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BUILD Black Wealth

The BUILD Black Wealth campaign is BUILD's initiative to increase Black wealth in Seattle and King County. BUILD is focused on injecting funding and providing education that focuses on Black homeownership, investing, savings, tax knowledge & preparation, goal setting, resume writing, and small business/org support.

Our next cohort will launch in July 2024 - thank you to everyone who has applied for participation via our LinkTree.

Participant confirmations will be sent out by June 30th. 

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Click the link below to read more about the 18 Black-led businesses/organizations chosen for our 2023 cohort that received $3,000 in funding and direct access to skill-building workshops, support, capacity building, marketing, and more.

BUILD Black Wealth Podcast (season 2 AIRING NOW)

Join us as we amplify the voices of the creators, owners, directors, designers, and facilitators behind our BUILD Black Wealth initiative. We're showcasing some of our 2023 Incubator Program winners and some of our workshop facilitators and letting them give you the inside scoop on how they BUILD Black Wealth!  Tap in weekly to learn how they got their businesses/organizations started, what motivates them to keep going, and what they desire to see in terms of wealth building for the Black community and more. 

all episodes are available ON ALL BUILD PLATFORMS 


BUILD Black Wealth Podcast S2 Ep 1: Sierra Jones, Owner – A Space Inside

BUILD Black Wealth Podcast S2 Ep 1: Sierra Jones, Owner – A Space Inside

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BUILD Black Wealth by the Numbers

With a focus on creating equity for the Black community, BUILD is partnering with community members to connect them to these resources, educational materials, and develop long-lasting connections to help close the wealth gap that exists for our Black community members.

This past year, we celebrated some amazing milestones with our BUILD Black Wealth Initiative. 13 Workshops, 20 Black-led businesses/organizations funded, 148 community members engaged, an 87% increase in using skills/info learned, and a 97% satisfaction rating among ALL participants.

If you missed any of this, scroll down to read and learn more and be sure to join us for more learning in 2023.

Wealth Building Workshops

Check out our workshops focused on educating the Black community on tips, techniques, and habits that can help them on their wealth-building journey. If you missed any of the workshops, check out the FREE resources available below.

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2023 Home Ownership Education Workshop 

Join our Partners, Dee Dee Scott of Dee Dee Real Estate, and Jessica Talton of Movement Mortgage to learn how to navigate the homeownership process in the current market. Get tips on preparing yourself to become a Home Owner and navigate the process with a professional.

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2023 BUILD Labor Standards for Business - Business Licensing and Independent Contractor Protections

Join BUILD 206 to learn what is needed to launch your business/organization and remain compliant as a business/organization in the City of Seattle. BUILD is bringing information from the Office of Labor Standards to the community to discuss the City of Seattle Business Licensing and Tax Requirements and Independent Contractor Ordinances. Leave ready to do business and stay in business in the City of Seattle.

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2023 Community Connections through Marketing & Networking

Customers seek a great product or service and an authentic human connection with your brand and their community. Join Michelle Lang-Raymond of Acts on Stage, to learn how being authentic and passionate about your brand, product, and customer can help grow your business or organization. Gain insight, tips, and techniques for improving your marketing and expanding your network.

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2023 Budgeting and Tax Education for Business

Watch our workshop to learn tips and tricks to take your budgeting skills to the next level using Google Sheets. Get an understanding of how to manage your budget for your business using basic templates. Also, learn how to prepare to file your business taxes correctly and maximize your expense deductions. This workshop will be co-led by André Franklin, BUILD 206 Leadership Team Member, and Nichele Smith, a tax professional with Smith Strong Services.

NOTE: The tax information shared is related to the 2022 Tax Year. Please consult with a tax professional for information and updates related to the current tax year (or the tax year that you have questions about.)

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Business Growth with Digital Marketing

Want to use Digital Marketing to GROW your Business?

Join our partner, Galan Ruelos, Chief Optimization Officer of Valor Marketing, to understand how digital marketing can take your business/organization to the next level. Leave with a clear understanding of how SEO, Google Ads, Social Media Management, and more can boost your ability to reach the community and more potential customers. 

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Google Sheets for Budgeting

Need to track your funds, but don't know what tools to use?

Watch as BUILD Founder & Leadership Team Member, André Franklin teaches tips and tricks on how you can maximize your business using Google Sheets. Leave understanding how to manage your budget for your personal life or for your business using basic templates along with implementing simple actions to help you improve your business operations for FREE!

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Google Docs for Business

Need resources for your business but don't know where to start?

If you missed this workshop,  don't worry! Watch and learn tips and tricks on how you can maximize your business using Google Docs. Learn how to create easy-to-use templates for invoices, letterhead, professional manuals, and documentation using Google Docs. Understand how this tool helped BUILD206 scale its operations and more for FREE!

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Health is Wealth

Want to learn more about the connection between your health and improved financial success?

If you missed this workshop, don't worry, click the link above to check out how our BUILD partner, Sierra Jones (A Space Inside), provides info and education on understanding self-care, living in flow, and creating balance to activate your health, wealth, and vitality. Get the tips and start living your best life today!

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Google Forms for Business

Maximize your business productivity with Google Forms!

Check out tips and tricks from BUILD's co-founder, André Franklin on how to create basic forms, gather data and information from your customers/clients and implement simple actions to help you improve your business operations for FREE. 

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Debt Management & Investing

Interested in learning more about Stocks & Investing?

Need to get your debt under control so you can invest?


Check out the information from BUILD Partner, Kory Kumasaka, to learn about the financial options available to you and to escalate your conversations around finances with your family & friends.

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Setting Goals for Growth

If you missed our Setting Goals for Growth Workshop, no worries.


Click the link above to view the presentation and learn from the comfort of your own home. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to BUILD's own, Andre Franklin with questions.

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Life Insurance & Estate Prep

Did you miss our Life Insurance Workshop?

No worries! Check out some helpful information from our BUILD partner, Tyona O'Cain, a state-certified insurance broker, to learn about the importance of life insurance and the benefits of properly planning for your future & your estate.  If you have questions, feel free to email Tyona O'Cain to get more info.

FREE Resources

BUILDing wealth is a collaborative effort. It won't be complete in ONE DAY, but you can start your journey TODAY with the right tools and resources. Check out these FREE resources to jump-start your path to financial literacy and wealth-building.

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Million Stories is a new entertainment platform that will harness the power of entertainment to inspire, entertain, and transform lives. Generation Z is the largest generation of adults in America, but we haven't learned how to make the system work for us. Most of us don't even know what we don't know. The truth is, not everyone knows where to start. It even seems overwhelming.

Click HERE to watch their series with Richard Sherman on money management & budgeting

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Meet Tiffany The Budgetnista -- the Black woman dedicated to making life-changing financial education accessible to women worldwide. Visit her page for FREE financial resources for both adults and children alike. Featured on various national networks (ABC, NBC, MSNBC), Tiffany has helped over 1M+ people #LIVERICHER lives through improved financial literacy.

Click HERE to learn more.

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Join the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle for their Financial Empowerment Series.

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle’s Housing department takes pride in supporting economic growth and empowerment in our community by providing low-to-moderate income individuals and families with free financial literacy and training.

Click HERE to learn more.

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Mint Budget Tracker

Do you need a FREE and easy way to track your income & expenses? Check out the MINT app and easily track, understand, and manage your finances directly from your smartphone. Securely link your bank accounts and stay on top of your money management.


Click HERE to learn more.

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Affordable Seattle

A key part of building wealth and financial literacy is related to making choices to maximize where MOST of your money goes. For many of us, much of our money is spent on the cost of living (rent, mortgage, utilities, transportation, etc.). If you live within the City of Seattle, learn about resources to improve your affordability of living in the city. Find links about the best rates for childcare, transportation programs, utilities, and much more.


Click HERE to learn more.

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