Weekly News and Updates!

No Coffee with Colleen on March 23rd – We’ll be back on March 30th with Sean Mason to Discuss Fuel prices locally.
EDC hosted their 2022 Annual Gala to a Packed House at 7 Cedars in Sequim last Friday Night: 

The Clallam County Economic Development Council held their 2022 Annual Gala Meeting event on Friday, March 18th at 7 Cedars Hotel & Casino, with the theme of “Celebrating the Heart of Community.” We would like to thank our Gala’s generous Platinum Sponsor First Fed Bank. We applaud First Fed Bank as a well-known supporter of the community and for the important work they do in Clallam County. 

The keynote address was presented by Bob Donegan, President of Ivar’s Restaurants now in its 85th year. Bob was accompanied by his wife Lisa. Bob generously donated $15 Gift Cards to all the attendees. The State of the Council was presented by the Clallam EDC Board Secretary Jennifer Burkhardt, followed by Executive Director Colleen’s McAleer’s Sponsor Recognitions and an introduction of two prominent business the EDC has helped recruit to the County: Stabicraft and The Sustainable Green Team, Ltd. 

Dr. Michael Maxwell from North Olympic Healthcare Network officiated the installation of the 2022 Clallam County EDC Board of Directors. Lorie Fazio, Clallam EDC’s Business Relationship Manager, presented Clallam EDC’s Annual 2021 Champion Awards.

Non-Profit of the Year Award went to the Shore Aquatic Center accepted by Executive Director Steve Burke.

Business of the Year was awarded to Interfor US, Inc and accepted by Tyril Spence, a member of the Management Team. 

The 19th Annual Olympic Leader Award was awarded to Marc Abshire, Executive Director of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Champion Awards were presented by the gala’s Award sponsor, Cherie Kidd of AAA Affordable Storage. 

A special thank you to our Gold Sponsors: Olympic Memorial Hospital and The Sustainable Green Team, Ltd and to our Silver Sponsors: Hermann Brother’s Logging & Construction Inc, Lakeside Industries Inc, Interfor US, Inc, RE/MAX Prime, DE Gilles Construction LLC and Trotter & Morton Facility Services, Inc. Special appreciation goes to the Clallam EDC Gala Committee: Michael McQuay, Christy Nutter, Andra Smith, Colleen Robinson, Cherie Kidd, Peggy Simmons, Silas Crews & Lorie Fazio.

Thank you for Joining Us to Celebrate the Heart of Our Community -Colleen, Lorie and Peggy!
Colleen McAleer, Lorie Fazio, Peggy Simmons
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. 

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Scientific Problem Solving/Lean Six Sigma Total Preventative Maintenance (TPM) 

Learn more by calling IMPACT Washington at 425.438.1146 or email info@impactwashington.org.
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
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…
Small Business Flex Fund Info Webinar: The 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. Register Here March 22 | 1:00 p.m.
Resources for Employer Health Insurance for Employees: Are you looking to provide health insurance for your employees? Here are a few Washington State options! Business Health TrustOne Redmond 
National Figures: Small Business Closures From 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) The chart below shows the number of closures Year over Year statewide by type of industry
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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