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Operation Take-Out! Support Our Local Restaurants!

By | Beer & Cider, Bothell, Chamber News, Community News, Kenmore, Uncategorized

Our local restaurants, wineries, and breweries are in need of our community support! They can no longer offer inside dining, and a few have temporarily closed, but the great news is that you can enjoy many of your favorite foods and drinks at home through take-out, curb-side pickup, and delivery services! PLUS… you can buy Gift Certificates and buy their merchandise at their websites to show support.

Below is a list of our Chamber Members.

Give them a call today!  Please also consider ordering gift cards or their merchandise they may be offering online.

** Please contact each business directly for their most currently offered services. **

- RESTAURANTS & BAKERIES -

Alexa’s Cafe – 425-402-1754
Menu or Website

Amaro Bistro – 425-485-2300
Menu or Website

Beardslee Public House & Brewery – 425-286-1001
Menu or Website

Carolina Smoke BBQ – 425-949-8672
Menu or Website

Chantanee Thai – 425-398-7300
Menu or Website

Chick-fil-A, Bothell Canyon Park – 425-402-0201
Menu or Website

Graham’s RoyalTea – 425-686-7670
Menu or Website

Hillcrest Bakery – 425-486-5292
Menu or Website

Ivar’s Seafood Bar – 425-892-8807
Menu or Website

McMenamin’s Anderson School Restaurants – 425-398-0122
Menu or Website

Nothing Bundt Cakes – 425-379-0300
Menu or Website

Pasion Tequila – 425-488-1308
Menu or Website

PinkaBella Cupcakes – 425-877-1957
Menu or Website

Poquitos Bothell – 425-949-7680
Menu or Website

Revolve True Food & Wine Bar – 425-287-6420
Menu or Website

Russell’s Restaurant – 425-892-8492
Menu or Website

Seaplane Kitchen & Bar – 206-484-4982
Menu or Website

Social Grounds Coffee & Tea – 425-419-4257
Menu or Website

Sparta’s Pizza & Pasta House – 425-485-1227
Menu or Website

Subway, Kenmore – 206-817-5566
Menu or Website

Sushi Chinoise – 425-402-0200
Menu or Website

The Cottage – 425-286-6332
Menu or Website

The Guest House – 425-402-4990
Menu or Website

The PicNic Table Cafe – 425-683-2900
Menu or Website

The Vet Chef Food Truck – 206-321-9984
Menu or Website

Uncle Peteza’s – 425-487-9100
Menu or Website

Zulu’s Board Game Cafe – 425-818-8122
Menu or Website

- WINERIES & BREWERIES -

Cairn Brewing – 425-949-5295
Menu or Website

Eye of the Needle Winery – 425-406-0089
Menu or Website

Foggy Noggin Brewing – 206-553-9223
Menu or Website

Goose Ridge Winery – 425-488-0200
Menu or Website

Hop and Hound – 425-486-2337
Menu or Website

Milbrandt Vineyards & Ryan Patrick Wines – 425-949-7660
Menu or Website

Tinte Cellars – 425-659-4990
Menu or Website

- MORE WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT -

  • Go online and buy their branded merchandise (t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc.)
  • Order a catered lunch to-go for your employees who can’t work remote
  • Go online and buy their gift cards/certificates to use or gift later (think holidays!)
  • Reserve a private room now for use later this year or early next year & put down a deposit.
  • Leave an online review so when we return to normal, and everyone’s excited to get back in to restaurants, they’ll have a great rating!

We’re all in this together!  Questions?  Call the Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce at 425-485-4353

Photo credit: Photo of food in artwork above is from Revolve True Food & Wine Bar

Local Libraries Offer Online Resources For Professionals, Students, and Families

By | Bothell, Chamber News, Community Events, Community News, Education, Kenmore, Uncategorized

Our local Libraries – King County & Sno-Isle Counties – are fabulous, online, modern and free!  Improve your business skills, learn a new hobby, school your kids, read the latest best sellers, and entertain the family with their huge selection of online resources.

Enjoy choosing from audio books, eBooks, movies, TV shows, music, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, databases and more.  Best part… it’s easy!

STEP 1
   You’ll need the following:

Internet capable computer, tablet, or phone
Internet access

Please note: The following is for people who live in King, Snohomish and Island counties. If you live outside of these counties contact your local library system.

STEP 2
   Get an Online Library eCard, it’s an easy 1-page application, links are below:

King County Library Cards
Sno-Isle Library Cards

STEP 3
    Start exploring your cool downloads here:

King County Online Library
Sno-Isle Online Library

STEP 4
    Get the Apps if applicable to view/hear your selections (these links will be available inside the online libraries and will depend on what you’re accessing ie. books vs. music)


Questions?
  Staff are available to help you via email, phone, and chat.

King County Libraries Support
Sno-Isle County Libraries Support

 

Photos courtesy of King County Library System and Sno-Isle Libraries.

Resources For Businesses & Employees Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By | Bothell, Chamber News, Community Events, Education, Kenmore, Uncategorized

The Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting our local businesses, that’s why we are providing these resources to assist you in preparing for, and working through the challenges related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19.)  As a community we are all in this together, and if you have questions or need anything at all we encourage you to reach out to us.

Watch All Governor Jay Inslee Press Conferences re: COVID-19 Coverage

 

Live Webinar Thursday at 2:00pm PST: SBA Loans & Grants Available Under the New CARES ACT
Join representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as they review the new funding opportunities available including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans, the SBA Debt Relief and Express Bridge Loans, and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Emergency Economic Injury Grants.

Watch Anytime:  Free COVID-19 Business Impact Webinar
Originally hosted on 3/23/20. Learn what resources are available for you and your business as we navigate how COVID-19 continues to impact our state and the economy. Speakers include: WA State Labor & Industries, U.S. Small Business Administration, WA State Dept. of Commerce, WA State Employment Security Dept., WA Small Business Development Center, UW School of Public Health.

Watch Anytime: Free Webinar: Navigating State Unemployment in a Pandemic
NOTE:  Content starts at 26 minutes. Originally hosted on 3/23/20.

Business, Employer & Employee Resources

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed during the pandemic and economic downturn. Here are some resources to assist you with the program…

 

Quick Answers & Preparation List re: Paycheck Protection Program – Infographic Worksheet by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Guide to the CARES Act – Complete Information & Links by U.S. Senate Commitee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

SCORE Coronavirus Small Business Resource Center – A mentorship & counseling division of the SBA
A central hub of up-to-date information and best practices for small business resilience at this time. The completely free resource center includes financial support resources, live and on-demand educational content and access to remote mentoring.

Coronavirus Small Business Guide & Resources – U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Added 4/1/20

Cultural Relief Fund – Applications are now open for the Cultural Relief Fund. Grant funds for cultural workers who have suffered financial hardship from the COVID-19 outbreak or have an innovative idea that shows promise in supporting other King County residents may be available to you or your organization.

Added 3/31/20

Google Ad Grants & Free Resources For Non-Profits

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund – Grants of $500 will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis starting April 2 to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).

Added 3/31/20

James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund – Open to independent restaurants with under 100 employees. Apply here for temporary relief funds up to $15,000.

Added 3/26/20

What’s Open and Closed
Governor Jay Inslee has issued a Stay at Home, Stay Healthy order. This is a list of social distancing recommendations currently in place.

Added 3/25/20

Interested in Selling or Donating Medical Supplies to FEMA? If you want to…
– Sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government Email Here
– Have medical supplies or equipment to donate Provide Details Here
– Are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response Email Here
Further… The FDA is interested in hearing from manufacturers who may be able to help mitigate potential shortages of PPE by increasing U.S. availability of such devices. These manufacturers may Email FDA Here

Added 3/24/20

WA State List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
The Governor has designated “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

Added 3/23/20

WA State Department of Revenue
Business Relief During COVID-19 Pandemic

Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Facebook is offering 100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses

Added 3/20/20

Webinar: Seattle Chamber #WeGotThisWA Series
Navigating State Unemployment in a Pandemic

Added 3/19/20

Survey For Businesses re: Economic Impact
Please fill out this survey if you are a business, organization, association or independent contractor if you have been economically impacted by COVID-19.  Survey suitable for those located in King, Snohomish, or Pierce counties.

Added 3/18/20

WA State Coronavirus Response
Governor Jay Inslee creates new resource page for businesses and employees.

Added 3/17/20

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) may be able to provide assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program to businesses that have suffered substantial economic injury in an eligible disaster area.

Added 3/16/20

Public Health – Seattle & King County
Guidance for retail businesses and service operators to protect from the spread of COVID-19

Added 3/15/20

Employment Security Department
Video of Shared Work Program overview

Added 3/12/20
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance in Response To Coronavirus
Low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loans
Distributed by: Office of CongressmanRick Larsen

Added 3/11/20
WA State Employment Security Department
“If you are affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. We have adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses. This easy-to-read comparison guide lists some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply.

Office of the Governor, Jay Inslee: Resource List for WA State Businesses and Workers
“The Governor’s Office has compiled this partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus.”

WA State Employment Security Department: Layoff Assistance
“The Employment Security Department (ESD) can: Help businesses and workers facing major layoffs, and help prevent layoffs from happening.”

WA State Department of Health: Workplace and Employee Resources & Recommendations

Snohomish County Info For Business/Employers
An extensive list of resources and materials for employers and employees related to COVID-19.

CDC Guidance for Businesses
Recommended strategies for employers to use now, response plans and more.

WA State Department of Commerce: COVID-19: Insurance For Businesses and Events

US Chamber of Commerce: Workplace Tips for Employees
General workplace health and safety information.

Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) Business Resiliency Toolkit
Disaster planning information, guide, and emergency procedures workbook.

King County & Seattle Public Health: Planning For A Coronavirus Pandemic
A Guide For Businesses & Organizations

World Health Organization – Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

Human Resources / Personnel Assistance

Now is the time to review your workplace policies regarding leave, working remotely, wage and hour, and so forth. Chamber Member HR Kinections’ Mia Wyatt is ready to assist you and has created this informative resource:

Preparing Your Business For COVID-19

Working Remotely, IT Support, or Cybersecurity

If working remotely is in your plans then consider these resources and Chamber Members for assistance:

CMIT Solutions of Bothell, Lynnwood, and Seattle North

Greenlight Techs, LLC

15+ Tools & Resources For Working Remotely

Additional Coronavirus Community Resources

EvergreenHealth Patient Update – Coronavirus Information

HealthPoint – Coronavirus/COVID-19

Immediate Clinic MultiCare – Coronavirus Health Alert

Pacific Medical Centers – Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19

WA State Department of Health – 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)

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Important Community Notice

By | Bothell, Chamber News, Community Events, Education, Events, Kenmore, Uncategorized

Our top priority here at the Chamber is the welfare of our community including our residents, visitors and businesses. We have been closely monitoring the current health situation and based on information and recommendations from state and county health departments we are making adjustments as follows:

Upcoming Chamber Events


Large Events

State of the City of KenmoreRescheduled from March 11 to May 13.
All tickets will be transferred and refunds will be available upon request through April 15, 2020.

March General MeetingCancelled.
We look forward to seeing you at the next General Meeting on April 23, 2020.


Small Events

Ribbon Cuttings – We will be checking with hosting businesses and will update you as soon as possible.

Committees – Updates will be sent to committee members / posted on our website.

April Events

We are keeping these on the schedule for now and will update you as necessary.


Chamber Office & Visitor Center

We will remain open between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm Monday thru Friday.  We will notify you of any changes.

We are offering flexibility to our team with remote working.
Interested in offering this to your staff?  View 15 + Tools & Resources For Working Remotely

 

Support Our Local Businesses

We all need to support each other during this challenging time. Please remember to shop local businesses – they need you! Stop in, shop online, or call to buy gift cards for future purchases.

 

Additional Resources

Resource List for WA State Businesses and Workers

Workplace and Employee Resources & Recommendations

WA State Department of Health

Snohomish County Info For Business/Employers

CDC Guidance for Businesses

EvergreenHealth Patient Update

 

If the Chamber can support you in any way, please let us know. We are here for you. Our contact information is below and we look forward to hearing from you.


Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce
& Bothell Visitor Center
10120 Main Street, Suite 201, Bothell, WA 98011
425-485-4353
www.BothellKenmoreChamber.org

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15+ Tools & Resources For Working Remotely

By | Bothell, Chamber News, Education, Kenmore, Uncategorized

In today’s business environment the desire and need to work remotely is growing. Planning and implementing now the right tools for your business to work remotely will increase transitional success, optimize productivity, reduce stress, and minimize costs.

There are many factors to consider – with each company and organization having different needs, but here are the Chamber’s suggestions for basics to get you started.

Tip!  Below this article you will find additional resources including names of programs and apps, and Chamber members who may be able to assist you.

 Virtual Phone Calls/Meetings/Conferences
Keep relationships strong with video-style calls and meetings (think Zoom.) Viewing a person’s smile, facial expressions and body language go a long way in maintaining good professional relationships. Multiple people from numerous locations can be participating simultaneously, and sessions can often be recorded for future reference. (See resources below.)

 VPNs
If your company uses its own network ask your employer if you can utilize a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to remotely access the company’s network.

  File Sharing
Eliminate many challenges of working remotely by storing your files and photos on cloud services. Doing so allows you to access them from other computers/devices as long as you have access to the internet. Tip: Avoid unsecured wi-fi when accessing company files, emails, etc. And be sure your anti-virus software is always up to date. (See resources below)

Sending Large Files
Not everyone will be on your file sharing cloud service or company network. For those times when you need to send a file larger than your email capacity consider sending via a large file program like Dropbox. This often happens when sending multiple photos. (See more resources below)

  Team Organization
Businesses can organize projects requiring team effort with programs like Microsoft Project or Trello. Create projects with to-do lists, resources, notes, and more. View progress of tasks, and updates will sync across all devices.

  Remote Desktop
Access your computer as if you are in front of it. (See resources below)

   Remote Policy
Establishing a clear understanding of employee and employer responsibilities, as well as a plan of work will go a long way in creating a successful work remote program.

Chamber member Jeff Chapman with Greenlight Techs, LLC shares his favorite resources…

“If your work allows you to work from home, or if you are too sick to go into work, here are a couple of things to think about. Most of these options work best if you plan ahead! If you have an IT department, ask what they can do for you!”

1. File Sharing – Work on all your files and have them already updated when you get back in to work. Or being able to work on the same file with your colleagues. Possibly at the same time!
a. One Drive
b. Drop Box
c. Google Drive

2. Meeting/Conferencing – Talk to your colleagues and get things figured out. Being able to share computer screens make these a better option than a phone call.
a. Skype
b. Google Hangouts
c. Facebook Messenger

3. Remote Desktop – This is a great option if you can do it. All your files and programs from your work computer.
a. Log Me In
b. Windows Remote Desktop

Questions? Need assistance with a successful remote work plan? Contact these Chamber Members for more information:

Greenlight Techs, LLC

CMIT Solutions of Bothell, Lynnwood & Seattle North

HR Kinections

 

Chamber Hosts 2020 State of the City of Bothell Luncheon

By | Bothell, Chamber News, Community Events, Events, Legislative, Uncategorized | No Comments

The Bothell Kenmore Chamber was pleased to host our annual State of the City of Bothell Luncheon this week. For the fourth year Bothell City Manager Jennifer Phillips delivered the address, and this year she was joined by newly appointed Mayor Liam Olsen. The two outlined the city’s accomplishments, as well as the primary goals and focus for the city and council for 2020.

Photos & Video Available Below….

An extensive range of topics were covered during the presentation including: affordable housing, public safety, community health, economic development, community connections, cybersecurity for government, parks and recreation, and more.

The Chamber also presented our Student of the Month Award to Shaena Kruse Ramos of Bothell High School. Shaena was introduced by Bothell High School Principal Juan Price.

The Chamber wishes to extend special thank you’s to our featured presenters Jennifer Phillips, Bothell City Manager and Mayor Liam Olsen, the staff at the City of Bothell, our amazing hosts – the Evergreen Church who provided their wonderful volunteers and their spacious state-of-the-art venue, our sponsors: Community Transit, The Pop, Junction Bothell, The 104 Apartments, Sound Transit, Alexa’s Cafe & Catering, Bothell Kenmore Reporter, Northshore Schools Foundation, and our Chamber staff, Ambassadors, Board Members, and volunteers for all your support in making this annual event a success.

Please enjoy the photos below.

 

Watch Video Of 2020 State of the City of Bothell AddressWatch Video Of 2020 State of the City of Bothell Address

Watch the video of the 2020 State of the City presentation.

 

We invite the community to join us on March 11 for the State of the City of Kenmore Luncheon where Kenmore City Manager Rob Karlinsey will deliver the address. This event will be held at the Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Holiday Wine, Beer & Spirits Walk Was A Merry Success!

By | Beer & Cider, Bothell, Chamber News, Community Events, Events, Uncategorized

Thank you everyone who attended our Holiday Wine, Beer & Spirits Walk and made this year the best ever!

Approx 650-700 people attended to sip, stroll, shop & socialize. Check out the many great photos below and share them with your friends!!

We extend a very special thank you to our sponsors: UW Bothell and The Lodge at Saint Edward Park, First and Main Design Market for hosting our check-in location, all our hosting shops, vendors that poured, sponsors that provided food, volunteers and staff that worked super hard, and Seattle Uncorked for assisting in organization. It takes a village to put on an event like this and we couldn’t do it without all of you!

Chamber’s Facebook Photo Album

 

PIQ Photo Booth Album

Holiday Auction Photos & Fun!

By | Bothell, Chamber News, Community Events, Events, Kenmore, Uncategorized | No Comments

We are very pleased to announce that our Chamber’s 2019 Holiday Dinner & Auction event was a super success!

Close to 200 fabulous people joined us last week for a fun evening of socializing, dining, drinking, bidding on auction items, playing games, and more!

We are extremely thankful to all who attended, donated, sponsored, purchased, volunteered, and auctioneered at this important Chamber fundraiser. Your contributions go far to support the Chamber’s important business- and community-building programs, our economic vitality efforts, and the 50+ events and meetings we organize and manage throughout the year.

View a Complete List of our Generous Donors Here!

 

  We want to express a special thank you to all who donated to our Fund-A-Need program!  We raised $3,500 for the Chamber’s Student Scholarship Fund which will assist a Northshore Student in receiving an advanced education!

 

And, a special thank you to our auctioneers: Dale Amundsen, Tim Hunter and Wendy Hartfelder. And to our generous Event Sponsors: Banner Bank, Inglewood Golf Club, Cairn Brewing, Eye of the Needle Winery, OlsonDesign Jewelers, Conover Insurance, First Financial Northwest Bank, JD Davis of Sundance Energy Services, Cox Printing & Signs, Alexa’s Cafe & Catering, The Storymakers, First & Main Design Market , Jane Turlo & Associates and Hub International.

Enjoy our fun photos from the event below!  And view the photobooth photos from PIQ Photobooth here.

 

 

 

Winners Announced & Photos For Bothell Underground Beer Festival

By | Beer & Cider, Bothell, Chamber News, Community Events, Events, Uncategorized | No Comments

The 2019 Bothell Underground Beer Festival was a success!

Thank you to everyone that joined us on Saturday at the 6th Annual Bothell Beer Festival.  Hundreds of craft beer and cider lovers gathered again in the Bothell City Hall Garage to sample new varieties as well as their favorites, socialize, listen to music, and play games. We send a special thank you to all our contributing breweries and cideries, musicians, food trucks and lighting specialist. And an extra special thank you to our volunteers and sponsors: The Merc Apartments, Harborstone Credit Union, Byler Real Estate, One89Dwell, Recology & Zulu’s Board Game Cafe – we couldn’t do it without any of you!

Votes are in and the Winners are announced, along with some very fun photos below… enjoy!

Congratulations to the Winners of the Bothell Underground Beer Festival!

Thank you to all our Judges & Attendees for your votes!

Underground Special Beer Award Winners

1st Place Tie:
Good Brewing “Idaho Glory Fresh Hop IPA”
Postdoc Brewing “Dark Secret Beer”

2nd Place Tie:
Cairn Brewing “Cookie Monster Cookies & Cream Infused Thor’s Hammer”
Watts Brewing Co. “Experimental Schwarzbier”

3rd Place:
Beardslee Public House & Brewery “Sidewinder Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout w/Vanilla Beans”

People’s Choice Award Winners

1st Place:
Cairn Brewing “Cookie Monster Cookies & Cream Infused Thor’s Hammer”

2nd Place:
Postdoc Brewing “Dark Secret Beer”

3rd Place Tie:
Beardslee Public House & Brewery “Double Dry Hopped Greenleaf IPA”
Cairn Brewing “Sippy Cup, Hazy IPA”
Gallaghers’ Where U Brew “Bourbon Balls Porter”

Chamber Hosts 2019 Candidates Forums For City Councils

By | Bothell, Chamber News, Community Events, Kenmore, Legislative

This week the Chamber was pleased to host the 2019 Candidates Forums for both Bothell and Kenmore City Councils.

We would like to thank all who attended, submitted questions, the participating candidates, Northshore Senior Center in Bothell and Bastyr University in Kenmore for providing the venues, Dr. Eric Murray President of Cascadia College for moderating, and Kelly Snyder and Ryan McIrvin of the University of Washington Bothell for assistance in coordinating these events.

Videos of both Bothell and Kenmore events are available below.

Bothell

Kenmore