Food safety workshops

The Washington State Department of Health is hosting a series of virtual food safety workshops this month that will include information about new health code requirements. The virtual workshops will run from Nov. 10-18, and recordings will be available on their website. You can also learn more in our Quick Bites Toolkit.

Share your thoughts on pool and hot tub regulations

Has your pool designation changed recently? Have you been cited for a technical nuance? Do you have concerns or opinions on the state regulation of pools and hot tubs? The State Board of Health and the Department of Health are requesting feedback on current pool rules and how they impact your business.

New resources on the members-only hub

Have you checked out the members-only hub recently? You can find great resources like our new lodging checklist with guidelines for Washington hoteliers and the union toolkit that delves into labor issues facing the hospitality industry. Click here to get your login credentials and click on “Need Access.”

New! NW Hospitality Leadership Podcast: 6 Types of Working Genius part 2

In the second half of the podcast that covers “The 6 Types of Working Genius,” Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton sits down with Chris Jenson of the Table Group with Richard Boyles, president of Mereté Hotel Management and Jenn Pickett, director of people & culture of WenSpok. The group discusses what work brings them frustration and how knowledge of these areas of genius helps them decide how to fill out their teams. Sponsored by U.S. Bank.

Election Day results

As of this afternoon, it is still too early to tell if majorities will change hands at the national level. We will continue to monitor the results over the next few days and weeks. As of today, it does not appear there will be a significant shift in either the state House or Senate, but more moderate candidates of both parties have been selected by voters – and that is good news for the hospitality industry!

We’ll have more to share as vote counts are updated. And if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to our podcast feed. On our next CEO Podcast, Anthony will discuss election results and what we expect from the upcoming 2023 legislative session.

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.

Local News

King County: Free disinfectants & sanitizers

King County is distributing complimentary sanitizing supplies to restaurant and foodservice workers.

You can pick them up from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22, at 20730 72nd Ave., Kent, WA. RSVP here.

Link light rail service between Capitol Hill & SODO temporarily suspended

Sound Transit is temporarily suspending Link light rail service between Capitol Hill and SODO while crews complete maintenance in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel.

The suspension will last from the beginning of service Nov. 11 through the end of service on Nov. 13.

Sound Transit will provide buses every 15 minutes and will stop at all stations between Capitol Hill and SODO.

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.

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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