All About

Economic Development in Rainier Beach

Our Mission

To grow a thriving cultural community with equitable access to economic opportunity.

The Rainier Beach Economic Development Roundtable Initiative (RBEDRI) promotes equitable economic development for small businesses and residents in and around the Rainier Beach neighborhood. We provide business advice, technical assistance training, capacity building and access to funding.

We Focus on

  • Generational wealth building
  • Small business technical assistance
  • Business & economic development
  • Neighborhood development
  • Jobs & economic access coordination

How to Get Involved

  • Spread the word & support policies
  • Support worker retention in the neighborhood
  • Volunteer with the team
  • Support us by donating!

Our focus:

Supporting development in the neighborhood.

  1. Engage with developers to identify available spaces;
  2. Conduct outreach to understand community needs for priority businesses; and
  3. Identify and match businesses to occupy new commercial spaces and be successful.
  4. Conduct townhalls to gain community and developer input around upcoming commercial space. 

Supporting small buisnesses and entreprenurship.

  1.  Help BIPOC-Owned businesses survive covid-19 and to thrive beyond it
  2. Providing services focused on the business owner (Case-Management).
  3. Assessing digital presence and capability; providing a gap analysis of needed solutions; and providing access to existing digital resources and/or delivering solutions directly to small businesses.

Promoting jobs and economic access coordination.

  1. Increase resources and support for retention of workers from underrepresented groups.

Recent Articles

Cyber Café Recap

The economic development team at RBAC held a cyber café on July 28th 2023, local RB businesses were invited for an informational session...

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Motherhood Journey

  By: Makayla Miles & Hibo Elmi   Hibo Elmi is the youth advocate at RBAC; she is responsible for ensuring youth and others...

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