Coffee with Colleen and Clallam City Chambers 8am Wednesday & Updates

Join us Wednesday morning to hear from Sequim, Forks, and Port Angeles Chamber Directors on Coffee with Colleen at 8 AM:
Our Chamber Directors will share on topics such as:  
Local economic conditions Upcoming Chamber Community & Business Programs Membership Report 

Please Join us on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89474510306?pwd=VlIrRHh5RG1nYVh3V3JXRzFSMmRodz09 
Meeting ID: 894 7451 0306
Passcode: 187447
One tap mobile+12532158782,,89474510306#,,,,*187447# US (Tacoma) 
Dial by your location – 253 215 8782 (Tacoma)

Upcoming Guests:
November 02 – Tom Ferrell, Mayor, City of Sequim & Matt Huish, City Manager
November 9 – Diane Reaume – Superintendent Quileute Valley SD
Nov 16 – Alfie (Lourdes) Alvarado-Ramos – Veterans programs in Clallam; Suicide Prevention
Nov 23 – Thanksgiving Break
Nov 30 – Department of Ecology – Explaining the Climate Commitment Act & Low Carbon Fuel Standard passed by the legislature

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.
Grant Opportunities… 
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 5 – Awards Delayed Due to UEI Issuance Delays:
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 at the end of October.
Fact Sheet
Federal Grant Opportunities For Industry:
Check out the nearly $30 Billion of Energy and Infrastructure-related grant programs. Thank you to Pacific Northwest National Lab for sharing these opportunities.  
Federal Grant List for Industry
NEW tax credit for Washington Workers starts in 2023 if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit: 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/
EMPLOYMENT: Our Partner Job Opportunities
VOLUNTEER HOSPICE OF CLALLAM COUNTY
Seeks Registered Nurses

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR-The Field Arts & Events Hall (Field Hall) seeks a full-time Capital Campaign Director Find Out More!
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 WA Cares – Register nowThursday, November 22, 2022 11:50 am – 12:55 pmhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharedwork-and-wa-cares-fund-long-term-services-and-supports-tickets-3309553654077
SharedWork and WOTC & Bonding | Register now Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:50 am – 12:55 pmhttps://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. 
Other Good Stuff….
Peninsula College Workforce Education Newsletter
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 Rebekah Miller at RMiller@Clallam.org.
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 Rebekah Miller at RMiller@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
You must be a member of an Affiliated Chamber – Seattle Chamber offers a $125 annual discounted fee.
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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