People of color are changing the way America does business.

The buying power of African-American and Latino consumers tops $1 trillion annually, and research indicates that these groups are also the fastest growing number of new small business owners. The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’s entrepreneurship programming and services are designed to connect with small business owners, provide ongoing culturally relevant assistance to meet their operational needs, maintain a trusted community presence, and consistently provide opportunities for business growth & development. This includes but is not limited to

  • Identifying & providing funding opportunities (grants, loans, capital, etc.)
  • Technology support
  • Business planning (goal setting, growth strategy, marketing, staffing)
  • Training & skill development
  • Leadership
  • Finance Consultation
  • Credit & budgeting

Check out our business programming & services below!


Reserve a Work Space

The Entrepreneurship Cultural & Community Office (ECCO) is proud to provide a space for individuals and groups to work, meet, and collaborate. Click the button below to schedule your workspace with reservations up to two hours.


Entrepreneurship Excellence Program

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattleā€™s Entrepreneurship Excellence Program is designed to develop and expand your small business by providing technical assistance and access to a network of resources to support the growth and sustainability of your business. Interest applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Business intake applications open now!


Capital Readiness Initiative

Unlocking the potential of underrepresented minority entrepreneurs through tailored financial guidance and strategic support — because every small business deserves the opportunity to flourish.

local businesses

Black Business Directory

Supporting Black-owned businesses is an essential part of building economic strength within our communities. Use our ULMS Black Business directory to search more than 90 minority owned/operated businesses located in King County! Featured businesses come from a variety of industries, including food, retail, media, beauty, entertainment, and more!

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In partnership with National Urban League and Small Business Administration (SBA), the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is working to help inform, educate, navigate and enroll small businesses in the region of the different programs and serves offered by the SBA.

Start up together!