Maritime Innovation Center at Fisherman’s Terminal – call for public art and update on progress

Calling all local artists.

The Port of Seattle’s Public Art Program is seeking artists to submit artwork(s) to be sited within Fishermen’s Terminal Maritime Innovation Center building. The artwork will focus on fishing in the Pacific Northwest and North Pacific, exploring ideas within the realm of history, culture, and heritage of fishing in the Pacific Northwest. The work must consider the aesthetic of the facility and redevelopment design. Proposed artworks must also be thoughtful regarding long-term maintenance and conservation.

The Port of Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal, located in the NE Quadrant of Magnolia’s light manufacturing and industrial district, will soon be home to the Maritime Innovation Center. The center will help the region’s maritime industry adopt advanced technologies and stimulate innovative entrepreneurship. Promoting knowledge transfer, business incubation, and workforce development are significant needs to successfully address maritime innovation challenges and opportunities. The innovation center will help sustain maritime industries, support blue tech start-ups and entrepreneurs, and help the Port modernize operations and key lines of business. 

The historic Ship Supply Building will be restored and modernized into a LEED-certified and environmentally friendly facility. It will include 15,000 total square feet with a mix of working space for incubators, accelerators, and anchor tenants along with fabrication and event space. The facility will be a “Living Building” with advanced sustainability and resiliency features.

This center will benefit Magnolia, the Ballard-Interbay Manufacturing and Industrial Center, and our region’s maritime community in several ways:

  • Job creation. Creating new employment opportunities for local residents and youth in the participating startups
  • Enhanced image. Building the region’s reputation as an economic center of excellence for growth in the sustainable blue economy 
  • Increased entrepreneurialism. Elevating awareness of entrepreneurs and stimulating confidence in the maritime industry to create new technologies, products and services 
  • Business development. Sparking new opportunities for established area businesses to develop relationships with early-stage companies
  • Increased tax revenue. Generating a larger, more diverse tax base to support public services and contribute to livability and health
  • Workforce development. Nurturing the next generation of diverse, inclusive, and representative maritime workforce with technological expertise and access to clean, healthy, living-wage jobs

Home of the Innovation Accelerator

New ideas in one of the most traditional industrial sectors in Washington are critical for a thriving economy while decarbonizing the environment. The Maritime Innovation Center will become the home base for the Accelerator Program that’s managed by Washington Maritime Blue, a developing cluster dedicated to supporting a sustainable and diverse maritime industry, and the Port of Seattle. It is expected the Center will generate a net positive operating income after the first year and a critical element of the budding Maritime Blue cluster development.

Gov. Inslee delays start of Washington’s new long-term care tax

The start of a new mandatory payroll tax to fund Washington’s long-term care program has been delayed.

The Washington State Legislature and Gov. Inslee announced plans on December 17th to change and improve the WA Cares Fund during the 2022 legislative session, which is scheduled to conclude in March 2022.

The governor directed the Employment Security Department to not collect premiums from employers until April 2022 or until the Legislature gives further direction due to discussion where both legislators and the Governor have identified areas that need adjustments.

The Governor’s actions in mid-December 2021 mean that the state will not collect those funds until the Legislature sorts through the identified issues. Employers will NOT be subject to penalties and interest for not withholding fees from employees’ wages during this transition.”

However, the existing law still directs employers to begin collecting premiums from their employees beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Each employer will need to decide whether they will implement the law as it stands or await legislative action.

We encourage all employers to visit the WA Cares Fund website as more information becomes available. Employers can sign up for the WA Cares Fund mailing list. For employer-specific information, you can also subscribe to ESD’s employer newsletter.

Connecting Magnolia Chamber with newly elected Mayor and At-Large Councilmember

The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce sent letters to Mayor-Elect Bruce Harrell and Seattle City Councilmember-Elect Sara Nelson and shared congratulations on their respective victories to elected office. The letters also expressed the ongoing needs and concerns of small business and neighborhoods such as Magnolia. We also shared our commitment to inviting both to the community to talk directly with merchants, meet Magnolia residents, and view various streetscape improvements happening across Magnolia’s various business districts. The Magnolia Chamber will continue its ongoing efforts to build productive and positive relationships with our local lawmakers, related administrative agencies, and connect elected leaders with their constituents.

To read the letter to Mayor-Elect Harrell, click icon below:

To read the letter to Councilmember-Elect Nelson, click icon below:

Sixteen Reasons YOU Should Shop Local, Love Local

The following is A GREAT, must-read article from the Chamber Professional network and our friends at FrankJKenny.com. Check out the 16 reasons to shop local instead of online.

Magnolia merchants are open and ready for you to shop, dine, and receive services. Check out our directory to learn more about Magnolia’s small businesses so YOU can love local, shop local

There is nothing more convenient than whipping out your phone, typing in a URL (or opening an app), perusing offerings, and hitting a few buttons to buy something…anything…everything. We even get our groceries that way these days. But as convenient as online shopping seems, there are several reasons to shop local.

In person is the way to go this Small Business Season. If you can suspend disbelief for a few minutes, we’ll explain why.

Our Favorite Reasons to Shop Local During Small Business Season

Yes, online shopping is convenient. You don’t have to change out of your PJs and it’s always open. But in the t-chart of holiday shopping options, there are a lot of reasons to shop local. Here are a few of our favorites:

You’re supporting your neighbors.

When you support Small Business Season and shop local, you are supporting your neighbors and they are more likely, in turn, to keep the money you spent with them local as well (for every $100 spent locally, $68 of it stays local).

You are able to get in-person advice.

Not sure of the right size, color, or other option? Maybe you want to buy something but don’t know what else you need to make that purchase complete (like buying a fishing rod without any hooks or lures). An in-person shopping experience can help you straighten out the choices. Small business owners offer complete information and suggestions and you can ask questions about those suggestions. Doing that via chat online can be cumbersome and delayed as they are answering questions from several other shoppers at the same time.

You know what you’re getting.

Have you ever ordered something online only to be disappointed when it arrives? Maybe it’s smaller than you thought or the color is just too much. Online images can be very hard to discern. (Remember that dress a few years back? What color was that any way?) If you don’t read the description carefully, your item may be smaller (or larger) than expected and may not include things you had assumed came with it. Even when you do read the description, some items are sized differently or have unexpected variations. Don’t even get us started on what happens then.

For every $100 spent locally, $68 of it stays local.

Local yields easier returns. Even though you have a clear understanding of what you’re buying when you buy in person, sometimes you need to return your purchase. When you do, it’s easier to do it locally than to send something back to an online store. Between paying for shipping to going to the post office and insuring it, bringing it back to a local business is generally easier than online returns.

Satisfaction guaranteed.

If you’re not satisfied with what you purchased, but it’s not something you can bring back (like a service or a food item), you know how to get in touch with the local provider. Some online sellers make it impossible to speak to a human. Try arguing your point with AI that uses keywords and automated language responses. Talking to the local business owner is much easier and they may be able to suggest something that is more along the lines of what you’re looking for.

Local shopping becomes an experience.

Yes, online shopping is quick, but you also have no memory of doing it. This can lead to overbuying. How many times during the holiday do you come home to find a package on your door step and you can’t remember what you purchased? You’ll remember when you go out. Plus, when you shop in-person or local, you can invite friends, family, or just make a pleasurable outing for yourself. This creates appealing memories of a wonderful seasonal experience.

It brings on the holiday spirit.

When you are out among the sounds and smells of the holiday, it brightens your mood. Who doesn’t love sparkling lights, glitter, snow (real or fake), and all of the happy tunes of the season? It’s hard to get those same smiles shopping online.

You may miss the best things when you only go online.

When you shop online, you do a few searches for things you are looking for. You are less apt to stumble across the perfect gift or item because you are on a targeted mission and only see what the online store presents. When you’re shopping in person, there are a lot of serendipitous moments where something catches your eye and you walk out knowing you found a treasure.

You meet and interact with people.

When you shop in-person, you meet and interact with people. We have been sequestered long enough. There’s something to be said from those chance meetings that occur when walking around town. Who knows–you could meet your next business partner or a former friend. From the warm smile of the business owner to a suggestion, compliment, or affirmation you receive from a fellow shopper, there are many times when these sorts of introductions can be very helpful.

You’ll receive better reviews.

Sure, online reviews are helpful but so are reviews from people around you. Plus, people you meet in person who are commenting on what you’re buying have a personal connection. They are vouching for the item or dish face-to-face. If you have questions about what they’re saying, you can ask. Online reviews are one-sided with very little chance for follow-up from the original poster.

No worries about delivery this small business season when shopping local.

With ports backed up and short-staffing throughout the supply chain, there’s a lot of talk about potential delivery delays this holiday. If you shop in-person, you won’t need to worry about this.

In-person shopping is perfect for procrastinators.

Sure, there are some online mega retailers who can get an item to you same day depending on where you live, but most times–especially as we get closer to the actual holiday–your best bet for last-minute gifts is a local shop. If you’re a procrastinator, feel free to take this reason to shop local as permission. You’ll feel less stressed about waiting , plus you won’t be depending on someone else’s delivery schedule.

Displays help you visualize.

Store displays are better than “you might also like” options in online stores. After all, the online suggestions are based on the buying patterns of others or using products the online retailer links together. Store displays are created (and stores are arranged) to help you find what you need and want. Collections are curated with the shopper in mind. You may find a lot of treasurers browsing that way.

Window shopping can lead to ideas.

When you shop in-person around the holidays you’ll be treated to beautiful window and decoration displays. These could inspire your holiday home décor or help you figure out something for your hard-to-buy-for aunt. A display may also draw you into trying a new business that you hadn’t noticed before. There are so many serendipitous possibilities when shopping in-person this Small Business Season.

Stores like Vixen Collection is full of fun holiday gifts for all ages – and great holiday outfits for the discerning fashionista

You could find your next job.

If you shop in-person, you’ll quickly realize how many businesses are hiring. Who knows? You might decide to work at your favorite shop over the holidays.

One’s couch has never been the setting for a Hallmark holiday movie, but Main Street certainly has.

And we all love those movies, don’t we?

We aren’t telling you to never shop online again. Online shopping is simply too convenient and there are many times when you can get things delivered online faster than you are able to clear your schedule and shop in-person. There are also many local sellers that have an online presence so you can buy online and still “shop local.”

Still, there are several reasons to shop local, including the ability to spread some holiday cheer to your local businesses this Small Business Season.

Those business owners would just love to see your smiling face and the serious ones of Mr. Jackson, Hamilton, and Washington.

This Small Business Season, let’s give Magnolia’s local and small businesses something to be thankful for.

Let’s give them the gift of our support. Love local, Shop Magnolia.

Election Results and Analyses – election to be certified on Nov. 23rd

The local election results from the evening on November 2, 2021 have produced a new Mayor for Seattle, the re-election of a long reigning King County Executive and a new Councilmember for the Seattle City Council. As of Friday, November 5, all three marquee city-wide races – the Mayor, City Attorney, and Council Position 9 – have been called based on voting trends over the three days following election night, though outstanding votes are still being counted.

Elections will be certified by King County Elections on November 23rd at 3pm. To keep current on daily vote counts thru certification on November 23rd, click here.

Of additional interest, the School Board position that represents the Magnolia area was decided and there were upset losses for two longtime Port of Seattle incumbents.

Below, we provide the election counts from election night through Friday, Nov. 5. We also link political insights from KOUW, Seattle’s local independent, non-profit newsroom.



  • Lorena González: 40.1% (first count 35%; second count 35.5%; third count 37.8%)
  • Bruce Harrell: 59.3% (first count 64.6%; second count 64.2%; third count 61.6%)

City Attorney

  • Ann Davison: 52.2% (first count 58.3%; second count 57.8%; third count 55.1%)
  • Nicole Thomas-Kennedy: 47% (first count 41%; second count 41.5%; third count 44.1%)

City Council Position 8

  • Teresa Mosqueda: 58.8% (first count 52.4%; second count 53.2%; third count 56%)
  • Kenneth Wilson: 40.8% (first count 47.1%; second count 46.3%; third count 43.5%)

City Council Position 9

  • Sara Nelson: 54.5% (first count 60.3%;’ second count 59.8%; third count 57.3%)
  • Nikkita Oliver: 45.3% (first count 39.5%; second count 40%, third count 43.5%)

Seattle School Board District 4

  • Vivian Song Maritz: 71.7% (first count 67.9%; second count 68.5%; third count 70.2%)
  • Laura Marie Rivera: 28% (first count 31.6%; second count 31.1%; third count 29.5%)

Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 1

  • Norman Z. Sigler: 25.1% (first count 26.2%; second count 26%; third count 25.4%)
  • Ryan Calkins: 73.87% (first count 73%; second count 73.3%)

Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 3

  • Stephanie Bowman: 46.3% (first count 50.7%, second count 50.4%; third count 48.6%)
  • Hamdi Mohamed: 53.2% (first count 48.7%; second count 49.2%; third count 50.9%)

Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 4

  • Peter Steinbrueck: 46.1% (first count 50%; second count 49.7%; third count 48.1%)
  • Toshiko Grace Hasegawa: 53.4% (first count 49.4%; second count 49.8%; third count 51.4%)


King County Executive

  • Dow Constantine: 55% (first count 57.3%; second count 57.17%; third count 56.3%)
  • Joe Nguyen: 43.9% (first count 41.6%; second count 41.73%; third count 42.5%)

Apply to the Small Business Stabilization Fund by 11/14

The city of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development has announced that they are extending the application deadline for the Small Business Stabilization Fund until November 14 at 11:59 p.m. In addition, the City of Seattle added $2 million to the Stabilization Fund to support small businesses and organizations impacted by the new vaccination verification requirement. Eligible small businesses and organizations that are required to enforce this policy will receive additional funding of up to $1,000. 

Key information for this new round:  

  • The Fund will provide $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 grants. 
  • Small businesses with up to 50 full-time equivalent employees can apply. 
  • Businesses who received a Stabilization Fund in past rounds can apply. 
  • Eligible sectors for the new vaccination verification funding include restaurants, performing arts and cultural institutions, nightlife spaces, and extracurricular/recreational indoor activity spaces (such as bowling alleys, gyms, gaming facilities, etc.).  

Please note that eligible applicants will not be required to submit a separate application to access this additional vaccination verification funding. Applicants who already submitted their Stabilization Fund application do not need to reapply.  Apply here.

If you need assistance to complete the online application, language access services, accommodations or accessibility information, please contact the city’s Office of Economic Development at 206-684-8090 or oed@seattle.gov

Mural on WBL Services Building Completed

WBL Services building is sporting a beautiful, if not stunning new mural that celebrates the history of the Magnolia area immediately adjacent to the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The mural is on the northern side of WBL Services building, which is located at 4433 27th Ave. W. and accessed just off of Fort Street. Local artist, Ariel Parrow collaborated with the Magnolia Chamber to design and paint the amazing large-scaled mural. Parrow’s art celebrates local industrial themes, including railroads and the maritime industry, long prevalent in the NE quadrant area of Magnolia. As many know, the area is part of the specially designed Ballard Interbay Manufacturing Industrial Center and home to an array of light industrial and manufacturing businesses, as well as retail and the service sectors. The mural is the first in what the Chamber hopes will be ongoing improvements to the visual appeal of area building to delight workers, customers, and visitors to local businesses. Deep appreciation goes to WBL Services for providing the canvas for the beautiful mural, and to sponsors Cantera Development Group, LLC, Alaska Ship Supply, Brian & Youkie Chambers of State Farm, Queen Anne Painting Company, Lydia Brewer Photography, and the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce.

State celebrates Entrepreneurship Month -offers free trainings, support for small businesses in November

Small business owners can take advantage of a selection of free online workshops and sessions as part of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Month. The month-long celebration launches in November and learning opportunities will feature a wide range of topics designed to address the significant challenges businesses face now and in the years to come as small business owners rebuilt, recover, and restart.

Leading professionals will conduct online sessions to spur new business starts and inspire entrepreneurship statewide over the month of November. The Department of Commerce will lead the state’s participation in the events teed up by the annual international Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration (Nov. 8-14, 2021).

Over the last seven years, the department has co-hosted and coordinated more than 300 events in-person and online. With public safety top of mind, Commerce decided only to hold online sessions again this year. Leading experts from state and federal agencies and the private sector will teach the free online sessions.

Check out the complete list of Global Entrepreneurship Month events.

Vaccination verification required for indoor activities and large outdoor events – October 25

Beginning October 25, people ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter certain indoor and outdoor events and establishments in King County.

This requirement will help to protect customers and workers, protect our health care system (read a statement of support from the healthcare community), and prevent business closures as the Delta variant continues to spread in King County. You can read this Public Health Insider blog post for more information, and view the Local Health Order.

For those seeking an easy way to access your official immunization records, including providing proof of vaccination status, visit MyIR Mobile. The state of Washington is partnering with MyIR Mobile and residents can access specific information here.

To find COVID-19 vaccination locations near you, visit kingcounty.gov/vaccine.

Current mask guidance remains in effect. For more information, visit kingcounty.gov/masks.

For additional business resources, including required signage and tools for implementation and compliance, visit kcvaxverified.com.

Seattle mayoral candidates M. Lorena González and Bruce Harrell to face off in debate Thursday, Oct. 28

Current and past Seattle City Council Presidents M. Lorena González and Bruce Harrell will face off in the second of two televised debates Thursday in the final stretch of Seattle’s mayoral race.

Harrell won the August primary with 34% of the vote, surpassing González by less than 2%. Ballots for the Nov. 2 general election were mailed Wednesday, Oct. 13.

The two candidates will discuss public health and safety in Thursday’s hourlong debate, which will begin at 7 p.m.

The event is organized by the Washington State Debate Coalition and the Seattle City Club. The debate will be held in person in the KCTS 9 studio with no in-person audience, and will be broadcast on local television and radio and livestreamed on seattletimes.com. You can also access on TVW starting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28.

The debate will be moderated by Essex Porter from KIRO 7 and feature a panel of David Kroman from Crosscut, Hana Kim from FOX 13 and Hanna Scott from KIRO radio.