Coffee with Colleen & Weekly Updates

Join us Wednesday, August 25th at 8am to hear from County Commissioner, Randy Johnson, as he provides a high-level overview of the challenges and potential solutions around our affordable and workforce housing crises:

Commissioner Johnson is the next expert guest in our Housing Series. He oversees the County’s Homelessness Task Force. This issue is complex and multi-faceted, but Commissioner Johnson understands it well from the builder business perspective also. The eviction moratorium is set to expire October 30th and as such, our county’s situation may very well be headed into a new chapter. Rental prices have remained flat but many landlords may be increasing rents when the law allows to help offset losses.

The Homelessness Task Force recently completed a Clallam County Homelessness Gaps and Needs Analysis which Commissioner Johnson will address.

Please join us Wednesday morning:
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Future Guests on Coffee with Colleen August 25 – Oct 15: Continuation of our Housing Series: Aug 25 – Commissioner Johnson – County Homelessness TF Sept 1 – Peninsula Housing Authority – Sarah Martinez Sept 8 – Habitat for Humanity – Colleen Robinson Sept 15 & Sept 22 – Serenity House (Unconfirmed) & 3 Property Managers from Sequim, PA & Forks (Unconfirmed)Oct 13 – Pam Rushton, County Assessor (confirmed)
Canadian Border Closure
When Will Our Maritime Border to Victoria Open Again?

First we heard promising news from the Canadian government that borders would be opening to tourism shortly, followed by our own Department of Homeland Security informing the public through a tweet that they were extending the ban on nonessential travel along the border with Canada until at least September 21st. The Peninsula Daily News covered the story in their Sunday addition here.

We recently learned that last Thursday the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said the marine border remains closed because “we don’t have the capacity to manage it safely.”

According to reporting in the Vancouver Sun, the Prime Minister didn’t explain why Canada is unable to process travelers at marine borders safely, but it doesn’t surprise tourism officials like Paul Nursey, the CEO of Destination Greater Victoria. You can read the full story here.

A study completed by Black Ball Ferry in 2019 showed that nearly 1000 jobs in Clallam County were directly tied to the transportation Black Ball provides.
EVENTS…
CrabFest – Oct 8-10thThey are Back! Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival – Celebrating our Olympic Coast Cuisine:

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival served-up a record nine tons of fresh-caught Dungeness crab in 2019 before taking an unanticipated mandatory hiatus in 2020. Now, this signature Pacific Northwest culinary event is back and preparing for another “crabtastic” year.

CrabFest will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-10, at the Port Angeles City Pier, the Gateway Center, and Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Harbor parking lot.

Admission is free. For More Details Download the CrabFest Brochure Here.
GRANTS…
Lifeboat 3 Application Portal is now Open! Join Coffee with Colleen for an update on Wednesday.

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 with priority going to businesses that fall into one of the following categories:

Small businesses who previously applied and qualified for Working Washington or prior CAREs-funded Lifeboat grants that did not receive funding;

Nonprofits (and potentially small businesses) who provide child care services;

Small businesses who qualified for 2nd PPP rounds of funding due to incurring a 25% reduction in revenues but did not receive a 2nd PPP loan;

Startup small businesses who commenced operations in 2019 or 2020 in Clallam County or changed their business type in 2019 or 2020;

Fishing guides that did not qualify for any state or federal assistance programs during the pandemic;

Event Planners & Festival Operators that did not qualify SVOG or other state assistance programs;

Restaurants who applied for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund but did not receive any funding;

Businesses that transported passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 for transport to the hospital, that incurred significant unreimbursed COVID mitigation related costs);

Businesses that can make the case that their unique situation of revenue loss (relative to other businesses in the county) warrants grant funding.


You’ll be able to find more information about the grant program at 
https://chooseclallamfirst.com/lifeboat-3-grant/.
USDA Grants up to $125K for Small Timber Businesses:

To be eligible for payments, individuals or businesses must be a timber harvesting or timber hauling business where 50% or more of its gross revenue is derived from one or more of the following:

Cutting timber.
Transporting timber.
Processing of wood on-site on the forest land (chipping, grinding, converting to biochar, cutting to smaller lengths, etc.).


Payments equal gross revenue received from the first 11 months of 2019 minus gross revenue received from the first 11 months of 2020, multiplied by 80%.
Visit 
farmers.gov/pathh for more information on how to apply.

Access a Flyer Here on the Program.
LOW INTEREST RATE, GOVERNMENT-FUNDED BUSINESS LOANS…
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.
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
OTHER FREE SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES…
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!
Other Good Stuff…
Emergency Broadband Benefits

The 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; or

4. Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Download the  EBB Brochure HERE.

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