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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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Sponsorship Opportunities

Luncheon Sponsorships are a great way to keep your name in front of our business membership and the FME community. Contact Lora for details! Also included in your sponsorship. . . Two complimentary admission tickets Dedicated Chamber Ambassador to assist with setup and tear down Your business name and logo on all promotional materials One…

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March Luncheon – Connecting to Resources

Please join us for our March Chamber luncheon with Betty Capestany, Economic Development Director for Pierce County. Betty will be giving us important updates on business in Pierce County, as well as a¬†glimpse of the newly launched, extensive online search tool of the Commercial Broker Association (CBA) listings: The new website gives business owners,…

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Changes Made to Washington’s Overtime Rules

In September, we encouraged our members to submit their comment on the states proposed rule regarding pay for salaried employees who are exempt from overtime pay. The rules have gone into effect and will be affecting an estimated 40,000 Washington employees in July of this year (2020) and 259,000 workers by 2028. What does this…

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C3 – Chamber Connection Cohort

Tuesday Morning Networking – New Format – “C3”(Chamber Connections Cohort)We are revamping the Tuesday morning networking, but still will be meeting from 8-9 am at the Edgewood City Hall most of the time.  Contact Kara Jovag for more details or to get signed up on the Facebook group so you can stay more connected! On January 7th, we…

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