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The EDC’s of the North Olympic Peninsula

Small Businesses in Clallam and Jefferson Counties Awarded Working Washington Emergency Grants

June 10, 2020

The EDCs of the North Olympic Peninsula, Clallam County EDC and EDC Team Jefferson are working with (48+__) local small businesses to receive Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants.  The Washington State Department of Commerce funded and administered the Governor’s strategic reserve funds for the relief program.   

Each EDC serves as their county’s designated Associate Development Organization (ADO) and will deploy the funding allocated to their counties by the Department of Commerce. The 48 businesses in Clallam County businesses will receive $177,193 and the __ businesses in Jefferson County will receive $154,XXX in total.  The (48+__) businesses that were selected all had fewer than 10 full time employees and can use the funds to offset some costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The WWSBEG program total for the state was $10 million.

“Each of these businesses have faced unique challenges over the last three months,” said Brian Kuh, EDC Team Jefferson Executive Director. “We are proud to disseminate these needed funds to small businesses to safely reopen and thank Commerce for the relief.”

“Small businesses are job generators, product and service providers and they provide the unique character of our downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “While we know there is much more to do, these Working Washington grants are designed to support them during this challenging time on the road to recovery.”

Colleen McAleer, the Clallam County EDC Executive Director said “We would like to thank the Governor and Department of Commerce for working closely with the EDCs to fund these small businesses. As our region works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, getting financial support for our small businesses is critical to economic recovery.”

The two EDCs received (620+__) applications from Clallam and Jefferson County businesses.  Each EDC then formed committees whose members were selected by their local cities and chambers. Those committees screened the applications before forwarding applications to Commerce for final award decisioning. The EDCs will manage the grant contracts with each awarded business. The contract period for the grant runs for one year with job retention reporting required by the grant recipients at the end of the period.

The selected pool of grantees includes 13+__ retail establishments, 10+__ restaurants, 9+__ construction-related companies, 6+__ hospitality establishments, 3+__ healthcare businesses, 2+__ educational companies, 1+__ manufacturing company, 1+__ bowling alley, 2+__ landscaping companies, and 1+__ agriculture business. The selected pool of grantees also includes 14+__ women-owned businesses, 9+__ minority-owned businesses, and 3+__ veteran-owned business. The grantees are located in 3+__ different cities across Clallam and Jefferson County.

These WWSBEG recipients employ a total of (245+__) individuals and it is estimated that this grant will prevent the loss of (205+__) jobs. In approving this WWSBEG, Washington State and Clallam and Jefferson Counties will be able to support the potential preservation of these businesses and the economic security of both the company’s employees and local community.

Clallam County EDC and EDC Team Jefferson continue to advocate for additional relief dollars for small businesses from various levels of government. “While we celebrate the (48+_) small businesses that received much-needed support, the remaining (572+__) small businesses that applied are left without. The need remains high for small businesses,” said McAleer.

Once all grant contracts are executed statewide, the Department of Commerce will release the list of all businesses that will receive funding.

About Clallam County EDC and EDC Team Jefferson

Clallam County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) and EDC Team Jefferson (EDCTJ) are the Olympic Peninsula’s designated county development organizations. CCEDC and EDCTJ creates the places where organizations come together to advocate for the region, drive strategic economic growth, and champion a talented workforce. The organizations are funded through a combination of private and public investment, including nearly 900.

For more information visit www.ChooseClallamFirst.org and www.edcteamjefferson.org.

For more information contact:

Colleen McAleer                                                               Brian Kuh
Executive Director                                                           Executive Director
Clallam County EDC                                                         EDC Team Jefferson
CMcAleer@clallam.org                                                  Director@EDCTeamJefferson.org

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