Weekly update: Tell Gov. Inslee: Let’s reopen by June 15

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Tell Gov. Inslee it’s time to reopen

Today, the Washington Hospitality Association is launching a campaign to ask Gov. Jay Inslee to fully reopen Washington on June 15. “Our industry has been the hardest hit by far over the last 14 months of the pandemic, yet we have not called for reopening until today. It’s time. While other states have a plan for moving forward, Washington’s plan only moves in one direction: backward,” said Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association. Read more here. You can sign the petition here.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund: What to expect next 

The $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) opened for business on May 3, and in its first 36 hours 186,200 restaurants, bars and other eligible businesses applied to receive assistance. To learn more click here. See our RRF toolkit.

Join ESD’s virtual conference

Join the Employment Security Department on June 8 and 9 for WIN with SharedWork! Virtual Conference. When employers use the SharedWork program through Sept. 4, 2021, unemployment benefits paid won’t count against their account or cause a rise in their future taxes. Click here to apply. Find out if you qualify for SharedWork by calling 1-800-752-2500, option 3 or visiting the SharedWork website.

PPP funding has run out for most borrowers

The SBA announced on Tuesday that funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has, for the most part, been exhausted. It is now only offering loans originating at community financial institutions which generally focus on lending to businesses run by women, minorities and other underserved communities. Outstanding PPP applications that have already been approved are expected to be funded. Learn more here.

Tell lawmakers: Pass the Save Hotel Jobs Act

Last Thursday, the Save Hotel Jobs Act was introduced in Congress to provide a lifeline to hotel workers and hoteliers. Key provisions of the legislation include creating direct-payroll grants and establishing tax credits to support worker safety. The American Hotel & Lodging Association has joined forces with the hospitality union UNITE HERE to call on lawmakers to pass this urgently needed help. Read more here.

Restaurants: Next week is your National State of the Industry

Next Tuesday, May 11, at 1 p.m., is our special hospitality event, National State of the Industry for restaurants and entertainment. Some of the critical issues we’ll be addressing include:

  • Recruiting and retaining staff
  • Communicating the safety of dining to customers
  • Potential impact of 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.

POS: The freedom of choice 😍

Have you ever fallen in love with one point-of-sale (POS) in particular, only to find out your processor requires you to use their POS? We’ve all been there. With our payment processing solution, you can use one of our preferred POS providers like talech, NCR or Vital, or…you can use the POS you fell in love with! Get a quote here.

New vaccinated-only sections allowed for spectator events

On May 3, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a policy that allows for spectator events to have vaccinated-only sections in Phase 2 and 3 if certain conditions are met. Click here to read more.

Business insurance: It’s our anniversary

This week we’re celebrating the two-year anniversary of our business insurance solution. Looking back on the last two years, these are some of the WINS we’re most proud of accomplishing for members:

  • We exceeded our goal of saving members 20% on their annual premium – we’re at 24%.
  • To date, the money we’ve saved members on their premium covers their membership dues investment five times over.
  • Our solution is rated 4.7/5 stars for quoting and overall experience.

Read more 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.

Your government affairs team was able to achieve some WINS for the industry. Join us as we recount these important gains.

To add this to your calendar, click here.

[Webinar] Keep your claim costs down

Labor & Industries offers several financial incentives for employers such as the Stay at Work (SAW) Program. At 10 a.m. May 19, we will discuss SAW including:

  • What it is
  • How you can benefit from it
  • How to use the program successfully

Register here.

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