Are you ready for spring? These member resources should help. Consider the following:

Decision — indoor or outdoor? 

Will you be returning to indoor dining, or focusing on your outdoor setup? In Seattle, free use street cafe permits have been extended until at least January 31, 2023 while they look for a permanent solution.  

Review your menu 

Review your menu. If you have an item that hasn’t sold sufficiently within a month’s time, you should ask why it remains on your menu. Keeping an eye on the cost of your menu is critical. How much is that menu item costing you? We have food cost calculators you can make use of, as a part of your members-only resources, as well as detailed articles on how to set menu prices and where to identify waste and places to cut 

Determine vaccine policy 

If you are considering requiring vaccines for your workers, make sure you’re in the know about the legal challenges facing both requiring and not requiring workers to take vaccines – In addition to webinars on the members-only page, we have a new set of signs you can use in your business to reflect the choice you think is best for your customers.  

Get tax relief 

While Tax Day might be passed, there are still opportunities available like the ERC program and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. The latter is a federal tax credit available to employers who hire from certain targeted groups, such as veterans, ex-felons and more. There is a lot of complexity and nuance to making the most of this credit, and a narrow window between hiring a worker and their start date for you to enroll. This can be a daunting process, and we have an allied member who is keen to help. Connect with Equifax’s Credit Management Demo and learn how you can take advantage of this valuable tax credit. 

Tune-in for summer tips 

Don’t forget to tune in to the CEO podcast on May 4 to hear Anthony talk about other warm weather preparations our industry might have to make. The episode will feature Tom Norwalk from Visit Seattle, Andi Day from Visit Long Beach Peninsula and Mike Novakovich from Visit Tri-Cities.