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Chamber News | June 7 - June 13, 2020

Our Visitor Centers are Now Open

If you are in need of a one-one-one appointment, Firewood Permits, Forest Passes, and/or information about Kittitas County; our Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce office and the Ellensburg and Cle Elum Visitor Centers are officially open as of Monday. Our Downtown Ellensburg Visitor Center will be opening this Saturday. Please be courteous to the social distancing rule as it is still being observed. For more information, please email or call (509) 925-2002.

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce Office

609 N Main Street, Ellensburg WA 98926 | (509) 925-2002

Monday - Friday | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ellensburg Visitor Center

609 N Main Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926 | (509) 925-2002

Monday - Friday | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cle Elum Visitor Center

312 W 1st Street, Cle Elum, WA 98922 | (509) 674-6880

Monday - Saturday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ellensburg Downtown Visitor Center

111 W 4th Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Saturday | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.



Congratulations to Our 2020 Business Award Winners

Since we are not holding our 112th Annual Awards Gala, we posted our 2020 Business Award Winners on our social media last week. Make sure you watch this video and congratulate the awarded businesses!

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

-The Mule for Best New Business

-Ellensburg Pasta Co. for Restaurant of the Year

-Daily Bread & Mercantile for Best Customers Service

-McIntosh Ranch for Best Small Business

-FISH Community Food Bank for Non-Profit of the Year

-Shoemaker Manufacturing Company for Legacy Business of the Year

-Cle Elum Eagles 649 for the Community Impact Award

-Basecamp Books and Bites for Business of the Year

We can't wait to celebrate with our business community next year!

The Daily Record and Ellensburg Downtown Association Awards Voting is Still Open

The Daily Record

Now's the time to decide the BEST of the BEST! Vote for your favorite local businesses of 2020 by June 10th!

Ellensburg Downtown Association

Same Appreciation Celebration you know and love, but with a 2020 twist. Voting for the Ellensburg Downtown Association's Appreciation Celebration 2020 is still open! Show your support for the incredible nominees and vote now. Voting will close on Friday, June 12 and winners will be announced on June 25.

Enjoy awards and business recognition from the comfort of your own home. The Ellensburg Downtown Association will be hosting via Zoom to announce winners and give an update on what we’ve been up to this year.

The Kittitas County Chamber's own CEO Amy McGuffin has been nominated for two categories!

The 2020 Pioneer Days Parade is Going Virtual

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce remains committed to the health and well-being of our members and community. After much deliberation with our Board of Directors, the Kittitas County Public Health Department, the City of Cle Elum and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce regrets to inform the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Pioneer Days Parade. Instead, we will be making a virtual parade video to share. If you are able to safely gather as a small group, or if one person from your group would like to participate, this is all you need to do. Dress up in something fun or find another visual component for your video (optional). Send our Director of Tourism and Events Madison Ford a 5-20 second video of you introducing your organization, sending well wishes, etc. by Saturday, June 20th.

EX: “Hey all! This is (Pete and Suzan) from (Kittitas County Nonprofit). We have had a great year providing school lunches for youth across the county. It has been a hard year for everyone, but we are stronger together and here for good. Let today be a day of celebration, memories, and family. Happy Independence Day from us to you!" This must be in landscape (sideways) position, and can simply be filmed on a phone. Thats it! We will post it on Facebook on Independence Day.

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce will still be holding the Annual Fireworks Show on July 4, 2020 at 9 p.m. at Memorial Park in Cle Elum. To maintain social distancing, the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce asks families to stay inside their own vehicles, or in the bed of their vehicles at this time. For those that cannot attend, the Fireworks Show will be broadcasted live on Inland Networks' local channel and on the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

2020 Kittitas County Candidate Forums

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Virtual Candidate Forums for the upcoming August 4th Primary Elections. The Forums will be held virtually through Zoom every Wednesday and Thursday beginning July 1st. Follow our Facebook Page and keep an eye on your email for more information!

Please submit your questions here

Job Posting for our Visitor Centers

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications to run the front desk of our Downtown Visitor Center on 4th and Pearl in Ellensburg on Saturdays. Starting as a seasonal position through the summer, we are looking for someone to grow with our team and potentially be able to cover shifts and gain hours at our other Visitor Center on main. If you are interested in apply, please submit your resume to

Washington State Mask Directive

On June 8, Washington State is implementing a new masking requirement in response to COVID-19. Per the Governor, all businesses are required to have employees wear cloth face coverings at the job site at all times. The only exception to this new rule is for employees who do not share an office or for employees who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition or disability.

View the entire directive here

Kittitas County Chamber Informational Webinars

We would like to extend our member exclusive informational webinar to the public on Thursday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m., as we facilitate a virtual informational session with Central Washington University President Chief of Staff Linda Schactler. She will be giving updates from CWU and answering any additional questions for those attending. We will be recording this meeting for those who cannot make it.

Please email our Membership Director Gemma Hollingsworth at for the meeting ID and password. If you wish to input questions for the speakers to answer during the call, please email them to Gemma.


Some of our previous virtual meetings include a variety of organizations such as the SBA, the SBDC, Local Legislators, and Public Health Officer Dr. Larson, and more to come. To view these webinars, visit our Chamber Webinars and Q&A Sessions page. If you have a topic you would like covered during our informational webinars, submit your topic here!

New Funding Opportunity through the City of Ellensburg

The City of Ellensburg has received federal CARES funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce to assist small businesses and individuals adversely impacted by the COVID-19. The Ellensburg City Council is dedicated to making as much of this money as possible available to support the businesses and individuals that make us the community that we are.

Small businesses in Ellensburg may request grant funding to avoid permanent closure and/or to pay past due utility bills that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to $10,000 may be requested, and the deadline for applications is 5 PM June 19, 2020. IF YOU SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION TO THE WORKING WASHINGTON PROGRAM MANAGED BY THE KITTITAS COUNTY CHAMBER, AND YOUR BUSINESS IS LOCATED IN ELLENSBURG YOU NEED NOT RE-APPLY; we will include your Working Washington application for grant funding consideration within this program.

Apply Here

Kittitas County Community Recovery Fund

The Community Recovery Fund is established to accept monetary donations from individuals, businesses and organizations, both local and abroad, to help bridge the gap between state and federal funds to assist our Kittitas County families, friends and neighbors in recovering from the impact of COVID-19. Distribution of these funds will be based on the needs of Kittitas County residents as reviewed and recommended by the Community Recovery Fund Committee. Basic needs and unexpected expenses due to COVID-19 measures will be given priority. Click here to donate. In need of assistance? 

Click Here for The Community Recovery Fund Application

Business Re-opening Support

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce and additional municipalities have put together resources for potential business re-opening; including safety plan information, policy samples, re-opening safety plan templates, sample signage for display, and additional helpful links. It is required by Washington State for businesses have a protocol set in place before re-opening. Click here for more information.

Support Local - Phase 2 Business Hours Update

Has your business changed hours of operation, added take out/delivery/ dine in options, or have an online shopping tool you would like publicized? Check out our Support Local page on our website! Don't see your business listed, or have updated info? Fill out this form and we will update within 24 hours.

Support Resources for Kittitas County

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.

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.

Available Loans and Grants

For information about available loans and grants go to our website. Please contact the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy McGuffin or call (509) 925-2002 if you would like more information or have additional questions.

Business Economic Recovery Call | Every Tuesday | Noon 

In order to continue providing accurate, timely information for the business community impacted by COVID-19, the Kittitas County Community Resource and Economic Recovery group, comprised of representatives from business associations, business owners, community members, local government officials, and social support agencies, invites businesses to call in each Tuesday at noon to get up-to-date information about the availability of resources in support of businesses reopening, and to ask questions pursuing resources and support to meet their needs.

In order to prepare for each Tuesday, the Kittitas County Chamber will take questions from businesses and community members in Kittitas County now in order to efficiently answer as many questions as possible during the call. Input your questions here!

Every Tuesday at noon, call (408) 418-9388 with 960748174 as the access code in order to get the most up-to-date information relating to COVID-19.

Kittitas County Survey 

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce and partners know that you have been hit hard by the closures, restrictions, and shelter-in-place guidelines resulting in the spread of COVID-19.

We are working on a way to ensure that you get the support you need during this time. 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 the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy McGuffin.

Washington Small Business Development Center Webinars 

The Washington Small Business Development Center provides small businesses guidance through their webinars. The webinars range from business growth to loan assistance to business resilience. Check out this link to find extra help during this hard time.

Washington Employment Security Department and WorkSource Resources 

During this time of uncertainty, resources such as WorkSource and the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) have a high demand for unemployment benefits, especially with the opening of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) funding. ESD is offering webinars for those needing help with unemployment. Register for the webinar here

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. Tune into our Facebook page to get more information about each giveaway.