The Big Picture
We envision a lasting prosperity grounded in place: a thriving regional economy, healthy environment, strong community, and happy residents. We believe that locally-owned businesses, in partnership with residents and other organizations, have a central role to play.
Seattle Good Business Network is a network of local businesses, non-profit and municipal organizations, and residents dedicated to building a vibrant, local economy based on shared environmental and community values. Our purpose is to connect, empower, and promote locally owned, independently operated businesses in the stewardship of our place.
With local ownership comes local accountability—local owners care about our place, just like we do. And having more local businesses means higher per capita income, more jobs, and real resiliency in our local economy.
When we choose and cultivate diverse, local resources—food, energy, raw materials, finance, and other locally made goods and services —we develop a deep respect for the natural and human resources of our place.
Every man for himself? No. We know that real security comes from real community; we’re all better oﬀ when we’re all better oﬀ. We can rebuild the middle by decentralizing power and ownership, and engaging in fair trade.
All wealth originates from nature. Without respecting the natural ecosystems of the animals, plants, soil and water on which we depend, we will not have wealth or health for our own species going forward.
What We Measure Matters
We’re motivated by new measures of success: knowledge, creativity, health, happiness, meaningful work, and the ability to provide opportunity to others.
Relationships Matter Most
Only by working together can we reconnect eaters with farmers, investors with local entrepreneurs, and business owners with the communities and natural places on which they depend. Plus, it’s way more fun!