Volume 1 | March 17, 2020
A Message from the Executive Director
Stronger Together has been OneRedmond's theme for the last year. Today I was on a call with Senator Patty Murray’s office learning about the federal resources available and then connecting those opportunities to our business community. Immediately after was a call with representatives from our Eastside cities to find ways to collaborate and maximize resources.

Like you, I feel the last few weeks have seemed surreal. However, as your economic development enterprise, it is our job to be on the front lines of any crises that hits our business community. And OneRedmond has been there since the very beginning.

First and foremost, we are an advocate for our businesses and non-profits to ensure they are ready and can receive any financial resources as they become available. We know that reaching out to our business community with resources quickly is crucial as they need to make informed decisions during this time of crisis. We have been working closely with our local leaders, city staff, key legislators and agencies, and our Congressional members to advocate for much-needed assistance.

OneRedmond has developed a robust hub of information pertaining to the tools, information, and financial resources for our small businesses and non-profits. Through our survey we launched last week, we have gathered data and insights about the challenges that COVID-19 has already inflicted on our small businesses. This is a critical step as we take strategic moves toward recovery.

Below are the top 5 highlights from the week.
  1. Federal Disaster Loans and Financial Resources OneRedmond is your advocate to securing the resources you need to sustain your business. Make sure to look at our financial resources page for the latest news, tips, and contact us for assistance. OneRedmond continues to work with our partners to leverage existing and create new resources to help our local businesses and non-profits. Information gathered on our survey helps to inform the strategy and addressing the most urgent needs of our community. If you have been affected by this crisis, please fill out our survey here.
  2. EastsideRecoveryHub.com is our crisis website that connects businesses with vital information. It is live and updated multiple times a day to serve the Eastside community. This information is for our small businesses and non-profits to use for up-to-date news about the resources and tools available.
  3. Non-Profit Needs OneRedmond’s mission is to connect commerce to community. We are lucky to have some of the top non-profit entities in the country, helping to support all citizens in our region. Last week, we reached out to several non-profits to learn of their financial and volunteer assistance needs and have been actively making the connections to potential resources. A new How Can I Help Non-Profits page has been added.
  4. Workforce and Layoffs OneRedmond is connecting needs to resources. We added a new page of job opportunities to connect people to jobs.
  5. Buy Local! Our small businesses need you! Efforts to help support our local businesses in the most need are underway and we need you to do your part too. Working with partners across the Eastside including Experience Redmond, the City of Redmond, and our Eastside partners, we will helping to create and support a #BuyRedmond campaign to help connect customers to our businesses.

As always, we are here to support our businesses, and our community in any way we can. Working together, #WeGotThis!


Kristina Hudson
Executive Director

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 and WIN.

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Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 425.885.4014