7 changes businesses need to know about in 2023

The new year is right around the corner, and winter is bringing a flurry of changes with it. Bookmark this regularly updated page to stay in the know about new laws and upcoming changes that will affect the hospitality industry in 2023.

Did you apply for a Working Washington 5 grant?

If so, check your inbox as the Department of Commerce sent email notifications to grant applicants on Monday. About 20% of successful applicants still don’t have a UEI number, which is a requirement to receive the funds. Learn more about the UEI process here and reach out to with any questions.

New! CEO Podcast: A discussion with Sean Kennedy

In this episode of the Washington Hospitality Association’s CEO Podcast, President & CEO Anthony Anton sits down with Sean Kennedy, the executive vice president of public affairs at the National Restaurant Association. The two discuss lessons they each learned during the pandemic. Brought to you by My Hospitality Insurance.

How to recruit & retain quality employees

Suzan Sturholm, the owner and president of All Things HR, discusses ideas to recruit & retain quality employees. All Things HR is part of the Advisory Network.

Sponsored by Group Purchasing Solutions.

Register now for the Washington State Hospitality Conference!

Registration is now open for the upcoming Washington State Hospitality Conference, an in-person event with workshops, vendors, receptions, awards and more. The conference will be from 1-9 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the brand-new Point Ruston Silver Cloud in Tacoma.

Protections still in place for high-risk employees

A state law (HELSA) passed in 2021, provided new protections for high-risk employees during state- or federal-declared public health emergencies. While Gov. Jay Inslee rescinded the state emergency declaration on Monday, the federal emergency declaration is still in effect. This means employers must continue to follow the HELSA rules and take precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus at the workplace.

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What you missed – November SRA member meeting

This month, we were joined by board members Todd Carden and Trey Lamont who discussed marketing on social media and how things have changed since the pandemic.

Seattle budget timeline extended

Because of a lower-than-expected revenue forecast, the city of Seattle extended its 2023-24 budget process by a week. Here is an updated schedule. The city council is now scheduled to vote on the final budget at 2 p.m., Nov. 21.

Seattle launches Storefront Repair Fund

The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) announced the launch of the Storefront Repair Fund, which leverages nearly $2 million of federal funding to repair or reimburse damage to small business storefronts. Small business owners can apply for grants up to $2,000 to repair current property damage or receive reimbursement for costs paid out-of-pocket. The application window is open now.

Take the Seattle Commute Survey

The Mobility Innovation Center at the University of Washington launched the Seattle Commute Survey on Oct. 31 and needs your help.

Commuting information gathered by this survey is important to state and local governments in deciding how to invest our tax dollars in transportation. It will take about five minutes to complete.

Hospitality Solutions

Mobile wallet usage rivals traditional payment methods

Customers are increasingly moving to electronic forms of payment. In a survey by Experian, 62% of respondents said they use mobile wallets compared to 63% of respondents who say they also use traditional payment methods.

When does your business insurance policy renew?

With the collective buying power of membership, our solution leverages improvements to coverage terms and conditions. Currently, we’re quoting 60 days out from policy renewal dates, so don’t delay and get a quote today.

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