May 8, 2018 Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Visit our blog
The  Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle's neighborhood business districts.

Join OED and its partners to learn innovative tools and creative strategies for Commercial Affordability in Seattle's business districts. Attendees will learn about blokable from Co-CEO, Aaron Holm and have the opportunity to discuss potential commercial space innovations. Ken Takahashi and Jennifer Tam with OED, will describe how to execute a Commercial Lease Education workshop in your district by sharing successes and learnings from a pilot program in Chinatown ID and Little Saigon. Jaebadiah Gardner, Managing Partner with Onpoint Real Estate Services will present the commercial lease education consulting services his firm offers, and share a case study of a business in the Rainier Valley. RSVP today to learn more about these innovative strategies and creative resources.

Now Hiring

The Central Area Collaborative is hiring a Community Construction Navigator to serve as a critical link between the community and staff responsible for building projects in the Central/Judkins Park area. The Navigator's primary focus will be on SDOT's year-long 23rd Ave Phase 2 project, but will also include private construction projects in the neighborhood. The deadline is Friday, May 11. Apply today!

The University District Partnership (UDP) is hiring an Economic Development Manager to provide resources and services to the businesses located and operating in the U District, and will be responsible for developing and administering the U District's Economic Development Programs. The UDP is also hiring a Beautification Team Member who will be responsible for keeping the sidewalks, curbs, and other areas of the physical environment of the U District Business Improvement Area clean and free of litter, trash, and other forms of debris. Apply today!


The Neighborhood Matching Fund program was created in 1988 to provide matching dollars for neighborhood improvement, organizing, or projects that are developed and implemented by community members. Central to the fund is the community match, which requires awardees to match their award with contributions from the community (volunteer time, donated materials, donated professional services or cash). The Small Sparks Fund has a rolling application date, available year-round and providing funding up to $5,000. The Community Partnership Fund is available three times a year and can fund projects from $5,001 to $100,000.

Microbusiness Saturday

Join Ventures on May 12 for Micro-Business Saturday to collaborate, share ideas, and learn how to grow your business with other entrepreneurs. Ventures is hosting a full day event to celebrate and elevate local micro-business owners by providing tools and resources that address the unique needs of businesses with less than 10 employees. There will be one-one business coaching, workshops, resources, and panels to help you:  
  • Gain exposure through digital marketing 
  • Hire and keep employees 
  • Write a business plan to get a loan 
  • Understand the basics of wholesaling 
  • Increase your sales by accepting credit/debit cards  
Event details in English and Spanish. Sign up today!

¡Se hablará español! Este es un evento bilingüe que tendrá talleres en español. Los temas de los talleres en español incluyen: Como crear estimados y facturar sus clientes (para negocios de construcción o de servicios), Como crear una marca para su negocio en su industria, e Introducción a Microsoft Excel como herramienta para las finanzas de su negocio. Para mayor información en español, márquenos al 206-352-1945.


Madrona Mayfair - Saturday, May 12
University District Street Fair - Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20
Upstream Music Festival in Pioneer Square - Friday-Sunday, June 1-3
Georgetown Carnival - Saturday, June 9
Fremont Solstice Parade and Fair - Saturday-Sunday, June 16-17
Capitol Hill Pridefest and March - Saturday, June 23
Downtown Seattle Pride Parade - Sunday, June 24
Greenwood Car Show - Sunday, June 30
Ballard Seafood Fest - Friday-Sunday, July 13-15
West Seattle Summer Fest - Friday-Sunday, July 13-15
Seafair Indian Pow Wow in Magnolia  - Friday-Sunday, July 20-22
Chinatown ID Dragon Fest - Saturday-Sunday, July 14-15
White Center Jubilee Days - Wednesday-Sunday, July 18-22
Capitol Hill Block Party  - Friday-Sunday, July 20-22
Bite of Seattle in Queen Anne - Friday-Sunday, July 20-22
Central Area Bon Odori Festival - Saturday-Sunday, July 21-22
West Seattle Grand Parade - Saturday, July 21
Phinney/Greenwood Seafair Parade - Wednesday, July 25
Umoja Fest and Parade in the Central Area - Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5
Seafair weekend - Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5
Magnolia Summer Fest - Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5
South Lake Union Block Party - Friday, Aug. 10
Delridge Days - Saturday, Aug. 11
Magnolia Car Show - Sunday, Aug. 12
Rainier Beach BAAM Fest - Sunday, Aug. 19
Belltown Crush Block Party - Saturday, Aug. 25
SODO Summer Session - Sunday, Aug. 26
Celebrate Little Saigon - Sunday, Aug. 26
San Gennaro Festival in Georgetown - Friday-Sunday, Sept. 7-9
Chinatown ID Night Market - Saturday, Sept. 8
Wallingford Wurst Festival - Saturday, Sept. 15
Ballard Oktoberfest - Saturday, Sept. 16
Fremont Oktoberfest - Friday-Sunday, Sept. 21-23
Sustainable Ballard  - Saturday, Sept. 22
Bite of Broadview in Phinney/Greenwood - Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30
Capitol Hill Hilloween - Saturday, Oct. 27
West Seattle Harvest Festival - Sunday, Oct. 28
Rainier Beach Boo Bash at the Beach - Wednesday, Oct. 31
Queen Anne Trick or Treat on the Ave - Wednesday, Oct. 31
Ballard Trick or Treat - Wednesday, Oct. 31
Fremont Trolloween - Wednesday, Oct. 31
Magnolia Village Trick or Treat - Wednesday, Oct. 31
Downtown Holiday Market - Friday, Nov. 23
Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting and  Macy's Parade and Starlight - Friday, Nov. 23
Small Business Saturday - Saturday, Nov. 24
Columbia City Holiday Fest - Saturday, Dec. 1
Magnolia Winterfest - Saturday, Dec. 1
West Seattle Hometown Holidays - Saturday, Dec. 1
Pioneer Square Howlidays - Saturday, Dec. 8
Ballard Art Walk - First Saturdays
Belltown Art Walk - Second Fridays
Capitol Hill Art Walk - Second Thursdays
Columbia City Beat Walk - Second Sundays, from June - October
Georgetown Art Attack - Second Tuesdays (except June)
Pioneer Square Art Walk - First Thursdays
SODO Flea Market - Second Saturdays 
South Lake Union Saturday Market - Saturdays, May-September
Uptown Art Walk - Third Thursdays
West Seattle Art Walk - Second Thursdays
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