Coffee with Colleen and the Weekly Update

The state’s new mandatory Long Term Care Insurance Program begins Jan 1, 2022. The Payroll Tax for the deducted from payroll checks unless you act now. 
Join us Wednesday at 8am to hear from Andy Callis, owner of Callis Insurance, and Mary Patzman, Employee Benefits Manager at Callis Insurance, to hear about the state program and options to avoid the mandatory payroll deductions.
They will address:What are the benefits of the state’s Washington Cares Fund?How much will it cost each employee?Are there other options? How much will those options cost?
Please join us:
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Upcoming Guests:June 2 – Child Care UpdateJune9 – DNR Commissioner Hillary Franz
Deadline is Monday, May 24th at 5pm for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund – DO NOT WAIT!
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.
To date, the SBA has received more than 303,000 applications. Read more about the preliminary data in this news release
For more information about eligibility, how to apply, and other details –including program information in more than 30 languages – visit the SBA website or call the support hotline at 1-844-279-8898.
What Is It? The SBA has a grant program for restaurants, bars, and tasting rooms that were impacted by the pandemic.How Much Can I Receive? The difference between 2019 revenue and 2020 revenue if you were open in 2019 or if you opened in 2020 – the different between 2020 eligible expenses and revenues.
How can I use the money? Payroll, rent, utilities, food, outdoor seating and operations expenses. What documents do I need to apply?1. Information on any EIDL, PPP, or SVOG awards.2. Financial documents such as 2019 tax return, 2020 revenue, EIN.
Apply Here for Restaurant Relief Funds
Governor Inslee and Labor and Industries today released updated mask guidance:
New Publication from the Governor’s Office regarding masking. 
The most significant detail related to employers is:
Fully vaccinated employees do not have to wear a mask or socially distance at work, unless their employer or local public health agency still requires itBefore ending mask and social distance requirements, employers must confirm workers are fully vaccinated — by having the worker either sign a document attesting to their status or provide proof of vaccination.Employers must be able to demonstrate they have verified vaccination status for workers who are not masked or physically distanced. Verifications methods may include: -Creating a log of workers who have verified they’ve been vaccinated and the date of verification;  Checking vaccination status each day as workers enter a jobsite;Marking a worker’s badge or credential to show that they are vaccinated; or –Other methods demonstrating an employer has verified worker vaccination status may also meet the standard.When verifying an employee’s vaccine status, acceptable documentation includes a CDC vaccination card, a photo of the card, documentation from a health care provider, a signed attestation from the worker, or documentation from the state immunization information system

Additionally, Governor Inslee Updated Guidance for Customers:
The proclamation clarifies that business owners may adopt an “honor system” and may assume that any customer who is not wearing a face covering has been fully vaccinated. It further clarifies that business owners and local authorities have the option to require that customers wear a face covering, and that local authorities may not prohibit business owners from requiring that their customers wear a face covering.
Wow! Port Angeles highlighted as Washington’s Metropolitan Area with the greatest increase of interest on Zillow:
See the full article: Washington’s best places to live when you can work remotely from anywhere by Misha Tompkins.
Nonprofit Community Relief grant open for eligible Washington Veteran Service Orgs – Applications due Monday, May 24, 2021
Commerce and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs are funding $1.25 million in Nonprofit Community Recovery grants for veteran service organizations (VSOs).
Additional information and application forms are available at All applications received by 11:59 p.m. on May 24, 2021 will be considered.
Grants will be distributed to nonprofit VSOs statewide. Eligible organizations must have 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 501(c)(19) status, with appropriate documentation since their 2019 fiscal year.Statewide organizations with multiple posts are chapters are strongly encouraged to file one application through the statewide organization on behalf of all posts and chapters. There is no minimum or maximum award amount. Awards must be used to cover expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, due to financial hardship incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be awarded as unrestricted grants but cannot be used to cover expenses previously covered by other COVID-19 related public or private funding sources including Paycheck Protection Program funds.
A separate grant program is available for non-VSO 501(c)(3) veterans organizations. Commerce partnered with ArtsFund for an NCR grant program focused on arts, culture, neighborhoods, sports and recreation and veterans organizations. Their application portal is also open through May 24.
Starting your own business? Get launched and ready to grow!:
The Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE) offers free business training courses that are inclusive, accessible, and individualized. Programs offered in English and Spanish. Step 1: Start Simple Business CourseLearn business fundamentals and quickly validate your business model.Wednesdays 4-6pm, June 2 – June 23 – Register Step 2: Lean Launch Business CourseLearn actionable strategies to launch your business while minimizing risk.Tuesdays 4-6pm, June 1 – June 29 – Register
Funding still available for new or increased Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):
Whether you have an existing COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and want to apply for an increase; or are interested in applying for an initial COVID-19 EIDL, funding is available for loans up to $500,000. For more information on eligibility, use of proceeds, and loan terms, visit the SBA website.Details on EIDL
Clallam County remains a HUBZone through Dec 31, 2021:
The SBA issued a direct final rule extending the HUBZone map freeze from December 31, 2021, to June 30, 2023. The direct final rule (available here) takes effect on June 21, 2021. This is the latest in a series of developments for the HUBZone Program in 2021. Background:Several years ago, SBA froze the HUBZone maps until December 31, 2021, to ensure that firms would have enough time to plan after seeing how the results of the 2020 Census would impact the HUBZone maps. However, due to the pandemic, the 2020 Census results are behind schedule and SBA does not expect to have the data it needs until December 2022. Therefore, to ensure HUBZone firms have enough time to plan around the new HUBZone maps based on the 2020 Census data, SBA’s direct final rule will keep the HUBZone maps “on ice” until June 30, 2023. Pushing back the anticipated “thaw” for another 1.5 years will give SBA time to incorporate the 2020 Census data into the HUBZone maps and then provide adequate notice to the HUBZone small business community. SBA’s direct final rule is a welcome change for many HUBZone firms that were facing the loss of their HUBZone status at the end of this year. It is also possible that, once the HUBZone maps are updated to reflect the 2020 Census data, some areas that are currently in redesignated status could come back into the HUBZone program by the time the HUBZone maps unfreeze after June 30, 2023. 

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