Small Business Resiliency Network
The effects of COVID-19 have negatively affected all Washingtonians, but Washington’s small businesses, especially those from marginalized communities, have been hit especially hard. The City of Kirkland strongly supports an equitable recovery for all of its communities. The Washington State Department of Commerce has created the Small Business Resiliency Network to provide culturally and linguistically relevant assistance for business owners and organizations affected by COVID-19.
Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises
The Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises program is the sole agency that certifies minority-and women-owned business enterprises to participate in public contracting and procurement. This program includes a comprehensive certification process, small business support services, and the Supplier Diversity team that works with the Governor’s Subcabinet on Business Diversity, state agencies, and institutions of higher education to instill equitable and inclusive purchasing practices.
Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises (MWBE): Small business assistance
Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises (MWBE): List of free resources and services available to small businesses in Washington State
Hello Alice: Hello Alice helps business owners with access to funding, e-learning techniques and mentorship.
Hello Alice Resources for Black Owned Businesses
Hello Alice Resources for Hispanic Owned Businesses
Hello Alice Resources for Veteran Owned Businesses
Ally League Fund
The Ally League Fund was launched to provide technology grants to small, Black-owned businesses to help with web design, database development, inventory systems, social media management and online advertising.
SoGal Black Founder Startup Grant
The SoGal Foundation provides several $10K and $5K cash grants to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs. Awardees will also receive tactical help navigating the fundraising environment at large so that they will have a more equitable opportunity at scaling the next billion dollar idea. They will also receive lifetime “ask-me-anything” access to the SoGal Foundation and SoGal Ventures teams.
Comcast has created a program that focuses on Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment. Businesses that are at least 51% owned and operated by someone who identifies as a woman and/or a person of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American can qualify for consulting, media, technology, creative, and monetary assistance.