Business Resource Open House: The Business of Food

Nov 17, 2020 from 9:00 – 11:00 am

Small business owners impacted by COVID-19: Are you a business owner in food preparation, distribution or service? Are you struggling to stay open or safely reopen?

Get face time with experts on the topics of pivoting, how to use technology to take your business online, and other resources like mentoring and financing! The 9am – 11:00am program includes a mix of Seattle’s small business advocates and business owners who will address top concerns and expand on key learnings and strategies. The program runs an hour, then at 10:30 am we move to an open house format, giving everyone face time to ask questions, dig deeper on topics, and link up with other business owners and business advocates.

What Does Your Pivot Look Like?

Hear from small business owners that have successfully made the shift and others in the process.

Speaker: Mariah DeLeo

Mariah joined Seattle Good Business Network as the Local Food Economy Program Manager with the mission to help connect the regional food community, strengthen the farm-and-sea-to-plate pipeline, and build a more sustainable, resilient, and just local food economy. She comes to the role with over 20 years of experience in food and sustainability, with leadership roles at Marlene’s Market & Deli, the Puget Sound’s first natural foods grocery store, and as the Washington State Market Director at Chinook Book, building a network of businesses committed to shared values of environmental and social responsibility. There she co-founded the Heart of Seattle Awards to celebrate sustainable achievement for local retail and service businesses. 

Technology in the time of Corona

What is your website doing for you? Learn how your virtual presence can boost or hinder your success.

Speaker: Laura Clise, Intentionalist

Intentionalist is your local guide to small businesses and the diverse people behind them. #SpendLikeItMatters

Laura Clise is a corporate intrapreneur turned social entrepreneur with a passion for instigating impact at the intersection of business and society. Prior to founding Intentionalist, she held a variety of corporate roles leading sustainability, corporate responsibility, supplier diversity, and external communications. She serves on the board of directors for IslandWood and Athlete Ally and can sing and/or order chocolate ice cream in Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Cambodian, Hebrew, and Turkish. Laura is an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow and alumna of Carleton College and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Funding and small business technical assistance and mentoring

Bringing the latest on public / private funding, these folks know your local community-based funders/lenders and the new products or services you need to know about.

Speaker: Jennifer Tam

Jennifer Tam is a Food Business Advocate at the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development managing the Food Business Program. She helps people navigate through the requirements and regulations when opening or expanding a food business in Seattle and connects people to small business development resources. She has been in this role since 2014 when OED’s Restaurant Success program launched to provide a one-stop shop on permitting and licensing for people looking to open or expand their restaurants in Seattle. Since then the program has evolved to be the Food Business program, which encompasses permitting and licensing information for restaurants, mobile food, caterers, and those who are looking to participate in farmers markets and temporary events. Jennifer provides one-on-one assistance to both new and existing businesses.