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SBA Prioritizes Smallest of Small Businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program

Steps to Promote Equitable Relief for Mom-and-Pop Businesses

Building on a month of strong results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses. 

The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding opened one month ago and already the Biden Administration has succeeded in making major improvements to the program’s implementation:

  • For businesses with fewer than ten employees, the share of funding is up nearly 60%
  • For businesses in rural communities, the share of funding is up nearly 30%
  • The share of funding distributed through Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions is up more than 40%

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Bainbridge Approves Business Recovery Grants

City of Bainbridge Island Council Plans Grants to BusinessesIt’s official! The much-rumored, oft-mentioned COBI small business grants are now coming soon.

Get ready – applications for business assistance grants will become available in association with KEDA (the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance) starting on Friday, March 12.

Businesses may receive between $5,000 and $10,000 based upon their COVID-19 financial impacts and the number of total applications received by the City.

The unanimously-approved Business Recovery grant program will provide $210,000 to support Bainbridge Island businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Washington State Department of Commerce — Business & Worker Update

FEB. 10,  2021

The Business and Workers update is a weekly newsletter providing news and information to help businesses and workers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The information is compiled by the state Economic Resiliency Team (ERT), part of the Joint Information Center.

What you should know about…

COVID-19 Response

The importance of testing

Vaccine may be in the spotlight right now, and while it’s a crucial tool to eventually help us overcome the pandemic, it’s not the only tool we should be using. We are still relying on things like wearing masks and getting tested to ensure our success in overcoming this pandemic, and we’ll need to keep doing so over the next few months.

Testing is a critical and essential part of the overall COVID-19 response. Identifying and isolating people who have COVID-19, and quarantining those exposed to the virus, are necessary to understanding, responding to, and stopping the spread of infection. Assuring equitable and widespread access to testing with rapid turnaround times for results remains a priority. For us to successfully stop the spread of the virus, it is critical for people to get tested when they have symptoms or when they have been exposed to someone suspected of having COVID-19.

Testing remains a priority. Please, encourage your family and friends to get tested if they’ve been exposed, or if they have symptoms. For more information about testing in Washington state see the state Department of Health’s (DOH) testing page, their updated statewide testing strategy and their testing location resources.

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Roadmap to Recovery: Kitsap Moving to Phase 2

Governor Inslee announced Thursday that the Northwest Region and four other regions will move to Phase 2 beginning on Monday the 15th, allowing several more groups of businesses to open with 25 percent capacity, including restaurants for indoor dining. Businesses must still adhere to COVID-19 safety measures, such as wearing masks and staying at least 6 feet apart.
As a quick reminder: Here is what is allowed under Phase 2 guidelines:
  • Retail stores: 25% capacity
  • Personal services: indoor maximum 25% capacity
  • Eating/Drinking establishments: indoor dining 25% capacity, end alcohol service/delivery at 11 p.m. Outdoor/open-air dining available, maximum six per table, limit two households per table

For more details on who can do what in which phase, please click HERE.

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Inslee Announces COVID Tax Relief for Businesses

On Monday, February 10, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation providing tax relief for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. SB 5061 will also increase minimum unemployment benefits for workers and provide significant tax relief for businesses over the next five years, to support recovery from the economic impacts of COVID shutdowns. The legislation passed with strong bipartisan support in both chambers.

More details click HERE

Licensed Commissary Kitchens in Kitsap County

Provided by the Kitsap Public Health District

Commissary kitchens that are approved to allow outside food businesses to use their kitchen are licensed by the Health District. Each commissary kitchen is different; therefore, the food handling steps which can be accommodated by each kitchen differ. First, identify which food handling steps your operation includes, then use the table below as a general guide to determine which kitchen suits your business model. Once you reach an agreement with a facility, complete the Commissary Kitchen Agreement with them and submit the agreement with your packet.

Keep in mind that commissary kitchen amenities could change, and changes may not be reflected in this table. For instance, a kitchen that currently offers overnight food storage may stop allowing their customers to store food overnight at any time. Your chosen commissary kitchen and your proposed business operation will be evaluated together to ensure they are a good fit.

To see the list of kitchens and the services they provide, click here.

South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce Rebranding

Chamber of Commerce rebranding reflects mission and representation promoting business and encouraging community in All of South Kitsap

The South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce, formerly known as the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, is a collection of local businesses and civic minded individuals cooperating to encourage the local economy and promote the well-being of the entire South Kitsap community. The change in name is to better align with the mission, vision, purpose of Chamber, and the community it represents… South Kitsap. Current and prospective members should expect the high-quality services and support to continue under the new South Kitsap brand.
The purpose of the SK Chamber remains:
  • Business and community advocacy
  • Provide educational resources to businesses, the community, government officials, and regulatory bodies
  • Clarify business’ understanding of current business climates and issue identification
  • Remain a source of referrals to local businesses and a platform for business-to-business opportunities