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!


Entrepreneurship Excellence Program

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’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!

The Entrepreneurship Excellence Program September Cohort consists of different workshops from various small business resource providers, totaling 20 hours (4 days/5 hours).

Each hour will be dedicated to a specific topic related to the necessities of running, maintaining, and expanding a business.

Additionally, we will be providing laptops to participants who actively participate and attend most sessions during the program.

If you are interested in the program, please RSVP by clicking the button provided below.

Special thank you to our partners for making this program possible: Seattle Medium, JPMorgan Chase, Small Business Administration (SBA), Bulle Consulting, Small Business Resiliency Network, KeyBank, Kaiser Permanente

Monday, September 26:

10am-12pm: Developing Business Plans

12pm-1pm: SBA Programs

 1pm-3pm: Capacity Building (Bulle Consulting)

3pm-4pm: Seattle Public Library Business Tools

Tuesday, September 27:

10am-12pm: Your Financial Journey: Budgeting, Savings & Credit (JPMorgan & Chase)

12pm-1pm: Social Entrepreneurship

  • Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89701512794
    Meeting ID: 897 0151 2794

1pm-3pm: Business Digital Vision Boards

Wednesday, September 27:

10:00am-12pm: FDIC Money Smart for Adults: Managing Debt

12pm-1pm: Business 201 (JPMorgan & Chase)

2pm-2:30pm: Analytics of Marketing with Deane Seinaga (KEXP)

2:30pm-3pm: Rainier Valley Community Development Fund

Thursday, September 29:

10am-12pm: Web Development

12pm-1pm: Navigating Cashflow (JPMorgan & Chase)

1pm-2pm: Access to Capital (JPMorgan & Chase)

2pm-4pm: Contract Procurement (Bulle Consulting)

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!

Search the directory below:


Community Navigator Pilot Program

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!