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CARES Act

With the $2.2 trillion stimulus package signed today, there is tremendous relief available for small businesses, who are struggling to keep their employees on payroll. Congress has approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It allocates $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact,…

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Consolidated Corona Info

Who else is feeling a true sense of information overload? I’ve spent more time watching the news in the last couple weeks than I could have imagined. On a conference call today, I was directed to a comprehensive website that consolidates information and is regularly updated. The webpage is pretty easy to navigate with the…

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Childcare Issues and Workforce

As I tuned into the AWB’s (Association of Washington Businesses) Workforce Summit webinar today, one of the sessions was about Childcare costs and how this is an issue with which employers and employees have continuous struggles. Since my kids are older, I had not thought a lot about it during this current crisis, but this…

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Action List for business owners impacted by COVID-19

Is Covid affecting your bottom line and cash flow? Today I listened to a Workforce Summit Live Webinar with AWB. One of the speakers was from the Thurston Economic Development Council and Center for Business and Innovation. She had some great information that she encouraged others to share. This is copied and pasted off of…

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Small Business Resiliency Guide

The SBDC (Small Business Development Center) says, “As you all know, the best time to craft a business resiliency plan is before you go into business. The next best time is now. An actionable resiliency plan could mean the difference between business continuity under adverse conditions and business closure.” They have links for Business Resiliency…

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Resources for Businesses impacted by Corona

Information about these opportunities is changing frequently. As information is gathered, updates will be posted here. Updated March 23: On March 22, the SBA posted this – Update: Disaster Assistance Now Available to all Washington Small Businesses Economically Impacted by COVID-19 As of 7:30 am on Monday, March 16… The SBA may be able to…

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Business Resources amid Covid – Columbia Bank

The FME Chamber is actively searching for ways to support our members during this unprecedented time. We know that Corona will have a significant impact on some of our members so we will be sharing resources as we find them. Columbia Bank sent me a message saying, “ “Hi Kara, Columbia Bank does offer quick…

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Covid and the possibility of SBA Disaster Loans

In January, we had a representative of the Small Business Administration visit our C3 group. Desiree gave us all sorts of information about the resources SBA has for small businesses. She didn’t talk about Covid-19 being a disaster for our region at the time; but an economic disaster is what this is turning into for…

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Pierce Transit Destination 2040 Long Range Plan Update

Pierce County, along with our region as a whole, is growing rapidly. At the RAMP meeting this month, there was a statistic that floored me. In our 4 county Puget Sound region, in 2019, our population grew 68,470 over the previous year. Divide that by 365 and we had an increase of 188 new residents…

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Regional Airport Capacity

This morning, Lora and I attended the RAMP (Regional Access Mobility Partnership) meeting at the Port of Tacoma. One of the speakers was Josh Brown from the Puget Sound Regional Council. A few of the things he shared were incredibly interesting and thought provoking. The study specifically addresses aviation concerns in our region over the…

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