Double the Fun

The FME Chamber is excited to announce two upcoming ribbon cutting ceremonies. That’s right, not one, but two new businesses will celebrate their grand openings. First up on the calendar is A Little Knitty at 1007 Milton Way, Milton, WA 98354. This wonderful yarn shop moved from Auburn to Milton in June 2024. The ribbon-cutting…

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Linda Disney joins the FME Chamber

Linda Disney has joined the FME Chamber as President/CEO. She brings a wealth of experience as a small business owner and association executive. She has worked in economic development and chambers of commerce and believes that small and medium businesses must thrive to make our communities the best places to live, work, and raise our…

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Chamber Connections Cohort

Every Tuesday, join us for Chamber Connections Cohort (C3,) a networking benefit of chamber membership. Through the pandemic, we met virtually, but Edgewood City Hall has invited us back for in person meetings! While we are so excited to be back in person, regular attendees have found quite a bit of convenience in the virtual…

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Short-term Extension of Property Tax

A short-term extension of property tax may be a bit of relief for certain businesses. Businesses that can show a loss of a quarter of their revenues due to Covid can apply for the extension. Additionally, qualifying businesses will not need to pay penalties or interest. To request an extension and a payment plane, be…

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Roll Back Relief Grants Pierce County

Roll back relief grants are now available to qualifying businesses and non profits. On Friday, April 16, restrictions rolled back to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington Reopening. That means reducing capacity for indoor activities back down to 25%. These restrictions significantly impact businesses such as restaurants and gyms. Pierce County has created a grant…

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South Sound Business Summit

May 3, 2021 – May 7, 2021Businesses need help, that is why this year, it’s FREEwww.southsoundbusinesssummit.com SIGN UP FOR FREE HERE   6th Annual Event Hear from five amazing local leaders by email…FREE WHAT IS THE EVENT? Created in 2015, The South Sound Business Summit’s purpose is to support the South Puget Sound’s (South King, Pierce and Thurston County)…

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Risk of Rolling Back to Phase 2

There’s a risk of rolling back to phase 2 this coming Monday. Both the DOH and the governors office expressed concerns about a roll back for 3 counties, including Pierce. The Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan evaluates risks for each individual county. Measurements will be evaluated on Monday, April 12, and any change in…

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ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition

Small businesses looking to grow despite Covid should consider ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition. This program is a partnership between WA Department of Commerce and Thurston Economic Development Council. It offers 2-hour online classes once a week. Sessions last for 8 weeks. Up to 100 small businesses can participate. The training provided is valued at $1,599.…

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Tideflats Visioning

What’s your tideflats visioning? What would you like to see in the Tideflats Subarea Plan? How do you think the Tideflats should look and function 20 years from now? Thinking toward the future, what would you like to preserve, create, and change about the Tideflats?  Take this survey! Your answers are anonymous and it only…

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Tax Credit Up to $33,000

How does a Tax Credit of up to $33,000 per employee sound? The expansion of the employee tax credit could mean that for your business. But like so many of the programs that are out there to help business through the pandemic, a lot of questions surround it. NFIB is offering a free webinar on…

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Vaccine Eligibility April 15

Vaccine eligibility extends to all Washington residents on April 15. Well over a million people in Washington are fully vaccinated. More have received one dose, but plenty are still eager for their turn. My college aged daughters are among them. The anticipated date moved up, in part due to an uptick in cases, which could…

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PPP Extension

The Economic Development Board sent a letter about PPP extension to us here at the chamber. Don’t fear if you haven’t yet applied for PPP. The deadline has been extended. Last month, Congress extended the PPP deadline until the end of May. Eligible businesses have extended time to submit their applications. Lenders have more time…

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Extended Deferment for EIDL

For those worried about paying back loans, an extended deferment for the EIDL has been announced. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced this for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. All SBA disaster loans made in 2020 will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 24-months from the date…

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New Round of Working Washington Grants

The chamber is once again sharing information on on a new round of Working WA grants. This information is from a press release from the WA State Dept of Commerce. Round 4 of the Working WA Grants will open through the Washington State Department of Commerce on March 29. Business owners can find information about…

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Fife FBLA

The Chamber received a letter about Fife FBLA from Laura Ramos, teacher at Fife High School. We wanted to share it with our members. Congratulations to these local Future Business Leaders! The Fife High FBLA Community Service Project (CSP) Team (Trojan Heart) started off the 2020 school year with a project that really set out to…

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Expansion of Employee Retention Tax Credit

A recent expansion of the employee retention tax credit means a significant number of small businesses will now qualify. Beginning on January 1, 2021 the credit expires on January 1, 2022. Previously, the credit was for 50% on $10,000 in qualified wages for the entire year, with a maximum of $5,000 per employee. The new credit jumps to 70% on…

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