What is the ecosystem that drives a healthy economic community? Discuss “The Business of Community” – how community builds our business and nonprofit sectors – at The Seattle Public Library’s virtual open house for business resources from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 16. Come help us dream and work toward an equitable relationship economy.

At this event, you’ll meet our local network of advocates and partners to spark valuable connections that will help you succeed. Business owners, government organizations, nonprofits, social purpose companies, b-corps, and community members are invited to take part in this event and engage in Seattle’s equitable business development.

If you are thinking about how to structure your idea, curious about funding, or want to learn about tri-sector partnerships (public/private/community), this event is for you. 

Schedule of Events

  • 9 a.m. Panel Discussion - With representatives from Seattle’s small business and nonprofit communities. Topics will include:
    • Examples of equitable development in our city
    • Innovation and equitable finance for small business
    • Nonprofit development including funding
    • Community based business models
    • Digital access and navigation models

  • 10:30 a.m. Q&A – A time to ask questions, dig deeper on discussion topics and network with others

As with all of the Library’s Business Resource Open Houses, you’ll get face time with experts on the topics of pivoting, using technology, and other resources like mentoring and financing.

This webinar series is co-sponsored by Beacon Business Alliance, Essential Southeast Seattle, and Graphic Recording by Mari Shibuya.


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