The Beacon Hill Merchants Association offers small business technical assistance and a wide range of programming with a focus on the commercial core, bringing more shoppers into our area, and improving connectivity between stakeholders.
Here are some highlights of our work:
- Neighborhood Networking: Develop ways for local businesses to network, and enhance each others customer base. Come to our monthly networking luncheon while enjoying local food!
- Cross Promotion / Marketing: Collaborate with other districts along the Light Rail line to develop coordinated marketing campaigns. Develop an appropriate message to market Beacon Hill as a place to visit, shop, and dine.
- Community Events: Along with quarterly networking luncheons, we plan and implement events that serve our mission to help promote our businesses and encourage community engagement. Among the events we have sponsored or produced are the Jefferson Park Jubilee, the Beacon Boogie, and Beacon Rocks.
- Public Safety on Beacon Hill: Work with City Departments and community groups to increase public safety by reducing problems of loitering and petty crime in our business district and promoting clean-up campaigns along the main business corridor.
- Business District Planning: Monitor proposed projects on Beacon Hill and advocate for the best possible outcomes. We bring property owners and quality developers to the table. We advocate for an integrated revitalization plan that will generate a new town center while preserving existing businesses.
- Facade Improvement Campaign: Outreach to both businesses and property owners to improve the fronts of buildings along Beacon Avenue. We will also work to assist property owners with funding through the grant writing process.
- Activate Vacant and Underused Property: Assist potential businesses with finding a Beacon Hill location, and assist property owners with finding the right tenants. We believe there should never be an empty storefront in our community. In the past year we successfully advocated for the community college option to go into Pacific Hospital (former Amazon HQ).
- Meeting Space Resource: Maintain an office that is accessible to the public, and available for scheduling by other community groups as a meeting space. We also maintain calendars for the use of the office, as well as for community events.
- Strong Relationships: Develop and maintain relationships with other local non-profits and organizations including El Centro de la Raza, the Duwamish District Council, Homesight, Beacon Community Arts, Beacon Hill Safe Streets, and many others.
- Social Media Presence: Maintain active online communications that allow for better marketing and advocacy for Beacon Hill businesses.