B.J. Stewart has been Urban Impact’s chief operations officer for the past seven years. Founded to address the nuances of urban poverty in Seattle’s Rainier Valley, Urban Impact works to “break the cycle of social, material, and spiritual poverty.” Stewart specifically worked within economic development and had success launching a small business entrepreneur program in the South End for BIPOC businesses.
It’s been a tough year — an unprecedented year of global danger from an uncontrollable virus, a reckoning of this country’s racial history, a deepening of political divides that burn to the roots of democracy, and a battered economy that is exacerbating the wealth gap.
This Thursday, April 29, at 6 p.m., Urban Impact will host their eighth annual Sharks at the Beach, a free virtual pitch event showcasing local entrepreneurs and their ventures. Urban Impact is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting the South Seattle community for 32 years.
A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!
2021 “Sharks at the Beach”
Urban Impact wants to know:Do you, or do you know someone who needs help launching their business idea or growing their “side hustle?”
Why yes, myself and/or someone I know does need help with that, you say. Well then, check out Urban Impact’s Sharks at the Beach entrepreneurship program. Note: There was an info session on the 20th — don’t worry, there’s still time to get in on this! The deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 29 at 11 p.m. Use this web form to apply or you can email the administrator, Keristian Farra, from there if you have any questions.