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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

Dec 14
2020

Erica Dial

The Greater Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for the 2020 Business of the Year award, 2020 New Business of the Year award, 2020 Chamber Member of the Year award and 2020 Non-Profit of the Year award. Click here to be directed to our survey. Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, December 22nd. We will be honoring the achievements, the dedication, and the innovative spirit of our local businesses over the past year. We want to tell our stories, proclaim achievements, celebrate milestone anniversaries, and brag a little. Not only is this an opportunity to more formally recognize and applaud businesses, it is an opportunity to share the most successful business practices and set a benchmark for excellence. Read article for more information and link to nomination survey. read more

Dec 09
2020

Erica Dial

Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced a 3 week extension on COVID business restrictions. He was also joined by Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown, who announced an additional 50 Million which will double the number of Washington small businesses that will receive aid. Industries recently shut down, such as restaurants and fitness centers, as well as businesses that have been devastatingly impacted throughout the pandemic, like music and event venues, have been prioritized. Applications are open but the deadline is the FRIDAY - don't wait until then to apply. 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


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