Welcome

The Ethnic Business Coalition (EBC) is a non-profit committed to developing, promoting, and improving the long-term growth, sustainability, and success of immigrant and minority-owned small businesses in the State of Washington.

Established in 2014, it works to increase the access of immigrant and minority-owned small businesses to marketing, financial, and advocacy services and resources, and provide them with a greater voice, profile, and representation in the region.

The EBC support immigrant communities in the city of Seattle including Chinatown-International District, Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill, The Central District, Rainier Valley, Martin Luther King, South Park, Othello, West Seattle, and White Center.

Our approach is two pronged, focusing on both the businesses themselves as well as public policy and legislation. We help business owners to navigate complex governmental and business barriers, broaden their access to information, equity, and customers, and advocate for policies, regulations, and standards that help underserved and underrepresented ethnic entrepreneurs create profitable and sustainable businesses.

Our Principles

We believe that we can create a more sustainable, profitable avenue for underserved ethnic residents and entrepreneurs.

Specifically, we believe that . . .

  • Local businesses are the bedrock of our communities.

  • Small, minority-owned businesses deserve the same exposure and popularity as their mainstream counterparts.

  • Greater access to information, equity, and customers will help small, minority-owned businesses to succeed.

  • Advocating for policies, regulations, and standards will help to create more sustainable economic environments for small, ethnic-owned businesses.

Facts & Figures

  • Immigrants nationwide make up 28 percent of Main Street business owners.

  • Immigrants own 53 percent of grocery stores, 38 percent of restaurants, 58 percent of dry cleaners, 61 percent of gas stations, 45 percent of nail salons, 43 percent of liquor stores and 32 percent of both jewelry and clothing stores in the U.S.

  • From 2000-2013, immigrants accounted for 48 percent of the overall growth of business ownership in the nation.

  • Between 2000 and 2013, the total number of U.S.-born Main Street business owners declined by 30,000, while immigrant Main Street business owners increased by 90,000.