This is a project of the Hillman City and Columbia City Business Associations, coming together to better support businesses along Rainier Ave.

Rainier Ave Business Coalition (@RainierABC) is a collaborative effort to give representation to businesses between Genessee and Brighton.

The Hillman City and Columbia City Business Associations have joined forces on a pilot project to better serve businesses in their districts and in surrounding under-represented areas.

RainierABC serves to harness the power of collaboration. We hope you’ll join us as we work to fill gaps in service, bridge divides, help structure lines of communication, and—most importantly—work towards sustainability for small businesses, the beating heart of South End hyper-local economy and a driving force behind individual neighborhood culture. 

Hillman City, Columbia City, and sister neighborhoods face the threat of displacement due to gentrification and fast-paced growth (without adequate input from those most impacted). There’s a severe lack of service and representation in pockets of Southeast Seattle, for brick and mortars and especially for home businesses. RainierABC recognizes the imperative to take action to preserve and bolster South End economy and culture.

The RainierABC foundational pillars are to preserve, protect, and uplift South End businesses and the communities they serve.

RainierABC will focus its efforts initially on brick-and-mortar businesses in and around Hillman and Columbia Cities, spreading out into areas that aren’t currently being served by a business association, like Genesee and Brighton. They’ll engage the numerous home-based businesses and entrepreneurs in the area and provide multi-faceted outreach to businesses and stakeholders, focusing on responding to business needs. They’ll endeavor to link city resources for small business technical assistance to those who need it. 

RainierABC hopes to be a friend, resource, and partner to other community groups, utilizing collective resources to efficiently produce beautiful results—ensuring that each neighborhood retains its individual character as the districts grow and change.

If you have any questions about RainerABC, our work, city resources, small business technical assistance, membership, or more, please don’t hesitate to reach out. And please follow us on Facebook!

(Featured image: Copyright 2008 Mattgrundy via Wikimedia Commons.)