FCS is dedicated to connecting and empowering the small business owners in the greater Seattle area. We provide culturally relevant technical assistance to small business owners. We strive to create a safe and supportive environment for our community members to thrive in.
Our services include but are not limited to:
Finding and applying for resources
Accessing translation assistance
Navigating local, state and federal resources
Small Business Programs
Small Business Resiliency Network (SBRN)
The impact on COVID-19 has been harsh on all of us, including small business, particularly those from marginalized communities like the Filipino Community across the state. Some of our small businesses had to streamline reducing the number of employees, others have closed hoping to re-open again.
To alleviate some of the challenges for our small businesses, the Washington State Department of Commerce developed a program called Small Business Resiliency Network (SBRN) to support equitable recovery for all Washingtonians.
FCS has been part of the SBRN since its inception. We have helped more than 20 businesses apply for grants, 11 of whom have received funding. We partner with other small businesses and organizations to provide social media training, legal, and financial workshops.
We have weekly newsletters (“Balitang Negosyante”) to update our members with information about what's happening around the state including the availability of most current grants and low interest loans.
Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA)
The Washington State Microenterprise Association’s mission is to strengthen economic development systems that support the growth of strong and effective Microenterprise Development Organizations including the Filipino Community of Seattle.
The Washington State Microenterprise Association champions collaborations for economic justice where every micro-entrepreneur has equal access to economic development resources. Our values include: collaboration, economic justice, environmental sustainability, and advocacy.
This year, 2022-2023, is our first year we are awarded this grant for Nonprofit Microenterprise Development Organizations and we look forward to continuing to work with WSMA.