Weekly Updates!

Coffee with Colleen presents the Sequim Mayor, Tom Ferrell and Community Development Dir, Steve Lachnicht. 
Mayor Ferrell & Steve shared on topics such as:  
*Developments approved & in process
*Building permit history & forecast
*Multifamily zoning changes

See our Archived recordings Here
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 16Apply now.   
Working Washington Grants: Round 5 – Awards Update
IMPORTANT Update – Working Washington Round 5 (WWR5) Grants: The Washington Department of Commerce will send Working Washington Round 5 and Convention Center grant award notifications across the entire state on Monday, October 31, 2022.   

FAQs for awardees can be found here: https://www.submittable.com/help/workingwashingtongrant/ 
Until all funds are distributed, the program is still open and active, and the awardee list is subject to change. Commerce will share the data and demographic results of these programs when funding is completed. 
Some applicants that are otherwise eligible for awards have yet to provide a valid Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number needed to receive federal funding.

The federal government recently changed its requirements for businesses and organizations receiving federal funds in the form of grants. As of April 2022, recipients of grants using federal funds are required to have a UEI number issued by the federal government through https://sam.gov. WWR5 grant applicants will have until November 30, 2022, to provide their UEI number to be eligible to receive funding. Denial notifications will also be sent on October 31.

Some businesses qualified but are not receiving a grant from this round because of funds received in prior Working Washington grant programs. This is a result of the language in ESSB 5693, the legislative bill that authorized this funding. Customer Support: If you receive inquiries, please direct applicants to contact Commerce’s WWR5 customer support team.
Due to high volumes of correspondence, e-mail will be the quickest way for the team to respond: commercegrants@submittable.comor call (888) 242-0169. Working Washington Grants: Round 5 program support services will be available through December 21, 2022. 
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:
Applications open in 2023 for the 2022 tax year and are accepted through December 31, 2023.

Who is eligible for a tax credit?
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.

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
Recruiting now for a part-time AP/Payroll Clerk at Brix Marine. This position offers a flexible schedule of 20-25 hours/week in the fun world of custom boatbuilding! Details on our website.
Seeks Registered Nurses

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR at 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 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. 
Other Good Stuff….

Peninsula College Workforce Education Newsletter
Washington minimum wage for 2023 to be$15.74 per hour The Washington State minimum wage for 2023 will increase to $15.74 an hour in January. That’s up $1.25 from what it is now. The 8.66 percent rise is directly linked to the cost of common goods such as housing, food, and medical care as reflected in the Consumer Price Index.
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New Department of Commerce Report: Time, trust, and technology key to small business successOLYMPIA, WA – Time, trust and technology are key to ensuring small businesses farthest from opportunity in Washington state have the right mix of technical assistance and financial resources to thrive.A groundbreaking report by the Washington State Department of Commerce found that although technical assistance providers do offer the right mix of resources, minority or women business owners and those located in rural areas often do not have access to it.

The study focused on micro- businesses with five or fewer employees and $100,000 or less in annual revenue.“Whether these businesses succeed or fail has a huge impact on the financial future of entire families and communities,” said Washington State Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “And when they are successful, they build prosperity for our entire state – they grow faster than other businesses and build jobs, economic opportunity and financial inclusion.” A 2016 Association for Enterprise Opportunities study found that microbusinesses that receive the right mix of capital and support grow 30% faster than their peers.

Commerce’s study found that three factors — time, trust and technology – play important roles in whether or not businesses can access capital and support:

Time: Owners need between 40 to 80 hours of assistance, after business hours, on nights and weekends.

Trust: Providing in-language services from technical assistance providers that business owners already know and trust from their communities are integral to providing effective services. Although access to capital and financing was the top unmet need, minority-owned businesses and those in rural disadvantaged communities face unique, systemic challenges to capital access.

Technology: For businesses farthest from opportunity, technology access– ranging from basic broadband to computers and digital literacy — is a crisis.

Without access to the right technology, businesses can’t engage in online retailing or apply for grants and many other financial products.“In building trust, it’s about one-on-one communication, centering people first and then being accountable to them,” said Angie Hinojos with Centro Cultural Mexicano, part of the Small Business Resiliency Network. 

The 31-member SBRN was launched by Commerce in 2020 to partner with and support community-based organizations as they provide in-language and culturally relevant support to small businesses farthest from opportunity.“Our community can count on us time and time again,” Hinojos said. “We often see that when someone is well served, they share that positive experience throughout the community, which allows for others to find us and share in those resources.”The study surveyed small business technical assistance providers and interviewed leaders of communities farthest from opportunity. The results will help the state and philanthropic sector prioritize resources to fill in gaps and scale services.“Part of our goal with this report is to ensure that all small businesses – and especially those farthest from opportunity– have access to the technical assistance they need in an approach and with resources that will create pathways to their success,” added Director Brown. “I look forward to continuing to invest in these technical assistance providers and learn from their guidance so they can continue to best serve our thriving small businesses.”

This report is part of Commerce’s Washington Opportunities Networks (WON) initiative, which connects minority-, women- and LGTBQ+ owned businesses and those located in rural areas with the financing they need to be sustainable. Many of these owners do not have access to conventional bank loans and must resort to financing their businesses on credit cards or predatory lending, which can lower their credit scores and make it even more difficult to get sustainable financing.

Find the full report in English and executive summaries in nine languages—English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Ukrainian, Tagalog, Somali, Korean, and Mandarin—on the Commerce website.

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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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