Services

Coordinated by Seattle Good Business Network, Seattle Made is a collaboration of over four hundred and twenty-five local producers and manufacturers, and dozens of allied funders and strategic partners. Through this collaboration, we are building public awareness, supporting the development of new sales channels and vendor relationships, and helping with access to capital, production space, and workers.

Public Awareness & Promotion

We are working to gain visibility for Seattle’s producers and manufacturers as a whole, while also providing promotion and sales opportunities for individual businesses.

Member Directory

Every Seattle Made member has a full-page profile in our searchable directory, complete with logo, photos, contact information, and – if a consumer product – where to buy around town and online.

Logo and Materials

Members are provided printed materials (decals, signage, info cards, etc.) that help designate their products as “Seattle Made.” They’re also encouraged to use the Seattle Made logo on their own packaging, labels, marketing materials, website, etc. (If you are a member, the log in landing page will direct you to Seattle Made logos.)

Seattle Made Week

Seattle Made Week held annually each Fall launches on Urban Manufacturing Day! It is a city-wide celebration… a full week of public activities and events that raises awareness for all the great products made in Seattle, and the people who make them. If you’d like to get involved in organizing, volunteering, or sponsoring Seattle Made Week, please get in touch!

Pop Up Shops and Tasting Events

Seattle Made hosts regular Pop Up Shops and Tasting events to showcase the talent and products of our members—celebrating local makers with opportunities to connect with new customers throughout Seattle.

Distribution

If you are a retailer or distributor interested in carrying Seattle Made products, please start by browsing our member directory.  Be sure to signup for our updates so you can be notified of relevant events and activities.

Awareness Campaign

We recently worked with a local TV station to create the Seattle Made Minute. The features highlighted several of our members showcasing the amazing array of things made right here in Seattle!  Take a peek at the Seattle Made minutes at: www.seattlemade.org/minutefood/ and www.seattlemade.org/minutemanufacturing/

Operational Support

Seattle Made works to connect manufacturers and producers to the resources they need to work and thrive in Seattle, including production space, access to capital, workforce, and business development.

Capital

In 2016 we held a series of “speed coaching” events that included experts to help members understand the different forms and sources of capital that are appropriate for their type and stage of business, prepare their company to raise money, and connect with potential sources of capital. Check out our events calendar for similar upcoming opportunities in 2017

Past program:

In 2015, we partnered with the City of Seattle, Seattle Bank, and BECU to create the Seattle Made Matching Fund, that matched 0% loans sourced by our members from their community using Community Sourced Capital’s crowd-lending platform. For example, if a member needed $20,000 to purchase new equipment to expand production – and could raise $10,000 of through his community of customers, vendors, etc. – the Matching Fund would match the remaining $10,000 at the same terms. This innovative pilot program helped five small Seattle-based manufacturers raise nearly $100,000 from over 200 residents and the Matching Fund partners.

Business Development

Seattle Made is a partner with the Seattle Office of Economic Development’s Business Retention and Expansion Program and through this partnership, we can provide direct assistance to manufacturing businesses to help them grow and compete. Services include help with navigating local government; free consulting (business planning, strategic planning, marketing strategies, cash flow, inventory cycle, budgeting, etc.); access to non-traditional business loans; workforce development; and assistance with reducing utility usage.

Production Space

One of the biggest challenges for urban manufacturers is finding affordable space. Along with our governmental, business, and institutional allies, we are exploring options for meeting the needs of our growing base of small manufacturers and producers. Also in the pipeline is a program designed to support manufacturers as they navigate Seattle’s industrial real estate landscape, from searching for the right space to negotiating a lease to finding shared production space.

Capital

In the works for 2016 is a series of “speed coaching” events that will include experts that can help members understand the different forms and sources of capital that are appropriate for their type and stage of business, prepare their company to raise money, and connect with potential sources of capital. Keep an eye on the events calendar for upcoming dates.

In 2015, we partnered with the City of SeattleSeattle Bank, and BECU to create the Seattle Made Matching Fund, that matched 0% loans sourced by our members from their community using Community Sourced Capital’s crowd-lending platform. For example, if a member needed $20,000 to purchase new equipment to expand production – and could raise $10,000 of through his community of customers, vendors, etc. – the Matching Fund would match the remaining $10,000 at the same terms.  This innovative pilot program helped five small Seattle-based manufacturers raise nearly $100,000 from over 200 residents and the Matching Fund partners. For more information on the program, please contact Erin Nelson.

Business Development

Seattle Made is a partner with the Seattle Office of Economic Development’s Business Retention and Expansion Program and through this partnership we can provide direct assistance to manufacturing businesses to help them grow and compete. Services include help with navigating local government; free consulting (business planning, strategic planning, marketing strategies, cash flow, inventory cycle, budgeting, etc.); access to non-traditional business loans; workforce development; and assistance with reducing utilities usage.

Also in the works for 2016 and beyond is the creation of an accelerator program for a select group of Seattle’s manufacturing leaders. More details to come!

Production Space

One of the biggest challenges for urban manufacturers is finding affordable space. In 2015, we plan to commission a study of Seattle’s industrial real estate use, availability, and affordability, as well as the current production space needs of our members. Along with our governmental, business, and institutional allies, we’ll explore options for meeting the needs of our growing base of small manufacturers and producers.

Coming soon to this page is a listing of Seattle’s collaborative production spaces. Also in the pipeline is a program designed to support manufacturers as they navigate Seattle’s industrial real estate landscape, from searching for the right space to negotiating a lease to finding shared production space.

Our Founding and Sustaining Partners