Business Outreach and Education Fund

The Office of Labor standards (OLS) announced the availability of a 2-year $1.4 million Business Outreach and Education Fund to facilitate outreach, education and compliance assistance for small businesses operating in Seattle on October 18, 2017.

Read the 2017 - 2019 Request for Proposals

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards has selected five organizations and partnerships to receive $1.4 million in funding to provide outreach, education and technical assistance to Seattle's small businesses about their responsibilities under Seattle's Minimum Wage, Wage Theft, Paid Sick and Safe Time, Fair Chance Employment and Secure Scheduling Ordinances.

Activities will include direct outreach to businesses, providing culturally appropriate information to businesses, and answering employers' questions about Seattle's laws. Fund recipients will emphasize outreach to employers not typically served by traditional outreach methods: businesses owned by low-income and historically disenfranchised communities, including people of color, immigrants and refugees, as well as women, veterans, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community.


The organizations who received funding include:

Seattle Business Education HUB - $164,050.00

Partners:

  • Eritrean Community Connection
  • Somali Community Services of Seattle
  • RKM Holdings, LLC

Latino Community Fund - $282,966.00

Partners:

  • El Centro de la Raza
  • South Park Merchants Association

Ethnic Chambers of Commerce Coalition (ECCC) - $565,960.00

Partners:

  • Business Impact Northwest
  • Greater Seattle Business Association
  • Eritrean Community
  • Cascadia Consulting Group

Ethnic Business Coalition (EBC) - $275,590.00

Partners:

  • Seattle Chamber of Commerce

Ventures - $111,434.00

Partners:

  • Wayfind
  • Urban Impact
  • Pike Place Market Preservation and Developments Authority (PDA)
  • Seattle Good Business Network

Learn more about the Business Outreach and Education Fund


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Download: Press Release: Murray announces recipients of $475,000 fund to support Seattle businesses

Download: Press Release: 10/17 The Seattle Office of Labor Standards Announces $1.4 Million for Business Outreach and Education