In Washington State immigrant workers and owners of small businesses bring substantial contributions to the state’s competitiveness and economic growth. But despite their positive impacts, many of them are disproportionally affected by poverty, economic instability, and lack of access to tools, information, and resources necessary to thrive. As our state continues to adopt new technologies and transitions towards a green economy, it is crucial that BIPOC communities are properly equipped to participate and benefit from emerging socioeconomic opportunities. Supporting immigrant microenterprises and small businesses, and enabling a skilled and adaptable workforce is of essence in achieving our vision of equity and collective prosperity.
We believe that community driven processes are critical to effective interventions in order to increase economic mobility and reduce poverty. From inception and throughout the implementation of our projects we work closely with the community to gain their support and ensure their needs are met. In collaboration with public and private institutions we:
- Increase awareness and understanding of existing laws, rules, and regulations as it relates to employers and employees.
- Provide linguistically and culturally-relevant information about current social and economic resources.
- Enhance knowledge and skills of micro and small business owners.
- Encourage and facilitate active and informed participation of civil society in legislative and decision-making processes.