About the Seattle Good Directory
Seattle Good launched in 2010 as Seattle Good Business Network with Think Local Seattle, a program that was both a citywide awareness campaign about why local matters, and a directory of Seattle’s local independent businesses. With a mission to connect and inspire people to buy, produce, and invest locally so that everyone has a meaningful stake in the local economy, Seattle Good’s programming now ranges from an idea lab for initiatives to create and expand economic opportunity, to Seattle Made, which supports urban manufacturers and producers, to promotion of local food systems through our dining promotions, Dine Around Seattle and Seattle Restaurant Week.
With the Seattle Good directory, we’ve come full circle, reimagining Think Local Seattle and leveling up to recognize and celebrate all the GOOD local businesses and organizations do for our neighborhoods, our city, and our region. It’s part of a larger initiative to not only recognize GOOD stewardship of people and place, but to also help businesses and organizations with the resources they need to further their GOOD practices. Stay tuned for updates as we build out our Good Business Center!
Seattle Good Programs
Ownership and Opportunity Matter
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. We also 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.
Place and Nature Matter
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 and connection to the natural and human resources of our place. 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
How our economy runs can improve the well-being of our people and place, or it can degrade it. We’re motivated by new measures of success that track the social and environmental impact of how we consume, produce, and invest.
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!