Small Seattle business owners have a lot of struggles to get through and obstacles to overcome, so we like to help by keeping you informed with tools and tips to make your life easier.

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We’ve found three great communities and tools that every Seattle business should have on hand – or at least be aware of. Check them out:

  • Social Media: Your communication with customers and fans of your business is paramount to building brand loyalty as well as spreading the word about you. In order to succeed as a small business in Seattle, you really should at least have an active Facebook page. To help you manage your social networks as efficiently as possible, Hootsuite is a fabulous tool to use. Schedule posts, set content to publish on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and more – all from one easy-to-use dashboard. The only difficulty with Hootsuite is that “@” tagging other pages from Hootsuite doesn’t translate to Facebook. Hashtags will work just fine, though. Another free tool to help with your social media interaction is The Mashable Guidebooks for Twitter and Facebook.
  • Networking: Connect with other local small business owners to share tips and experiences, or collaborate to help each other get ahead in business. In this town, it’s all about who you know, and sharing the love to everyone’s benefit. Seattle’s a pretty small town, so take advantage of that fact by getting to know as many people as you can. offers great group events for individuals of all hobbies, professions, and interests. There’s quite a few business owners’ networking events, too!
  • Consultation: Every small business can use a little help now and again, and the Economic Development Council offers helpful consulting services for that extra boost. Formerly known as enterpriseSeattle, their free confidential consulting services are great for businesses looking to get their start, grow, or move to the Seattle area. The EDC creates public-private economic development partnerships with businesses, to become a go-to source for businesses in Seattle and King County.

We hope these help you get ahead in your Seattle business!

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