Join Bob Donegan, President of Ivars Seafood, Wednesday on Coffee with Colleen at 8am

Join Bob Donegan, President of Ivar’s Seafood, Wednesday on Coffee with Colleen at 8am:

Bob Donegan, the President of Ivar’s Restaurant, helps manage Ivar’s now in its 85th year. The company operates more than 60 locations throughout Puget Sound and employs about 1,000 people. Bob joined Ivar’s in 1997 as the Chief Financial Officer and became President on 9-11 when one of his partners passed away. Bob was our keynote speaker for our EDC Gala and many hoped to have more time to talk with him.

Please join us. Bob has an inspiring message to share and would love to hear your thoughts and questions.     

We will also discuss Restaurant Grants that will be opening later this year.

Please Join us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89474510306?pwd=VlIrRHh5RG1nYVh3V3JXRzFSMmRodz09 

Meeting ID: 894 7451 0306Passcode: 187447One tap mobile+12532158782,,89474510306#,,,,*187447# US (Tacoma) Dial by your location – 253 215 8782 (Tacoma)

Photography Notice: Be aware that by participating in the Clallam EDC’s event, “Coffee with Colleen,” you are automatically authorizing the Clallam County Economic Development Council and its employees and agents to use your name, photograph, voice or other likeness for purposes related to the mission of EDC including but not limited to publicity, marketing, websites, and promotion of the EDC and its various programs.

Upcoming Coffee with Colleen Guests: May 11 – Suzy Ames, Incoming President of Peninsula College May 18 – Steve Burke, Ex Director, Shore Aquatic Center
$918 million of Restaurant Revitalization Funds went to WA State Restaurants but Small and Rural Restaurants were Largely Left Out of the Relief Funding:

27 Businesses in Clallam County received Restaurant Revitalization Funds totaling just over $6 million, but many other Clallam Restaurants were not funded. Here’s a link to the Crosscut article.
Community college enrollment is down, but skilled-trades programs are booming:

Since the pandemic began, more than a million students have held off from going to college, opting to work instead. Two-year public schools have been among the hardest hit — they’re down about three-quarters of a million students. Skilled-trades programs are the exception.

Across the country, associate’s degree programs in fields like HVAC and automotive repair have seen enrollment numbers swell. Read more.

There’s a shortage in qualified construction workers, according to a survey conducted in September 2021 by the Associated General Contractors of America. The survey found that 89% of Contractors were having a difficult time finding workers who were trained for the job. That affects project timelines — 61% of contractors reported project delays because of workforce shortages. Read more.
The University of WA SeaGrant Staff is Requesting Our Input: Washington SeaGrant (WSG), based at the University of Washington’s (UW) College of the Environment, has been awarded funding to conduct economic resilience planning for a five-county region on the west coast of Washington.

Working with a broad range of organizations focused on use and conservation of the marine environment and its resources, Washington SeaGrant supports the needs of an even larger set of stakeholders including Clallam county’s.

WSG hired the Western Region Development Center located at Utah State University to deploy their Area Sector Analysis Plan (ASAP) which looks at the economic priorities of counties determined through the survey below and by compiling an asset map (researched and delivered by the Clallam EDC). WRDC then produces a list of industries that they determine would be a good fit for our county.

The Clallam EDC will consider the information produced by this process to add to our 5-year Countywide Economic Plan which will be published later this year.

Please provide your input to the WRDC-designed survey: Survey Link
Events – Online & In Person…
Intro to Exporting – Free Training for Small Businesses on May 11th:
Plus free one-on-one follow up counseling the following day.

What: Taking Your Business International
When: May 11 from 10am-noon PDT
Where: rsvp for free here https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsdOGgpjMsHNGrXzL1IxM7bQVdxkBuWgvZ 

Join us for a lively discussion with nationally recognized speaker and author Jim Foley to learn what your business must do to leverage export opportunities and adapt your strategies internationally. This will help you:

-Learn details of export procedures Understand when your company should expand internationally
-Formulate an export strategy
-Overcome common mistakes made by beginning exporters
-Identify and target high-potential markets with proven market research methods
-Adapt your marketing strategies for international success 

About the Instructor: Mr. Foley is a nationally recognized and frequent speaker on international trade issues and is the author of the book The Global Entrepreneur. Jim’s awards include the ASBDC State Star, the NASBITE Lifetime Achievement Award, & the IATTO Lifetime Achievement Award.
You’re Invited to the WA SBDC New Training Series on Cybersecurity:

Washington SBDC training provides practical, real-life solutions tailored for the entrepreneur and facilitated by knowledgeable business professionals. There is no cost, but registration is required.

Small Business Cybersecurity Training Series:

Small businesses are under cyber and data-breach attacks more than ever given the current climate. Cyber-attacks happen every day, and for a small business they can be very costly and cripple business operations. Having your systems and information compromised is not only a direct threat to your confidential data, it can also ruin your relationships with customers and cause legal vulnerability. It is imperative to learn how to boost your cyber defense systems. This three-part training series was developed to help small businesses be cyber safe. The series will be a combination of cybersecurity presentation, subject matter expert panel and Q&A. Join us and become cyber safe today!
Part 1: Protection May 10 | 1:00 p.m. Register here
Part 2: Authentication May 24 | 1:00 p.m. Register here
Part 3: Systems June 7 | 1:00 p.m. Register here
Dept of Commerce Funding Opportunities:

Building for the Arts capital grants up to $2 million to performing arts, museums and cultural organizations for acquisition or new construction. Application opens NOW!  Learn more:

Connecting Housing to Infrastructure (CHIP) grants: Third round application opening in the summer of 2022. Learn more:

The Housing Trust Fund has multiple programs and funding cycles, including: 2022 Continuing Affordability Funding – new funding for affordable multifamily/rental housing projects not currently in the HTF portfolio that are at risk of losing affordability due to impending expiration of use restrictions. First-come first-served application opens May 12.(NOFA #HFU-2022-01)
For complete information and on all funding opportunities with HTF, visit Applying to the Housing Trust Fund.
Are you in the Creative Sector?

Join the Creatives Academy Classes developed the State Department of Commerce’s Senior Managing Director for Rural, Small Business and Marketing Solutions, Robb Zerr: This series of lessons covers a wide swath of business skills. It is designed to teach those in the creative sector how to turn their passion into a livelihood. Twelve sessions to help them create a sustainable, profitable business, from pricing and negotiation to intellectual property and going global. You can take the classes on your own time. It’s already getting great reviews from creative sector professionals. 
Register Here
Apply now for Youth Recreational Facilities program grants; The 2023-25 funding round closes May 26

Commerce has opened a biennial reimbursement-style funding round for Youth Recreational Facilities. These grants fund 25% of eligible capital costs up to $1.2 million for non-residential facilities that provide youth (K-12) with recreation opportunities integrated with social and/or educational services. Ranking criteria for applications include: the ability to complete the project expediently the organizational capacity to run the facility effectively community need availability of other funding sources

Application information: The ZoomGrants application and supporting materials are available on the program webpage. Applications due: 5 p.m. Thursday, May 26

ZoomGrants tips: For existing ZoomGrants accounts, log in and follow the instructions. New users should complete the required information for a new account to create a profile. Please do not use “The” as the first word in the agency name. Once an agency profile is created, select the YRF Grant and the “Apply” button to start your proposal. Answers are automatically saved after each response. Hardcopies of applications will not be accepted.
Questions? Email cappprograms@commerce.wa.gov or call 360-725-3075.Learn more
Info From State Agencies for Small Businesses
What is a 1099-K form?

Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, all third-party network companies, including Venmo, PayPal, and Square, are required to issue 1099-K forms to merchants for card payments that exceed $600. Here’s what you need to know about Form 1099-K

Gig Economy Income is Taxable: The IRS requires all income earned from the gig economy to be reported; even if the income is temporary or not reported using a 1099 or W-2. The Gig Economy Tax Center offers tips for managing your records and taxes. Read more here
Secretary of State’s Office:

GIVE SMART: Tips for anyone considering donating to a charity, nonprofit, or relief organization: Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs encourages Washingtonians to do their due diligence and conduct research on the charities or nonprofits to which they donate to support relief efforts in Ukraine. The Charities Division offers tips for anyone considering donating to a charity, nonprofit or relief organization.  Learn more here

Department of Labor & Industries: Required Workplace Posters: Employers are legally required to display certain posters in their workplace to inform employees of their rights and responsibilities. You may order these posters or download them for free by visiting their website. Learn more here

Employer Guide to Workers’ Rights: Learn about the workplace rules and regulations enforced by the Employment Standards Program. Visit the Training Center to learn more

Liquor & Cannabis Board: Making Outdoor Areas Permanent for Bars & Restaurants: Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the LCB worked closely with members of the industry to approve temporary outdoor areas that would accommodate social distancing. If you have an outdoor area that received temporary approval that you would like to make permanent, please contact your local Enforcement and Education Officer for a consultation. State WAC 314–03–205 outlines the requirements for serving alcohol in outside areas.
New members sought for state Affordable Housing Advisory Board:

There is a massive need to provide more affordable housing options across the state, and we need advisors to help us achieve that goal. The Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB) has five open seats. It takes a broad group of experts to lead this work, and the list of needs for the board reflects that, including individuals who have experience in the following roles: Homeless shelter operator For-profit housing development representative Home mortgage lending representative Residential construction representative For-profit rental housing owner representative If you are interested in serving on the AHAB, go to the Washington State Boards & Commissions webpage and fill out an application. Please share this announcement with anyone you think would be interested. If you have any questions, contact Emily Grossman or Michelle Griffin. LEARN MORE
OTHER GOOD STUFF…
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 
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. As of July 1, 2021 Clallam County had 6,649 Registered Businesses.
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.
Free Food Resources
Since 1981, the private, 501(c)(6) nonprofit EDC has been priority-focused on recruiting quality new businesses to Clallam County while retaining the existing businesses and assisting in expansion. The EDC supports companies in creating new jobs and to grow the economy and infrastructure of our rural county and Washington State.

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