Tag Archives: Rainier Beach Merchants Association

Essential Southeast Seattle Collective Fights for Small Businesses in the South End

by Mark Van Streefkerk


Even before the pandemic, small BIPOC-owned businesses and restaurants in the South End faced systemic barriers to success, including lack of access or resources as well as the ever-looming threat of gentrification and displacement. The pandemic only magnified these barriers. The processes of applying for vital loans and grants and pivoting to a greater online presence, all while somehow trying to maintain business as usual, were overwhelming without help. That’s where the Essential Southeast Seattle collective (ESES) comes in.

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South Seattle Gems: Maia Segura

Gems is a column devoted to spotlighting the various denizens who contribute to the rich mosaic that is the South Seattle area.

Photo: Maia Segura.
Photo: Maia Segura.

Who: Maia Segura

Best Known Around South Seattle As: The Community Business Manager of the Rainier Beach Merchants Association and Owner of Penniless Projects Continue reading South Seattle Gems: Maia Segura