3. Seattle Parks is hosting an LGBTQ youth job fair! Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports that the job fair will host over 24 employers looking to hire people age 14-24. The job fair will be on Saturday, April 1 at the Miller Community Center.

4. Statescoop reports that the City of Seattle will devote $404,000 in new funding to support the Digital Equity Initiative. The Digital Equity Initiative aims to make technology, Internet access, and technology career paths accessible to all, regardless of socio-economic status. The article reports “grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to winning applicants through the city’s Technology Matching Fund — for each dollar provided by the city, organizations match 50 cents in labor, materials or funding”. Apply at the City of Seattle Office of Information Technology.

5. Draze is a Seattle rapper who has spoken out about gentrification throughout his career. Now, he is partnering up with the Office of Economic Development to fight against gentrification. He aims to have 100 new black-owned businesses up and running in Seattle by the end of the year. Read about his plan on NextCity

OED Weekly Round-up: March 18-24

Seattle’s tech workers have high rates of disposable income. An LGBT economic summit is coming to Seattle. Ravenna Solutions is bought by national education company. Puget Sound Business Journal reviews the biggest start-up deals of 2016.

1. Seattle’s tech workers have the highest disposable income in the country, per a new report from Zillow and LinkedIn. They have $5,500 of their monthly income left over, compared to $4,000 for San Francisco’s tech workers. Curbed contends that Seattle has “that sweet spot between income, taxes, and housing costs for tech workers”.

2. King 5 reports that the Greater Seattle Business Associating is hosting its first LGBT economic summit. This summit will welcome LGBT business leaders from Washington, California, Oregon, Nevada, and Hawaii. “When you see that there are thousands and thousands of LGBT business owners and allied business owners and that together, we can affect laws, we can work on issues of equality, and we can support our community and non-profits, it will empower us” said Greater Seattle Business Association President Louise Chernin.

3. Education Brands, a national company that provides education services for 4,000 schools across the country, acquired Seattle education company Ravenna Solutions. The two companies are teaming up to provide cloud service and payment solutions for the nation’s schools, according to GeekWire

4. Puget Sound Business Journal put out their list of 2016’s largest start-up deals in Washington state. “In Seattle specifically, there continues to be more and more investors, whether angel investors or venture capital funds,” Remitly CEO Matt Oppenheimer said.