Volume 11 Mar, 2023

Your weekly news & updates
Keep up to date with all of the events and happenings in the Sky Valley at our website SkyValleyChamber.com
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Thank you to our 2023 Annual Sponsors

Take advantage of our upcoming events.

To see more happening, check out our event calendar on our website


Event Calendar

Upcoming Chamber Networking Events

Sky Valley Volunteer and Community Information Fair


Join us for the first 2023 Volunteer & Community Information Fair on March 22 from 5:30 - 7:30


This is a great opportunity for organizations and civic groups that operate in the Sky Valley to share with the community what you do and what your organization is all about.


Interested in having a table at the event? Reserve your spot by registering here


Chamber Lunch Registration
After Hours Registration

Tickets On Sale Now!

LUAU 2023

Dig out those great Hawaiian Shirts and join the Sky Valley Chamber for an evening of fun and fundraising.


We will have a fabulous dinner from Bubba's Roadhouse, featuring Fried Rice, Mac Salad, Asian Slaw, Lumpia & Kahlua Pork.

We will have a vegetarian option available.

Be sure to leave room for the dessert dash with gourmet and signature desserts.

(Encourage your table bid high, or you will wind up with Jell-O) 

The evening will feature a bar, raffle, games, silent and live auction. 


Tickets, Donation Forms, Sponsorship Forms, and more can be found on the auction website SVCC 2023 (ejoinme.org)



Announcements

Easter is fastly approaching us. We are super excited to announce that we ARE DOING the Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter egg hunt will be on April 8th the event will go from 10 AM to 12:30 PM it will be held off of Main Street and First Street down at the gazebo. This event is made possible by candy donations, many volunteers, and your participation.

If you or your group/organization would like to participate by having a booth for the block party, it starts at 10 am. Set up starts at 8 am, and you must be in place with all vehicles removed by 9:45.

All groups participating in the block party are asked to provide candy for the hunt or money for candy to reserve your space. Please sign up by emailing 5krygers@gmail.com . All the candy and/or money donations can be dropped off at Visitor Center by March 24th to ensure enough time to stuff the candy into eggs.

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We want to encourage you to do an activity, so the kids can move from booth to booth with fun things to do to fill the time before the hunt.

Thank you for supporting our community!

Christine Kryger, Volunteer


Seeking Candy and Monetary Donations!

Small Business Disaster Relief grants

Applications due March 31


 The Washington State Department of Commerce, has launched the Statewide Small Business Disaster Relief Grant, providing funding for damages from disasters experienced from October 2021 to the present.

A total of $9.7 million is available. Eligible disasters include natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, wildfires, or comparable ones, and human-caused such as major utility disruptions resulting in property damage or prolonged outages.

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2023.

Eligibility Requirements

• Annual gross receipts of $5 million or less

• A reduction in business income or activity as a result of a natural or comparable human-caused disaster

• State business license, proof of address, W-9, 2019, 2020, and 2021 tax returns, and documentation of receipts provided as backup part of reimbursement requests

Eligible Reimbursements

• Payroll

• Utilities & Rent

• Marketing & Advertising

• Building improvements or repairs

• Replacing damaged inventory and equipment

• Other operational and business expenses related to qualifying disaster

 Provides funds for damages from disasters experienced from October 2021 to present




Special Instructions

 For Snohomish County

Under the “ADO Information” section, enter “Economic Alliance Snohomish County” as the ADO Name. Enter the below information under the “ADO Representative Contact Info” section: Wendy Poischbeg, WendyP@EconomicAllianceSC.org, and 425-248-4225.

 Fill out the rest of the form with your information.

 

Email Wendy Poischbeg if you have questions about this program.


For King County


 

NW Washington Disaster Grant Applicants



Those who have applied for NW Washington Disaster Grant are also eligible to apply for this new statewide grant. However, you cannot double dip on funding, meaning you cannot receive funding for damages that have already been awarded funds. Feel free to email us if you have questions about this. 


Washington State Department of CommerceStatewide Disaster Relief Grant Application – BUSINESS (smartsheet.com)


WA Hospitality Grants


The application portal will open on the morning of March 14, 2023.

This program will award one-time grants to eligible restaurants, hotels, motels, and other small hospitality businesses in Washington State that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis.

A portion of the available funding will be set aside specifically to reimburse lodging establishments that experienced losses during the state’s eviction moratorium pursuant to the governor’s proclamations. 

“Lodging establishment” refers to a hotel, motel, or similar establishment taxable by the state under chapter 82.08 RCW with 40 or more lodging units.

Actual eligible losses include:

• Room charges not paid by persons who stayed during the moratorium,

• Any legal expenses incurred by lodging establishments as a result of the moratorium, and

• Any repair expenses directly attributed to damages to rooms.

Additional information and detailed eligibility information can be found on our website: WAHospitalityGrants.com 

 

Grants to Organizations

FY24 Creative Project Grant / apply by March 15

FY24-FY25 General Operating Support: Sustaining (small to midsize groups) / apply by March 15

FY24 General Operating Support: Emerging/apply by March 15

FY24-25 General Operating Support: Sustaining (large groups) / opening April 11

FY24-25 Art Service Organization Support / opening April 11

Thank you to our February Renewing and New Members for 2023

Visit our Member Directory
  • Farmgirl Candle Company
  • Tree Tech NW LLC
  • RT Martial Arts
  • Scottish Thistle Farm
  • Evergreen Health Monroe
  • The Mt Index Sandbar
  • The Makings of Momma Maia
  • Wagley Creek Automotive
  • Pharm A Save Monroe
  • Outdoor Adventure Center


  • A Cabin On The Sky & A Stones Throw B&B
  • Edward Jones Investments
  • Diamond Plate Electrical Services LLC
  • Pest Control Northwest
  • Republic Services
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Sno. Co. Fire District #5
  • Sultan Mini Storage
Need to Renew?
Please check out our new website and log into your account.
If you have questions or problems please contact Melody Dazey by email at melody.dazey@skyvalleyvic.net or by phone at 360-793-0983

Sky Valley Chamber Member Spotlight

Meet this month’s Sky Valley Chamber member highlight, Manny Rodriguez.

He’s the proud owner of Rodriguez Taekwondo martial arts, which opened in May 2022 at its Main Street location in Sultan. Despite its modest storefront in a small town, the business is flourishing and will no doubt expand soon as the classes grow. Of course, you might think starting and operating a successful small business during a pandemic at only 24 years old is impressive. Still, when you meet Manny, you quickly realize he’s the kind of person who can probably do pretty much anything. To say he is “charismatic” doesn’t do him justice; an aura of genuine humility tempers his bright smile and a strong handshake. He knows how to balance seriousness and humor while teaching his craft- and this method tends to entrance even the most distractible kids. He treats each student with patience and care and teaches them the importance of family, home rules, and life skills alongside martial arts.

Rodriguez works tirelessly for his pupils, modeling the importance of a good work ethic, a trait inspired by his mother and father. “I was a bratty teenager!” he eagerly revealed as we sat down to talk. “I got into hanging out with the wrong crowd,” he said. “I tried other sports, and I didn’t like them. Then when I was 13, I tried Taekwondo and was hooked. My Sa Bum Nim (teacher) was tough on me, but it was good, and what martial arts does is it teaches you that nothing worthwhile comes easy, you know?”. When I asked Manny what his biggest goals are for himself, he responded simply with this: “Growing up, martial arts had such a huge impact on my life, and if I can do that even for a few kids, that’s my main goal. At the end of the day, I just want to impact people’s lives for the better here in the community.” And he does that nearly every day, even recently on his 24th birthday. “There’s nowhere I’d rather be.” he shared on social media along with some photos from the day, images full of the smiling faces of his students, a few of whom may someday be a part of the competition team he hopes to build. And who knows, maybe your child could be a part of that team someday- I know my son wishes to be! Rodriguez Taekwondo prides itself on being accessible to everyone by offering generous pricing and flexibility.

If you, your child, or someone you know may be interested in learning more about taekwondo, Manny encourages you to drop in during one of his many classes to observe and see how taekwondo could enrich your life. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better teacher and role model. We are proud to have Rodriguez Taekwondo as a member of our Chamber and our beloved Sky Valley.


~Katharine Pennock- Sky Valley Chamber Ambassador



Business Classes, Discussions & Workshops

March 22, 2023:

Record Keeping

This class will help you understand the benefits a small business derives from proper record-keeping and identify best practices, tools, and resources for your organization.



Register here

Community and Partner Events

Thank you to the Flower Farms that joined us for our First Quarterly Round Table!


The Next Round Table for Flower Farms and Growers is April 19.


RSVP Here

Registration is now open for 2023

Sultan Farmers Market


The Sultan Farmers Market was started in 2021 by a group of locals who wanted to create a community venue to showcase all the farmers and artisans in the Sky Valley.


Every week the market brings all fresh and locally produced and handcrafted items. 


Our Youth Market weekend is the First Saturday of the Month; young entrepreneurs, ages 8-18, are offered a discounted rate to join the market to sell their goods in a safe, fun environment.


Join us


Other Updates

Have something to share about your business? Send it to Melody

Jobs & Careers

Now Hiring

Volunteers of America Western Washington - Sultan Campus

Has several open positions.


  • East County Housing Navigator
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Sky Valley Support Specialist
  • Family Support Specialist (on-site)
  • Prevention Coalition Coordinator



Full job description and applications

Take the Next Step is hiring!

We're looking for another Navigator to add to our team!

Do you have a heart for helping others?

Check out the job listing here and see if you or someone you know might be a good fit! Please share!

https://ideali.st/QbVJfK


Now Hiring for the Restaurant


Maria's Mexican restaurant is looking for an experienced server & cook for their Main Street Resturant location.


Contact Julio for more information or to apply

360-348-1040 or by email


Mountain View Diner

Join the team! We're currently looking for an experienced line cook with availability in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Stop by to fill out an application or drop off your resume. You can also email your resume to jboglivi@gmail.com.

We're located at 1306 Croft Ave, Gold Bar, WA 98251.




Romac has many openings at both their Sultan and Bothell Locations. Check out the link for current openings.

Wagley Creek Automotive is Looking for an Automotive Tech
Contact them at 360-799-1533
Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce