Coffee with Colleen and Weekly Updates

Join us Tomorrow September 8th at 8am to hear from Colleen Robinson, the Habitat for Humanity of Clallam’s Executive Director:

Colleen Robinson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County will talk about their home building program, their stores and their construction training program. Plus she’ll answer questions such as: How many homes has Habitat built in Clallam County?How many homes do you build annually?What are the income requirements to qualify for your program?How have the recent costs of supply increases affected your program?What do you see as the biggest barriers to home ownership for first time home buyers?


Please join us Wednesday morning:
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Future Guests on Coffee with Colleen August 25 – Oct 15: Continuation of our Housing Series: Sept 8 – Habitat for Humanity – Colleen Robinson Sept 15 – 3 Property Managers from Sequim, PA & Forks Sept 22 – Serenity House Oct 8 – Thor Kallestad, CEO Myno Carbon Oct 15 – Pam Rushton, County Assessor
EVENTS…
CrabFest – Oct 8-10th
They 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 will Open Now.
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.
EIDL
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

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.

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