Seattle Good Business Directory
Seattle Good Business Network launched in 2010 as Seattle Good Business Network with Think Local Seattle, a citywide awareness campaign about why local matters and a directory of Seattle’s local independent businesses. With a mission to connect and inspire people to buy, produce, and invest locally so that everyone has a meaningful stake in the local economy, Seattle Good Business Network’s programming now ranges from an idea lab for initiatives to create and expand economic opportunity, to Seattle Made, which supports urban manufacturers and producers, to promotion of local food systems through our dining programs, Dine Around Seattle and Seattle Restaurant Week.
With this new Seattle Good Business Directory, we’ve come full circle, reimagining Think Local Seattle and leveling up to recognize and celebrate all the GOOD local businesses and organizations do for our neighborhoods, our city, and our region. It’s part of a larger initiative to not only recognize stewardship of people and place, but to also help businesses and organizations with the resources they need to further their good practices. Stay tuned for updates as we build out our Good Business Center!
A thriving manufacturing and production sector is essential to a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable city. In 2015, Seattle Good Business Network worked with dozens of local manufacturers, the city of Seattle, and allied organizations to launch Seattle Made, an initiative to grow and support a diverse ecosystem of urban manufacturers and producers that expand opportunities for local ownership and meaningful employment, build our region’s long-term resiliency, and celebrate Seattle’s unique cultural identity. Nearly 600 members strong, Seattle Made is raising the visibility of the important role of urban manufacturing to the future of our place. Visit seattlemade.org to browse our manufacturer directory, view program services and events, and get involved.
Good Food Economy
Northwest Sewn (previously Seattle Sewn) is an initiative to grow and support a vibrant sewn-trades economy, creating the conditions for job creation and meaningful employment, increased local manufacturing capacity, and industry collaboration.
In January of 2020, NW Sewn received approval for Washington state’s first registered apprenticeship program for Industrial Sewing Machine Operators. The employer site for that first program is KAAS Tailored, who have currently turned over their entire operation to sewing masks and PPE. Many of our NW Sewn businesses are similarly stepping up to support this effort to save lives.
It is our collective responsibility to protect the city we love by mitigating our environmental impact in every way possible. Seattle Good Business Network works to develop initiatives, and provide resources and programs to help local businesses, organizations, and communities live in a safer and healthier environment.
A circular economy aims to redefine the way we live, work, and do business. It changes our extractive “take, use, and throw away” model to a more environmentally and socially regenerative one.
Seattle Good Business Network works to build a more ‘circular Seattle’ by helping to de-silo community stakeholders and organizations by making connections where they matter, and closing the loops. 2019 projects to be announced soon!
People's Economy Lab
Building a community-centered economy in Seattle.
The People’s Economy Lab is building a network of leaders and advancing projects that meet local needs by putting people and places first. Our leaders are democratizing finance, real-estate, and work. They are building power in their communities, developing equitable policies, and supporting local businesses. We are creating a community-centered economy in Seattle.
Seattleites hold an estimated $70 billion in long-term savings. Almost none of that is invested locally. Let’s invest more here.
With charitable support from BECU, we launched a resource website to guide local businesses looking for community-based capital. It covers many community-sourced capital topics, offers case studies, local and national resources, and examples of businesses that have used these tools. The site will continue to expand as we learn of more resources and expand this program area.
Our Youth programming helps to connect Seattle youth, from all backgrounds and levels of experience, to meaningful learning, career, and leadership opportunities. Find out how you can engage, support, and empower local youth through our youth board, tours, internships, job shadowing, and more!