You can make a difference to Seattle's under-resourced small business owners working to survive this difficult season.
Research at UC Santa Cruz found that 41% of Black-owned businesses across our nation have been shuttered by COVID-19, and about 50% of those enterprises will never reopen. We also see this happening in Seattle.
Fortunately, local entrepreneurs in Seattle's under-resourced communities can turn to Urban Impact's Sharks At The Beach Entrepneurship Program for help.
Urban Impact believes entrepreneurship is a powerful tool for breaking the cycle of poverty. Our Sharks At The Beach Entrepreneurship Program supports microenterprise startups and early-stage enterprises, empowering them to launch and grow their business ideas through intensive business training, coaching, and providing seed capital.
This 12-week program culminates with a pitch event, inspired by Shark Tank, the popular TV show. The entrepreneurs present their ideas to a panel of expert judges for the chance to win seed funding. The current Sharks At The Beach cohort is supporting 25 entrepreneurs.
Our Fundraising Goal: $10,000 to support small businesses in Seattle under-resourced communities.
You can make a difference
Funds contributed will help fund small business grants and support Urban Impact’s Sharks At The Beach programming supporting these entrepreneurs.
> $75 contributed will provide 1 hour of business training or coaching
> $1,000 contributed will provide a small business grant
> $2,500 contributed will fund a small business training workshop
> During 2021, Urban Impact is on track to serve more than 100 small businesses
> During 2020, Urban Impact supported more than 50 entrepreneurs in Seattle’s under-resourced communities
> In 2020, we directed more than $150,000 of financial resources to the entrepreneurs we serve
For additional information on Sharks At The Beach and to learn more about our entrepreneurs, visit our website: www.urbanimpactseattle.org/sharks-at-the-beach