Weekly News Update

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Clallam County Sales Tax Rates Will Increase on July 1:
Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hiring a local Advisor in Port Angeles: Do you know someone that may be great for this important position? SBDC Advisors are employees of Washington State University.
Apply Here
Upcoming State Grants…
WA State has Numerous Upcoming Grant Programs for Small Businesses Affected by the Economic Impacts of COVID: At a recent EDC Coffee Chat, Julia Terlinchamp from the Department of Commerce reviewed the latest information on each of the grant programs. To listen to her presentation, go to the following link at 26 minutes 15 seconds at EDC Coffee Chat Link.
Working Washington Round 5: $70 million$45 million of the $70 million is only for the arts, heritage & science businesses and nonprofits. Opens about July 2022
Convention Center Grants: $5 million: Businesses and nonprofits reliant on economic activity generated through conventions.
Hospitality Sector Grants: $100 million$15M of the $100 million is required for lodgings impacted by state eviction moratorium.
Relief for Large Arts, Heritage and nonprofit orgs: $5 million: Reimburses mandated COVID Testing Costs
Small Business Innovation & Competitiveness Fund: $34.5 million: Focused on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Entrepreneurs
Apply now for Building for the Arts grants: The 2023-25 funding round closes June 23The 2023-25 Building for the Arts (BFA) grant application is now open. These grants fund 33% of eligible capital costs up to $2 million for acquisition and major new construction of arts or cultural facilities.Learn more
Free Training & Social Events – Online & In Person…
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 3: Systems June 7 | 1:00 p.m. Register here
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
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 
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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