December 4, 2020
Business and Community Updates
Helpful Links for New Small Business Grant Program
The Working Washington 3.0 Small Business Grant Program portal is now open.

PLEASE NOTE: Businesses that have been affected by the most recent COVID-19 restrictions (restaurants, gyms, bars, tasting rooms, etc.), those affected by long term closure (music and performance venues) and some boutique hotels will take priority in this round of grant awards. Other businesses may apply, but the state says they will only be considered after priority businesses..

The Washington State Department of Commerce has provided the following information for assistance to applicants:
  • Call-center number (open 8 am-5 pm even through the weekend): 360-725-5003

Visit the Working Washington Round 3 webpage for more info and to apply. A recording of an SBDC applicant assistance webinar will be posted on the website shortly.
Main Street Marketplace Open for Holiday Shopping
After several weeks of renovations in the former location of the downtown Bluewood office, Main Street Marketplace is set to open Friday, December 4th at noon at 262 E Main Street. Many of our favorite local vendors, including Biker B's Bathworks, Harmony Gardens, Czyhold Metal Design, Three Doors Vintage and several more, will offer merchandise in the location though the holiday season. Hours of operation will be Fridays and Saturdays from 12 - 6 pm, and Sundays 12 - 4 pm. Wednesday hours will be added the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Day in place of holiday closure hours. The shop will then close again briefly after the first of the year in order to complete interior renovations. Congratulations to business owner Shane Laib and his fellow entrepreneurs. We are grateful you chose to open a new shop in Downtown Dayton!
All In WA Matching Donations to Local Nonprofits
As you may have seen in a recent newspaper insert, the Blue Mountain Community Foundation has published its annual Charitable Giving Guide. This is a great way to provide support to our local nonprofits that play such an important role in our community. This year your donation makes double the impact due to a matching gift provided by All In WA. Every dollar you donate to a charity listed in the Giving Guide will be matched with a dollar from All In WA.

Columbia County Nonprofits listed include:
  • Blue Mountain Heritage Society (Smith Hollow School House & Palus Museum)
  • Blue Mountain Counseling of Columbia County
  • Columbia County Community Network
  • Community Food Bank of Dayton
  • Columbia County 4-H Youth Development
  • Dayton Development Task Force (Main Street Program)
  • Dayton Historic Depot Society
  • Friends of Dayton Memorial Library
  • Project Timothy
  • Skyline Adventures (Bluewood Ski School)
  • The Club
  • Touchet Valley Arts Council (Liberty Theater)

There are many, many regional nonprofits that serve Columbia County as well, and the BMCF COVID-19 Emergency Fund has provided much-needed assistance to several Dayton agencies during the pandemic.

You can view all the eligible nonprofits and donate online here, or you can send a donation to BMCF, PO Box 603, Walla Walla, WA 99362.