The Week of August 10th 2020

Colleen McAleer and the Weekly Update for August 10, 2020

Unemployment Updates:   Presidential Memorandum to replace $600/week extension under assessment; effects not yet certain: On Aug. 8, the Trump Administration issued a memorandum that referenced a program for lost wage assistance to eligible claimants. Washington state is assessing the Presidential Memorandum. When additional information is available, the Employment Security Department (ESD) will communicate with claimants through its websitesocial media and direct claimant communications. ESD phone support specialists are not able to advise callers on this issue – the department discourages phone inquiries on the topic to maintain focus on claims resolution.   Virtual Job Fair tomorrow 10 am – 2 pm: Don’t miss this opportunity! If you know of a person looking for work please share this email with them. We will have nearly 50 local businesses that have job openings chatting with job seekers during the event. Job seekers can upload their resumes as well.   Here is a link for job seekers to register:   Job search requirement remains suspended through Sept. 1   The job search requirement for unemployment benefit claimants remains suspended through Sept. 1. Claimants may continue to answer “no” to the job search question on weekly claims until the suspension is lifted.
Small business relief funding:   Lifeboat Grant Awards:   The Grant Selection Committee has finished scoring the applications. This week the EDC staff will be notifying the 50 businesses that were selected to receive grant funds ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the number of employees.   In this round $60,000 will be awarded to Child Care businesses, $30,000 to non-profits, and the remainder will go to other types of small businesses across Clallam County.   If a business applied in this round and did not receive funding, their application will be considered in the next round which will distribute $145,000 for Clallam County businesses with fewer than 20 employees. We will announce that round before the end of August.   Kitsap Bank’s edg3 Fund 2020:   In the midst of a pandemic, supporting our small business neighbors is more important than ever. The 7th annual edg3 FUND competition is back in 2020, but with some significant changes, including MORE PRIZES! The public is also invited this year to nominate a local business that they feel meets the edg3 FUND mission. Additionally, this year’s competition will recognize small businesses that have demonstrated innovation and resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Kitsap Bank is proud to support small businesses in Western Washington who are making an impact on their communities through our edg3 FUND small business competition. We began this competition to recognize small businesses that, like Kitsap Bank, are committed to making our community a better place, and doing so in unique and innovative ways. Mission – To recognize entrepreneurs that are dedicated to growing our community economically, socially and environmentally.   To apply or nominate a business go to:   Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) still available   The Small Business Administration’s EIDL program offers relief to businesses experiencing a temporary loss in revenue due to COVID-19. Borrowed EIDL funds may be used to cover a variety of operational and capital expenses. EIDL terms propose a modest 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and a 2.75% rate for nonprofits with a 30-year maturity and automatic one-year deferment period before monthly payments must begin. These flexible and low-interest loans are available to a variety of eligible small businesses.   The PPP application deadline has elapsed and loan forgiveness process is being streamlined for loan amounts less than $100K:   The Paycheck Protection Program application deadline elapsed on Aug. 8. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is no longer accepting applications from participating lenders. Applicants that successfully filed for loans before the deadline may wish to review SBA’s PPP Loan Forgiveness FAQ document for instruction on management of potentially-forgivable borrowed funds.   SBA Bridge Loans, Debt Relief still available to small businesses:   The Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to offer bridge loans to businesses currently partnered with an SBA Express Lender for quick access to up to $25,000. The SBA Debt Relief program will cover six months of principal, interest, and fees for all 7(a), 504 and Microloans in regular servicing or issued through Sept. 27.
North Olympic Legislative Alliance Update:   Our lobbyist, Josh Weiss of Gordon Thomas Honeywell, has produced this recap of the primary election results.   NOLA’s membership will want to assess their priorities from 2020 and determine whether they have changed. It will be important to ask the 24th district legislators about what their position on possible priorities will be.    Clallam and Jefferson County NOLA partners will host a Zoom meeting in September to discuss legislative priorities for the two county region primarily focused on economic issues and broadband. If you would like to receive an invitation to this event contact either or for Jefferson County businesses, contact
State Rental Assistance:   Eviction Rent Assistance Program in the works   The Eviction Rent Assistance Program is intended to prevent evictions by paying past due and current/future rent for people needing relief. Commerce will not directly distribute these funds. to individuals. Sign up to receive email notifications once service providers and application information are announced in each community. 
Join Congressman Kilmer for Coffee with Colleen Wednesday, August 19 at 8 am.   Come join the conversation on Zoom on Wednesday morning at 8am:
Amended indoor fitness, pool regulations now in effect:   Recent updates to indoor fitness guidance took effect on Aug. 10. Guidance is now consistent across Phases 2 and 3, face coverings are required except during strenuous exercise, and social distancing is defined as 300 square feet per person. Pools are also permitted to operate (with restrictions) in all Safe Start Phases, with the exception of some Modified Phase 1 counties. A new FAQ document illustrates how new regulations may affect common activities at fitness centers. Under the new rules, unstaffed fitness facilities are no longer permitted to operate. Examples might include HOA or hotel pools or gyms. At least one employee must monitor the facility for its operation to be lawful.
Workplace Safety:   Free workplace safety and health consultation   The Department of Labor and Industries offers no-fee workplace safety and health consultation. Professional staff will identify hazards and help get your business in compliance with COVID-19 workplace safety requirements. No fines or penalties will result from issues uncovered during a consultation
Workplace Safety:   Free workplace safety and health consultation   The Department of Labor and Industries offers no-fee workplace safety and health consultation. Professional staff will identify hazards and help get your business in compliance with COVID-19 workplace safety requirements. No fines or penalties will result from issues uncovered during a consultation

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