12th Avenue Merchant Association
Merchants from 12th Avenue and the surrounding business area gathered at Osteria La Spiga on Monday night to meet each other, enjoy great appetizers and discuss 12th Avenue business issues. The agenda included discussions on whether to form a 12th Avenue Merchant Assocation and the possibility of hosting a summer street festival for 12th Avenue businesses. Generally, Merchant Associations are more ad hoc and focused on one event or issue rather than 501c3 organizations like Chambers of Commerce. Rob Mohn from the Columbia City Business Association attended and highlighted best practices from their neighborhood. DeCharlene Williams attended representing the Central Area Chamber of Commerce and highlighted their focus on community events. The 12th Avenue Street Festival gained support at this initial meeting and many agreed that it should be family-oriented and focused on local businesses.
Small Business Assistance
Nita Conlan from Community Capital Development and Greg Scully from the Seattle University Albers School of Business were also on hand to answer questions about small business loans and technical assistance. For more information on their services, please visit their websites.
Community Capital Development: www.seattleccd.com
Seattle University Small Business Institute: http://www.seattleu.edu/asbe/ec/sbi
First Hill Streetcar
Other topics included a discussion about the possible 12th Avenue loop alignment of the First Hill Streetcar. Interested businesses were encouraged to sign-up to stay connected with streetcar issues. The Streetcar Group is also represented on Facebook here .
For more information on any of these topics or if you want to get involved, please feel free to contact Cecelia Gunn at Capitol Hill Housing: cgunn at chhip dot org
We also want to send a big Thank You! to La Spiga for hosting and to Cupcake Royale for bringing dessert!