Tag Archives: Small Business

OPINION: Keeping People Housed; Keeping Small Businesses Alive

by Girmay Zahilay, King County Councilmember 


March 15 was one of the hardest days of my professional life. That was the day Governor Jay Inslee announced expanded limitations on large gatherings and closures of certain small businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Immediately after his order came down, my email inbox and social media channels were flooded with messages from terrified King County residents. I heard from restaurant owners saying the restaurants they had operated for generations were in jeopardy; barber shop and beauty salon owners wondering how they could continue paying their commercial rent; Uber drivers facing imminent financial demise. 

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For Local Merchants, Small Biz Saturday Outpaces Black Friday Rush

by Marcus Harrison Green

Count Monika Matthews among the growing legion of Americans who abhor the consumerist carnage induced by Black Friday, the day when retail store aisles become indiscernible from WWE wrestling rings. Continue reading For Local Merchants, Small Biz Saturday Outpaces Black Friday Rush