While Greater Seattle is one of the fastest growing regions in the U.S., many residents remain left behind. Without the education and training to earn a living wage, or the opportunities to create and build assets, people cannot achieve stability and self-sufficiency. Training and support services are needed to prepare workers for middle wage jobs.
Small businesses are critically important to our region’s economy yet there are groups that have been historically underrepresented in the business world—women, people of color, refugees and new immigrants—often lack access to capital, networks and resources they need to establish and operate a thriving business. Support of organizations that provide capital and technical assistance to these groups will strengthen enterprises that provide jobs and services in our communities.
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