The stories of business resiliency

Profiles in Resilience showcases East King County businesses and nonprofits that survived and even started up during COVID-19 lockdowns, often pivoting multiple times to sustain themselves. Check back periodically as we update this page with new profiles.

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Pushing Boundaries

Pushing Boundaries is a non-profit that provides exercise therapy for people navigating paralysis. Given the medical complexity of its clientele, navigating COVID-19 has been a challenge.

Maintaining connection with clientele was incredibly important. Despite having to close their doors, the entire staff kept in touch with clients, doing virtual check-ins and Zoom hours.

New procedures, investment in PPE, and limiting the number of people on site are just a few of the adjustments that Pushing Boundaries has made. Now new and returning clients are receiving care and Pushing Boundaries’ doors are back open.

Discover Yoga

Discover Yoga in Redmond closed one week before the state-wide lockdown in March 2020, thinking that they would reopen in a couple of weeks.

When they realized that this wouldn’t be the case, they transitioned into livestreaming classes, which are now “here to stay.” Learn more about Discover Yoga’s journey by listening to their video!

The Ally League

The Ally League was founded by Kesha Rodgers and Sara So, two friends and mothers. Located in Kirkland, the company’s mission is to transform empathy to action in the fight against racism. In the fall of 2020, they launched Black Boxes – gift boxes curated with items from Black-owned businesses for consumers and business clients.

The Ally League was founded during the pandemic. Business challenges included funding, capacity, and awareness. Rodgers and So encourage other small businesses to not be shy about seeking support. So says, “There are more resources than ever for small businesses, especially minority-owned.”

The outlook for the year ahead is bright for The Ally League. So reports, “We just won two pitch contests focused on our membership training plans, and it’s been a great confirmation that our unique approach to anti-racism training and support can fill a big, unmet need.”