Weekly News: Sysco ProStart Invitational, February 18 – Don’t Miss it!

Weekly News: Sysco ProStart Invitational, February 18 – Don’t Miss it!

Sysco ProStart Invitational, February 18 – Don’t Miss it!

Future master chefs and entrepreneurs are going head-to-head in the kitchen and the board room at the 2017 Sysco Washington ProStart Invitational. The invitational is held Feb. 18, at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. It is the premier youth culinary and restaurant management competition in the state. The competition includes hometown kids from Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Kent, Bellevue, Mt. Vernon, Oak Harbor, Seattle and Walla Walla. Be sure and go to the Washington State ProStart Facebook page for live feeds from this great event on February 18. For more information, contact Naja Hogander.


Reminder: Mark Your Calendar for ACA IRS Deadlines

IRS Notice 2016-70, issued last November, extends deadlines for employers subject to the Affordable Care Act’s 2016 information-reporting requirements by an additional 30 days to deliver the following forms to employees: 1) Distributing ACA reporting forms. The deadline to deliver the 2016 forms 1095-B (Health Coverage) and 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) is now March 2 (formerly Jan. 31.) The IRS has not changed the deadline for filing Forms 1094 and 1095 with the agency. Employers must still file these forms via mail by Feb. 28 or electronically (for those submitting 250 or more forms) by March 31. For more information, contact Robin Goracke.


Seattle Minimum Wage Rules are Changing

The Office of Labor Standards has proposed revisions to its rules for Seattle’s minimum wage ordinance to harmonize them with I-1433. We will be reviewing the proposed changes to the rules and submitting public comment as appropriate. The deadline for public input is Feb. 28. For more information, contact Jillian Henze.


Don’t Miss Washington Hospitality Summit, April 4

Register now for the first-ever Washington Hospitality Summit, April 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, presented by Food Services of America. Don’t miss this event! We are hosting an exciting schedule including panel discussions, an informative keynote speaker and a one-stop-shop trade show for all your business’ needs. Afterward, wind down at the Hospitality Happy Hour and mingle with other industry professionals. Interested in exhibiting? Tables are filling up fast! Contact Michele Holmes for sponsorship opportunities and registration questions. Be on the lookout for more information on Summit Spokane in May 2017 and Summit Tacoma in June 2017.


Washington Hospitality Magazine – February 2017 Issue Now Online  

In this issue, we look at industry trends identified in national surveys of professional chefs and hoteliers. You’ll also learn more about what to expect in the 2017 legislative session. View it online.


Washington Hospitality Hiring Event Has 100+ Job Opportunities and Vetted Employees

On April 13, the Washington Hospitality Association is hosting a new kind of hiring event. The purpose of the day is to connect Pierce County citizens with opportunities, and employers with ready-to-work candidates. This event is different from typical job fairs as it removes roadblocks to employment such as lack of transportation, certifications, permits uniform needs, food assistance, and much more. The event will be held at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Read more…


Lombardi’s and ProStart on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show with an interview with Diane Symms, owner of Lombardi’s, in Everett and Mill Creek. David Faro then joins Andy to chat about the ProStart Invitational, coming this Saturday, February 18 at Lakewood’s Clover Park Technical College.


Eye on Hospitality: Hotels are Engines for Job Growth, Career Advancement

A recent Oxford Economics study shows that hotel operations and guest spending support 8 million jobs in the U.S. Additionally, typical hotels with 100 occupied rooms per night support 230 local jobs every year. Numbers from the federal government showed that the entire U.S. hospitality industry provided 15.5 million jobs – a 2.7 percent increase from 15.08 million jobs in June 2015. Hotel-specific jobs, standing at around 15.1 million, in June 2016, increased by around two percent in comparison to June 2015. Read more…