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Chamber News | August 16 - 22, 2020

Introducing Small Business Development Center Advisor, Liz Jamieson

On July 29 at 9:30 a.m., we introduced our Business Development Center SBDC Advisor, Liz Jamieson live on our Facebook page. Go to our Facebook page now to learn a little bit about our teams new addition. If you as a business would like to schedule a one-on-one appointment with Liz, go to our website now.

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. This week's Chamber on the Road episode was with Pearl Street Books & Gifts. Tune into our Facebook page on Friday's at 4:30 p.m. to watch the next episode.

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 was free and those that missed the series can still watch them. Please go to the Business Development Center page on our website to watch these workshops.

Washington State Mask Directive & Gathering Restrictions

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

Governor orders go into effect on July 20, to limit the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the number of people who are allowed to gather together. Kittitas County is now required to reduce gatherings from 50 people to 10 people. The requirement to limit interaction to 10 people applies to all gatherings with the exception of church gatherings at this time.

View the entire directive here

On July 23, the Governor rolled back some activities such as weddings and funerals. Receptions are prohibition and ceremonies are permitted with the occupancy of 20 percent or 30 people, whichever is less. For restaurants and bars, indoor dining is now limited to household members, alcohol sales must end at 10 p.m., table size is reduced to 5 people and a total occupancy to 50 percent. Game areas must also close and bars will close indoor service. Do you want to say something about getting your license switched over? Gyms and fitness centers will be limited to 25 percent capacity. Movie theatre’s will reduce their occupancy from 50 to 25 percent. All of this will go into effect July 30 besides the wedding and funeral regulations, which go into effect August 6.

View the entire directive here

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 was able to fund 71 businesses, the City of Cle Elum was able to fund 16 businesses, and the County was able to fund 64 businesses with the CAREs ACT Funding. 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.

Click here for more information.

ScaleUp Kittitas County

If you’re a business owner who wants to REALLY grow your company, this ScaleUp training program is perfect for you! With the recent COVID-19 pandemic taking place, now is the right time to work on your business and create your plan for scaling your company.

ScaleUp has been specifically designed to help you explore and identify new and innovative opportunities for increasing additional revenues, strengthening your brand and developing a competitive advantage, increasing efficiency and managing operations, and improving cash flow and getting in financial control. Don’t be complacent in your business; it’s time to ScaleUp your business!

Inspire Women's Business Conference

The Washington Center for Women in Business created its fifth annual INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference for forward-looking women business owners and business leaders in our community. If you are interested, register for the conference on their website.

Confidence Compliance Workshop with L&I

On Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., join the Tri-City Regional Chamber for part of their free workshop series, Confident Compliance: Navigating the L&I Website & Creating a My L&I Account. Attendees will be walked through where and how to find crucial information on the L&I website as well as how to create a My L&I Account and how to use various functions within their account.

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 and retaining jobs. ESD is offering webinars for those needing help with unemployment. Register for the webinar hereIf you need help creating a resume or finding a job contact WorkSource Kittitas County at lchouinard@pfp.org or call (509) 925-5311.