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Jan 05
2021

Erica Dial

Governor Inslee announced a new safety plan for reopening the State of Washington. The HEALTHY WASHINGTON plan replaces the old SAFE START plan. The state will be divided up into 8 regions based on health system resources. In order to move to a new Phase (currently we are in a Phase 1), regions will have to show a 10% decrease in trends in case rates; a 10% decrease in COVID hospital admission rates; an ICU occupancy rate that's less than 90% and a test positivity rate of less than 10%. In Phase Two, restaurants can open indoor dining at 25% capacity, fitness centers can open at 25% capacity and other increases in capacity for events can increase. You can read more about it here (Governor's COVID page - new info isn't out just yet) https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources#Latest_news (New info will show up on this page when posted) read more

Nov 30
2020

Erica Dial

Round 3: Working Washington Business Grants - $50 million Who can apply? These grants are prioritized for: Small businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019 AND Businesses in the sectors that are most impacted by the recent public health measures as well as businesses in sectors that have experienced significant, cumulative impacts. Examples include full-service restaurants, fitness centers, bowling alleys and music and event venues. Certain nonprofits may also be eligible if they have a primary business activity that falls into a similar category as noted above. Example - a nonprofit full-service restaurant or nonprofit music venue. http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/working-washington-round-3/ read more

Nov 30
2020

Erica Dial

Our Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce has joined other Chambers in the State and signed a letter that was transmitted Wednesday to Senator Murray with Association of Washington Business and the Grassroots Alliance. On behalf of the nearly 7,000 members of the Association of Washington Business, and the thousands of additional businesses represented by the undersigned organizations, we write today to ask for your help and for your leadership in Congress to take action to on the economic recovery for business in our state. The attached letter outlines the recommendations for your consideration. See letter in full blog. read more

Sep 14
2020

Erica Dial

The Seattle Metro Chamber, which serves as the King County Associate Development Organization (ADO), is working to ensure that $580,000 in federal funding reaches King County small businesses. This is part of the $10 million that Washington State received for small business support from the federal CARES Act. This is a competitive grant with awards in the amounts of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 (for eligible businesses). Applications open today and close on Monday, September 25th at 5pm. Apply now. Click on Read Article to get the link that takes you to the grant application page and to find out if you qualify! read more

Jun 24
2020

Erica Dial

Yesterday afternoon Gov. Inslee announced that starting Friday, June 26th everyone will be required to wear a facial covering when outside their home and in public. The governor said there are exemptions to the facial covering rule, including: People who can't wear masks because of existing medical conditions. Children 5 years old and younger. People who are deaf or need to have their mouth uncovered in order to communicate. When it is onerous to do so, including customers who are eating out at a restaurant. read more


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