Small Business Support

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!

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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. Read about your Small Business Advocates below, and please get in touch with the team member who can best serve you!


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Construction Impacts Advocate

Name: AJ Cari

Languages: English

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 |


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Green Business Advocate

Name: Stephanie Gowing

Languages: English

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 |

Jennifer Tam

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Restaurant Advocate

Name: Jennifer Tam

Languages: English, conversational Cantonese and conversational Mandarin

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 |


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Startup Advocate

Name: David Harris

Languages: English

Fun Fact: "I have a graduate degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering, and love to learn about how different people experience products or services."

Contact David: 206-684-3348 |


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Districts 1 & 2

Name: Yonas Seifu

Key Neighborhoods: Beacon Hill, Central District, Columbia City, Othello, Rainier Beach, West Seattle. Find your Council District.

Languages: English, Amharic (አማርኛ)

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."

Contact Yonas: 206-733-9743 |


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Districts 3, 4, 7

Name: Michael Wells

Key Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, University District, Chinatown-ID, Pioneer Square, First Hill. Find your Council District.

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

Languages: English

Contact Michael: 206-684-8612 |


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Districts 5 & 6

Name: Pedro Gómez

Key Neighborhoods: South Park, South Lake Union, Lake City, Queen Anne, Fremont, Belltown. Find your Council District.

Languages: English, Español

Fun 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 |