Local Indie Biz #3: Small Manufacturing

I own a small skincare and cosmetics company, specializing in producing high quality, healthy, non-toxic skincare and makeup products. We manufacture all our products in-house, so we are a mix of light manufacturing and retail. Because I make my products in-house, I’m able to provide Seattle with fully customizable skincare, which means I can help…

Local Indie Biz #2: Neighborhood Bar/Restaurant

This excerpt is reprinted from The Stranger with permission from author Andrew Friedman. In publicly discussing the $15 minimum wage issue, I’ve been cautioned by allies not to use logic, reason, and data to make my point, but instead to mirror the 15Now platform and stick to emotion-based polemics, apples-to-oranges “facts,” and simple slogans, as…

Who Are We Really?

Well, I am one of the owner/operators of El Norte Lounge and Mr. Villa Mexican Restaurant in north Seattle. I am one member of this newly formed, non-partisan, self-funded, grassroots organization called Forward Seattle. We met while attending the numerous Council Meetings and decided that we have a common cause. In addition to being small…

Local, Indie Biz Story #1: Coffee Shop

This is the first in a series of stories by local Seattle business owners. There has been a dismaying amount of misinformation about who we are and the financial flexibility we have to cope with a +60% increase in payroll costs. We hope that going public with our stories will help correct these assumptions. I am the owner of an…

Open letter to Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Council

Open letter to Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Council Re: Current issues and solutions of income inequality and minimum wage in the City of Seattle Dear Mayor Murray and members of Seattle City Council, Forward Seattle is group of small business and community members, representing manufacturing, retailing and service industries, in addition to non-profit…

Local Independent Business Counter Proposal to $15Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2014 Local Independent Business Counter Proposal to $15Now – Forward Seattle Forward Seattle has a proposal for Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council. It’s time to change the conversation from $15Now to discussing a real solution that increases Seattle’s minimum wage. Forward Seattle is a non-partisan, self-funded, grassroots organization providing…

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Washington Policy Center Minimum Wage Debate 4/2

Is an increased minimum wage an opportunity creator or a job killer? The living wage is a pertinent policy issue in Washington State. How will this potential increase in the state’s minimum wage affect college students and young professionals? Join national and local experts in a lively discussion! FREE to attend. Register online now. The…