The Jefferson: Halfway there

Construction of our new development at 12th & Jefferson is more than 50% complete!

What was once a gas station, and sat vacant for many years, will soon become 40 new affordable homes for members of Seattle’s workforce and their families. In addition to five floors of apartments, the building will offer street-level commercial spaces that we encourage neighborhood businesses to consider leasing. The centrally located Jefferson is set to open in late summer 2012.

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12th Avenue Stewards: March meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Seattle University Alumni & Admissions building (corner of 12th Ave and E Marion Street)

This month’s 12th Avenue Stewards meeting features a presentation from King County about the most recent plans for redeveloping the King County Youth Services Center, streetcar traffic impacts, and Catholic Housing Services project on 13th and Marion.

Learn more about the 12th Avenue initiative.

Read more about King County’s redevelopment plans.

You’re Invited: Support a Rising Star… and 12th Avenue Arts

Join Caffe Vita, Neumos, Via Tribunali, and Seattle Boxing Studio on February 3rd to celebrate Scribes’ birthday! Not only is Scribes one of the northwest’s most notable hip hop artists, he is an assistant site manager with Capitol Hill Housing.

Following his performance at Neumos, Via Tribunali will be hosting an after party with a special focus on 12th Avenue Arts. The restaurant will be launching a fundraising promotion to benefit the campaign from now until March 24th, as well as, donating a portion of proceeds from the after party to the campaign. Visit 12th Avenue Arts here:

Doors open at 8pm for Scribes show. You can get tickets here:

Watch the video below on Scribes’ music, his work with CHH and the Seattle Boxing Studio.

Local philanthropist and business owner joins 12th Avenue Arts Leadership Team

Liz Weber of Caffe Vita and Via Tribunali joined the campaign leadership team for 12th Avenue Arts. She is widely known in the Capitol Hill Community, as well as, for her leadership of the THAW Fashion Show held annually in SODO benefiting Huntington’s Disease.

We are excited to have her on board, and look forward to working with her to make 12th Avenue Arts a reality in the year ahead.

The full list of the campaign leadership team can be found here:

SU’s Small Business Institute Offers Low & No-Cost Small Business & Non-Profit Consulting

For the past 35 years, Seattle University’s Small Business Institute (SBI) program has provided free and low cost consulting services to over 2,000 small businesses and nonprofits. This winter quarter, SU professor and SBI Director Dr. Harriet Stephenson will be teaching two undergraduate classes of students who will provide an overall analysis for Seattle and Bellevue area small businesses and nonprofits. This analysis consists of:

1. defining the business and its mission
2. establishing goals or where you want the business to be a year and five years from now including revenue and profit goals
3. assessing where the business is now–strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats; which usually includes marketing research to help identify target market(s), develop an appropriate Internet strategy, and construct a rudimentary marketing plan
4. performing cash flow projections and a pro forma P&L and balance sheet for one year
5. recommendations for action to help achieve those projections and goals

The analysis is a ten-week project which coincides with the academic quarter. Each business is assigned a team of 2-5 students, who invest 70-120 hours each to the project of the course of the quarter. The owner or executive director of the organization receiving consulting services is expected to invest an average of 20 hours during the quarter meeting with their student team. Organizations with an annual income/sales/revenue of $300,000 or more and startups with a projected first year sales of $300,000 or more will be asked to pay a $500 administrative fee. Any business whose revenue falls under $300,000 will not be charged.

Organizations will be considered for the program if they 1) have 1-50 employees, 2) are willing to have their student consultant team review their prior financials (such as P&L statements and balance sheets), and 3) register online before the program begins on January 4th – the sooner the better. If you think a comprehensive small business/non-profit analysis would benefit your organization, sign up today!