November 3, 2020 Covington Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
LUNCH-"IN" 11.12.20 *THANKFUL*
JOIN US VIRTUALLY.... 11/12/2020!
Covington Chamber Lunch "IN" via Zoom on 11/12. 11:30-12 is our normal general hangout time (just done virtually) then at 12 noon our presentation will begin! We look forward to engaging with you! "SEE" you soon!
Join Zoom Meeting: 886 2660 0175
Meeting ID & Password: 721071
*Please note that to protect our meeting there is a password and 'waiting room' to enter - host will add you after you enter the zoom link & password. You are "muted" upon entry. Thank you!
UNLOCK your next READ!
UNLOCK your next READ!
A new service is at the Covington Library! Covington Library will be one of 2 locations in the King County Library System to use an outside locker system for library materials pickup!
Patrons placing holds on library materials will be able to choose to have their items placed into a locker so that they may be picked up at any time of the day or night – a great option for folks who can’t make it to the library during our regular (curbside) hours.
What an exciting addition to the way they continue to serve our community in these times. 
City Council Approves Grant Round 3 to Assist Locally-Owned Small Businesses Affected By COVID
At their October 13 meeting, the Covington City Council approved an additional $60,000 from a second installment of CARES Act funding to be administered in a third round of grants for Covington businesses affected by COVID. Applications for this Covington Rapid Relief Program Round Three are being accepted now through November 3.
 
The Covington Rapid Relief Program provides working capital grants in amounts limited from $2,500 up to $7,500 to small, locally-owned businesses that meet specific criteria outlined in the application. Grant amounts are determined by the number of people employed at the small business and the businesses must be located within Covington city limits. Additionally, the requirement that a non-essential business must be opened for at least one year to be eligible has been removed for this third round. The City initially disbursed $130,000 of CARES Act funds for this program in August and September.
Businesses awarded a grant can utilize the funds toward expenses like lease or loan payments, wages, taxes and employee benefits, operating costs and expenses, payment for PPE (personal protective equipment), and for improvements necessary for protection of employees and customers.
Funding for this program is made possible by City of Covington reimbursements from the State of Washington using CARES Act dollars available to support local recovery efforts from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The City has partnered with Evergreen Business Capital to help administer the process. The Council also approved the distribution of remaining CARES Act funds to several other organizations including Storehouse, Vine Maple Place and water and sewer utilities for Covington residents who need assistance paying their water or sewer bills.
The Rapid Relief Program Application and Economic Injury Worksheet, which includes eligibility criteria and requirements, are posted on the city website at www.covingtonwa.gov/businesses/covid19.php
Both the application and worksheet need to be completed and submitted no later than November 3 at 5 p.m. to the City of Covington.
L&I Workshop & Employee Engagement/Remote
WORKSHOPS! FREE!
Our friends of the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce have invited us to attend upcoming Online Workshops
November 6 & 13, 11 am
No cost and no limit to how many can attend via Zoom.
Register online or call 360.423.8400 - prior to the event you will be emailed the Zoom login information. ONLINE: http://kelsolongviewchamber.org/event/special-small-business-boot-camp-0
Nov. 6th – Overtime Rules and Exempt Worker Changes start Jan. 1, 2021
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) will discuss new overtime rules that have gone into effect as of July 1. The changes update the exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional workers, as well as outside salespeople and computer professionals.
In this webinar, you will learn about the updates, including changes to the job duties tests for each exemption category and the minimum salary threshold an exempt employee must earn to qualify for exemption from the protections of the state Minimum Wage Act.
The webinar will begin with a 45-minute presentation by outreach specialists from L&I’s Employment Standards program, followed by 15 minutes for questions and answers.
Nov. 13th – Keeping Employees Engaged in a Remote Workforce
Presented by Teedara Wolf, Training and Development Specialist with Cowlitz PUD See Less

Welcome Thang & Scott to our Board 2021 & Bridget O'Connor for another term! Congratulations!
Thang, Nguyen
Bridget O'Connor
Scott Beusch
Covington & Kent Joint Chamber Event!
Please join the Covington and Kent Chamber of Commerce as we celebrate the holidays for a fun filed networking event. Purchase a Party in a BOX for $20.00 and box will include gifts, games, and MORE!! Boxes are limited to 50 so reserve your box NOW! Each box will have one ticket and you will be entered in a drawing to win a prize if you would like to purchase additional tickets for $5.00 you can select the drop down menu to choose how many additional tickets you would like. If you only want to buy a raffle ticket and not have a box you can do that as well by selecting how many tickets you would like. Please click on the link below to register
Thank you to Lily Tran of TaxUSign for sponsoring this luncheon! Virtual tax help for whatever life throws at you. TM
"We are a virtual tax firm serving individual and small business clients across the United States. We provide dedicated professional tax assistance anywhere, anytime.  We offer a complimentary 15 minute initial consultation for new clients. We charge fees based on the time and value of our services to the clients. We look forward to hearing from you. Please call or email us with your questions, comments or to request an appointment." www.taxusign.com
12/3/2020 9-11am via zoom
Your voice. Your workforce. Your future. Business and Higher Education Roundtable.
Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 2020
9:00 am to 11:00 am 
RSVP by Monday, Nov. 30th to receive the zoom link and log in information. Email info@kentchamber.com with questions. 
Event Description: The link between business success and education could not be stronger and more inter-dependent then right now. What goes on in the classrooms, trade shops and technology labs will help determine whether our region’s economy continues to grow and benefit all communities and industry sectors.
 
That is why we need you at the table – a roundtable to be exact – to talk about the workforce issues facing businesses and to focus on how community and technical colleges can better prepare people with the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy.
  
I hope you can join us, business leaders from our region, and Dr. Suzanne Johnson, President of Green River College, Dr. John Mosby, President of Highline College, Dr. Kevin McCarthy, President of Renton Technical College, state lawmakers, and representatives from the State Board of Community & Technical Colleges, for an interactive discussion.

COVID-19 RESOURCES/INFORMATION
Please remember that COVID-19 updates are fluid and ever changing. Make sure to follow credible sources of information and always fact check. If you have questions please contact us so that we may direct you to the correct source and provide up to date information: info@covingtonchamber.org
UPCOMING CHAMBER & COMMUNITY EVENTS
SAVE THE DATES!

11/3/2020 City Grant Round 3 Due! https://www.covingtonwa.gov/newsdetail_T1_R1793.php

11/6/2020 L&I Workshop with Kelso Longview Chamber http://kelsolongviewchamber.org/event/special-small-business-boot-camp-0

11/12/2020 Lunch "IN" 11:30am-1pm Virtually "THANKFUL" With Ed Holmes, Real Life Church FACEBOOK INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/671480733784266

11/13/2020 Keeping Employees Engaged in a Remote Workforce http://kelsolongviewchamber.org/event/special-small-business-boot-camp-0


12/10/2020 BUY YOUR BOX ASAP: Annual Ugly Sweater Party - but in a box! https://www.facebook.com/events/386869162687676





 

For additional info on the above events, view our Community Calendar 

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