Resources for Small Businesses 

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Support for small businesses is critcal to the economic health of our region. Small businesses provide jobs, generate tax revenues, contribute to our livelihoods and help to anchor the community.


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tactics for giving to increase access to resources for small businesses
  • Support community development financial institutions (CDFIs) who provide access to capital, technical assistance and lower rates to underserved businesses
  • Support organizations that help low-income entrepreneurs start and run small businesses
  • Support culturally relevant small business support programs for immigrants/refugees
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Building Businesses, Income and Self-confidence
Washington CASH helps hundreds of individuals build businesses, income and self-confidence each year through a constellation of services including business development courses, microloans, technical assistance, mentoring and access to computer labs. These services enable low-income women, people with disabilities, new immigrants and refugees to start or expand on their self-employment ventures.
Stay Informed:

Mission Investing and Lessons Learned
The Seattle Foundation's Vice President of Community Programs, Michael Brown, discusses lessons learned from mission investing.
The Demographics of the Jobs Recovery
This Pew Research Center report analyzes changes in employment throughout the economic recovery, examining trends in job growth by race, ethnicity, nativity and gender.
Building Security in America's Cities
Research released by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) highlights local governments as new and powerful players in creating opportunities for financial stability for individuals and families.
The Economic Contribution of Seattle Community Colleges
A recent economic impact study shows that the Seattle Community Colleges play a major role in the region's economy, creating a total impact in King County of $1.1 billion a year.
Making Sustainability Legal
Sightline Institute's "Making Sustainability Legal" project is working to remove outdated rules that stop affordable, green solutions.
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