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Education

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

 

Photo of 2019 Scholarship Winner Joshua Perez - Bothell Kenmore Chamber

Chamber Awards 2019 Scholarship

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

It is with great pleasure that we introduced Joshua Perez of the Northshore School District as the Bothell Kenmore Chamber’s 2019 Scholarship Winner!

The Chamber’s 2019 scholarship is for $2,000 to be used in pursuit of higher education.

Joshua is a bright and caring student who has worked hard in school and graduated in 2019 from SAS, and volunteered with the Boys & Girls Club and 21 Acres. His future plans include attending Lake Washington Technical Institute for a Degree in Interactive Media.

Joshua was all smiles as we presented him with the award at the Chamber’s Luncheon event held on May 8, 2019 at the Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore. In attendance was his mother and father, school district representatives, and about 65 additional luncheon attendees.

Special thank you’s to JD Davis of Sundance Energy Services for sponsoring and to all who donated to our scholarship.

We look forward to seeing what Joshua accomplishes, and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Congratulations Joshua!

Please visit our Scholarship page to make a donation or learn more about the Chamber’s Scholarship Program.