Thriving businesses are essential to thriving communities. In addition to economic opportunity, small businesses provide the character, feel, and culture that define a community’s essence. Sue Taoka’s mission at Craft3 (a nonprofit community development financial institution) is to figure out how to support and strengthen small businesses in the Pacific Northwest. Craft3 makes loans and provides “capital plus” to entrepreneurs in both for- and nonprofit sectors. Sue and her team at Craft3 deliver essential resources needed for small business growth, and thus community growth and stability. With more than $380 million dollars loaned to date, Craft3 supports a triple bottom line approach to lending: economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental sustainability.
Join us for breakfast as Sue shares insights gained from more than 30 years building thriving communities and businesses that will expand our ability to:
Build a community based business and mindset.
Create a community that supports its members.
Sue will pose questions that support a more mindful approach to thriving in the communities where we live and work.
Cool fact: Sue was instrumental in bringing Taiko drumming to Seattle.
June 29 - WBE Happy Hour, WBE Members and Guests Event Learn more
July 14 - Sue Taoka is changing the world! Recently appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council, Sue is Executive Vice President at Craft3, a nonprofit lender that provides business, septic repair and energy-efficiency loans in Washington and Oregon.
August 11 - Jessica Tonani, CEO of Verda Bio, a Seattle biotech company. Jessica is a scientist who has battled for legal change to allow scientific research into marijuana for standardization and product consistency for medical use.