The GSBA Blog

Incubator: Spring 2021 Cohort

by Levi Coffin, Business Training Specialist & Grant Manager
| Jul 21, 2021

Tara Morgan (they, she)  brings to barbering a lifelong passion for people and the revelations that can happen in our honest interactions. Tara spent 25 years in the field of fundraising and non-profits, including founding Seize The Oar Foundation (est 2013). Tara loves collaboration and small business and currently runs Vashon Flyer apparel and gifts, in addition to co-founding Steady State Media Network in 2020.

C'Mon Barber, coming May 2021 will be a full-service barber, providing affordable haircuts, trims, shaves all in a gender-affirming space for all ages. Mobile and in-salon, zero waste and always classy.

Ryan Riley
(she, her) has 10 years commercial roofing experience. Started on the roof pushing a broom, moved up into project estimation, sales and management. Eventually became the general manager of a $1.5MM commercial roofing company. Began gender transition in Feb 2020 and registered the first trans owned roofing company in WA state in March 2020.

NW Roofing Services is a high quality, value driven roofing company with equality-based ethics. Starting out with residential roof inspections, cleaning, maintenance and small repairs, moving into residential new and re-roofing projects and eventually entering and focusing on the commercial roofing sector.

Lauren Moore (she, they) is a queer neurodivergent artist hellbent on restorative justice in Seattle. Social isolation in the chronic and mentally ill community is rampant so she created a floral pranking business that delivers flowers and custom audio tracks to folx in Seattle. In non-COVID times She curates quieter accessible events for deeper conversations to emerge. Her practice is inter-generational, intersectional, and raises reparations for Real Rent Duwamish. One of nine siblings from South Carolina, she understands that poverty excludes people from healthy pain management and often leads to a cycle of addiction. Lauren’s art harnesses color therapy, flowers and binaural audio to comfort survivors, include fellow mentally and chronically ill folx, and celebrate friendship. Her ASMR activations create safe spaces to deeply notice the body’s edges. As a survivor 3 years sober, Lauren believes art can heal our most traumatic experiences. Her relentless strength and solidarity come from deep listening, which is her favorite art.

OK Bloomer is a flower pranking service that brightens the steps of Seattlites while celebrating friendship and intergenerational healing. Pranks are often kept anonymous and aim to surprise and delight seniors and folx experiencing chronic and mental illness, though all are welcome. Curated audio tracks and care packages are available additions to the floral surprise.