November 4, 2015
The Rainier Beach Merchants Association (RBMA) hosted its first small business resource night at a local Ethiopian Community Center. The goal was to connect local business owners with alternative funding sources, business mentoring, and an opportunity to connect with their peers.
In attendance were 40 residents of Rainier Beach. Half were local business owners and the rest were a mix of service providers and community members, some of whom, like Membera Tadesse hope to start their own business some day. Tadesse is from Ethiopia, but has lived in Rainier Beach for 10 years and works at the Community Café. Her hope is to start her own café within the next year. “We learned a lot of things tonight,” she said. Her hope is that these meetings will become a monthly affair.