By Kae Saeteurn
May 9, 2017
When you think of immigrant- and minority-owned businesses, what comes to mind? Do you think of restaurants, salons, or grocery stores? Do you think about the challenges these businesses face amid gentrification, rising expenses, and other issues? Ethnic Business Coalition (EBC) and Ethnic Seattle were conceived on hopes to help immigrant- and minority-owned businesses thrive. EBC can’t help these businesses without your support!
This year EBC is participating in Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG, and I asked a few people on why giving big and supporting immigrant- and minority-owned businesses matter to them.
“I think that small ethnic businesses solidify the recognition of different cultures in our community. With different businesses within our neighborhoods, we allow people from different ethnic backgrounds to seek a connection and familiarity from where they are from. Small ethnic businesses make Seattle a unique place to live.” —E.B.
“Small businesses matter to me because I like the atmosphere they create when a customer walks into their business. They make people feel so welcomed. There’s this pho place in White Center I used to go to and they greeted everyone by saying, “Hello! What can I get you, my friend?” It’s just little things like that that makes me want to go back to their business.” —A.P.
“It’s important to support small businesses because it supports the livelihood of so many people. For example, I live in a small house and my parents are working really hard trying to pay every bill that needs to be paid to keep the house. Sometimes there will be times where they only have few little customers, so I hope to see an increase in customers and better support.” —E.G.
“Ethnic businesses are important because it spreads our voices by letting more people understand who we are, what we are doing, and what we have done to contribute the community we love. As an international student, these businesses give me a sense of belonging, and builds connections with other people who are like me. It’s really amazing.” —Y.L.
“Ethnic businesses are important because it spreads our voices by letting more people understand who we are, what we are doing, and what we have done to contribute the community we love.”
“Ethnic businesses matter because they materialize the hopes and dreams that attract immigrants from all over the world. Supporting ethnic businesses is equivalent to supporting those aspirations. Shopping at these businesses is important in demonstrating that ethnic business owners are valued members of our communities.” —A.V.
“Small businesses, like those found on every corner of Chinatown, are vital to communities of color. I feel like there needs to be more support and resources for support to keep these businesses up and running because they support and connect so many people.” —S.W.
“These businesses add so much history, culture, and diversity to our neighborhoods. I want to see these businesses doing well through all the challenges they’re facing. Neighborhoods, such as Chinatown and Othello, have changed a lot over the years, and I really hope to see these businesses alive and well amid whatever obstacles that are thrown their way.” —C.S.