Weekly Updates From Clallam EDC

Bill Dowling, Director, Olympic Workforce Development Council; Learn about the Region’s Council and what they do for our Community:
Bill covers topics such as the purpose of Olympic Workforce Development Council, as well as programs and partnerships between OWD and school districts in Clallam County.
You can find this presentation on our Youtube channel

Upcoming Guests: August 24 – Jan Simon, Executive Director, First Federal Community Foundation
August 31 – Rob Onnen – 1031 Exchanges
September 28 – Regan Nickels – Sequim’s New School District Superintendent
October 26 – Robert Beebe, Olympic Game Farm
Grants…
Are You Thinking of Applying for a Working WA Grant or a Hospitality 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 Questions
Working Washington Grants Round 5: Eligibility And Program Guidelines
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 webinars: Sign up for the upcoming SOC code webinars.
Friday, Aug. 26, 11 to 11:45 a.m. – Register Here
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.

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…
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 Trust
One 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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