(Seattle, WA) Last Thursday the Office of Economic Development (OED) announced more than $160,000 in investments in neighborhood business districts at a celebration with Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith and business district organization leaders at the Wing Luke Asian Museum.

The 2010 Neighborhood Business District awards will be used for a variety of projects designed to help small businesses thrive in Seattle, including organizational development projects, beautification and branding with light pole banners and signal box art, and a new, multi-neighborhood buy local marketing effort that will increase shoppers’ awareness of local businesses across the city.

(Seattle, WA) Last Thursday the Office of Economic Development (OED) announced more than $160,000 in investments in neighborhood business districts at a celebration with Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith and business district organization leaders at the Wing Luke Asian Museum.

The 2010 Neighborhood Business District awards will be used for a variety of projects designed to help small businesses thrive in Seattle, including organizational development projects, beautification and branding with light pole banners and signal box art, and a new, multi-neighborhood buy local marketing effort that will increase shoppers’ awareness of local businesses across the city.

“Small businesses employ 72% of Seattle’s workforce and contribute 35% of the City’s business tax revenues, totaling $55.4 million. Many of the small businesses in our city reside in our neighborhood business districts,” said Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith. “We want to continue to help small businesses and these special neighborhood gathering places thrive, and we will continue to invest and partner with them.”

Five neighborhood business organizations in Ballard, Columbia City, MLK and Othello, the Rainier Valley, and West Seattle will participate in a collaborative buy local marketing campaign, which will enable each district to work with a professional marketing firm to develop and implement a buy local marketing campaign to increase shoppers’ awareness of great independent locally owned businesses within each district.

To learn more, visit www.seattle.gov/economicdevelopment

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