Albers School of Business and Economics
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

Micro-Enterprise

  • Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic

    The Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic is a joint effort between the the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center and the Seattle University School of Law.

    Starting each fall, clients come to the Clinic primarily from several community based micro-lending organizations: Community Capital Development (CCD) and Washington CASH (WA CASH). Our students apply their classroom teachings by providing pro bono advisory services to clients selected from CCD and WA CASH.

    Local entrepreneurs, attorneys, and business owners mentor students throughout the advisory service process to bring in hands-on, experiential knowledge.

    The Clinic generally caters to very small businesses. If you are interested in becoming a client of the Clinic, please visit WA CASH or CCD to see if you qualify.

    How can you get involved?

    Be a mentor.

    We are always looking for business people and attorneys to work with our students on their consulting projects.

    Be a client.

    Washington CASH provides a business training course, micro-credit lending services from $500-$5,000, technical business assistance, and peer support to enable low-income women (especially women currently dependent on public assistance), people with disabilities, and new immigrants/refugees to start or expand self-employment ventures. They also provide business training courses and technical assistance for specific issues related to the development of your business. To learn more, visit: Washington CASH.

    Community Capital Development (CCD) is a nonprofit community development organization and a certified community development financial institution that provides access to capital and business assistance to low-income, women and minority entrepreneurs, and small businesses in distressed and underserved communities in Washington state. CCD's approach to alleviating poverty is through self-sufficiency achieved through entrepreneurialism. To learn more, visit: Community Capital Development.