Join Alfie Alvarado, Director of WA State Veteran’s Affairs on Coffee with Colleen & Weekly Updates

Alfie Alvarado serves as the Director of the WA State Department of Veterans Affairs. The Department is the statewide advocate for our veterans’ earned benefits and services.

Alfie was born in Puerto Rico and served 22 years on active duty retiring as the Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center and Troop Command, Joint Base Lewis McChord.  As Director, she is a member of Governor Jay Inslee’s Executive Cabinet. In this capacity, her agency leads statewide efforts for the seamless transition of service members and their families to Washington State’s communities. 

Alfie is the recipient of the Army Legion of Merit Medal and Military Order of Medical Merit and state and national awards that include the Governor’s Distinguished Management Leadership Award and the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Leadership Award.  She is currently serving executive member of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs and National Association of State Veterans Home

Topics Alfie will cover:  
Estimate of number of Veterans in Clallam County
Challenges Veterans face in Clallam County 
Services and Programs offered in Clallam County by the VA
Suicide Prevention Program for Veterans
Products and Services the VA purchases & how you can sell to the VA 

Please Join us on Zoom: 

Meeting ID: 894 7451 0306Passcode: 187447
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Dial by your location – 253 215 8782 (Tacoma)

Upcoming Guests:
October 19 -Josh Weiss, State Lobbyist, NOLA (North Olympic Legislative Alliance)
October 26 – Morningside
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.
New Grant Opportunity for Small Businesses 
The NextCycle Washington Renew Seed Grant program is open for applications between September 21 and November 16, 2022.   The Renew Seed Grant is a great starting point for incubating new innovative businesses or projects within Washington’s circular economy.

The program provides funding and technical assistance for early-stage projects focused on material waste prevention, reuse, repair, recovery, recycling, and composting that will help grow Washington state’s circular economy. 

The program is aiming to select over 35 projects to receive up to $10,000 each for reimbursable project expenses. It does NOT require application or participation fees and no equity exchange to participate.  Private sector businesses, nonprofits and community-based organizations, institutions, and tribal nations and organizations are encouraged to apply.  
Contact program staff if you have questions. Applications are open now through November 16. 
Apply now
Working Washington Grants: Round 5Awards Delayed Due to UEI
The Washington State Legislature allocated a round of grant funding for small businesses affected by the pandemic. $70 million was appropriated for Working Washington Grants: Round 5.
Commerce will notify grantees and disburse funding in the next few weeks Fact Sheet
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 to learn more.
EMPLOYMENT: Local Job Opportunities
Clallam County Job Fair

14th Annual Business Showcase October 12, 2022 @ 5:00-7:00 PM    
Open Positions
FAFSA Liaison Position
Capital Campaign Director Position
EVENTS: Free Training
Social Media For Nonprofits

October 18 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST /9:00 am – 10:30 am PST
Break down ways to develop your organization’s social media strategy with tips and tools to make social media easier for your team and boost engagement with your community.

Contact Sheila Everett at OV-CF for registration and more information! Register for the Webinar
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, October 25, 2022 11:50 am – 12:55pm

SharedWork and WA Cares – Register now Thursday, November 22, 2022 11:50 am – 12:55 pm

SharedWork and WOTC & Bonding | Register now Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:50 am – 12:55 pm
Questions? Call 800-752-2500; option 3 to find out if you’re eligible. 
Receive $4,000 for Your Business’s Website Design
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:
Other Good Stuff….
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
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 ManagerLorie Fazio at

“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 anddata-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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