Small Business Support

Meet Your Small Business Advocates

Each day our Small Business Advocates are in Seattle neighborhoods working with business owners to connect them with resources they need, and to serve as their voice in City government. Learn more about your Small Business Advocates below, and please get in touch with the team member who can best serve you!

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Conozca a sus Representantes de Pequeñas Empresas

Cada día, nuestros Representantes de Pequeñas Empresas están en los vecindarios de Seattle, trabajando con los propietarios de pequeñas empresas para conectarlos a los recursos que necesitan, y para servir como su voz en el gobierno de la Ciudad de Seattle. Aprenda mas sobre sus Representantes de Pequeñas Empresas, y por favor, póngase en contacto con el miembro de nuestro equipo que mejor pueda servirle!

Seattle's Office of Economic Development (OED) is dedicated to serving small businesses, as both key employers in our economy, and the cultural fabric that defines and connects our unique neighborhood business districts.

Our Small Business Development team works with individual businesses to learn about their priorities, needs, and challenges, and focuses on outcomes and connects them to services that will help them grow and remain competitive. Typical business services include access to technical assistance resources (such as 1-on-1 business consulting), connections to alternative financing options, and help navigating government regulations and processes.

Nominate a Small Business of the Month!

Each month, OED recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who contribute to the economic vitality and cultural vibrance of our city. These businesses exemplify the innovation, tenacity and spirit of community that are the hallmarks of Seattle small businesses. 

Submit a Nomination!

Owners Trey Lamont and John Devine in front of Jerk Shack with their small business of the month certificate

This Month's Winner

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Maria “Lupita” Gomez
Resource Team Lead

Fun Fact
“I wake up and go to sleep to music.”

Contact Lupita
(206) 561-2124 |

English, Spanish

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Domonique Meeks
Small Business Advocate

Fun Fact
"I have a Masters degree from the University of Washington’s School of Information and have a passion for sharing community stories through my podcasts and documentary work."

Contact Domonique
206-256-5433 |

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Scott Plusquellec
Nightlife Business Advocate

Fun Fact
"Once got invited on a first date to hang out backstage at a production of Phantom of the Opera in London. Ended up helping with costume changes during scene turnovers."

Contact Scott

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Eduardo Rojas Esparza
Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist

Fun Fact
"I order all the sauces when I visit Red Robin."

Contact Eduardo
(206) 561-5181 |

English, Spanish

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Yonas Seifu
Small Business Advocate

Fun Fact
"I received my Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington Foster School of Business with a focus on marketing and product management."

Key Neighborhoods 
Beacon Hill, Central District, Columbia City, Othello, Rainier Beach, West Seattle

Contact Yonas 
206-733-9743 |

English, Amharic 

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Bereket “Bobby” Tameru
Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist

Fun Fact
"I have a passion for pickup basketball, football, soccer, kickball, and anything else that involves being active and competitive."

Contact Bobby
(206) 561-2009 |

English, Amharic

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Michael Wells
Small Business Advocate

Fun Fact
"I owned and operated an independent bookstore in Capitol Hill for 20 years."

Contact Michael 
(206) 684-8612 |

Economic Development

Markham McIntyre, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5752, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94708, Seattle, WA, 98124-4708
Phone: (206) 684-8090
Phone Alt: (206) 684-0379
Fax: (206) 684-0379

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The mission of the Office of Economic Development (OED) is to help create healthy businesses, thriving neighborhoods, and community organizations to contribute to a robust economy that will benefit all Seattle residents and future generations.