Updates!

North Olympic Legislative Alliance (NOLA) lobbyist, Josh Weiss, on Coffee with Colleen

The end of the 2022 State Legislative Session is nearing and our community’s lobbyist, Josh Weiss, provided a briefing on the outcomes of the Session.

Josh covers bills regarding broadband, transportation, extension of our County Opportunity Funds, housing, plus a myriad of other issues and how those bills and laws may impact Washingtonians and what it means for Clallam County.

You can find the archived videos at https://chooseclallamfirst.com/home-2/coffee-with-colleen/
Tickets are going fast for the Clallam EDC Annual Gala March 18th! 7 Cedars Hotel offers discounted Group Rates – find details below:
Group Rate
BUY GALA TICKETS HERE
THIS THURSDAY: Alliance Northwest is he largest business-to-government conference in the Pacific Northwest, is celebrating its 36th year of providing the premier place for government marketplace updates and quality networking between government agencies, prime contractors and small businesses. The event is virtual in 2022, allowing for more efficient networking.  

Who Should Attend? Businesses interested in selling to the government and prime contractors.
Prime contractors and government buyers seeking to reach small and diverse businesses. This event attracts over 1,000 attendees, including the who’s-who of government contracting. Alliance Northwest is the premier government contracting event in the region, bringing together prime contractors, government agencies and small businesses for a full day of relationship building.  

How Much Does it Cost?
Attendees: $75 per attendee. Discounts are available.
Exhibitor Booth: $300. Includes entrance for 3 participants and marketing features.
Sponsors: Packages starting at $1,000.
Advertising list your Capability Statement in the Marketplace for $100 
WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2022
WHERE: A Virtual Event on the SWAPCARD Platform

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Holly House, (360) 464-6040, hhouse@thurstonedc.com
Registration
Are you a Manufacturer? If so, IMPACT Washington wants to help you make sure “You are using the right tools to generate results”
Manufacturers that are passionate about growing their businesses and maximizing the talents of their people continually find ways to improve by boosting productivity, reducing waste and environmental impact, and/or increasing speed and responsiveness. In so doing, they become highly effective and proactive organizations whose efficiencies and bottom lines grow as costs are reduced. AN ENGAGEMENT TYPICALLY MAKES USE OF THE FOLLOWING TOOLS TO GENERATE MEASURABLE RESULTS: 
Value Stream Mapping
Lean Management Introduction Lean Kaizen Workshop
Lean Office Scientific Problem Solving/Lean Six Sigma
Total Preventative Maintenance (TPM) 

Learn more by clicking on the button below or calling IMPACT Washington at 425.438.1146 or email info@impactwashington.org.
Crafts Workers Support Scientific Mission Through Maintenance and FabricationTuesday, March 15, 20225:00 pmZoomYou are invited to attend PNNL’s Community Science & Technology Seminar Series: Crafts Workers Support Scientific Mission Through Maintenance and Fabrication.Supporting the scientific mission at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) requires a diverse group of professionals. Aside from many researchers and scientists, PNNL also employs over 200 highly skilled crafts and union workers. These workers perform hands-on work to maintain our facility utilities and fabrication/machining in support of research and development. This helps to transform ideas into tangible realities and support the work our researchers and scientists are performing.Register HERE.
GRANTS…
Funding opportunity now open for licensed child care providers: Pre-application submissions for minor renovations and small capital purchases due by April 19

Commerce’s Early Learning Facilities (ELF) program has opened a new funding round for eligible child care providers. Grants are for minor renovations to existing buildings used by child care providers licensed or certified by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) on or before March 23, 2020.

Grant details: Family homes, child care centers, and K-12 school districts are all eligible to apply. Grant funds may be used for minor renovations and small capital purchases.All work must be performed by licensed and bonded contractors.Unlike previous ELF funding rounds, providers do not need to increase their number of spaces to apply. Projects that have already been completed are not eligible to apply. Costs incurred before the before the date of the award letter are also not eligible for reimbursement.
Application Information: The grant application and supporting documents are available on the ELF webpage. Prior to starting the application process, please review the Program Guidelines, FAQs and Notice of Funding Opportunity documents. Commerce hosted an informational application webinar covering eligible grant costs, program requirements, eligible organization and instructions on how to submit an application. The webinar will be available to view in English, Spanish and Somali on the ELF webpage.
Timeline
April 19: Pre-application responses must be submitted by 4 p.m.
May 3: Complete applications are due by 4 p.m.

Questions?
Contact earlylearningfacilities@commerce.wa.gov
Learn More Here
Lifeboat 3 Application Portal is Now Closed.
A Guide to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
A bipartisan Infrastructure law passed in mid-November, is historic in its size – the largest ever investments in broadband, rail and transit, clean energy, and water which allocated funding to over 350 distinct programs across more than a dozen federal departments and agencies.
Download the Guide Here
Other Good Stuff…
Five Washington Small Business Development Online Courses Available at NO Cost: Business Growth and Development Webinar
Could you use a boost to keep your business going and growing? If so, join us for this webinar designed to give business owners hope and options to survive and thrive in challenging and normal times. Topics include: cashflow management, managing debt, turnaround strategies, survival tips, exit strategies and more.
March 8 | 1:00 p.m.
Register Here
How to Write a Business Plan
Do you want to start your own business? Are you wondering what steps you need for a successful start? Join us for this webinar to learn all about writing a business plan. We will review topics included in standard business plans such as executive summary, business structure, management, marketing, and financials. You will come away from the webinar with solid ideas of how to get started on your business plan.
March 10 | 11:00 a.m.
Register Here
Register Here
Simplifying the Complexities of Component Business Financing
From startup through expansion and finally transition – this is the entrepreneurship guide to developing, marketing and confidently executing your cohesive financing plan. Join us for this webinar to learn about the value of diversification and redundancy, three key risk points most often missed, total costs and risks of different funding sources.
March 15 | 1:00 p.m.
Register Here
Register Here
How to Get More Leads and Increase Your Sales
Business owners almost always want more leads and more sales. But how do you get them? Join us for this webinar where we’ll discuss strategies and tools you can use to get more leads, as well as techniques for converting more prospects into buyers. We’ll discuss the distinction between marketing and sales, and how to effectively use both to increase your sales.
March 17 | 1:00 p.m.
Register Here
Small Business Flex Fund Info WebinarThe Washington State Small Business Flex Fund is a new loan program for the smallest Washington businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19.Join us for this webinar where we’ll provide information about the loan program and application process and help you prepare to apply.
March 22 | 1:00 p.m.
Register Here
Resources for Employer Health Insurance for EmployeesAre you looking to provide health insurance for your employees? Here are a few Washington State options!Business Health TrustOne Redmond 
National Figures: Small Business ClosuresFrom the Federal Reserve:“…actual business exits are difficult to measure in real time since official statistics on business dynamics are released with substantial lags.”Estimates that exit rate of small businesses during the pandemic is approx. 1/4 to 1/3 above normal. This is compared to an average of 7.5% in “exits” (closures) for small businesses prior to the pandemic.40% of small businesses experienced a temporary closure in Spring 2020; 30% experienced some type of closure in 2020.85% of minority-owned businesses have yet to fully recover, compared to 77% veteran-owned, 76% women-owned, 72% nonminority owned (Source: Alignable)
WA State Data from Duns & Bradstreet:D&B shows an increase in permanent closures in the past year across all industry sectors (out of 420,000 employers in the state).
Clallam County Data from Dept of Revenue: The most recent published information from the Washington State Department of Commerce Tax Statistics Reports: As of July 1, 2019 Clallam County had 6,742 Registered Businesses. As of July 1, 2020 Clallam County had 6,443 Registered Businesses That represents just a 4% reduction or nearly 300 businesses however, most businesses that closed their doors would not have submitted the formal paperwork to DOR by July 1, 2020.
Clallam County Free Food Resources: WSU Extension has provided a comprehensive list of free food resources for Clallam county. To download the list click the button below.
You can also find this and other resources at chooseclallamfirst.com/communityrelief
Free Food Resources

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