The Seattle Office of Economic Development has opened nominations for a new Legacy Business Program, which will honor and support one longtime business from each city council district in 2020, its inaugural year.

Spearheaded by District 1 Councilmember Lisa Herbold, the program is open to businesses that have been operating in Seattle for at least 10 years and have fewer than 50 employees, including their owners. Once nominated, those businesses must apply for consideration; businesses can also self-nominate.

Winners will be decided by a selection committee comprised of business representatives from each district.

Other criteria to be considered for a Legacy Business designation include serving a greater community benefit beyond selling goods or services, contributing to the the ground-floor neighborhood identity and being at significant risk of displacement.

Nominations are open until Feb. 14 and can be submitted at

The benefit of being declared a Legacy Business includes access to OED support services, including a commercial lease and succession planning toolkit, marketing, two hours of legal consultation with Wayfind Legal, a two-minute promotional video by Drag & Drop Creative and social media promotions by OED.

An awards ceremony will be held in May to recognize the first round of Legacy Businesses during National Small Business Month.