Events

RainierABC Networking Happy Hour

Wed., Dec. 4, 4–6 PM

Amy’s Merkato — 5710 Rainier Ave S.

The Rainier Ave Business Coalition invites the business community to our first networking event!

We recently sent surveys to hundreds of business owners in Columbia City and Hillman City and we got feedback from the small business community that they (you!) want more opportunities to network with fellow business owners and make contacts in the community.

To that end, we’re hosting our first Networking Happy Hour!

Please join us at Amy’s Merkato in Hillman City for delectable appetizers and hot Ethiopian coffee and tea and take this opportunity to meet up with us, RainierABC, and with each other, face to face.

Share some info about your business, services, and/or products with the group, bring your questions and concerns, tell us about your upcoming events—Let’s talk about and celebrate Southeast Seattle small business!

Come hungry and let Yodit and Filli make you some traditional Ethiopian fare to eat at the restaurant or take home to your family.

RSVP on Facebook now!


Business Resource Open House

Mon., Nov. 4, 3–6 PM

Columbia Library Meeting Room — 4721 Rainier Ave S.

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? We are ready to support you. Local assistance organizations will be onsite to provide financial help, counseling on the viability of a business idea, or just advice on next steps.

Have other things you need for your business? Whether you are an independent artist turning a side gig into a business, a food truck operator thinking about a new site, or a tech business about to hire new employees, there will be resources at this event to help you!

Experts will help you:

  • Research your market or industry
  • Learn about legal topics like how to form an LLC or copyrighting your writing
  • Start that business you’ve been thinking about
  • Develop a growth plan for your business
  • Get your financial plan in ship shape
  • Learn about hiring employees and being the boss

Hosted by the Rainier Ave Business Coalition with SPL Library to Business

Questions? Contact Jay Lyman 206-386-4636 or Angela Castañeda (206) 459-1430.


District 2 Neighborhood
Candidate Forum

Wed., Oct. 23, 6–9 PM

New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Ave S.

*RainierABC is proud to be a co-host for a post-primary D2 Candidate Forum! (Full list of hosts and partner/collaborator list below.)

You will be receiving your Vote Pamphlet and Ballot by October 15. Come to our very own District 2 neighborhood Candidate Forum to learn about the candidates and vote smart.

Wednesday October 23, 2019:

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Visit Candidate Tables
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Candidate Forum
8:30 to 9:00 p.m. Visit with Candidates

Co-Emcees are Nikkita Oliver and Ben Yisrael.

Confirmed candidates:
D2 Seattle City Council Tammy Morales & Mark Solomon; D2 King County Council Larry Gossett and Girmay Zahilay; Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 2 Sam Cho and Grant Degginger; and Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 5 Fred Felleman and Garth Jacobson.

Our partner CIRCC (Coalition of Immigrant, Refugee and Communities of Color) is also having a Candidates Forum on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ACRS 3639 MLK Jr. Way.

Our Co-Hosts include:
Beacon Hill Council, Beacon Hill Noise Measurement Team, Beacon Hill Safe Streets, Mt. Baker Hub Alliance, Vietnamese American Community of Seattle, Sno-King Counties, Rainier Chamber of Commerce, Asian Counseling & Referral Service, Rainier Avenue Business Coalition, Ranier Valley Community Development Fund, International Community Health Services, International Drop In Center. (List as of 10-12-19)

Our Outreach Partners include:
Beacon Business Alliance, Coalition of Immigrant, Refugee & People of Color Communities, Friends of Little Saigon, King County Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund and West Hill Community Association. (List as of 10-12-19)

District 2 neighborhoods include:
Beacon Hill, Brighton, Chinatown/ID (both 2 & 7), Columbia City, Dunlap, Genesee, Georgetown, Hillman City, Industrial District, Lakewood/Seward Park, Little Saigon (both 2 & 3), Lockmore, Mount Baker (both 2 & 3), New Holly, North Beacon Hill (both 2 & 3), Othello, Rainier Beach, Rainier Valley, Rainier View, Rainier Vista, SoDo, South Beacon Hill.

RSVP via Eventbrite to reserve a seat (or just show up!).