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Chamber News | March 22 - 28, 2020

Take a Survey to Help the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce Know the Challenges You May Be Facing

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce and partners would like to determine the unique challenges facing Kittitas County businesses, both large and small. In an effort to capture this information, we ask that you please complete the included survey and offer additional comments wherever needed to help us learn how to better serve you during this time. 

A response team has been created to review the results in order to implement support services. If you have questions contact our CEO Amy McGuffin.

Temporary Closure of Our Visitor Center’s

To ensure the safety of Kittitas County community members and our staff, we have decided to temporarily close our Cle Elum Visitor Center and both Catalyst Co-Working spaces in Ellensburg and Cle Elum. Our Ellensburg Visitor Center and Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce office will be closed to the public, but our staff will still be available over phone, email or to schedule one-on-one meetings.

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is still here for you as a resource, as our staff is working both in the office and remotely to ensure advocacy during this time. We would be happy to assist you in any way we can. 

Please email or call (509)925-2002 with any questions. Additional updates can be found on our website or on our Facebook page @kittitascountychamber.

Updated Information About COVID-19

Businesses and community members of Kittitas County can find the most up to date information regarding protocol for COVID-19 on our website, along with links to other resources, including yesterday’s Stay At Home order from Kittitas County Public Health Officials. 

Any businesses that have been affected by COVID-19 should fill out the Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet. This form is not required, but is a convenience in clarifying the supporting documentation the state is required to submit to the U.S. Small Business Administration when requesting an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration. 

Businesses that have changed their hours or closed temporarily should fill out the Special Business Hours Form on our website to inform the citizens in Kittitas County. Updates to this page are made on a daily basis as changes arise. 

For more information or additional help, please contact the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy McGuffin or call (509)925-2002. 

Gift Card Giveaways on Social Media

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is continuing our support for the businesses in Kittitas County, especially during this tough time. We bought $1,000 worth of gift cards from businesses in the county and will be giving them away periodically on social media. The next giveaway will be on March 26 at 12 p.m. Tune into our Facebook and/or Instagram to get more information about each giveaway.

Extra Resources

Because so many important meetings have been postponed or cancelled, we understand it's been difficult to communicate lately with your employees, family members, business leaders, etc.

We've done some research for you that may help keep you in touch with all the right people following the social distancing guidelines:

-Skype for Business: audio and video conferencing. You will need to create a Skype account, and then you're able to sync with SharePoint in Microsoft, and share media (FREE download).

-Facebook Messenger: able to text chat, audio message, or face-to-face web conferencing within the app, may be useful for getting into contact directly with businesses through their Facebook page (FREE).

-Zoom: used by many educators currently. Easy to use, chat/audio/video available, can show screen in real-time, can be online or in app (FREE to sign up by using work email, ZoomPlus offers more for a price).

-GoToMeeting: one-click meetings, collaboration meetings made easier, webinars available, cloud recordings, Office365 plug in (Cost starting at $12.00).

-TeamViewer: software for audio and video conferences, interactive screen sharing (Cost starting at $49.00).

-Microsoft Teams: uses SharePoint to share files in Office programs, conference calls, group chat (FREE to those with Office365 program package, Costs start at $12.95/month for others).