Small Business Support

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 to serve as their voice in City government. Learn more about your Small Business Advocates below, and please get in touch with the team member who can best serve you!

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Conozca a sus Representantes de Pequeñas Empresas

Cada día, nuestros Representantes de Pequeñas Empresas están en los vecindarios de Seattle, trabajando con los propietarios de pequeñas empresas para conectarlos a los recursos que necesitan, y para servir como su voz en el gobierno de la Ciudad de Seattle. Aprenda mas sobre sus Representantes de Pequeñas Empresas, y por favor, póngase en contacto con el miembro de nuestro equipo que mejor pueda servirle!

Seattle's Office of Economic Development (OED) is dedicated to serving small businesses, as both key employers in our economy, and the cultural fabric that defines and connects our unique neighborhood business districts.

Our Small Business Development team works with individual businesses to learn about their priorities, needs, and challenges, and focuses on outcomes 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.


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. 

Submit a Nomination!

QueenCare founders and employees standing outside their storefront beside a sandwich board reading "Show Love, Shop Local with QueenCare"

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Listen: Origin Story – QueenCare   QueenCare in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood is much more than a beauty supply store. Opened in December 2018, QueenCare employs young women of color and provides them with mentorship, job training [...]

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Pedro Gómez
Director of Small Business Development


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

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

Contact Pedro 
206-733-9445 | pedro.gomez@seattle.gov

Languages 
English, Español

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AJ Cari
Construction Impacts Advocate


Fun Fact
"I do triathlons for fun and to stay active. Having completed Ironman Canada is one of my proudest achievements."

Contact AJ
206-684-0133 | aj.cari@seattle.gov

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Stephanie Gowing
Green Business Advocate


Fun Fact
"I love biking to appointments to be efficient with neighborhood assistance. I did this through both my pregnancies!"

Contact Stephanie
206-684-3698 | stephanie.gowing@seattle.gov

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Domonique Meeks
Small Business Advocate


Fun Fact
"I have a Masters degree from the University of Washington’s School of Information and have a passion for sharing community stories through my podcasts and documentary work."

Contact Domonique
206-256-5433 | domonique.meeks@seattle.gov

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Jennifer Tam
Food Business Advocate


Fun Fact
"I grew up in the restaurant industry, I’ve worked in restaurants, and I believe food is a universal language that brings cultures together. Everyone has to eat!"

Contact Jennifer
206-684-3436 | jennifer.tam@seattle.gov

Languages 
English, conversational Cantonese, conversational Mandarin

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Michael Wells
Small Business Advocate


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

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

Contact Michael 
206-684-8612 | michael.wells@seattle.gov

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Yonas Seifu
Small Business Advocate


Fun 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."

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

Contact Yonas 
206-733-9743 | yonas.seifu@seattle.gov

Languages 
English, Amharic