Weekly Updates-No CWC this week

Your EDC Staff will be at a statewide Conference this Wednesday, August 10th, so we will see you again the following Wednesday with Bill Dowling, the Executive Director of the Olympic Workforce Development Council located in Bremerton.

August 17 – Bill Dowling, Executive Director, Olympic Workforce Development Council
August 24 – Jan Simon, Executive Director, First Federal Community Foundation
September 28 – Regan Nickels – Sequim’s New School District Superintendent
October 26 – Robert Beebe, Olympic Game Farm

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.
Folks said our last presenter, Mike Burnett, provided our best Coffee with Colleen ever!
To watch the enlightening and funny presentation on our Unconscious Biases you can click HERE.
Grants…
Are You Thinking of Applying for a Working WA Grant — Read Below – There is a NEW Requirement!

The federal government recently changed its requirements for businesses and organizations receiving federal funds in the form of grants. It no longer uses the DUNS (Data Universal Number System) and has shifted to a new system known as the UEI (Unique Entity Identifier).
As of April 2022, recipients of grants using federal funds are required to have a UEI, which replaces the DUNS Number. If you don’t have one yet, you may want to apply now.

You may apply for grants without one, but cannot receive funds until you have an UEI. Download the Quickstart Guide to Getting a UEI number
Click here to apply for a UEI number
Applications Accepted August 17 – September 9: $70 million is available for the next round of Working Washington Grants: Round 5. In this round of Working Washington grants, available funds are set aside for specific targeted groups or sectors:60% is identified for the arts, heritage, and science sectors, including those that operate live entertainment venues.40% is identified for most other sectors, including hospitality, fitness and personal services 
General Timeline:
August 17 – Sept 9: Application portal will be open for an extended period now
Early – Mid September: Review of applications
Late September: Commerce will notify grantees and disburse funding

Resources and Information About The Working Washington Grants: Round 5 (WWR5) Program:Working Washington Grants Frequently Asked QuestionsWorking Washington Grants Round 5: Eligibility And Program Guidelines
Thank you to our New & Renewing Members!
The Clallam EDC can’t do what we do without our Members.We are truly grateful. Thank you!
Our Renewing Strategic Partner: First Fed is a community bank that is proud to support the Clallam County Communities. Their commitment to local communities goes far beyond offering financial products, services and expertise that have helped small and mid-size businesses grow and personal customers achieve their financial goals and dreams. It includes volunteerism and other ways of giving back to the communities in which they live and work.
Our New Major Partners: Lena Washke Accounting Services, Inc provides a wide variety of accounting and bookkeeping services
Tedesco’s Italian Fresh: Tedescos in downtown Sequim is a modern Italian restaurant with a casual, contemporary setting. We offer a delicious, freshly prepared menu with a mix of traditional and modern Italian favorites.
EVENTS: Free Training …
Are You Ready to Include Employee’s SOC codes on Your Quarterly Tax Report?Do you have questions about Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes? ESD scheduled an SOC code webinar to explain it all.SOC is a federal coding system that helps government agencies and private businesses compare occupational data.All employers will be required to report SOC codes when they submit their quarterly tax reports starting with their fourth quarter 2022 report.Reporting SOC codes is currently optional and is available only to those filing for a single employer.Upcoming webinarsSign up for the upcoming SOC code webinars.Friday, Aug. 26, 11 to 11:45 a.m. – Register HereCan’t make it? No problemCheck out our previously recorded SOC code webinars or download our webinar presentation to review commonly asked questions and answers.Here are more resources:Watch this short video.Search for occupational titles and codes – under “Occupational Keyword Search” you can search by keyword, SOC code or industry.Contact us with questions at socreporting@esd.wa.gov.
OTHER GOOD STUFF…
Important Information for Employers: Unemployment Insurance (UI): Act before Sept. 30 to protect your tax rate
Avoid a delinquent tax rate for 2023 by filing all tax reports and paying all current and past-due unemployment taxes, penalties, and interest in full by Sept. 30. Employers with delinquencies are charged: At least a one percentage point increase in their regular tax rate the first year they’re delinquent. A two percentage point increase if they’re late a second consecutive year. The maximum shared-cost (social) tax rate. Consider a deferred payment contract if you can’t pay If you can’t pay the balance owed, you can still protect your tax rate by getting a deferred payment contract. Start by emailing Employment Security Department’s Collections unit at ESCtax@esd.wa.gov

ESD’s payment addresses have changed Starting July 1, the Employment Security Department (ESD) changed to U.S. Bank for unemployment taxes and benefits.  As a result of the bank change, ESD’s state unemployment payment addresses for employers also changed on July 1. Please make sure you update any processes, forms, files or software with these new addresses. For a complete list of address changes, check out their recent message to employersAdditional SOC code webinars scheduled Do you have questions about Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes? Due to popular demand, we have scheduled additional SOC code webinars this summer. SOC is a federal coding system that helps government agencies and private businesses compare occupational data. All employers will be required to report SOC codes when they submit their quarterly tax reports starting with their fourth quarter 2022 report. Reporting SOC codes is currently optional and is available only to those filing for a single employer. Upcoming webinars Sign up for one or more of our upcoming SOC code webinars. 
Friday, Aug. 26, 11 to 11:45 a.m. – Register 
Friday, Sept. 16, 11 to 11:45 a.m. – Register 

Can’t make it? No problem Check out our previously recorded SOC code webinars or download our webinar presentation to review commonly asked questions and answers. We’re here to help you! Here are more resources: Watch this short video. Search for occupational titles and codes – under “Occupational Keyword Search” you can search by keyword, SOC code or industry. Contact us with questions at socreporting@esd.wa.gov
Peninsula College’s Newsletter: Download Here
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: https://wsbdc.org/sbdc-business-advisor-multiple/
IRS increases mileage rate for remainder of 2022: In recognition of the recent gas price increases, the IRS made this special adjustment for the final months of 2022 For the final 6 months of 2022, the standard mileage rate for business travel will be 62.5 cents per mile, up 4 cents from the rate effective at the start of the year!
Grow Your Small Business Through Government Contracting: Did you know the U.S. government is the largest customer in the world? It buys all types of products and services — in both large and small quantities — and it’s required by law to consider buying from small businesses. The government wants to buy from small businesses for several reasons, including:
To ensure that large businesses don’t “muscle out” small businesses
To gain access to the new ideas that small businesses provide
To support small businesses as engines of economic development and job creation
To offer opportunities to disadvantaged socio-economic groups

SBA’s Contracting Guide will help you learn the basic requirements, types of contracts, and how to evaluate your small business to see if it has what it takes to win a government contract. View the guide HERE or contact Lorie Fazio at LFazio@Clallam.org.
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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