Tell your staff all are eligible for vaccines April 15 

Gov. Jay Inslee announced March 31 that all Washingtonians ages 16 and older will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine as of April 15. For those lodging and other hospitality members who have been waiting for their employees’ chance to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, now is the time to start talking to them about vaccinations. Find helpful legal resources here.

Good EIDL news continues – $500,000 is new loan limit

The U.S. Small Business Administration has increased the maximum eligible amounts for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans starting April 6. Loan recipients can now access up to $500,000 for up to 24 months of economic injury – up from a maximum of $150,000 for six months of economic injury. Read more here.

[Venue operators] Applications open April 8 for $15 billion in grants

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it is accepting applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant on April 8. The program, which includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues and other affected businesses, was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, which was signed into law last December. Click here to see if you are eligible.

Got debt? How to strategically use coronavirus loans and your lender for business recovery

Over the past year, hospitality businesses in Washington state have been treading water, trying to keep afloat during two shutdowns and an uncertain future. We’ve put together this toolkit of resources for you during this time of recovery.

[Tacoma] Apply for relief dollars for micro-businesses

The city of Tacoma announced a second round of funding for Resiliency Grants is opening April 9. Tacoma businesses may receive up to $5,000 if they have 5 or fewer employees and meet other eligibility requirements. The application portal will open here.

[Survey] Tell your pandemic story

This week the National Restaurant Association launched its latest coronavirus impact survey for restaurants and our allied members. As with previous surveys, this data will be used for key media and Capitol Hill outreach efforts. Take the survey here. The deadline is April 8.

Four ways you can support employee mental health

Employees overwhelmingly report that managers who are open to feedback about how they can support their employees are extremely important in promoting a supportive culture of mental health in the workplace, according to a hospitality survey conducted by Optum and Active Minds. Read more about how you can do that here.

[CEO Podcast] Phase 3 operations and what’s next in hospitality

Now that restaurants are open at 50% capacity again and Phase 3 guidance is out, what is next for hospitality in Washington? Join Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton in this Q&A at 10 a.m. on April 7. If you would like to ask a question in advance for us to ask on-air, send it to Register here. Sponsored by IBA.

[Webinar] How can you mitigate rising business insurance prices?

Join us for our webinar on business insurance at 10 a.m. April 14 to learn how you can manage your risk and policy. Register here.

[Webinar] Employee Retention Credit: updates & top questions answered

Join Clark Nuber practitioners at 11 a.m. on April 8, as they walk through the latest changes as you claim your Employee Retention Credit for 2020 or 2021.  They will discuss the interplay with Paycheck Protection Program loans, documentation requirements when claiming the credit, and common mistakes when doing the calculations. Learn more here.

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