Legacy Business Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Legacy Business Program?

The Legacy Business Program celebrates businesses in our neighborhoods that are going beyond the basic sales of goods and services. These businesses are staples in their communities, serve as key contributors to neighborhood identity, and face a significant risk of displacement. Community members are invited to nominate small businesses that meet the criteria below.

What qualifies as a Legacy Business? 

  •  The business is an independently owned, for-profit establishment
  •  Has operated continuously for a minimum of 10 years 
  •  Employs fewer than 50 people total

To be selected for the Legacy Business Award, businesses will also contribute to the ground-level streetscape and/or neighborhood identity, serve a community function above and beyond the basic sale of goods and services, and face a significant risk of displacement.


If my business has multiple locations, can I still qualify?
Yes- in the scenario that a business with multiple locations is nominated, so long as the specific location fits the criteria and would benefit from the designation, it may qualify to be a part of the Legacy Business Program.


How do I nominate a business?

  •  To nominate a business, fill out the brief nomination form on seattle.gov/legacy.
  •  Businesses may self-nominate.
  •  Finalists will be contacted by an OED Small Business Advocate to finalize their nomination application, as well as to connect with support services.

How are winners selected? 

  • One winner will be selected from each of the seven Council Districts. 
  • Based on public nominations, winners will be selected by a Selection Committee comprised of representatives from business district organizations in each Council District.

What do I get if I win? 

  • Legacy Business Award and accompanying marketing materials
  • Public recognition by Mayor and/or Council at Legacy Awards Ceremony
  • Comprehensive Commercial Lease Toolkit
  • Comprehensive Succession Planning Toolkit
  • 2 hours free consultation with Wayfind Legal
  • Two-minute promotional video by Drag & Drop Creative about your business to be presented at Awards Ceremony, shared City of Seattle website and social channels
  • Social media promotions and recognitions from Seattle Office of Economic Development

Questions?Contact Michael Wells, Small Business Advocate, at Michael.Wells@seattle.gov