🚨Counties likely moving back to Phase 2
Gov. Jay Inslee will announce on Tuesday that some counties are moving back a phase. The Washington Hospitality Association has been tracking Healthy Washington—Roadmap to Recovery metrics. Some counties are reporting high coronavirus case counts and hospitalization numbers that put them at risk of moving back to Phase 2. Is your county one of them?
Step-by-step application guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Be ready to apply at 9 a.m. PDT on Monday. As we get closer to the May 3 launch of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grant program, we want to make sure our members are prepared to apply. At 10 a.m. Friday, April 30 we are hosting an in-depth training webinar and we now have a new step-by-step guide on how to fill out the RRF application. Access these and other resources on our Restaurant Revitalization Toolkit here to have the best information possible.
Eligible businesses should register on April 30 at the SBA application portal, restaurants.sba.gov unless applying through an SBA-recognized POS vendor. Complete your sample application ahead of time and be ready to apply at 9 a.m. PDT on Monday, May 3. Please reach out to your territory manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
POS partners announced for Restaurant Revitalization Fund applications
On April 22, the U.S. Small Business Administration released the names of point-of-sale service providers that can be utilized for Restaurant Revitalization Fund applications. Two, Square and Toast, will support the submission of an application, and the others will provide knowledge support and gross receipts documentation (Square, Toast, Clover, and NCR/Aloha). Click here for more.
Friday is the deadline to apply for property tax relief
House Bill 1332 provides property tax relief to businesses. Apply by April 30, when your relief application or taxes are due. Tenants will receive the benefit if the property owner is eligible and applies. The bill requires counties to offer payment plans to businesses for 2020 tax obligations. Counties will be prohibited from charging penalties or interest and the 12-month payment plans will begin April 2021. Click here to read more and to download an application.
[CEO Podcast] Anthony Anton on the 2021 Legislative Session
Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton will discuss the end of the 2021 Legislative Session in this webinar. This month, State Government Affairs Manager Katie Doyle will join Anthony to chat at 10 a.m. May 5. Sponsored by IBA. Register here.
Meet the demand for mental health with Teledoc Health
With more than 47% of employees reporting their mental health has been negatively impacted by the pandemic, you can add Teladoc to your employee benefits for $7 per employee per month. Read more here.
Join us for a roundtable discussion about the future of restaurants
On May 11, National Restaurant CEO Tom Bené will be joined by operators Brian Moreno and Jenny Rojanasthien to discuss what’s next, available relief and the impact of current and upcoming federal legislation. Register here.
STR in the house: Bring your questions on May 20
In our National State of the Industry event for lodging and events, Chase Oeser from STR will have an update on state room supply, occupancy rate, RevPar and more. This is your time to ask questions and discover what story the industry metrics have to tell. Register here.
Reminder: Visa force-posted transactions no longer accepted
Transactions that bypass the normal authorization process expected by the card issuers, commonly referred to as “force-posted transactions,” can result in costly card brand fees, fines and affect your bottom line. If a transaction has not been authorized or does not have a matching valid authorization code, it may be declined or voided, and your business will not receive payment for that transaction. Read more here.
Business Insurance: Start your quote 90 days before your renewal date
Make the transition to a new business insurance seamless by starting your quote 90 days before your renewal date. Our solution saves members an average of 20% on their premium with the same or expanded coverage. Get a quote here.
Spokane Chapter meeting: State of the City
Mayor Nadine Woodward will kick off the next Spokane Chapter meeting with a State of the City at 3 p.m. May 20.
Additionally, during this tough year, your government affairs team achieved some WINS for the industry. Join us as we recount these important gains.
Save this link for the next few meetings until we can meet in person!
In case you missed it
- Ready, set, go! Tell your staff all are eligible for vaccines April 15
- How 100% dining deduction helps us all, and what’s in new IRS guidance
- [Toolkit] How to set up open-air dining
- Moving back a phase: Suggestions for how to cope with lower indoor capacity
- Restaurant Revitalization Fund Toolkit
- King County likely to move back to COVID reopening phase 2, public health officer says (Seattle Times)
- SBA to open Restaurant Revitalization Fund applications on Friday (Spokesman-Review)
- Many restaurants, hospitality industry businesses struggle to hire for summer jobs (KOMO News)
- Spokane County will likely move back to Phase 2 next week (Spokesman-Review)