Felix Ngoussou, a Seattle Central District business owner and an immigrant from Chad, supports Initiative 1433, but acknowledges the initiative puts a burden on small businesses. (Photo by Lee Nacozy.)

Business owners weigh effects of I-1433 minimum wage measure

Despite the potential burdens of raising the minimum wage, there are small business owners who are backing the statewide measure.
Nov 2, 2016
Startup Visa-

Making sense of the proposed Startup Visa alternative

The White House announced proposed a new visa alternative for international entrepreneurs.
Aug 30, 2016
Native artist Louie Gong with blankets he designed and will sell at his new store,"Eighth Generation"opening Saturday in the Pike Place Market. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Pike Place Market’s new Native-owned shop promises “stereotype busting”

Louie Gong is opening the only Native-owned shop in the Pike Place Market and challenging a legacy of companies profiting off of "Native-inspired" art.
Aug 25, 2016
Michael Schutlzer of the Washington Technology Industry Association speaks at a press conference with other business leaders on immigration reform. (Photo by OneAmerica via Facebook.)

Washington business groups push pro-immigration policies

Agriculture and technology organizations say that Washington state's economy depends on immigration reform.
Aug 10, 2016
Jackson's Catfish Corner at its location on Rainier Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Jackson’s Catfish Corner)

Jackson’s Catfish Corner plans to reopen

Rumors of the restaurant's demise have been overblown, owner says.
Aug 9, 2016
Children enjoy a risky ride in a tuin, a rope and pulley system, over the Trishuli River in Nepal’s Dhading district. The government plans to replace all 155 of Nepal’s tuins with suspension bridges. (Photo by Kalpana Khanal, GPJ Nepal)

Perilous Nepal river pulley crossings to be replaced by bridges

The government of Nepal has vowed to replace the hand-operated trolleys suspended over rivers that some villages depend on for business and other needs.
Jackson's Catfish Corner has been shuttered suddenly after reopening in the past year. (Photo courtesy the South Seattle Emerald.)

Shock greets closure of Jackson’s Catfish Corner

Jackson’s Catfish Corner in South Seattle’s Brighton Neighborhood has closed suddenly.
Aug 2, 2016
Aburu beads quickly, she says: she can make almost an entire necklace in the time it takes her to watch an episode one of her favorite crime shows on Netflix, How to Get Away with Murder.

Self-taught fashion designer draws from Ugandan upbringing

Shalom Aburu's designs will turn heads at Bellevue Fashion Week Independent Designer Runway Show in September.
Jul 5, 2016
Abodolloh Zay serves a drink to a drive-through customer at First Cup Coffee. Fewer cars have come through during the months of construction. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

“Mama” closes coffee kiosk on 23rd, citing disruptive road construction

The long road construction project on 23rd Avenue has been been too much for one small business owner — "Mama's" announced its closure this week.
May 26, 2016
Fourteen year Wal-Mart employee Mary Watkins (right) marches in support of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle. (Photo by Reagan Jackson)

US Supreme Court rejects franchise challenge to Seattle $15 minimum wage

Seattle's $15 minimum wage law says franchises must raise wages on the same schedule as big businesses.
May 2, 2016
Solomon Dubie, owner of Cafe Avole. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Cafe Avole offers Ethiopian coffee, community space in Rainier Valley

The Rainier Mini Mart has been transformed to Cafe Avole, where owner Solomon Dubie brings a love of buna — Ethiopian-style coffee — and a community space.
Mar 12, 2016
Tim Louie is the fourth-generation owner of  Tsue Chong Co., a noodle and fortune cookie company in Seattle's International District. (Photo by John Stang.)

Proposed change in law could keep International District noodles fresh

The bill "concerning certain cultural foods" would allow for flexibility for local rules for fresh rice noodles and rice cakes.
Mar 1, 2016
A boy waits for his parents as they shop at Island Pacific Market, a Filipino-inspired grocery store in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo.)

Island Pacific opens on MLK in former Viet-Wah location

Island Pacific Market, a Filipino-inspired supermarket, has opened in Seattle in the former spot of Viet-Wah Superfoods on MLK.
Feb 24, 2016
Promenade 23 in 2009, before the construction on 23rd Avenue. (Photo by Matthew Rutledge via Flickr.)

Vulcan just bought a major Central District shopping center for redevelopment

Construction on Promenade 23, located at 23rd and Jackson, would start in mid- to late-2017.
Feb 18, 2016
Willie Miranda of Woodinville adds a flag to an anti-racism display that is traveling to Eastside cities. (Photo by Venice Buhain)

Traveling display counters hate after KKK robe left at Redmond business

The owner of From Rags to Riches, originally from the Bahamas, is still shaken by the incident.
Feb 17, 2016
(Photo by Clipper Navigation, Inc.)

Seattle’s Clipper acquired by German group; plans Cuba route

The company that runs the Victoria Clipper has been acquired by a Germany-based ferry group and announced plans to open a Florida-Cuba route.
Jan 20, 2016
The Rainier Beach Merchants Association held a resource fair to help local business owners find ways to address the unique needs of East African business owners. (Photo courtesy Rainier Beach Merchants Association)

Seattle merchant fair tackles unique needs of East African businesses

The event connected local East African business owners with alternative funding sources, business mentoring and an opportunity to connect with peers.
Nov 4, 2015
The Washington Fair Trade Coalition and other labor groups demonstrated outside a visit by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Boeing plant in Renton. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal reached; now needs Congressional approval

A deal was reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade treaty that critics have feared would erode local regulations.
Oct 6, 2015
Seattle City Hall. (Photo by City of Seattle via Flickr.)

Minority groups a focus in Seattle workers rights outreach grants

Women, workers of color, immigrant and refugee workers, LGBTQ workers, and youth are the most likely to experience labor standards violations.
Oct 1, 2015
Niyati Desai, originally from Mumbai but living in Seattle on an H4 visa, will be eligible to work in the U.S. under a new plan detailed by Homeland Security this week. (Courtesy photo)

Unable to work, spouses of H-1B tech workers find roles limiting

Thousands of tech worker spouses — many of them with advanced degrees — reluctantly give up careers because their visas don't allow them to work.
Aug 31, 2015