Show your Pride! Support Local LGBT Businesses

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Roz Edison and Kamala Saxton, owners of Marination

June is LGBT Pride Month! There’s no need to wait for the gay pride parade to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Check out one of these local LGBT owned businesses!

On May 26th, the Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ) recognized the “2016 Outstanding Voices” for individuals and companies committed to workplace equality. Additionally, in partnership with the Greater Seattle Business Association, PSBJ is publishing their first LGBTQ-Owned Business Listmakers. Let’s show these businesses, with revenue of nearly $100 million and more than 1,000 employees, some extra love this month. Continue reading “Show your Pride! Support Local LGBT Businesses”

5 Ways the LGBT Business Builder can Help Grow Your Small Business

Facebook-Cover-Photo-SeattleThe LGBT Business Builder, the historic new partnership between the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is a powerful tool to strengthen the LGBT Business Community at both the local and national level. And it’s coming to the Central Library on Thursday, June 2nd!

Here are 5 ways the LGBT Business Builder can help grow your small business.
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Startup Weekend in a Startup Community Library!

startup weekendI just finished a great read for those passionate about supporting startups in any community.  Startup Communities, by Brad Feld, relies on the example of Boulder, Colorado to illustrate how a community can help startups thrive.  I was happy to see that the book acknowledges Seattle as another example of a community friendly to startups, and many of the concepts and efforts presented in the book will resonate with those involved in local startup efforts – you know who you are! Continue reading “Startup Weekend in a Startup Community Library!”

The “right” time to start a business

JeffSpeakingToday’s guest blogger, Jeff Levy, is the owner/president of The Entrepreneur’s Source, based in Bellevue and Seattle, Washington. He is the co-author of the book Making the Jump – Into Small Business Ownership which is available at the Seattle Public Library. Jeff works with individuals interested in exploring self-employment and will be offering a free seminar called Your Business – Start Smart on September 4th from 5-7pm and October 17th from 12:30-2:30pm. For more details and registration, please see the event listings in the Library’s calendar. Continue reading “The “right” time to start a business”

Start-up at the library – what do you need to launch your business?

Do you have a fantastic business idea? Are you planning give it a go, but don’t have a lot of formal business training? The library has some tools to help you out. In addition to our collection of general startup guides, below are some other useful resources. Continue reading “Start-up at the library – what do you need to launch your business?”