The Business District Resources Program at IDEA Space helps foster the entrepreneurial spirit and commercial activity that the Chinatown International District is known for. IDEA Space works in partnership with a variety of economic development and business organizations to bring resources and advocate for over 400 businesses in Chinatown, Japantown and Little Saigon. IDEA Space also assists property owners in filling vacancies by recruiting new businesses that are complementary to the character and diversity of the district.

Over years, IDEA Space has supported the work of other organizations and helped build their capacity to address the challenging and complex tasks of stabilizing our neighborhood economy during difficult economic times. In this role, we have launched a neighborhood branding campaign, initiated new promotional events for Japantown and Little Saigon, and reached out to key individuals in the tourism industry.

Beyond this work, IDEA Space has also recruited new businesses to the district, catalyzed programs such as Storefronts Seattle that activate vacant commercial spaces, and provided businesses with counseling or referrals to other technical assistance providers. Recently, we have grown this aspect of our work to include a new coworking and business counseling space, established to encourage entrepreneurial growth in the neighborhood while also helping to support existing businesses.  We have developed strong and sustainable partnerships with the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) and the Ethnic Business Coalition (EBC) to offer comprehensive and well-rounded resources for our businesses.  Additionally, we expanded our program to include business retention and attraction. 

Are you a new business looking for
a space in the neighborhood?

Contact Shanti Breznau the CID retail recruiter at