Volume 35 | February 2022
Sponsored by Business Health Trust

OneRedmond is proud to partner with Business Health Trust to offer affordable health, vision and dental plans to our members. Learn more about the benefits of membership in OneRedmond or request a quote from Business Health Trust here.
King County Vaccination Verification Order
Scheduled to End Tuesday, March 1st
In response to improved COVID data on the county's dashboards, including higher rates of vaccine coverage and a decrease in new cases and hospitalizations, King County announced today that the Vaccination Verification Order requiring proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test for entry to establishments including restaurants, bars, theaters and gyms will end on Tuesday, March 1.

Organizations have the option to choose to impose their own vaccine requirements for the safety of their staff, including those that may be immunocompromised or parents of children under 5.
For more information and resources, please visit KC Vax Verified. The Seattle Metro Chamber will be hosting a no cost webinar, Ramping Down King County VAX Verify, on Tuesday February 22 at 2:00 PM. Click here to register.
OneEastside Economic Outlook Summit
Friday, February 25 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Gain valuable insights into the economic trends shaping the recovery of East King County and its 23 cities and towns at this year's virtual 2022 OneEastside Economic Outlook Summit. Join us as Spencer Cohen with High Peak Strategy helps translate trends into competitive intelligence you can use to successfully plan for your organization's future.
This year’s Summit will feature an Eastside Outlook Fireside Chat with regional leaders including representatives from Meta Reality Lab, Eastside for All, 1Up Ventures and Ezell's Famous Chicken. The panel will be moderated by Don Baker, Market President and Publisher, Puget Sound Business Journal. We look forward to your participation in this valuable event that will provide a backdrop for the future of the Eastside. Register today at https://bit.ly/OneEastside-Summit.
Redmond Mayor Angela Birney Elected
2022 Sound Cities Association President
Redmond Mayor Angela Birney has been elected President of the Sound Cities Association (SCA), which represents 38 King County cities and provides a regional voice for more than one million people.

"I've had the opportunity to work closely with Angela for many years and she has always been a key partner and strong leader for both Redmond and the region," said King County Executive Dow Constantine. "As Angela brings her experience and expertise to this new role, I look forward to continued collaboration with her and SCA in the year ahead."
Washington State Legislative Update
This year an unprecedented number of bills (over 1,000) have been introduced during this short session of the Washington State Legislature. Normally a short session is focused on bills retained from last session, in addition to addressing urgent issues and minor budget changes. However, this year will look very different as there is a projected increase of revenue of $3.6B for the current 2021-23 biennium and $4.1B for the upcoming 2023-2025 biennium.

OneRedmond is following a number of bills that could impact our business climate and quality of life. One is House Bill HOPE, or HB 2020. This bill addresses affordable workforce housing and has its origins in the OneRedmond Government Affairs Committee. Our past president Robert Pantley and his team have built a comprehensive solution from this original work, and they have garnered significant support from our local leadership. Efforts like this will take multiple years and we are hopeful that some of the elements in this comprehensive bill will be put into action this year.
COVID-19 Resources
FREE COVID Self Tests Kits Available
Sign up today to receive your free at-home COVID test kits from both the federal government and Washington State Department of Health. Under the federal program, every home in the U.S. is eligible to order up to four free at-⁠home tests at no cost. Orders are being processed by the U.S. Postal Service and are limited to one order per residential address. Washington State's Say Yes! COVID Test program is providing one test kit per resident with contact-less home delivery and pick up options available.
Redmond COVID-19 Vaccination Event
Sunday, Feb 20, 10:30am-4:30pm
7945 Gilman Street, Redmond, WA 98052. First dose, second dose, booster dose, and pediatric doses of the vaccine available. No registration required. Vaccines will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. $50 gift cards will be given to people who receive their first or second dose of the vaccination and $25 to those who receive a booster dose.
OneRedmond Distributes
Free KN95 Masks to Members

OneRedmond recently distributed free KN95 masks to Redmond's business and nonprofit community including to Joyce Endrody, owner of The Beekeeper's Secret.

This initiative was made possible through our OneEastside SPARK partnership with the generous support of Business Health Trust, Google, and Meta.
Safety and Crime Prevention Resources Available to the Redmond Community
City of Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe
On February 3rd, OneRedmond staff met with City of Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe for a conversation about safety and crime prevention opportunities for Redmond businesses. From additional lighting to video cameras, the Redmond Police Department’s Crime Prevention Team can visit your business and provide you with tailored recommendations in order to continue to operate your business safely. If you are interested in a meeting, please contact crimeprevention@redmond.gov
The department also offers classes and presentations regarding Women’s Personal Safety, Fraud Prevention and Active Shooter Response (ALICE-Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate). More information on program offerings is available here. All public classes are also posted on the city's Facebook and Twitter pages. 
Contribute to Our Redmond Community
Apply to Serve on a City of Redmond Commission
The City of Redmond has open positions now available to serve on several boards and commissions, including the Redmond Arts and Culture Commission and the Parks and Trails Commission. There are two vacancies on the Arts and Culture commission, one of which requires residency within the 98052 zip code and one vacancy for the Parks and Trails Commission, which also requires current residency within the 98052 zip code. Learn more about City of Redmond boards and commissions vacancies and apply here.
Redmond Businesses Impacted by Fire
Appreciate Continued Support
On January 14th, a fire at the Marbella Shopping Mall fire destroyed Tropea Ristorante Italiano and damaged several other businesses including Redmond Pilates Center, Namasthe Indian Restaurant - Redmond, Sip Thai Bistro, and Ocean Optical Redmond.

Your continued help and support is needed! We invite our Redmond community to join us in supporting these small businesses, if you are able. The following are links to their GoFundMe fundraising pages:

Help Cascadia College Enhance Student Internship Programs
Cascadia College would like our members help to improve their internship program and better serve our business community. Take this short, six question survey to help the college's faculty and staff better understand your organization's needs and how they can best connect student interns with your particular business and industry. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GR9LP6P
We Appreciate Our New and Renewing OneRedmond Members
For information on joining or renewing your OneRedmond membership, please visit our website here.

Questions regarding joining or renewing your OneRedmond membership? Contact Donna Bannister, Operations Manager and Director of Member Services, OneRedmond, at donnab@oneredmond.org or (425) 885-4014, option #1
OneRedmond Member Benefits:
Save on Insurance with Business Health Trust
Celebrate American Heart Month by taking care of your heart this February. Prioritizing your heart health is so important and so easy. With heart disease taking the lives of nearly 650,000 Americans each year, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) marks February as American Heart Month to raise awareness. Join the #OurHearts movement to encourage others to be heart healthy, or set aside 10 minutes a day towards a heart-healthy habit to reduce risk of heart disease. Visit here for more information.

Want to learn more about Business Health Trust and how they are able to keep costs low for our members? Watch their new short video that explains what they offer, how it works, and more. Visit www.bhtquote.com to get a free quote.
Programs for Our Redmond
Business & Nonprofit Community

OneEastside SPARK
Is Your Small Business Ready for Tax Season?
OneEastside SPARK is sponsoring one-on-one no cost tax advising for small businesses in East King County.
What's included? Sponsored services include a 50-minute call with a tax professional and an additional 20-minute follow up call. Interpretation is available in Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Eligibility - Your business must be located in East King County (view map) and have ten or fewer employees.
How to sign up: Fill out the intake form or contact Samantha Paxton at (425) 885-4014 ext. 5 / samanthap@oneeastside.org. View all advising programs here.
Upcoming Webinars
Sat., March 5, 2022 | 10:00am - 11:00am | Register
Tues., March 15, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm | Save the date!
Tues., March 29, 2022 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Register
Redmond Events
Cirque Du Soleil - Alegra
January 18th - March 13, 2022
Marymoor Park - Discount Tickets!

Receive discounts up to 30% off when you purchase tickets here.
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