News for the week of 04.26.2021

Please join us Wednesday morning at 8am to hear from Representative Chapman and Owners of Black Ball Ferry Lines.


Decisions made during the 2021 legislative session will impact business owners’ and families’ lives immensely. By Wednesday morning we’ll be able to share more about those outcomes.
Due to COVID-19 border closures, Black Ball Ferry Lines, a critical element of our local economy has been unable to operate for over a year. But based on a chorus of strong community advocacy efforts, the decision-makers at the state level are taking action to help.


Rep Tharinger may also be able to join us.


Please join us:
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Upcoming Guests: May 5 – DNR Commissioner Hillary Franz


On Sunday (yesterday) the State Legislature adjourned their 2021 Session – Here is an Overview of Major Policy Decisions that Impact Businesses:

On Sunday the Legislature adjourned with the passage of a $59.2 Billion two-year operating budget as described in this Article from the Spokesman-Review.
Washington State Wire Article with an overview of the Capital Budget.Link to the 411 Page $6.3 Billion 2021-2023 Capital Budget.
KIRO 7 News Article on the Capital Gains Tax.
And lastly an Article on two major climate bills that passed just before the end of session – the Climate Commitment Act and a low carbon fuel standard.
Here is a link to the full State Budget Documents (Operating, Capital & Transportation): http://leap.leg.wa.gov/
You can access a link to the spreadsheet  Here.


The Shuttered Venue Operator Grant application portal will reopen Today April 26, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. In preparation for the opening, potential applicants should register on the portal in advance. Applicants will also need a smartphone and a multi-factor authenticator app to register and apply.The SBA has also added the following updated resources.

  • Applicant user guide and FAQ: For help with the application process, refer to the applicant user guide and FAQ.
  • Checklist: Use the checklist to make sure you have everything you need to complete your application. 

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 apply: Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • For the following entities onsite sales to the public must comprise at least 33% of gross receipts
  • Bakeries
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries
  • Wineries and distilleries
  • Inns
  • Licensed 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!

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