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April 3

A Neighborhood In Need

Resources from the SLU Chamber of Commerce.

In this unprecedented and difficult time, the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce has put together a number of useful resources for neighborhood businesses.

To start, the Chamber is spearheading a small business and nonprofit relief fund. The Chamber’s goal is to raise $500,000 for area businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are a number of grant relief resources in available to businesses in the area, the Chamber has identified a number of gaps, and the fund is meant to address those gaps. Donations are now being accepted on the Chamber’s website, and, according to Danah Abarr, executive director of the Chamber, applications will be available for small businesses and non-profits in the coming weeks.

To be eligible, businesses must have fewer than 50 employees or less than $7 million in annual revenue; is located in SLU or has a majority client base located in SLU; and is a current member of the SLU Chamber of Commerce. Business can currently join the Chamber for 2020 at no cost.

Additionally, the Chamber has specific information and guidance for micro businesses (five or fewer employees), small businesses (50 or fewer employees), non-profits, and restaurants.

The Chamber also has a number of resources for employers, employees, and residents.

And, if you are looking to help, you can find several links to how you can get involved, including donating money, goods, services; ordering takeout or delivery from neighborhood restaurants; shopping local retailers; and plan ahead for fitness.

To explore all of the SLU Chamber’s COVID-19 resources, check out this information page.

Story by Ethan Chung and royalty free stock images used.


Meman Harishu

aka little lake – nickname given by the Duwamish