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Community gardens become restaurants’ ticket to local food

Restaurants that can’t cultivate gardens of their own are finding they can source locally grown produce by cooperating with neighbors.

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Weekly Update: Extending nightlife, saving tourism and remembering a friend

While it won’t take effect until next year, a resolution to extend hours for bars and restaurants was unanimously approved by the Seattle City Council this week. It is expected to help business as well as law enforcement if this component of the Nightlife Initiative is approved by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB).

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Study shows restaurant recycling patterns

Recycling has become an integral part of operations for most restaurants, according to a National Restaurant Association study conducted with Georgia-Pacific Professional.

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Gregoire to push for business tax simplification

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced today that she would develop a proposal to simplify state and local business tax administration, registration and licensing. She expects to unveil the proposal later this year.

“Small businesses create two out of every three jobs,” Gregoire said.

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Walk through The Regulated Restaurant

Government decisions touch every aspect of your operation. Explore “The Regulated Restaurant” to understand the impact. .

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Your input needed on Job Sector Survey

If you operate a business in King, Pierce, Snohomish or Kitsap counties, your input is greatly needed on the Greater Seattle Chamber’s second annual Job Sector Survey. This survey is the only comprehensive, on-the-ground assessment of condition for employers in Seattle and the Puget Sound region. Results will inform elected officials, policymakers and community leaders when making decisions that impact the local economy.

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Weekly Update: Growlers, government regulation and sick leave

Beginning on Friday, July 22, spirits, beer and wine restaurant licensees can now offer “growlers” or half gallon sized containers of tap beer to-go. Licensees must obtain a “kegs to-go” endorsement before being able to sell kegs or growlers for off premise consumption. If you do not already have the endorsement, you can apply for one here and should be good to go in 30-45 days.

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Seattle food cart ordinance passes–some restaurant-friendly changes included

Earlier this week, the Seattle City Council passed their street food vending ordinance by a vote of 8-0. This ordinance will allow food vending from carts on sidewalks and trucks

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House to vote on bill to change the way government regulates business

Every time a federal agency writes a regulation affecting small businesses, it must comply with a law known as the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The law requires agencies to evaluate what a regulation will cost small businesses and look for less-burdensome alternatives, if possible.

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If you build it, they will come… right?

Promote your mobile application the same way you would promote any other new initiative or special.

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Industry calls for withdrawal of proposed marketing-to-kids guidelines

The National Restaurant Association last week called for a complete withdrawal of proposed federal principles that would set restrictive new terms under which restaurants could market food and beverages to children under 17.

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Momentum builds in support of H-2B visas

The National Restaurant Association is ramping up its efforts to make sure that restaurant employers can continue to use the H-2B visa program. The federal government makes 66,000 of these visas available each year for businesses that can’t find enough domestic employees to fill seasonal or temporary jobs.

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The 2011 WRA Voting Record is here!

The voting record shows how legislators voted on important WRA legislation during the 2011 regular and special sessions of the Legislature. Voting records can be useful tools in understanding how lawmakers vote on specific issues and their tendencies in some general areas…

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2011 Legislative Heroes announced

At the close of every legislative session, the WRA honors those lawmakers who championed issues of significance to the restaurant industry. While this session was particularly challenging, these lawmakers devoted their time, energy and interest in the industry’s unique position and needs. See if your legislator made this list.

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WRA announces 2011 Legislative Heroes

The Washington Restaurant Association announced today its 2011 Legislative Heroes. Following each legislative session, the WRA recognizes those legislators who committed their time, energy and courage to be leaders in their caucus for the restaurant industry.