Small Business

Seattle's Office of Economic Development (OED) recognizes that small businesses are integral to the economic fabric of the city as an important source of jobs and vital contributors to Seattle's unique identity.

Our Small Business Development team works with individual businesses to learn about their priorities, needs, and challenges, and connects them to services that will help them grow and remain competitive. Typical business services include access to technical assistance resources (such as 1-on-1 business consulting), connections to alternative financing options, and help navigating government regulations and processes.

Meet Your Small Business Advocates

Each day our Small Business Advocates are in Seattle neighborhoods working with business owners to connect them with resources they need, and serve as their voice in City government. Read below to find our who your Small Business Advocate is, and don't hesitate to reach out.


AJ Cari headshot

Construction Impacts Advocate

Name: AJ Cari

Key Neighborhoods: City-wide

Languages: English

Interesting Fact"I was on the ground the day after the Greenwood gas explosion supporting and advocating for the small businesses that were impacted."

Contact AJ: 206-684-0133 |


Michael Wells headshot

Districts 3, 4, 7

Name: Michael Wells

Key Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, University District, Chinatown-ID, Pioneer Square, First Hill

Interesting Fact: "I owned and operated an independent bookstore in Capitol Hill for 20 years."

Languages: English

Contact Michael: 206-684-8612 |


Yonas Seifu headshot

Districts 1 & 2

Name: Yonas Seifu

Key Neighborhoods: Beacon Hill, Central District, Columbia City, Othello, Rainier Beach, West Seattle

Languages: English, Amharic (አማርኛ)

Interesting Fact: "I received my Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington Foster School of Business with a focus on marketing and product management."

Contact Yonas: 206-733-9743 |


Pedro Gomez Headshot

Districts 5 & 6

Name: Pedro Gómez

Key Neighborhoods: South Park, South Lake Union, Lake City, Queen Anne, Fremont, Belltown

Languages: English, Español

Interesting Fact: "My first business was as a 6-year-old selling water and sodas to farmworkers in the fields of California."

Contact Pedro: 206-733-9445 |

Nominate a Small Business of the Month!

Each month, OED recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who contribute to the economic vitality and cultural vibrance of our city. These businesses exemplify the innovation, tenacity and spirit of community that are the hallmarks of Seattle small businesses. Click here to submit a nomination. 

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