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SODO Update: August 7th, 2020

Dear SODO Businesses,

As we continue to navigate this difficult time we will continue to share resources, news, and services that you may find helpful. We understand the concern and impacts of the COVID-19 on our SODO community and are here to help and support in any way we can. We will also continue to share other information that impacts our neighbrhood!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here for any issues you may come across!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, please contact me at

West Seattle Bridge: SODO Neighborhood Prioritization Process Meeting 
Join the Department of Neighborhoods for a check-in meeting with the SODO community to present findings on the surveys/and ballots and receive confirmation from community on their priorities/projects. The City of Seattle will present the findings from the ballot and potential recommendations and then open it up to questions and feedback.
When: Wednesday, August 13th, 2020

Register Here!


South Precinct Advisory Council (SPAC*) 
August 13th, 2020
Registration Required

On Thursday, August 13th, we will be joined by A/Cpt. Aagard for a precinct and violent crimes update. Also, representatives from the Office of Police Accountability (OPA) will be joining us for the Virtual South Precinct Advisory Council Meeting. OPA is responsible for investigating complaints of Seattle Police Department (SPD) employee misconduct. They also engage with the community about police oversight, recommend SPD policy revisions, and monitor serious uses of force. 

Register Here!

 We’re working together to get you back to business safely

The Small Business Safe Start Kit provides cloth face coverings, disposable masks, and hand sanitizer at no cost to businesses in King County to help keep employees healthy and safe. We have packages for employers with 1-20 employees, as well as packages for employers with 20 or more employees.

You can sign up now online for either Contact-Less Pickup or Shipping (shipping fees apply). Our first pick-up day will be Wednesday, July 1, and you can register for pick-up based on your location here
We also encourage businesses to use these helpful resources:
King County’s Wear Masks poster – Available in nine languages
King County’s Which Face Covering Should You Wear poster – Available in nine languages
More King County materials and directives about face coverings
Get the most recent updates from King County Public Health

A big thank you to our partners, which so far include: King County, OneRedmond, Seattle Southside Chamber, African Chamber, Auburn Area Connect, Ballard Alliance, Bellevue Chamber, Bothell Kenmore Chamber, Business Health Trust, Covington Chamber, Greater Issaquah Chamber, The Junction, Kent Chamber, Greater Kirkland Chamber, Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber, Mercer Island Chamber, National Association of Minority Contractors, Queen Anne Chamber, Renton Chamber, Sammamish Chamber, Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber, SouthEast Effective Development, SnoValley Chamber, South Lake Union Chamber, SODO Business Improvement Area, Tabor 100, and Woodinville Chamber.

Catch the Business Resource Open House
August 11, 2020 | 9:00am to 10:30am 

Are you a small business owner trying to figure out how to reach your customers, safely reopen, or pivot your business?
Join the virtual Business Resource Open House, August 11, 9 – 10:30AM. Some of the top concerns we are hearing from Seattle’s small businesses community will be addressed by small business advocates. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, network with other business owners that have been impacted by COVID-19, explore next steps to boost your virtual presence, and learn what is happening with Seattle’s small business funding, technical assistance and mentoring.
This free event is co-hosted by Beacon Business AllianceRainier Ave Business Coalition and Seattle Public Library’s Library to Business program. 

Register Here!

Career Connected Learning Grants Open: 
DUE August 30th, 2020

Career Connected Learning opportunities to low-income youth who have historically had limited access due to systemic racial, ethnic and economic segregation. We are interested in funding systemic strategies to support and empower youth from Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color (BIPOC) communities to connect to key sectors in the economy. Activities should be aligned to build talent pipelines to OED’s key industries: IT, Creative, Maritime, Manufacturing and Clean Technology, all of which provide access to middle wage jobs and career progression. Applicants will be evaluated based on their ability to support youth and young adults move away from jobs at risk of being eliminated either due to COVID-19 or advancing technology, toward the emerging economy of the future. 
You can learn more about he RFP and download the application HERE! Applications are due to at midnight on August 30th, 2020

More Information Here!

OED Small Business COVID-19 Weekly Webinar

As COVID-19 is a rapidly developing issue, OED will be holding weekly calls to share new developments, hear about the impacts you are experiencing, and answer your questions. Please join every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Register here
View notes and recordings from previous webinars