Volume 29 | August 10, 2021
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Navigating the New Normal
Kristina Hudson, CEO, OneRedmond

After over a year of our employees working from home, the excitement as we prepare to open our office was quickly replaced by many questions. As a CEO, I feel fortunate that I have top-notch intel on how to move forward, as our team has produced several webinars on reopening, featuring local experts and resources. You can watch recordings of those webinars here and find more valuable resources in this month's newsletter.

Here are five key lessons that I think are important for any organization's leadership in these challenging times.
  1. It is important to be flexible. The pandemic changed many things about the way we work. It will take time to get back to the feeling of being normal.
  2. Listen to employees. Our workforce is our greatest asset and people communicate in different ways. Survey, reach out, and follow up to ensure every concern is heard and being addressed.
  3. Double down on safety. While regulations and guidelines are still changing, focus on protecting employees and customers.
  4. Ensure the culture in the office promotes kind and tolerant conversations around the topic of vaccinations and masks.
  5. Do what is right for our business. Our customer’s needs will still need to be met, but we should also stay flexible and help our employees stay safe.
Sip and Social
Members join us for an in-person networking event!

Join Redmond Mayor Angela Birney, Thursday, August 26th for OneRedmond's first in-person networking event. We will also celebrate the Hilton Garden Inn at Redmond Town Center's "Grand Opening", previously delayed because of the pandemic. Masks will be required for this event.

For more information or to register, send an email to events@oneredmond.org. 
Welcome OneRedmond New Board Members

Lauren Fode, MBA/HCM
Manager, Redmond Urgent Care
Overlake Medical Center and Clinics

Andy Wappler
Vice President, Customer Operations & Communications
Puget Sound Energy
Introducing Shawn Palmer, new East King County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advisor 

The OneRedmond team welcomes Shawn Palmer as the new East King County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advisor.  In partnership with OneEastside SPARK, the Washington State Small Business Development Center and the City of Bellevue, OneRedmond brings this confidential and no-cost service to small businesses throughout East King County.

Palmer will share his expertise with the East King County business community based on his 21 years of entrepreneurial experience, service as a decorated Navy Veteran, accredited small business consultant and professional mentor.

East King County small business owners can access Mr. Palmer’s services at no cost by emailing him at Shawnp@oneredmond.org or calling (425) 885-4014, Ext. 3.

Attend Palmer's upcoming no cost webinar on Thurs, Aug 19th, 1:30 pm to 2:20 pm, to learn how to optimize your pricing strategy to maximize profits. Register.
Hiring Resources
How To Find Your Next Employee Using Social Media 
By Daphne Leblanc
Marketing and Business Advisor, OneEastside SPARK

One of the greatest challenges faced by small business owners today is hiring. With many companies needing to fill open positions, it is important to post not only your employment opportunities, but to highlight your company culture, benefits, pay scale, diversity and inclusion practices, and growth opportunities. Social media can help you do all these things while attracting an overflow of interested candidates. Read more here. 

Attend Leblanc's upcoming no cost webinar to learn how to use social media to find your next employee, Wed, August 25, 2021, 1:30 - 2:30 PM Register

Virtual Hiring Fair Sponsored by WorkSource

Virtual Job Fair (WorkSource Seattle & King County) – August 17 & August 31. Employers interested in having a virtual booth should contact Christine Simpson, Employment Specialist, at csimpson@esd.wa.gov or 206 934-601
Member News
Welcome New OneRedmond Members

We welcome as a new member Krueger Beck, PLL.The Kirkland law firm offers clients comprehensive services in the areas of Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate administration.

Congratulations to Evergreen Health Kirkland and Overlake Medical Center

The 2021-22 Best Hospital rankings, released in July by US News and World report ranked Evergreen Health Kirkland sixth in top-ranked Washington State hospitals and Overlake Medical Center ranked as ninth on the list. Congratulations to both! Read the report here.
City of Redmond News
Help The New Redmond Senior Center Go Green By Becoming a Solar Champion
Redmond residents and businesses have the opportunity to help Redmond become carbon neutral, and ensure the sustainability of our environment by purchasing a solar panel to power up the Redmond Senior & Community Center. 500 panels are available to purchase at $1,000 each.

Benefit to Champions:
  • Solar Champion Sticker
  • Name recognition as a Solar Champion on the website
  • Your name/organization listed on a Solar Champions plaque in the lobby of the new Redmond Senior & Community Center
  • Businesses: Recognition through social media (over 10,000 followers) and one feature on our Parks and Recreation eNewsletter sent to over 28,000 subscribers

More information and a link to purchase here.
This Month in Redmond

OneEastside SPARK No Cost Webinars - Register to Watch Live or a Recording Later:

New SBA PPP Forgiveness Portal Webinar
Wed, Aug 11th
2:00 - 3:00 PM

How to Optimize Your Pricing Strategy to Maximize Profits
Thurs, Aug 19th
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

How To Use Social Media to Find Your Next Employee
Wed, August 25, 2021
1:30 - 2:30 PM

Boost with Facebook Event

Facebook Live: Ask Me Anything
Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 1 PM
More information here.
Arts Without Barriers August 5, 12, 19 & 26, 5:00 - 7:00PM
Enjoy free live music performances at Redmond Town Center
Learn more here.
Redmond Saturday Market Saturdays 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
9900 Willows Rd. NE, Redmond, WA. Redmond Saturday Market
returns for its 46th season. Support local vendors.
OneRedmond is the City of Redmond, Washington's Economic Development Enterprise, Chamber of Commerce, and Public Foundation all in one. OneRedmond also houses the SBDC, SCORE & the Washington Interactive Network (WIN).
8383 158th Ave. NE, Suite 225
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 425.885.4014