Business Resource Center
The Business Resource Center serves all U District Business Improvement Area businesses and prospective businesses looking to enter the district by connecting them to the best available information and providing direct services to individual businesses.
- Reasons to Open a Business in the U District. The UDP has gathered the commonly requested information and tools for successfully launching a business in the U District. The resource is available here.
- New Business Support. The UDP helps businesses new to the UDBIA by providing information and tools. But we also offer much more, such as opportunities to participate in numerous U District business-friendly events, introduction to local vendors and suppliers, contact to the Ambassadors, cleaning schedule details and discount, news of upcoming items, introduction into the U District Business Network, and of course 1-on-1 support getting the word out for your Grand Opening. For more information on how the UDP can help you, please contact us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Business Basics. From helping get the word out on your Grand Opening to researching data for your business growth, the UDP staff are ready to serve you. Contact us any time at email@example.com.
- Improving Your Online Presence. Having an online presence is critical for many of today's businesses. Maximizing your presence means utilizing everything from your website to your Yelp rating. The UDP staff can help you get started and connect you with experts. Please contact us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Property & Business Owner Feedback 2018.
- Retail Saturation Study 2019. Coming February 2019.
- Demographics of the U District. Coming February 2019.
- Pedestrian Traffic Count 2012 - University of Washington Student Project
- Pedestrian Traffic Count 2015 - Transpo Group
A vibrant district of entrepreneurs, major employers, smart workers, and diverse residents needs a public realm that works for everybody. To ensure friendly, inviting, clean, and safe streets and public areas, the U District Partnership has initiated and manages an active program that focuses on crime and disorder hotspots, public rights-of-way, young adult support, community services, and partnerships with law enforcement and educational organizations. Learn more about how the UDP Clean and Safe Program benefits businesses.
Whether you’re looking for space to open a business in the University District or looking to rent your commercial property, the UDP can help. For a downloadable list of commercial vacancies and form to list your property, please visit udistrictpartnership.org/biz-vacancy
- Labor Standards. Seattle's Minimum Wage will be increasing again in 2019. A downloadable copy of the current minimum wage table is available here. For more information on Seattle's Labor Standards and Minimum Wage, please visit the Office of Labor Standards website.
- ORCA Program. Join 1,000+ Seattle businesses who offer the ORCA transit pass as an employee benefit. ORCA cards work on all the buses, trains, streetcars, and water taxis that commuters rely on, and Commute Seattle can help you tailor an ORCA for Business program to meet your budget. Best of all, local businesses new to commuter benefits may be eligible for a match of up to $10,000 when investing in an ORCA program. There's even a free consultation. More information is available on the ORCA website.
- Restaurant Success. This comprehensive guide created by the Seattle Office of Economic Development makes is easier to start or grow your restaurant or food-truck business. The restaurant guide is available on the OED website.
Organizing a business-friendly event? We'd love to help. If you're simply looking to get the word out, please contact email@example.com. If we can offer more assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Business Network. The U District Business Network is comprised of business operators in the district coming together to provide a more unified, purposeful and effective University District business community voice and offer an information sharing platform for the University District community. For more information, visit udistrictpartnership.org/biz-network.
- Seattle Office of Economic Development Small Business Center. The Small Business Development team works with individual businesses to learn about their priorities, needs, and challenges, and connects them to services that will help them grow and remain competitive. For more information, visit seattle.gov/economicdevelopment/small-business.
- U District Small Businesses. The U District Small Business association is a collective of individuals who aim to preserve the unique characteristics of the U District. For more information, visit udistrict.biz.
- University Heights Center. UHeights has recently opened up its regular programming to include a variety of courses that are low-cost or free to the community. This includes coursework on personal finance, nonprofit management, and now legal topics. UHeights partnered with the Public Law Library of King County (PLLKC) in late 2018 to provide a course on pro se representation that was well received. Through community outreach and networking, UHeights has identified a strong desire for additional legal coursework, including family law, immigration, and small business among other topics. UHeights is confident it will continue to grow this program through additional partnerships and outreach. For more information, visit uheightscenter.org/.
Communication Builds Community: If you are a business operator or property owner in the U District and haven’t sent us your contact information in 2018-19, please update it today.