Angela Castañeda (206) 459-1430
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE ESSENTIAL SOUTHEAST SEATTLE COLLECTIVE
Essential Southeast Seattle Collective Launches New Online Marketplace
The Essential Southeast Seattle (ESES) Collective is proud to announce the launch of the ESES Marketplace, a collaborative effort between five Southeast neighborhood organizations. The ESES Marketplace connects customers with local businesses and service-providing organizations, making it easier for shoppers and clients to place orders online or find information like business hours and location.
The ESES Collective formed during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic to help the community know what businesses were open and how to connect with local small businesses and resources. ESES Collective’s neighborhood organizations share a common goal of linking resources, businesses, and customers to each other and their mission is to build relationships and strengthen the economy of Southeast Seattle.
With COVID-19 threatening small businesses in March 2020, HomeSight’s Sarah Valenta reached out to other business district advocates serving the historically under-resourced Southeast Seattle business community. Together, as ESES Collective, they created an online directory of local businesses that remained open during the pandemic. That early version led to the newly launched ESES Marketplace, an accessible e-commerce ready platform for any small business serving Southeast Seattle including independent entrepreneurs, cultural artisans and performers, brick and mortar retailers, and food and service-based organizations. ESES Collective member Angela Castañeda says, “We rallied around this project because we believe the ESES Marketplace can be a powerful tool for all southeast Seattle businesses to gain an online or digital presence, without cost to the small business owner.”
To participate, small business owners serving Southeast Seattle are encouraged to claim their free business profile and start connecting with customers here: essentialseseattle.com/sign-up.
With support through the Office of Economic Development and funding from Comcast, Essential Southeast Seattle Marketplace joins other neighborhood online marketplaces thanks to DEI Creative’s www.support-local.com project. A key strategy of the Office of Economic Development (OED) is to address the negative economic impact of COVID-19 on small businesses, particularly BIPOC small and medium-size businesses. For more information on OED’s programs and resources, visit seattle.gov/EconomicDevelopment. Learn how Comcast is involved in improving small business equitable access through partnerships with local nonprofits, community-based organizations, and public agencies in Seattle: https://bottomline.seattle.gov/2021/06/07/digital-sales-access-program/