Volume 25 | March 17, 2021
News, Resources, and Upcoming Virtual Events in this Newsletter:

Vaccine Rollout News: Phase 1B2 Begins Today
Effective March 22, Washington State Enters Phase 3 of Recovery Plan
StartUp 425 Spring Series - Sign Up Now
More Forgivable Loans for Small Businesses - Applications Close March 31, 2021
Working Washington Round 4 Grant Application Opens March 29th and More
EvergreenHealth Listed As a Best Hospital in U.S.
Dragon Globe Contest
Welcome New Member AKT! OneRemond Member Discount!
Fuel the Dragon - Bringing Fun and Support to Small Businesses
Geek Out Gold Community Currency
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Redmond is lucky to have a number of Irish restaurants in the city including The Dubliner Irish Pub and Cafe, J.J. Mahoney's Irish Pub and Celtic Bayou Irish Brewpub & Cajun Cafe. Be sure to visit them this St. Patrick's Day and throughout the year!
Vaccine Rollout News: Phase 1B2 Begins Today for High-Risk Critical Care Workers and More
Phase 1B2 of the Washington State Department of Health's COVID 19 Vaccine distribution today starts, and includes:
  • High-risk workers in agriculture, grocery stores and food banks.
  • Public transit, fishing vessel crews.
  • Corrections facilities like jails and detention centers.
  • Courts of Law and the remaining first responders including firefighters and police officers.

Effective March 22, Washington State Enters Phase 3 of Recovery Plan
Phase 3 allows for up to 50% occupancy or 400 people maximum, whichever is lower, for all indoor spaces. This applies to all industries and indoor activities currently allowed; restaurants, gyms and fitness centers and movie theaters, among others, may all increase capacity. A full list of industry-level changes for the new phase will be released this week.

Click here to read more.
Under the updated plan, counties will be individually evaluated every three weeks. The evaluations will occur on Mondays with any possible changes taking effect Friday, with the first evaluation scheduled for April 12. Large and small counties will be evaluated by different metrics. Click here to learn more.
Startup425 Spring Foundations Series - Sign Up Now!
Startup425’s spring 2021 Foundations series begins 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 16, with Small Business Planning with the Lean Canvas.” This free online series features six classes aimed at helping entrepreneurs transform ideas into viable businesses.

The classes are held weekly, covering a variety of topics, each presented by local specialists and experts. Participants will exit the series with the skills and tools necessary to start or grow a business, including information on developing business plans and strategies, pitching to financial partners, marketing a product or service, building a support system of peers and mentors, and navigating the economic impacts of COVID-19. 
Foundations is provided by Startup425, the King County Library System and SCORE Greater Seattle, a nonprofit dedicated to business mentorship.

For more about the Foundations series, please visit the Startup425 website. Register for the March 16 workshop on the Startup 425 Eventbrite.
First and SECOND Round Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgivable Loan Opportunities Closes March 31, 2021
Great news for businesses that have not received PPP forgivable loans yet or are ready for a second one! The Paycheck Protection Program loan program (PPP) received funding for a new round of forgivable loans and is now accepting applications. The program is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Application information: The deadline to apply for a PPP Loan is March 31, 2021. Learn more and apply here. Questions? Please contact Mari Wruble at the Washington SBDC at OneRedmond at mariw@oneredmond.org.
To view a list of lenders accepting new PPP applications, please click here. (It may take a bit of time to load.)
Working Washington Round 4 Grant Application Opens March 29th and More
OneEastside keeps track of the latest news related to COVID-19 resources and tools. So far in March:

  • New funding opportunity for CDFI's and MDIs to support underserved communities
  • Application portal for Round 4 of the Working Washington Grants opens March 29
  • Updated guidance on outdoor seating for food establishments issued.

Click here to learn more.

OneRedmond Member EvergreenHealth Medical Center Listed As One of Best Hospitals In U.S. by Newsweek.
In Newsweek's "World's Best Hospitals" list for 2021, EvergreenHealth Medical Center l in Kirkland ranked the 4th best hospital in Washington State.

EvergreenHealth was also recognized for infection prevention.

Dragon Globe Contest!
Calling all Dragon Lovers!!! Enter the Dragon Globe contest, Random Acts of Art community activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Make your own dragon globe or explore to find others. Enter your creation by April 26, 2021 for a chance to win an overnight stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Redmond Town Center, or a gift card from Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames
 
The Dragon Globe Contest is produced by VALA Eastside in partnership with OneRedmond

For more information visit: https://bit.ly/DragonGlobe
Featured New Member: AKT Redmond and Offer to OneRedmond Members
AKT, created by celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser, combines cardio dance intervals with strength and toning to deliver a full body, full range of motion workout that delivers results. 

Our workouts are definitely unique and our original programming refreshes every 3 weeks, so you are always challenged in new ways and are never bored. AKT empowers members to become stronger in their bodies, minds and communities - and they have fun doing it!

AKT Redmond is the first AKT in the Pacific Northwest region and is woman-owned and operated. Dawn Pontious, native of the area, is the General Manager of AKT Redmond. Sheryl Janosky is owner of AKT Redmond.

These two women are fitness and wellness professionals and are excited to build a thriving community based on the power, positivity and inclusivity of AKT.

Click here to learn more.
Offer to OneRedmond members:

AKT Redmond would like to offer 1 free "Intro to AKT!" class to all OneRedmond members! 

To claim your class, just email your name and phone number to GMRedmond@theakt.com and be sure to add “OneRedmond” in the subject heading.

We would also like to provide a 20% discount off of our 4 pack and 8 pack memberships, exclusive to OneRedmond Members! Minimum 3 month commitment.
4 classes per month… regular $89 per month - 20% off = OneRedmond Price $71.20 ($18 per class) 
8 classes per month… regular $159 per month - 20% off = OneRedmond Price $127.20 ($16 per class)
Fuel the Dragon Winter 2021 - Redmond Passport Game
Our popular passport game that supports local businesses is back! Play Fuel the Dragon: Redmond Passport Game and support local businesses extended through April 2021! 

Throughout the City of Redmond, shop at over 35 restaurants and retailers and track your purchases to fill your passport game sheet. Drawings for prizes will occur throughout the event from submitted game sheets! The grand prize is an overnight at Archer Hotel Redmond! 

Go to RedmondDragons.com for more information and to download the Passport Game Sheet!
Geek Out Gold Community Currency
Geek Out Gold is a community currency designed to specifically support our local shops and stores. Simply purchase the gift certificate, and then spend it at any of the participating merchants in our town. All proceeds go directly to that business! You can spend your Geek Out Gold on pizza, cookies, books, hotels, home decor, fitness facilities, pet supplies, and much more!

THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS IS GROWING FAST AS BUSINESSES ARE ADDED EACH WEEK.

You can purchase Geek Out Gold in $5,
$10, $20, or $25 denominations and use it
straight from your phone or print it off as a
physical certificate—either are accepted.
Geek Out Gold is great for birthdays,
anniversaries, graduation gifts, employee
rewards, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.

Visit GeekOutInRedmond.com to learn more!
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).

OneRedmond
8383 158th Ave. NE, Suite 225
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 425.885.4014
www.oneredmond.org