Business Outreach and Education Fund

The Office of Labor standards (OLS) announces the availability of a $1.4 million Business Outreach and Education Fund to facilitate outreach, education and compliance assistance for small businesses operating in Seattle. As of October 18, 2017, the 2017-2019 BEOF Request for Proposals (RFP) to guide the application and selection process for these contracts is available.
Read the 2017 - 2019 Request for Proposals

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards has selected three organizations and partnerships to receive $475,000 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:

Latino Community Fund of Washington State – $100,000


  • El Centro de la Raza
  • Beacon Hill Merchants Association
  • South Park Retail Merchants Association

Communities of Focus: Latino and small minority owned businesses in Beacon Hill & South Park

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce – $90,000


  • Ethnic Business Coalition
  • Tabor 100

Communities of Focus: African American, Asian Pacific Islander, immigrant and minority owned small businesses

Ethnic Chambers of Commerce Coalition – $285,000


  • Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA)
  • Business Impact Northwest
  • Chinese Information Service Center
  • Cascadia Consulting GroupDownload:
  • One America
  • Eritrean Community

Communities of Focus: Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, East African, immigrant and minority owned businesses

"These partnerships will help the Office of Labor Standards support small businesses and businesses owned by low-income individuals and historically disenfranchised communities, and I am very excited to begin this outreach program. As more and more businesses understand and comply with Seattle's labor standards we will build a culture of compliance in the City of Seattle. That will level the playing field for business, advance equity and reduce income inequality for workers."
- Dylan Orr, OLS Director

Learn more about the Business Outreach and Education Fund

Read the 2017 - 2019 Request for Proposals
Read the 2016 Request for Proposals

Contact A Business Outreach and Education Fund Organization

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