IDEA Space Business Workshop: 5 Legal Matters Restaurant & Deli Businesses Should Know

February 2, 2015

Join us next Monday, March 2nd from 2:30-4:00 p.m. at Hing Hay Coworks for IDEA Space's business workshop: 5 Legal Matters Restaurant & Deli Businesses Should Know! We’ve partnered with the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati to make this workshop free to all neighborhood food service businesses. Made possible by support from Union Bank, the workshop will explain how businesses can minimize legal risks and work in compliance with the law. It will cover the following: legal structure for restaurants, intellectual property rights, local restaurant regulations, essential employment laws, and essential tax laws. Space is limited, so RSVP to Quang Nguyen at quangn@scidpda.org or (206) 838-8716.

Innovative Preservation Pilot Project Featured by Resilient Cities initiative

February 2, 2015

The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO-URM) pilot project, led by SCIDpda's very own Cara Bertron and Paul Mar, was featured by The Rockefeller Foundation's Resilient Cities initiative in an article on Tuesday, February 10 for its proactive and innovative efforts toward building and neighborhood preservation. The RRIO-URM pilot project works to ensure the safety of the Chinatown International District's historic buildings while also preserving their unique, historic culture and diverse neighborhood population. We're grateful for the coverage and immensely proud of our hardworking staff!

Neighborhood Block Watch Relaunches!

February 2, 2015

The Chinatown-ID Neighborhood Block Watch relaunches on Tuesday, February 17th from 6 PM - 7:30 PM! Volunteers will first meet at Hing Hay Park and then move into IDEA space for training. After this first event, Block Watch will continue to happen every Tuesday.

Hing Hay Coworks Presents: MindMingler Business Workshop & Happy Hour

January 1, 2015

Freelancers and small businesses, mark your calendars! Hing Hay Coworks presents its first MindMingler workshop & happy hour on Thursday, February 5th from 4:30-7 p.m. Participate in a helpful business workshop, then stay for networking, drinks, and light appetizers in our new coworking space. First topic on deck: Contracts 101.

U.S. Bank Foundation Awards Grant to SCIDpda

January 1, 2015

The SCIDpda is grateful to announce that the U.S. Bank Foundation has awarded the SCIDpda a grant in support of our organization. This grant will allow us to provide staff support for our efforts in promoting economic opportunity, such as commercial revitalization projects, small business development, and real estate development. We truly appreciate your support!

Hing Hay Coworks Open House!

January 1, 2015

Hing Hay Coworks, a new venture initiated by the SCIDpda's IDEA Space, will host an Open House event on February 21st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the Lunar New Year Food Walk. Please stop by and learn about our new shared office space!

Hing Hay Coworks is a collaborative work space centrally located in the Bush Hotel in the heart of Seattle's Chinatown. It is open to entrepreneurs, freelancers, and start-ups or small businesses and is animated by a community of business leaders who value meaningful partnership, creative exploration, and bringing ideas to market. 

We partnered with the renowned architects from Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young to create an open, flexible, and productive work space. The design is a dynamic balance of spaces for collaboration, focus, formal meetings, and informal social interaction. Members have access to: high-speed internet; free-flowing coffee and tea; printers, copiers, and fax machines; and workshops and events.

Our space will open up for monthly memberships starting in April. Space is limited, so please contact us soon if you're interested in becoming a member. Please refer all inquiries to Quang Nguyen, Hing Hay Coworks Manager, at quangn@scidpda.org.

Restaurant Success Office Hours being held at IDEA Space

January 1, 2015

Need advice about your restaurant or food based business?  Jennifer Tam, Restaurant Advocate for the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, will be available on the 3rd Wednesday of every month for individual appointments. 

Appointments will be held at IDEA Space at 409 Maynard Ave S, Suite P8 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. beginning on February 18th.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Jennifer Tam at the Office of Economic Development or Jamie Lee at IDEA Space: 

Jennifer Tam

Phone: 206.684.3436

Email: jennifer.tam@seattle.gov  


Jamie Lee

Phone: 206.838.8713

Email: jamiel@scidpda.org

Visit Restaurant Success' website for more information.

It's Time for the Chinatown ID 2015 Kickoff!

January 1, 2015

On Thursday, January 22, SCIDpda will gather with neighboring organizations at the Nagomi Tea House for the Chinatown ID 2015 Kickoff. Please join us in celebrating and discussing our wonderful neighborhood's achievements, needs, and opportunities for growth. Chinese and Vietnamese translators will be available, and complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers will be provided. We hope to see you there!

SCIDpda Receives Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

December 12, 2014

This fall, SCIDpda received a $20,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation in support of our neighborhood development and affordable housing efforts in the Chinatown International District.  Thanks to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s contribution, the SCIDpda can continue to implement neighborhood improvement initiatives as well as collaborate with the community on mixed-use projects that will increase access to affordable housing.  

Party in the Alleys?

July 7, 2013

In July and August, the Chinatown Historic Alley Partnership (CHAP) will be holding Alley Parties in partnership with The Wing's JamFest on the third Thursdays. These parties celebrate Canton and Maynard alleys, which make up two-thirds of Seattle's historically designated alleys. In the past, alleys served as important neighborhood amenities, providing space for housing, shops, socializing, and play. Today, they are open spaces and pedestrian and bicycle corridors. They also offer a distinct sense of enclosure, as "rooms" for communities to gather in.

CHAP recently received a $3,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the creation of a design plan to preserve the historic alley storefronts. In addition, CHAP will be working with Pioneer Square to document the rich history of alley use in both neighborhoods. This work is made possible by 4Culture's Heritage Project Grant of $10,000.