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Circular City Week NYC: Designing Circular Business Support Services in the Pacific Northwest for Small and Midsize Businesses
May 5, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFREE
Join us online on May 5th from 12:00-1:00pm PST as part of Circular City Week NYC!
REGISTER HERE for the virtual event!
Better understand the needs, challenges, and perceived opportunities of BIPOC- and women- owned, smaller businesses within consumer-based textiles.
Little has been surfaced around the needs of businesses when launching circular offerings, operations, or materials. To address this gap, Seattle Good Business Network (SGBN) and Circular by Design (CBD) conducted a set of user research studies to better understand business owners’ needs, challenges, and perceived opportunities. This session will present findings from interviews with BIPOC- and women- owned, small to midsize businesses who operate consumer-based textiles businesses in the local area. Findings from studies will inform the development of a suite of Circular Business Support services for our region. Q & A, discussion to follow.
– Behnosh Najafi, PhD, Founder, Circular by Design
– Erin Adams, Executive Director, Seattle Good Business Network
Please reach out to gro.doogelttaes@ocin or moc.ngised-yb-ralucric@hsonheb with any questions!
Description: While information and resources for the circular economy are increasingly available for businesses to utilize, much less has been surfaced around the needs of businesses when transitioning to, or launching circular offerings, operations, or materials. In addition, much more work can be done to create equitable pathways to the circular economy. Seattle Good Business Network (SGBN) and Circular by Design (CBD), have set out to address both gaps through the development of Circular Business Support services that would catalyze a regional circular economy via three important levers for change: 1) circular economy educational outreach and access to resources for regional business communities; 2) initiatives to scale business efforts through effective partnerships and supply-chain collaborations; and 3) providing technical assistance and individualized business consultations. These efforts will also prioritize the perspectives and needs of BIPOC- and women- owned businesses who are typically underserved in local and regional business communities and circular economy initiatives.
As a starting point for the development of the Circular Business Support offering, SGBN and CBD, with the support of public agencies, are working to initiate a set of user research studies to better understand business owners needs, challenges, and perceived opportunities in this space. This session will present findings and recommendations from a set of interviews conducted with BIPOC- and women- owned, micro, small, and medium businesses who run consumer-based textiles businesses in the local area. This work will highlight the importance of centering the needs of business owners as an important starting point for transitioning from linear to circular economies.