Your online business presence – get smart(er) May 6th

Good day Beacon Hill Merchants!

Are you tech savvy enough to compete in the 21st Century? Are you ready to capitalize on gaining new customers through online marketing?

Ready or not, Google will rank mobile-friendly sites higher in search engines starting April 21st, 2015. Starting June 2016, Amazon reportedly said they are planning to shut down its webstore platform for small businesses.

Join us on May 6, 2015, for the launch of Ignite Washington: Seattle
Digital-Ready Summit from 10-4pm at the Rainier Community Center. Hosted by the Southeast Effective Development (SEED), this day long, hands-on workshop will help you focus, plan, and prioritize what are the most effective actions to take in your business presence online.

Our mission is to create new jobs and infuse $100 million into our local economy.Ignite Washington, a city-by-city local business initiative and network of local businesses, enterprises, media, government and local citizens to empower local brands and businesses to thrive in today’s digital economy. Ignite summit graphicThe event host SEED (Southeast Effective Development) is a not-for-profit community development corporation whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Southeast Seattle by creating partnerships and inspiring community investments.

If you’d like your businesses or organization to generate more revenue online or scale up digitally, come to the Seattle Digital Ready Summit, a workshop designed for entrepreneurs and local small businesses.

Ignite Washington Digital Ready Summit
Wed, May 6th, 10-4pm
Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

Cost: Pay what you can. Suggested Donation is $25.

REGISTER HERE

By attending this event you will: 
-Identify the most common mistakes that kill your business online.
-Create a personalized game plan to attract new customers and sales
-Receive a free Digital Readiness scorecard for your business
-Save money and resources while making your business mobile ready
-Be part of the Shop Local movement, a city-wide digital initiative
-Gain access to experts, resources, and turnkey solutions to grow your business
Can’t make that date? 
Take a free diagnostic of how your business scores in digital readiness here: http://6dotanalyzer.com/

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Earth Day projects for Beacon Hill

Happy Earth Day everyone, let’s give something back to the only planet we have!   We’ve got two Beacon Hill volunteer opportunities this Saturday.  First, right at the Beacon Junction, Seattle’s Tree Ambassadors and the Beacon Hill Garden Club will meet at Bayview and 15th at 12:45 to do maintenance and clean up at the Bayview Triangle–a key green dot in the middle of our business district!  Before that, at 10 am, a clean up will get started in the Cheasty area that connects Beacon Hill and Mt Baker.  Meet right behind the Mt Baker light rail station and bring some gloves (call 707 4748 if you’d like more info). You could even do both (but go easy on the donuts)!   Thanks to all the volunteers for putting these work parties together, and thanks to you for helping clean up on Beacon Hill. Enjoy the spring, and our Earth!

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BHMA Networking Luncheon 3-25 and more!

Beacon Hill Networking Luncheon

Wednesday March 25th
11:30-1:00

Kusina Filipina
3201 Beacon Ave. South

Come network with other Beacon Hill and SE SEA business owners and community members tomorrow over lunch. You’ll have the opportunity to make referrals and contacts, and share news about what’s happening on the hill.  

We’ll arrive by 11:30 to order lunch and the program will begin by noon.  Bring some business cards and be ready to tell us what you’re doing these days. We’ll end by 1 pm, but often the conversations and connections continue past that. Two presenters at this event will lead brief discussions on their topic:

1. Maia Segura and Daimian Lix from  Penniless Projects, will describe marketing and branding projects they are leading in southend neighborhoods such as Othello and Mt Baker.

2. A representative from the Friends of Mt Baker Town Center, will talk about the work they are doing to improve an area that is near and dear to us on Beacon Hill.

Note: If you can’t make it tomorrow but are interested in the topic, make sure to attend the Friends of Mt Baker Open House this coming Thursday, 6pm at King’s Hall behind the Mt Baker light rail station.

Our next luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th.  


Thanks to everyone who turned out at the Oak for our General Membership meeting. It was a great success, and special thanks to Jeff MacIsaac from The Oak for hosting us. Ya’ gotta love those Brussel sprouts!


Also: Save the Date!  Saturday, June 27th will be the Beacon Hill Art Walkabout. In the coming days we’ll share information about the ways your business can be involved and to learn about opportunities to submit art or perform, but if you just can’t wait to learn more feel free to send an email to [email protected] to get the ball rolling.

 

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Calling all BHMA Members (wannabe’s too)!!

We hope you’ll come out for the first of our two General Membership Meetings next Monday evening, March 16, 6:30pm-8:00pm. Arrive on time for member business, news and networking over dinner at The Oak (BHMA will provide light appetizer & beverage but we encourage folks to support the venue by ordering dinner too!).

General Membership Meeting

THE OAK
3019 Beacon Ave. South, 98144

Agenda

6:30-6:45 Welcome and introductions, order food and drinks.

6:45-6:55 Agenda Review, Organizational Report

  • Angela Castañeda, Director: Business Training and Technical Assistance, Marketing/PR, Making city resources available
  • Robert Hinrix, Associate Director: Equitable economic development, Revitalization and relationship building
  • Craig Lorch, Board President: Board and Membership recruitment and expansion

6:55-7:05   New Business (Robert)

  • Discussion and Vote: approve bylaw changes, as recommended by the board.  Mostly simple changes to the board election process.
  • Discussion and Vote:  Approve the slate of candidates for the board.  The provisional slate consists of : Craig Lorch, Dean Hasegawa, Keri Williams, Robert Hinrix, and Betty Jean Williamson.  At this time seats are uncontested.

7:05-7:30 Review of Projects and Events

  • Beautification Projects: pop-up murals, clean streets & facades (Angela)
  • Development Workshop: Tuesday June 9th 10:30 (Robert)
  • Beacon Art Walkabout: Saturday June 27th 1-10pm. (BJW/Jonathan)
  • Large Project Fund Application: “Many Paths to Beacon Hill” (Robert)
  • Beacon Arts Mural project / Small & Simple (BJW)
  • Networking Luncheons in 2015 (Events committee representative)

8:00 Adjourn

P.S. Thank you to Jeff MacIsaac, Operating Owner at The Oak (and BHMA member!) for accommodating our group.

 

 

 

 

 

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Retail/Restaurant Opportunities at Plaza Roberto Maestas!

Looking to relocate or start a new business? Jobs, Retail/Restaurant space, and housing—opportunities like crazy on Beacon Hill in the coming months as Plaza Roberto Maestas breaks ground on their $42M development. The project will be 3,200 square feet of flexible, neighborhood-serving retail including 12 micro-retail start-up opportunities for local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, 4,500 square foot office space and a commercial kitchen for use by aspiring entrepreneurs.

Located just steps from the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station, your business will be neighbored by 112 units of transit-oriented, affordable workforce housing, a 6,000 square foot multi-cultural community center, a 12,900 square foot public plaza, and of course the fabulous selection of food, views and recreation surrounding our commercial core.

Attend a neighborhood meeting to learn more (download a flyer listing the following important meeting dates):
1) Construction Fair this coming Saturday 1-31-15 from 10am to 1pm, located at El Centro de la Raza, 3rd floor.
2) Pre-construction Coordination Meeting, Tuesday 2-3-15 from 6:15pm to 7:30pm, located in the Beacon Hill Library Community Room.
3) We hope you will join us at the groundbreaking celebration March 6th from 11:00am to 1:00pm, held on El Centro’s South Lot at 2524 16th Ave. South!

For those who have interest in the retail, live/work or micro business space download the application here: Plaza Roberto Maestas Retail/business space Application/LOI

For those interested in residential leasing: No actual leasing can begin until 120 days before completion of the project (late spring 2016). However, you can put your name on the ‘interest list’ to receive status announcements and invitations to early informational sessions on how you can income qualify. To be included contact Miguel Maestas (206) 957-4650,  [email protected].

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