Only in Seattle Newsletter – August 2018

The Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.

In this edition:

  • Invitation to summertime social – Peer Networking at Tai Tung;
  • SODO’s track mural is the longest in the world;
  • Ballard’s Sidewalk Sale is this weekend;
  • Funding opportunities for business districts;
  • Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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Only in Seattle Newsletter – May 2018

The Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.

In this edition:

  • Invitation to Peer Networking – Commercial Affordability Best Practices and Resources;
  • Employment Opportunities in the Central Area and University District;
  • Grants with the Department of Neighborhood’s Neighborhood Matching Fund;
  • Micro-Business Saturday with Ventures;
  • Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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Only in Seattle Newsletter – March 2018

The Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.

In this edition:

  • OIS Racial Equity Cohort;
  • Seattle Youth Employment Initiative;
  • Commercial leasing opportunity at Liberty Bank;
  • Go to these women-owned businesses today;
  • Technology and Neighborhood Matching Funding opportunities;
  • Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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Shop Small on Small Business Saturday –11/25 — and throughout the Holiday Shopping Season

Small Business Saturday is a yearly event dedicated to supporting local, independently-owned businesses around the United States, and the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) supports Shop Small and Small Business Saturday to promote our local, independent businesses in Seattle. In 2016, OED worked with Shop Small to create the “Shop Uniquely Seattle” campaign. This campaign was created to highlight unique local products and business districts in Seattle. Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 to aid local economies, and has grown into a ceremonial kick-off into the holiday season.

Small Business Saturday takes place on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 25 this year), but the Shop Small campaign continues throughout the holiday shopping season. Most businesses begin their holiday shopping events on Small Business Saturday, but consumers are encouraged to continue to shop small year-round.

Shopping small this holiday season will helps support local jobs and entrepreneurs in the community, and allow tax dollars to stay local. Shopping and dining locally establishes individuality within neighborhoods. Going on its eighth year now, the campaign has celebrated the diversity of small businesses and addressed the importance of the jobs created. The Shop Uniquely Seattle campaign was created to highlight the small businesses that make Seattle unique. OED created several graphics that were posted around the city; on bus wraps, transit ads and social media posts.

The Shop Small activities are consistent throughout the entire holiday season so stay current via these resources!

There are a variety of events occurring this holiday season that will help you find that unique gift for a loved one; choose an event that you’ve never visited before, get acquainted with some different parts of the city, and choose to shop small this holiday season.

Join us in supporting small businesses this holiday season.

Authored by Iqra Sharif

 

Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Applications Available Now, Due Oct. 30

The Only in Seattle Initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster inclusive neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to thrive. The Initiative focuses on supporting businesses and property owners to organize around a common vision for their district and attract investment. Participating districts start by developing a strategic vision, creating an action plan, and determining clear outcomes and leads, and getting to work. From new crosswalks, murals, and lighting improvements to business coaching, community festivals, and litter cleanup, Seattle’s business districts have used Only in Seattle resources to develop a vision and put their vision into action. Learn more about the Only in Seattle Initiative

 

Only in Seattle Grant Application

The Only in Seattle Initiative is a partnership between OED, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Approximately $1,400,000 is available (contingent upon federal and City funding allocations) for district grants and services that accomplish goals in at least one of the five strategy areas:

  1. Organization – Neighborhood organizations, residents, property owners, and business owners collaborate and work together toward a common vision for the business district.
  2. Marketing & Promotion – District has a positive, consistent image that helps draw more customers to visit.
  3. Business and Retail Development – Businesses prosper because they are organized, supported by the community, and they receive the assistance they need to strengthen and grow their business. New businesses move into the district that complement and improve the business mix.
  4. Placemaking – The physical environment of a commercial node is attractive, inviting and easily accessible by multiple modes of transportation. Real estate development involves community input and vision, and redevelopment helps to rehabilitate or replace vacant or underutilized spaces. Projects in this category generate a sense of forward momentum and improvement in the district.
  5. Clean & Safe – The district is clean and customers, employees, and visitors feel safe and welcome.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION — Friday, 10/13 at 2 pm in the Douglass Truth Library

Attend the upcoming public information session hosted by the Only in Seattle team to learn more about the 2018 application. OIS staff will be on hand to present a general overview of the program and details about this year’s application, as well as answer any questions. In addition, your fellow business district managers will share past examples of successful grant applications and projects. The event will be held at the Douglass Truth Library in the Central Area at 2 pm. Register today!

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE

  • September 30, 2017, 9:00 am: Request for Applications released
  • October 30, 2017: 9:00 am: Application deadline
  • November 8, 9, 13, 2017: Presentations to Only in Seattle Review Committee. To select preferred dates/times for your district to present, please visit our Doodle Poll.
  • December 2017: Notification of funding decisions

 

STAFF SUPPORT AND OFFICE HOURS

Only in Seattle Initiative application support is available. Staff will be holding time for one-on-one appointments in the month of October. Please contact us as far in advance of the application deadline as possible.

OIS staff can provide support in any of the following areas of the application:

  • Review completed or partially completed applications
  • Assist with setup and submittal of application through online grant platform, GoGrants
  • Share Only in Seattle Initiative program overview and details of each tier
  • Provide example applications
  • Review frequently asked questions

OIS staff cannot write or submit your application.

Theresa, Heidi and Mikel will have office hours dedicated to working with you on any questions or concerns you might have. Please reach out to schedule an appointment.

 

Apply today!

 

Applications are due on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. PST via the online grant system. Late applications and paper copies will not be accepted.