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BUILD Black Wealth

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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 BUILD Black Wealth Incubator Program is BACK

The application for our program, designed to support Black-led businesses and organizations with their launch, growth, and resiliency, is back for a 2nd round.

Apply today to participate in our 2023 cohort and get access to up to $3,000 in funding, access to skill-building workshops, free resources, and so much more!

Apply today for consideration.

Application closes on February 12th at 5:00 PM

BUILD Black Wealth Podcast

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 2022 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. 

This series will launch in early 2023

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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.

The response to our 2022 Incubator Program was one for the record books, so we're bringing it back in 2023.

Stay tuned for our 2023 Incubator Program application. We're giving out more funding, workshops, and resources to more Black-led businesses in our community. We were able to connect with 20 Black-led businesses/organizations this year, so let's see how many we can support next year.

The application will launch in January 2023.

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get notified when the application goes live.

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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2022 Tax Updates & Education

Taxes don't have to be scary for you or your new business!

Join Nichele Smith, a tax professional with Smith Strong Services, to learn about the changes that may impact your tax filing for 2022. Leave with a clear understanding of how to properly file your taxes, changes to the tax credit impact your refund or your small business, student loan forgiveness impacts, more electric car breaks, and informed about the latest standard deductions.

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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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Homebuyer Education (September 2022)

Ready to buy a home but don't know where to start?


Check out tips and tricks from our partner, Dee Dee Scott, as she shares her knowledge with the community and helps them understand and navigate the current real estate market. 

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to our BUILD Partner, Dee Dee Scott with Dee Dee Real Estate Group for info.

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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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