Thirty Students Turning Passion
into Action


In an effort to evaluate the current environment surrounding small businesses due to COVID-19 impacts, the Small Business COVID-19 Team conducted primary market research in the form of in-depth interviews and a survey (Small Business COVID-19 Aid Survey) with small business owners. These were distributed via the University of Washington’s Consulting and Business Development Center small business network in partnership with the nationwide Ascend program.

UW Consulting and Business
Development Center

The UW Consulting and Business Development Center is a center within the University of Washington established in 1995. The organization focuses on accelerating the growth and success of businesses in underrepresented communities and engaging students in hands-on projects with the business community in the Seattle area.

  • Atlanta
  • Bay Area
  • Chicago
  • Columbus
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Long Island
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • New Orleans
  • Newark
  • New York
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Twin Cities
  • Washington D.C.


The Ascend program is a network of small businesses owned by people of color, women, veterans, LGBTQ, and those located in under-served communities. Businesses average $400K - $2M average annual revenue. The program operates* in 16 cities across the United States.

*Phoenix, Portland, and St. Louis are in the process of recruitment.