Washington

Our Mission

The Main Street Alliance of Washington works to provide small businesses a voice on the most pressing public policy issues in Washington and nationally. Our advocacy promotes vibrant businesses and healthy communities, and fosters leadership development of socially responsible business leaders.

Values

  • Trust & Transparency: Successful small businesses are built on trust.
  • Inclusion & Equity: Small businesses succeed when communities thrive, when all are welcome and opportunity is shared.
  • Leadership: If we want our voices to be heard, we’ve got to speak up for ourselves.
  • Sustainability: We build our businesses not for short-term gain, but for the long haul. Our public policies should reflect that.
  • Shared Responsibility: Small businesses are part of the fabric of communities. We’re committed to giving back.

What We Do

  • Research and Publish reports illustrating how policies effect real-life business owners
  • Testify before Congress, state legislators, and local city councils and commissions
  • Media Events such as press conferences, rallies and “reality tours” of small businesses
  • Speakers Bureau of small business owners for special events and interviews with press
  • Celebrate small business owners making a difference in our community

Principles

The Main Street Alliance of Washington strategically advocates for issues of concern to small business owners and the community; we help our members to be more effective businesses and socially responsible community members.

  • We provide members with information regarding government action, community trends, and broader economic and scientific information that impact business viability
  • We enable and encourage the open exchange of ideas, beliefs and information expertise among members, providing members with training and learning activities
  • We collaborate with other organizations and government officials to promote small business and community concerns
  • We promote social policies and business practices that guarantee access to high quality health, education, housing, infrastructure, clean environment, and public safety
  • We lead efforts to promote innovative business and legislative approaches that address societal inequalities and disparities
  • We take long- term committed positions and action on issues that directly impact business viability and the well being of the community

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Staff

FERNANDO E. MEJIA-LEDESMA | State Director | fernando[at]mainstreetalliance.org

ELLEN M. FERENCEK | Small Business Organizer | ellen[at]mainstreetalliance.org

Main Street Alliance of Washington
1806 E Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98122
360.499.6102
washington[at]mainstreetalliance.org


Recent News

Main Street Alliance Small Business Owner Matt McColm Speaks at Empty-Chair Town Hall with Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Matt McColm, Main Street Alliance member and owner of Suzie Health Solutions in Wenatchee, spoke out at an empty chair town hall in Washington’s 8th congressional district this past Saturday. Sharing his perspective as an insurance producer and as someone with a pre-existing condition, Matt talked about the importance of... [Read more]

Cruz-Lee Amendment Fails Small Businesses

The latest iteration of the Republican’s Senate bill for repealing and replacing the ACA includes a proposal designed to attract the support of more Republican Senators who have stood in opposition to the first version. The Cruz-Lee amendment would allow insurers to sell off cheap insurance plans that fall short... [Read more]

Washington State Passes Paid Family Leave

The Main Street Alliance is celebrating a significant victory for small business and working families in Washington state. After deep bipartisan negotiations, Paid Family and Medical Leave was signed into law last week in Olympia, making Washington the fifth state in the nation to provide this benefits to all workers!... [Read more]

Washington Small Business Owners Call for Increased Public Investment Through Progressive Tax Structure

This week, Main Street Alliance small business owners spoke out in support of the proposed Seattle income tax.  [Read more]

Main Street Alliance of Washington Leaders call for $12 Min Wage

Business owners working with The Main Street Alliance of Washington came together in Olympia on Monday, 3/30 to call on the Washington Legislature to "do their jobs" and support economy-boosting legislation in Washington. Small business owners from across the state called for an increase in the minimum wage, citing "customers"... [Read more]

"Building Main Street": Small Business Alternatives to Big Banks

We come together in the halls of power and across the media as small business owners because we need to grab our good name back from corporations and lobbyists. On issue after issue, we stand for an alternative economic point of view: it’s about community, customer demand, social justice and... [Read more]

Makini Howell at White House Summit: "Every Job Should Be an Economy-Boosting Job"

//www.youtube.com/embed/vkj4w0Ov6Zw?start=6340    Makini Howell, owner of Plum Restaurants and a leader with the Main Street Alliance, addresses Seattle’s landmark $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Days laws at White House Summit on Working Families ***To schedule media interviews with Makini Howell, contact Joshua Welter at jwelter@mainstreetalliance.org. Washington, DC – Today,... [Read more]

Seattle Small Business Owner Announced as Featured Speaker at White House Summit on Working Families

Makini Howell, owner of Plum Restaurants and a leader with the Main Street Alliance, will speak about Seattle’s landmark $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Days laws during opening “Family Matters” Plenary. ***To schedule media interviews with Makini Howell, contact Joshua Welter at jwelter@mainstreetalliance.org Washington, DC – Today, the White... [Read more]

Main Street Applauds $15 Minimum Wage in Seattle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 2 CONTACT: Joshua Welter, (206) 383-1857, jwelter@mainstreetalliance.org   Small business owners helped develop and support Seattle’s historic highest-in-the-nation minimum wage law, designed to increase economic security for low-wage workers, boost the local economy, and support small business success Seattle, WA – Today, small business owners... [Read more]

CNN SAYS: HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE? MORE SMALL BUSINESS JOBS GROWTH.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 14 CONTACT: Joshua Welter, (206) 383-1857, jwelter@mainstreetalliance.org   States and cities at the forefront of raising the minimum wage and establishing paid sick days standards also lead the nation in small business jobs   Seattle, WA – Today, CNNMoney reports that states and cities at... [Read more]

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