While there’s still a chance that it could happen before June 30, we are now approaching Reopening Week. Inslee has stated, ““Many people, myself included, are eager for our state to fully reopen. I have said repeatedly we are going to do this on June 30 or when we hit 70% of people 16 and…

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The state is offering an incentive program to encourage everyone to get your shot so we can fully reopen the state by June 30. Businesses know that fully reopening their doors is the key to growth and you can help if you get your shot. The state’s goal to remove restrictions by the end of…

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Our colleagues at the Tacoma Pierce Chamber of Commerce shared their Operation Control Our Own Destiny event with the FME Chamber. We received the following information from an email and wanted to share it with you. We know that Pierce County needs to get vaccinated. This is an important step so we can actually move…

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Does your nonprofit qualify for the new nonprofit Community Recovery Grant? The recent Restaurant Revitalization Grants offered relief aimed at a sector of the hospitality industry. And now, The WA State Department of Commerce has partnered with Artfunds to ensure that other nonprofits are included. Recognizing nonprofits play a vital role in helping our community…

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While we expected a new evaluation of movement between phases, the governor announced a pause on the roadmap to recovery. On April 16, Pierce County moved backwards into phase 2. This meant reduced capacity for retail stores, indoor dining, gyms, salons, and more. The capacity limit dropped from 50% capacity permitted in Phase 3 to…

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The SBA is offering a Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide emergency assistance to qualifying businesses. Qualifying food establishments who have experienced revenue loss due to the pandemic are eligible to apply for grant funds. Awards range from a minimum of $1000 to a maximum of $5 million per location ($10 million max per business.) The…

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Starting Tuesday, April 27, Covid vaccines will be available at the Tacoma Dome for drive thru or walk up service. Pierce County Department of Emergency Management has shared the following information in a press release on the 21st. Tacoma Dome is home for Pierce County’s vaccination effort for six weeks starting April 27. Pierce County…

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Eligible employers can now receive a paid leave tax credit for allowing their workers paid time off for Covid vaccines. Small and midsize employers, and some governmental employers, can claim refundable tax credits. These credits reimburse businesses for the cost of providing paid time off for COVID-19 vaccinations. Additionally, they include leave taken to recover…

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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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