On January 28, 2013, the City Council launched a pilot business mini-grant program that will award up to $10,000 by the end of the year. The program seeks to improve Shoreline's small business climate by providing matching funds for businesses to collaborate with local artists.
The business mini-grant program is designed to contribute to the Office of Economic Development’s place-making initiative. Place-making is the thing that “turns a City from a place you can’t wait to get through into a place you never want to leave.” Artists have the unique ability to identify the thing that makes a place special, and they often possess the tools to highlight it. By tapping into this ability, Shoreline businesses will gain a competitive edge and Shoreline artists will hone their skills and gain new clients.
Artists and business owners will be encouraged to participate in a QuickStart workshop series designed to complement the business mini-grant program. The series will explore such subjects as how to harness neighborhood affinity, how incorporating art can stimulate your business revenue, and how to gain customers through special events. To learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.