Resources for King County vaccine mandate: Toolkit and webinar

The Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce just published a new toolkit to help hospitality operators in King County navigate the vaccine verification requirements taking effect on Oct. 25. The toolkit includes information such as acceptable proofs of vaccine verification and negative test results, recommended employee training and guest communication, plus helpful hypothetical scenarios.

We have additional vaccine resources for you in the association’s mask and vaccine toolkit. And be sure to check out our new library of downloadable signs that can help you communicate these new requirements to your guests.

New grants for businesses impacted by Canadian border closure

The Washington State Department of Commerce launched a new grant program Oct. 4 to help small businesses hurting because of the U.S.-Canada border closure. Businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019 can apply and businesses closest to the border will be prioritized for the $50,000 grants. You can read more about the requirements and learn about other current programs on our relief program page which features the most recent information for grants, loans and more.

CEO Podcast October: Insight from your government affairs team

Did you miss yesterday’s CEO Podcast? Anthony Anton sat down with Julia Gorton of state government affairs and John Lane of local government affairs to discuss potential upcoming coronavirus mandates and more. Click here to watch the replay or listen as a podcast.

Answers to your questions about the new ban on plastic bags

  • Can businesses use up existing inventories of plastic bags without penalty?
  • Can businesses charge more than 8 cents per bag?
  • What about third-party delivery services?

Find out answers to these questions and more in our recently updated post on the state’s new plastic bag ban.

Hospitality industry loses a true legend

The hospitality industry is mourning the loss of Jerry Burtenshaw who passed away last month at the age of 86. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 9 at Calvary Christian Assembly, 6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA. You can read more about Jerry and his legacy in the hospitality industry here.

Coming soon! The Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast

The Washington Hospitality Association, in partnership with the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, is launching a new monthly podcast series dedicated to teaching people how to lead a team. Click here to find out when!

[Virtual Training] Build a sustainable safety culture

This session will feature case studies illustrating how safety pros, ops managers, executive leaders and front-line workers can work together to turn a vision of proactive safety into daily practice. Participants will take away an overview of how mixed teams build sustainable safety cultures within their companies and ways to start collectively changing mindsets and behavior. The webinar is at 10 a.m. on Oct. 26. Register here.

Learn the best methods for selling your business in this webinar series

Allied member and Washington Hospitality Association sponsor Oliver Kotelnikov of IBA will share his expertise about how to sell your business in 2022 and beyond. In part 1 on Oct. 13, we’ll review how you can increase the value of your business and how to decide if you need a real estate broker. In part 2 on Nov. 10, we’ll cover every step you need to close the sale, from marketing to transitioning ownership.

Register for part 1 here and for part 2 here.

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