Accounting and Business Consulting

The Accounting and Business Consulting (ABC) program provides FREE one-on-one counseling to Seattle-based businesses seeking to re-establish operations after COVID-related disruption, and businesses wanting to scale and grow. Consulting services provided under the ABC Program will help small businesses implement sustainable financial solutions and assist with operational strategy that include but are not limited to:

  • Bookkeeping and accounting guidance
  • Business plan development
  • Marketing plan assistance
  • Cash flow management
  • Loan readiness

For questions, translation or interpretation, technical assistance, disability accommodations, materials in alternate formats or accessibility information, please contact Robyn Duckett (she/her/hers), Community Development Specialist, at or (206) 586-7779.

Getting Started

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Ventures is a Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential. We provide access to business training, capital, coaching, and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs. We serve those in our community for whom traditional business development services are out of reach, with a focus on women, people of color, immigrants, and individuals with low income. Our ultimate goal is to support individuals to increase their income potential, achieve long-term financial stability, provide for their families, and enrich their communities through small business ownership.

  • One-on-one business and financial coaching
  • Connections to business resources
  • Services are available in English and Spanish

Gross Revenue: Up to $500k

Number of Full-time Employees: Up to 10

Amy Hollander
Director of Training and Coaching
Ventures Nonprofit  

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The Gilkey Restaurant Consulting Group is a team of skilled industry professionals specializing in restaurant and hospitality consulting services having worked on hundreds of restaurants nationally, their talent as a consulting team is evident in the diversity of restaurant concepts they have successfully worked with: farm-to-table, artisan gastro pubs, Spanish tapas, French patisseries, Japanese sushi, Indian cuisine, modern Italian dishes, Alaskan seafood, and more. They have developed 1,500 square-foot fast-casual concepts, 4,500 square-foot casual full-service restaurants, and 10,000 square foot semi upscale restaurants. TGRCG has shown its ability to flex to any request and bring a quality product to market regardless of size or concept. From food development, restaurant start-up, and operations management, their depth of experience, collaborative management style, and innovative training methods will result in exceptional food quality and excellent brand performance.

One-on-one business coaching topics consulting sessions on general business, organizational structure, financial systems, operating systems, and human resources that would include but not be limited to the following:

  • Organizational Structure
  • Financial Systems Assessment
  • Operating Systems Assessment
  • Human Resource System Assessment

Accounting, Bookkeping, and Taxes

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Through years of owning and operating small businesses, Ellen Brown started Accounting for Taste to develop the tools and strategies for helping new or established business open, operate and thrive.  

  • Consulting around General Business or Accounting Practices
  • Assistance or guidance on Financial Accounting Systems
  • Assistance or guidance on cleaning up or migrating Financial Accounting Systems

Gross Annual Revenue: Up to $5M

Number of Full-time Employees: Up to 50

Marketing and Branding

Kirsti Rochon Design (KRD) is a skilled graphic designer and marketing professional with 20+ years of experience working with entrepreneurs, small businesses, and internationally recognized entities in all aspects of print, branding, and web. Under the ABC Program, KRD will work with eligible participants to create a clean, eye-catching, and unique logo or a brand guide – an invaluable toolbox of recommended guidelines and suggested styles for using your logo consistently.

One-on-one marketing and branding consulting that could include:

  • Logo design (up to 3 rounds of design)
  • Brand guide

You can reach out to KRD by calling (206) 854-8256 or emailing

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Seattle-based entrepreneurs, small businesses, creative workers, gig workers, and non-profit organizations must meet each consultant’s eligibility requirements:


Eligibility Requirements


Gross Annual Revenue: Up to $500k

Number of Full-time Employees: Up to 10

Accounting for Taste

Medzam Consulting

Salinas Tax & Accounting

Vision 7 Advertising


Kirsti Rochon Design

The Gilkey Restaurant Consulting Group

Launch Industries

MBI Consulting

Gross Annual Revenue: Up to $5M

Number of Full-time Employees: Up to 50

Number of Locations: No more than two

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Economic Development

Markham McIntyre, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5752, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94708, Seattle, WA, 98124-4708
Phone: (206) 684-8090
Phone Alt: (206) 684-0379
Fax: (206) 684-0379

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