EDC News Update 04.19.2021

Please join us Wednesday morning at 8am for a broad ranging discussion with Terry Ward, the publisher of the Peninsula Daily News.

Please join us Wednesday morning at 8am for a broad ranging discussion with Terry Ward, the publisher of the Peninsula Daily News.
Our local newspapers reflect the challenges and successes of our local businesses since their revenues are generated largely from marketing dollars spent by our local businesses.
Sound Publishing also owns the Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum.
Terry Ward is the current publisher of the Peninsula Daily News and is responsible for Sound Publishing’s operations in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap County, Whidbey Island, Aberdeen, WA and its properties in Juneau, Kenai and Homer, Alaska.
Please join us:
Meeting ID: 894 7451 0306Passcode: 187447One tap mobile+12532158782,,89474510306#,,,,*187447# US (Tacoma)
Dial by your location    +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)Meeting ID: 894 7451 0306Passcode: 187447
Upcoming Guests:April 21 – Terry Ward – Publisher Peninsula Daily NewsMay 5 – DNR Commissioner Hillary Franz
Wineries, Lavender Farmers, Farmers Market Operators: The $15K Relief & Recovery Grants close Next Monday
!The WA State Dept of Agriculture Relief and Recovery grants are available thanks to a partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce. Grants of approximately $15,000 are available for small businesses in four sectors:Shellfish growersFarmers market organizationsAgritourism farmsSmall breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries (dependent upon tap or tasting room sales).These four sectors were selected for assistance as a way to bolster the health and diversity of the Washington state economy by providing support to disproportionately impacted and previously underserved agricultural sectors. The grant program opens Apr. 9 and runs through Apr. 26.
Calling all employers! Are you looking for work-from-home, Virtual/Teleworking employees?

Register for an upcoming state-wide virtual job fair this Thursday April 22, 2021 from 10am-2pm. To register for a free booth please complete this form at: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=F-LQEU4mCkCLoFfcwSfXLbPhYeUfbs5BkDgVHcrWqk9UN0xQWlY2VlBMVlU5OVlUVjI4TjhUSjJZVi4u
Questions can be directed to email to Mike Robinson at mrobinson@esd.wa.gov. Remote work is defined as potential to work anywhere which is a little ambiguous. Businesses that participate are expected to offer positions that are mostly Work from Home, Virtual, or Teleworking. Positions that are temporarily remote due to Covid-19 do not meet the need of this event and will have other opportunities. If there is an expectation that the potential employee returns to an office in the near future, those positions do not meet the employment topic of this fair.
What are our local governments buying and building in the next few years and how can your business be hired for it?
Two Panel Discussions with our local governments (county, cities, schools, PUD) on what they will be building and buying in the next 6 months – 2 years! Join us.

Your EDC, in partnership with the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and USDoT Northwest Small Business Transportation Resource Center, will be hosting panels on Tuesday and Thursday of this week to finish our month-long series of classes.
Over $100M will be spent in Clallam County by the WA State Dept of Transportation over the next two years to remove fish barriers across our state highways.
To register for the panel discussions go to: https://washingtonptac.org/bondingcontracting/
What’s in the American Rescue Plan for me?We’ve created a Color-Coded Map for you to find the Funds and Programs for your Business or Non-Profit or as a household in the $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan of 2021

You can download our color-coded map at our ChooseClallamFirst.com website to quickly search through the $1.9Trillion, 642 page document with direct links to the section that apply to you, so you can get prepared to apply for programs or funding. The map is much easier to see on a non-mobile device.
For more information and to download the information in Word format go to https://chooseclallamfirst.com/the-american-rescue-plan-act/.
Shuttered Venue Operator Grants

Shuttered Venue Operator Grants

 The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal remains temporarily suspended but is expected to reopen any time now but register for an application portal account here.
The SBA is working to resolve technical issues. We can confirm we did not accept any applications or distribute any funding. When a reopening date is determined, we’ll provide updates in advance so that applicants have time to prepare.
Do you or someone you know own a Restaurant, Bar, Winery or catering company? The Restaurant Revitalization Fund will cover up to $5M of lost revenue?

Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $5 million per physical location.
Who can applyEligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:RestaurantsFood stands, food trucks, food cartsCaterersBars, saloons, lounges, tavernsSnack and nonalcoholic beverage barsFor the following entities onsite sales to the public must comprise at least 33% of gross receiptsBakeriesBrewpubs, tasting rooms, taproomsBreweries and/or microbreweriesWineries and distilleriesInnsLicensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products
Download the RRF Guide Here.View a Sample Application Here.
Signing up for SAM.gov, or getting a CAGE # or DUNS # are NOT going to be required!
Does your home or place of business have limited Broadband Access? The county’s draft report is available to offer public comment.
Clallam County Community Broadband Team has completed the draft Broadband Feasibility Study Report by BG Communications, Telecommunications Research Corporation, and GeoDecisions county is completing a Feasibility Study.
Public comments on the draft can be submitted to the NODC and closes today – submit them to ClallamBroadbandTeam@noprcd.org. Here is the link to the report Here is the link to the Exhibits.

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