Do you worry about unemployment taxes, especially after the roller coaster ride in 2020? As members of the Grassroots Alliance, the Chamber brings you opportunities to participate in their efforts. In November, the alliance advocated for local businesses. This week, we were sent the following invitation to us. We are extending it to you… We…

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If you aren’t a health care worker, then you may be wondering when Covid vaccines will be available to you. Governor Inslee announced that our state has moved to into a new phase for distribution. You can now get the vaccine if you are over 65. Likewise, if you are over 50 but live in…

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The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is providing both live virtual webinars and recordings of free PPP webinars. Funding is provided by funded by SBA and Washington State University. Live webinars will be held biweekly, as needed and recordings can be accessed at the WSBDC website. The next live virtual webinar will be on…

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The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department announced an app for the Covid vaccine. When released, users will use it to determine their eligibility for vaccinations. The Health Department expects to release the app, called Phase Finder, later this month. App helps with understanding priority for vaccine Phase 1: Many health care workers and those living…

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Governor Jay Inslee announced a NEW Healthy Washington plan for the road to recovery. This new plan removes the old Phases of Reopening established back in May. Phased re-openings will no longer be done county-by-county. Instead, 4 healthcare metrics will determine the reopening for 8 regions. These metrics include: Infections decreased by 10% for 14…

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The State rollback extension again has been extended and now lasts through January 11th. Read the full proclamation here. 

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Good news for small businesses with changes to PPP loans with the new stimulus bill. A $900 billion stimulus bill is now law. This stimulus bill includes significant updates to the Paycheck Protection Program. These changes apply to existing or new PPP loans. While the past changes were helpful, this makes the loan more beneficial to more…

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School guidelines for in-person learning

The governor and the superintendent of public schools have announced a less restrictive School Guidelines for In-Person Learning. The new guidelines from the Department of Health have 3 categories. High, moderate and low. Each category has recommendations for who should receive in-person learning. In person learning should be made available for all students if cases…

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Join NFIB’s PPP and COVID-19 experts, Beth Milito and Holly Wade, as they answer questions about: PPP forgiveness, including the latest from banks on the timing of application and acceptance COVID-19 updates and compliance resources for small business owners Congressional outlook for 2021, including 2nd PPP and extended COVID-19 paid leave CDC updates and state…

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Covid vaccine arriving Monday

Today Governor Inslee announced that our state could receive the Covid-19 vaccine as early as tomorrow, Monday, December 13. If this is accurate, then Tuesday could mark the first doses given in Washington. Washington has an estimated 62,000 doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine set for delivery. A news conference with Gov. Inslee made the…

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Inslee announced, as many expected, a rollback extension beyond the original December 14 deadline. Restrictions will now extend through at least Monday, January 4. The governor’s website now states: In order to slow the spread of rapidly increasing COVID cases in our state and ensure that hospital and medical systems are not overwhelmed, we are…

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Contact Congress today     Retailers need federal stimulus NOW! Contact Congress today!       As the pandemic wages on, retailers need Congress to break through partisan gridlock before adjourning for the Holidays.    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) calls it “inexcusable” for Congress to leave town without providing more relief. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said…

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Governor Inslee announced that the state now has WA Notify, an app to assist with Covid notification. The app is free and uses Bluetooth technology and allows people to be notified if they’ve been in proximity to someone who later tests positive for COVID. Other states such as Virginia, New York and Colorado are already…

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The WA Hospitality Association has posted an Action Alert. They want to hear your voice, whether you are a restaurant or hotel operator, an employee, or even just a customer. The Government Affairs team is collecting stories to share with the Governor, lawmakers, and agency directors. How has this closure and COVID-19 impacted you, your…

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The $135 million authorized by Inslee for Covid relief includes $50 million in Working Washington Business Grants. Here’s who the funding will be available to help. Priority assistance is for small businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019. Additional qualifications include that those businesses are also in industries most impacted by…

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Earlier this week, when Governor Inslee announced Rollbacks and restrictions for certain industries, he pledged additional Covid relief funds. At that time the promise was for $50 million, but that has increased to $135 million. Both businesses and residents are the intended recipients of the funds, which are coming from Federal CARES Act assistance. State…

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