Sequim Schools new Superintendent on Coffee with Colleen & Weekly Updates

Regan Nickels, New Superintendent, Sequim School District, will present on Sequim Schools 2022-2023 vision & beyond!

Nickels a longtime resident and native of Maine who worked for several years in Washington state, started her teaching career in eighth-grade mathematics and science before moving to Bremerton with her husband John, a U.S. Navy Submariner.

While in Washington state, Nickels earned her master’s degree in educational technology from City University in Bellevue, and her certificate in educational leadership and her administrator certification from Western Washington University in Bellingham. After moving back to Maine, she worked in various administrative roles. She was Principal at George B. Weatherbee School (grade 3-5) and Reeds Brook Middle School, both in Hampden.

Nickels was named Superintendent of RSU 22 in July 2020 after serving as Assistant Superintendent of business operations in that district in Maine from 2017-2020.

Nickels was selected for Sequim’s administrative position in March, 2022 and was sworn in as the New Sequim School Superintendent in July, 2022. 

Topics Nickels will cover: 
*Student experience and achievement
*Student enrollment
*Long term Goals School Bonds
*CTE – Vocational Programs

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

Meeting ID: 894 7451 0306Passcode: 187447
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Upcoming Guests:
October 05 –  Dr. Dan Underwood & Ted Hennessey – Business Surveys & Clallam Industry Sectors
October 12 – Lourdes Alvarado-Ramos, Director, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
October 19 -Josh Weiss, State Lobbyist, NOLA (North Olympic Legislative Alliance)
October 26 – 
November 02 – Tom Ferrell, Mayor, City of Sequim     

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.
Updates:
Closed – Working Washington Grants: Round 5

The Washington State Legislature has allocated a new round of grant funding for small businesses affected by the pandemic. $70 million was appropriated by the legislature for the next round of Working Washington Grants: Round 5.

In this round of Working Washington grants, available funds were 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

Early October: Commerce will notify grantees and disburse funding
Announcements:
Washington State Department of Revenue: A New tax credit for Washington workers starts in 2023!

Who is eligible for a tax credit? Applications open in 2023 for the 2022 tax year and are accepted through December 31, 2023. Individuals and families are eligible for the Working Families Tax Credit if they meet all of the following requirements:
*Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
*Lived in Washington a minimum of 183 days in 2022 (over half the year).
*Are at least 25 and under 65 years of age OR have a qualifying child in 2022.
*Filed a 2022 federal tax return.
*Eligible to claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on their 2022 tax return (or would meet the requirements for EITC but are filing with an ITIN). 

What are the income requirements?

The credit amount varies depending on the number of qualifying children and income level. The maximum credit amount ranges from $300 to $1,200 depending on the number of qualifying children (see table below). These amounts are then reduced based on income thresholds, similar to the federal program. The minimum credit amount is $50, regardless of the number of qualifying children.

Go to www.irs.gov/EITC to learn more.https://workingfamiliescredit.wa.gov/
Join the Jefferson County Chamber and there Partners for this 1st ever EV EXPO!
Partners in this event are LOCAL 20/20, Jefferson Transit, The City of Port Townsend Public Works and Jefferson County PUD 

Please Register here: http://www.jeffcountychamber.org/

The Olympic Workforce Development Council (OWDC) is excited to announce the job posting of the Olympic Consortium One-Stop Operator.

The OWDC is seeking a visionary and inspirational leader to serve as the WorkSource System Coordinator (One-Stop Operator) providing organizational development and operational excellence leadership in the Olympic Consortium Region serving Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties.

To view job posting or to apply: Complete Job Posting
One Stop Operator Application

Visit our website Olympic Workforce Development Council (kitsapgov.com)CONTACT
Bill Dowling Olympic Workforce Development Director wdowling@kitsap.gov
National Center for Disaster Preparedness / FEMA for businesses and households: The courses are designed to provide learners with information on individual, household, and business financial literacy in post-disaster recovery.

Some of the areas covered in the course include developing pre-disaster plans for financial literacy, understanding disaster assistance programs that are available to businesses and households, the importance of business continuity planning, and understanding your vulnerability to disasters. The courses are open to all sectors. 

The trainings are scheduled for businesses on October 4, 2022 https://ncdptraining.org/PER385BLWA 
and household on October 12, 2022 https://ncdptraining.org/PER387BLWA 9am-230pm PST.

There will be breaks and households/businesses will work on financial SWOT analyses throughout the workshop. Both courses are free and will be held virtually.

You must register for a FEMA SID to attend and take a short pre-test to assess existing knowledge. Do not worry: pre-test results will not exclude you from participation. For more information about this great opportunity, including links to register, check out the course Fliers:  
https://www.portofbellingham.com/DocumentCenter/View/11995/PER-385-and-387-Financial-Literacy-Courses-English 
14th Annual Business Showcase: October 12, 2022 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (PDT)

Vendors- $100 (50% discount for food & beverage vendors supplying 150+ food samples)Networking with the public and other businesses, including other Chamber members
Name, brand, and face recognition – an opportunity to put your face to YOUR name!
Market your services and products – “Show & Tell”Show that you are a vital part of the Sequim business community
We Provide(1) 6 foot table
Table covers (in black)Access to electricity if needed (PLEASE let us know so we can place your space accordingly, and bring your own extension cords)
Advertising and promotion  
You Should Provide Signage for your business and table décor

Note this year’s theme: “Out on a Limb” An engaging game or activity to attract people to your booth Inexpensive items to give away, such as logo items or candy A possible “Showcase Special” A way to collect contact/follow-up info from participants.
Open Position: FAFSA Liaison: The goal of this position is to perform community-based outreach to high school seniors and their families, community members, and other organizations in the community that share the goal of creating and increasing college-going culture. Ultimately this position is responsible for increasing financial aid application completion by learners-from high school seniors to other adults pursuing postsecondary education.

The complete job posting can be found here – https://careers.unitedway.org/job/fafsa-liason.
EVENTS: Free Training …
Businesses, employees, families and communities WIN with SharedWork! 

Here are five reasons SharedWork could work for you:
*SharedWork helps stabilize businesses during temporary economic setbacks.
*Employers keep their workforce intact by temporarily reducing hours to save payroll costs and keep the businesses operating.
*SharedWork pays employees a prorated percentage of unemployment insurance benefits.

Eligibility is open to most businesses and industries. 
Applying is easy! It only takes about 10 minutes.
Webinars for businesses/employers SharedWork and Paid Family Medical Leave | 
Register now Thursday, Oct. 25, 2022 11:50 am – 12:55 pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharedwork-and-paid-leave-tickets-330953890997

SharedWork and WA Cares – Register now Thursday, Nov. 22, 2022 11:50 am – 12:55 pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharedwork-and-wa-cares-fund-long-term-services-and-supports-tickets-3309553654077

SharedWork and WOTC & Bonding | Register now Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 11:50 am – 12:55 pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharedwork-wotc-and-federal-bonding-tickets-330956589067
Questions? Call 800-752-2500; option 3 to find out if you’re eligible. 
 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 four-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 Sept 13 | 1:00 p.m. Register here
Part 2: Authentication Sept 27 | 1:00 p.m. Register here
Part 3: Systems Oct 11 | 1:00 p.m. Register here
Part 4: Implementation Oct 25 | 1:00 p.m. Register here
 To Register Please Visit https://bizfair.org/
ScaleUp Business Training: The path to seven figures begins here!

ScaleUp Business Training was designed to help established businesses increase profitability, build capacity, and spur growth.

Do you feel like you have no time outside of working in your business? Are you spending too much time on low profit activities? Have high maintenance clients taken over your schedule? Are you thinking of selling your business? Need help interpreting your fiscal drivers?
Class begins September 28, 2022, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

This program which normally costs $1,599 is currently provided at no cost to Washington State businesses through 2022, thanks to ongoing support from the Washington Department of Commerce.

Programa en Espanol: 

Este entrenamiento empresarial avanzada para empresas que han ido más allá del inicio y el lanzamiento. 
ScaleUp se trata de desarrollar capacidades, aumentar la rentabilidad y automatizar los sistemas empresariales. Este programa le mostrará cómo posicionar su negocio para la inversión y lo preparará para ese momento. 
Imaginatu negocio como ingreso pasivo a través de la sistematización:TrabajandoEN su negocio, NO trabajando para el negociao  Duplicaro triplicar los ingresos  Aumentode la distribución de los accionistas  Asegurara los inversores y la inversión  Tener unaestrategia de salida que asegure el MÁXIMO valor cuando vendas 
Entrenamiento Empresarial de ScaleUp, Tu negocio está listo, ¿verdad? Comienza el miércoles 28 de Septiembre  

Registro: https://wcwb.typeform.com/scaleupespanol1 Regístrese aquí: https://tinyurl.com/scaleupespanol
Go Global!

Nearly half of small businesses don’t have a website and 75% don’t offer online ordering. Given that 80% of consumers do their research online before they make a purchase, that’s a lot of lost opportunities to reach new customers and increase sales. And that’s just in the United States. What few businesses realize is that 95% of all customers and two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power lie overseas.

Go Global was designed to even the playing field a bit for small businesses across Washington State. The program offers successful applicants up to $4,000 to design a new website, upgrade an existing one, or add online ordering. You can even use the money to increase your search engine rankings and build a social media marketing machine.

The program opens September 13, here’s how it will work:
Qualifying small businesses in Washington will be able to apply using this Smartsheet application form. A team at Commerce will review the application and give it a thumbs up or thumbs down. If you are awarded the grant, you will be referred to a list of qualified, vetted design firms that can help you build the site of your dreams. You will select the one you want to work with. We highly recommend that you get more than one bid and ask for a fixed-cost bid so you can plan your budget accordingly.

When the work is all done, the design firm will let us know the project is completed to your specifications and satisfaction. The state will then reimburse the design firm for up to $4,000 of the project cost. If the project was more costly than that, you will need to pay the balance to the design firm directly.

That’s all there is to it. After your project is done, you can continue to work with your web firm going forward on more bells and whistles or take things from there and do everything on your own. Every business is different, so our job here at the state is to give you the helping hand you need to get online or get your site generating leads and sales for you.

If you really start mastering international sales, you may even be able to apply for an Export Voucher with our International Trade office, giving you more financial resources to grow your market share, engage in exports, and even attend trade shows.
Smartsheet Application Form: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/7d66ef70ab54420ab77f055befd4c05f
Other Good Stuff….
Homeless service providers in Washington are eligible for up to $4,000 in economic relief Application opens September 29, 2022
Applications open Sept. 29, 2022! Commerce is administering a limited program for eligible homeless service workers in Washington to receive a stipend of up to $4,000.

Homeless service workers with an immediate economic need and income at or below 80% of the county area median income where they live may be eligible for a stipend up to $2,000. 
A second stipend payment of up to $2,000 is also available for individuals who received an initial stipend payment and are still working for the same eligible organization six months after approval of the first stipend payment.

Eligible homeless service providers work directly on-site with persons experiencing homelessness or residents of transitional or permanent supportive housing.  Check out more information, sign up for updates and learn how to apply on the Homeless Worker Stipend websitehttps://www.homelessworkerstipend.com/
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 
Become a Member of the Clallam EDC by contacting our Business Relationship Manager Lorie Fazio at lfazio@clallam.org

“We partner to make Clallam County a great place for businesses to thrive and people to live. By working collaboratively, we catalyze business leadership, nonpartisan problem-solving and data-driven strategies to get results for Clallam County!”
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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