Weekly Updates

Lifeboat 3 is coming soon!
The Clallam County Commissioners have agreed to begin the process to distribute up to $3 Million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to small businesses that have been the hardest hit and/or unable to receive federal or state funding for different reasons. Your EDC is working with our partners, the Chambers, United Way and the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship on the metrics and process. 

We will all be marketing the program. You’ll be able to find more information about the grant program in the Clallam EDC newsletters and on ourChooseClallamFirst.com Grant website. We hope to be issuing checks to Clallam County businesses in September. So stay tuned!

SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Still Has Funds Available!
According to this new SBA report, as of July 6 the SBA received 14,884 SVOG applications nationwide totaling $11.7 billion. As of July 6, there are 122 Washington venues which have received an SVOG grant totaling $83 million. Three Jefferson County businesses have received just over $600K in total BUT NO Clallam County Businesses have been awarded any funding yet. We expect this performance to grow as SBA works through the applications, and their goal is to review all applications by mid-July. There are still SVOG funds available! The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is only available until the funding has been exhausted.
Go to https://www.svograntportal.sba.gov/s/ to apply. This grant is for brick and mortar businesses only whose primary income is generated through events. 

Understanding Tax Credits Webinar on Thursday, July 22:
Join the SBA Pacific Northwest Region for this webinar when a local IRS representative will provide detailed information to help you navigate various small business tax credits and how they can benefit your business. This includes Paid Leave for Vaccines tax credit, Employee Retention Credit, Sick and Family Leave Credits and other helpful tax information. An SBA representative will also share additional resources to help recover and grow your business. There will be Q&A toward the end of the session as time allows.
Register now
For more information about Employer Tax Credits visit IRS.gov/coronavirus/employer-tax-credits

Sequim’s Lavender Farms are in Full Bloom!
The City of Sequim’s website www.visitsunnysequim.com and the Sequim Chamber site both have extensive information about local farms. Check out the Chamber’s info at www.sequimchamber.com

The new Washington State Small Business Flex Fund is OPEN
As of July 4, over 561 applications had been matched with CDFI lenders requesting $56.449 million. Of the application pool, 53% are women-owned businesses, 73% are women and minority-owned businesses and 53% are non-white business owners. For More Information and to Apply Click Here to learn more about this crucial new resource for long-term capital for Washington’s small businesses and non-profit organizations. Many thanks to the teams at Washington Commerce and the National Development Council, among many other partners, for their leadership and persistence in making this $100M fund happen!

Read the June 30 media release about the opening of the Fund.

Child Care Job Fair at Vern Burton on July 31st:
Child care centers and Out of School Time Programs (like the Y, Boys and Girls Club, and Shore Aquatic Center) here in Clallam County NEED YOU!! As a matter of fact, just about anyplace babies and kids show up needs you. With lots of jobs available, each with satisfying work and promising career paths, it’s a great time to start thinking about working with kids! 
On Saturday, July 31, from 10:00am to noon drop by Vern Burton Center to learn a lot about the huge variety of jobs with kids that are available in our own communities. 

Want to learn how you can help kids with their homework and skate-boarding? Come on by! Have you ever thought about having a small child care in your own home while raising your own children? An inspiring expert from The Imagine Institute will be there to show you how it’s done! Want to learn more about ways you can start local and go on to have a career helping kids who may have a rough time in life? You can learn all about that, too, at the Child Care Job Fair! 
Will you help us get the word out? Click here for a Flyer. 

Inslee issues final utility moratorium extension:
Gov. Inslee issued an extension of the utility moratorium proclamation, which will now expire on September 30, 2021. This will be the final extension of the proclamation and the extension will align with the end date of the tenancy preservation bridge (21-09) to give Washingtonians struggling with housing payments time to prepare and seek assistance before both proclamations expire.

The Office of the Governor will work closely with utilities on how they can continue to support customers once the moratorium expires. Utilities are encouraged to:In Clallam County Offer extended payment plans of 12 months or longer.Waive disconnection, reconnection, site visit and late fees accrued during the disconnection moratorium, if customers sign up for payment assistance.Refrain from reporting overdue accounts to credit bureaus or placing liens on customers with overdue accounts for at least 180 days.In addition to outreach from utilities, customers should contact their utility to learn about programs and financial resources that can help with unpaid utility bills and prevent disconnections. Residents with past-due energy and water balances are encouraged to call their utility providers as soon as possible to set up a payment or assistant plan. 
You can read the Governor’s full proclamation here.

Cybersecurity Forum Presented by Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC)
When: – This Thursday July 15 at 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM 
The Pacific Northwest has been the site for a pilot program to help manufacturers comply with cybersecurity requirements. Based on feedback from this program, we are launching a monthly check in to provide relevant information… and lots of time for your questions to be answered by our cybersecurity expert panel. The content will be targeted to both management and technical staff working toward cybersecurity compliance with the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and other cybersecurity efforts.REGISTER NOW!

8 Tips on How to Use Zoom Like a Pro!
Go to the article LINK in the NY Times to view the 8 tips.

Congressional & Legislative Districts are Being Redrawn – Including Our Own. Join the Conversation or Just Listen in:
The Washington State Redistricting Commission has scheduled a second round of public outreach meetings regarding the drafting of new congressional and legislative district maps.
What: Second Round Public Outreach Meeting – Congressional District #6. The 6th Congressional includes all of our state Legislative Districts 24. 
Why: To solicit public input on the drawing of new congressional and state legislative district maps.
When: July 26, 2021 at 7-9 p.m.
Where: Zoom Webinar, TVW, & YouTube
How: To contribute in the meeting, you will need to register as a participant and receive a Zoom invite. 
If you want to watch without contributing you DO NOT need to register.

You can watch the meeting live at TVW (for English and Spanish broadcasts) or the Commission’s YouTube page for broadcasts in English with American Sign Language interpretation. Esta reunión también se retransmitirá en un canal de TVW en español.

Did you receive Unemployment Insurance? ESD May Contact You: 
Many current and former unemployment benefit recipients will need to answer additional fact-finding questions if ESD staff thinks you may qualify for a new claim. The fact-finding includes a link to apply for a new claim.Claimants are advised to respond to all emails, postal mail, and web notices from ESD. 
For more information, read the potential new claim alert webpage on esd.wa.gov.

Start Your Business – free August 10 webinar:
Start Your Business is a free, one-hour webinar for aspiring entrepreneurs or newly-started businesses to gain valuable information about business registration and licensing, other regulatory requirements, and resources for further assistance. 
When: August 10th at 2 p.m. Click here for more information and to register online.

For a Directory of our State’s Small Business Liaison’s click HERE.

Statewide Resource – No-Cost Accountant Services:
The Seattle Metro Chamber’s REACH program and the Business Health Trust are sponsoring accounting consulting services for small businesses to help employers navigate PPP forgiveness, Employee Retention Tax Credits, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and financial record-keeping for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The CPA assistance is available to Washington businesses with 100 employees or fewer. Employers can reach out to Leigh (leighj@seattlechamber.com) to get connected with an accountant at Clark Nuber. Many thanks to the Seattle Metro Chamber for offering this amazing resource statewide! 

Emergency Broadband Benefits
About the Emergency Broadband BenefitThe upcoming Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price.
Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?A household is eligible if one member of the household meets one of the criteria below:1. Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;2. Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;3. Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or4. Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Download the EBB Brochure HERE

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

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