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Impact WA Announces Aid for Manufacturers

The Chamber is happy to share more relief that Impact Washington is sharing with our manufacturing businesses. They’ve already informed us of grants that were available to manufacturers, and how broadly the definition of manufacturer can be. And now, Impact Washington Announces Availability Of $1.2M In CARES Act Funds To Aid Washington Based Manufacturers Impacted…

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$2.4M Available for Training Programs

Please consider this opportunity. And if you already have monies budgeted for staff development, education, or training, this is something you can’t ignore! Your business is recognizing that your “new normal” means that you will have to go through some adaptations in order to grow and thrive as we work past this pandemic. You have…

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Laid Off?

Unemployment has seen a massive spike with Covid-19, but efforts at relief are making it a little less painful. The CARES Act provides businesses with an incentive to retain employees through the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) and Unemployment Insurance is now often said to be on steroids. Those employees who qualify for unemployment (and that…

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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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Suddenly Unemployed?

As businesses and employees are all wondering what’s next, there has been a sudden high demand for unemployment insurance. If you or your employees are being laid off, there is help for navigating Unemployment Insurance. A series of WebEx sessions will be available online to help individuals set up accounts, file online, understand requirements and…

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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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C3 – Learn about the Trucking Industry

Last week, I’d had a long day. I was tired, wanted to get home, but still needed to stop to grab milk on my way home. I was behind a semi on I-5 and while I was cursing that I was driving slower than I wanted, I noticed the bumper sticker. “If you don’t like…

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C3 Meeting – Fife Underage Substance Abuse Coalition

On Tuesday, Feb 4, Tori McDermott Hale spoke at our C3 meeting. Fife has been identified as a high-risk community for youth who struggle with substance abuse and mental health concerns. How does this affect business? And what can we do about it? There are a couple of areas where these problems, in relation to…

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Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave

Paid Family and Medical Leave is a benefit for almost all employees in Washington. Starting soon, on January 1, 2020, employees can apply to receive this benefit through the Employment Security Department. As an employer, you are required to make sure that your employees have information about the program. This poster from is downloadable…

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