by Matt Landers, Public Policy & Communications Manager
| Feb 05, 2018
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced the formation of the city's Small Business Advisory Council
. GSBA has long been advocating for the creation of this body to increase the voice of small businesses in the policy-making process.
The Small Business Advisory Council will create City-wide strategies to promote the interests of Seattle’s small businesses and develop specific recommendations in the following areas:
- Identification of issues that impact small businesses and their workers across the city, to explore how programs, resources, tools and services can be improved.
- Evaluation of the impacts of city actions including construction projects, permitting processes, parking practices and fees, regulations, signage, licensing, and changes in zoning.
- Recommendations on policy issues such as alternative financing options, improved permitting processes, and tools to support commercial affordability and community business ownership.
- Providing input to strengthen and expand programmatic support, such as consulting and financing resources needed to help small businesses remain competitive and grow in an ever-changing environment.
GSBA is proud to see a fantastic list of small business owners that reflect a diverse range of sectors, demographics, and geography. We are particularly proud of the ten GSBA member businesses who have been named to this council for the inaugural two-year terms:
- Co-Chair Joe Fugere, Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
- Co-Chair Taylor Hoang, Cyclo Corp., Ethnic Business Coalition
- Co-Chair Tracy Taylor, Elliott Bay Book Company
- Joey Burgess, Queer/Bar, Grim’s Provisions and Spirits
- Elise Lindborg, ZippyDogs LLC
- Molly Moon, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
- Linda Morton, Terra Plata (GSBA board member)
- Kamala Saxton, Marination
- Gail Stringer, Hawaii General Store
- Beto Yarce, Ventures (GSBA board member)
In addition to the business owners, two city councilmembers will serve as ex officio members: Lisa Herbold and Teresa Mosqueda.