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Chamber News | July 12 - July 18, 2020

Our Visitor Centers are 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 info@kittitascountychamber.com 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.

Kittitas County Chamber Informational Webinar Series

To help businesses stay informed during this time, the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce has been hosting virtual meetings with various organizations such as the SBA, the SBDC, HR Specialists, Local Legislators, and Public Health Officer Dr. Larson, with more to come. To view these webinars, visit our Chamber Webinars and Q&As Page.

Do you have a topic you would like covered during our informational webinars? Submit your topic here!

Chamber on the Road

As the county continues to open up, the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is helping promote our member businesses. Not only do we have the #MemberMonday and #FeatureFriday social media campaign about one of our member businesses, our CEO Amy McGuffin will be hitting the road and visiting our chamber members in a new video series entitled Chamber on the Road. During these videos, Amy will be conducting interviews with our member businesses to discuss who they are, and what steps they have taken to get back up and running. Our first Chamber on the Road episode was with Mountain Elegance Furniture. Tune into our Facebook page on Friday's at 4:30 p.m. to watch the next episode.

Business Re-Opening Video Series

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce, along with the Ellensburg Downtown Association, the Cle Elum Downtown Association and the Roslyn Downtown Association have partnered up to release a video series by Arnett Muldorw. For the next few weeks, we will be releasing a new episode every Friday at 1 p.m. on our Facebook page and website, covering a range of topics from eCommerce, business development, finances, social media and much more. Previous episodes can be found on the Chamber website.

Kittitas County Chamber Business Development Center Marketing Fundamentals Program

The goal of each of these Marketing Fundamentals workshops is for small businesses in Kittitas County to learn about building and promoting your brand, gain insight into navigating post-COVID-19 messaging, implement basic marketing principles, begin the process required to create a marketing plan for your company, and establish best practices for developing a functional brand on your website and social media.

The Marketing Fundamentals workshop series is free. Please go to the Business Development Center page on our website to register for these workshops.

Corissa Saint Laurent at Google

On July 17 at 1 p.m., join the Kittitas County Chamber's Business Development Center and Corissa Saint Laurent at Google to learn best practices and analyze trends about how customers engage with your business online; then learn how to turn these insights into well-informed, actionable decisions.

Mary Kae with Genesis Marketing

On July 24 at 1 p.m., join the Kittitas County Chamber's Business Development Center and Genesis Marketing to learn how to utilize social media marketing to grow your business. You will master research processes and strategies to help you harness the power of social media marketing.

Business After Hours - Taco 'Bout It

Join the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce for their spiced up monthly networking event, Let's Taco 'Bout It (Business After Hours) at the Western Culture and Art Center!

Enjoy food and drink, networking games and raffle prizes! This event is open to members and non-members, so bring a friend and tour the new Western Culture and Art Center.

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce remains committed to the health and well-being of our members and community. We will have hand sanitizing stations in place, and in keeping with state mandates, we ask that all in attendance wear facial coverings.

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 on July 15 at 6 p.m., July 22 at 6 p.m., and July 23 at 6 p.m. All forums will be broadcasted through Inland Network and ECTV, as well as on the Kittitas County Chamber Facebook page. We will be accepting questions for these forums from our members and our community.

Please submit your questions here

Independence Feedback Form

If you have time and would like to give us feedback on your overall 4th of July experience, please go to our Feedback Form to help us improve our part in the Independence Day festivities.

Washington State Mask Directive

On July 2, Washington State implemented an extension on the masking requirement in response to COVID-19. Per the Governor, businesses are required to have their employees and customers wear face coverings. Under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply. The only exception to this rule is if you have a medical condition or disability that will not allow you to safely wear a mask.

View the entire directive 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 3 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

The City of Ellensburg just announced the funding of 71 businesses with the CAREs ACT Funding. The City of Cle Elum is set to announce how many business they were able to fund this week. 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.

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