5 Things: April 28, 2020
1. Tune In Thursday
Every business in the state is trying to plan for a safe return to work for their team and customers. Fortunately, a lot of that work has been done and is ready to share. Join Boston Consulting Group Seattle Managing partner, Steve Mitchelmore, as he walks us through the details of BCG's back to work recommendations. Then hear from Washington Secretary of Commerce, Lisa Brown, on the key steps state government is taking to ease restrictions while preserving public safety in the workplace and beyond.
2. Payroll Protection Program Available Again
The SBA resumed accepting Payroll Protection Program applications Monday morning. This program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. Certain processes have been adjusted for the second round of applications to reach small businesses, mom-and-pops, and independent contractors.
3. From the Governor's Office
Governor Inslee has recently made the following COVID-19-related updates:
In consultation with the state’s construction industry, a plan is now in place to allow current construction projects to be completed. Read more >
As of May 5, some outdoor recreation will be allowed with appropriate safety precautions, including: fishing; hunting; playing golf; and day use at state parks, state public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and at state Fish and Wildlife areas. Read more >
Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak are joining Washington, Oregon and California in the Western States Pact -- a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19. Read more >
4. For Young Innovators
Application due May 15 | Virtual Classes June 1 - 18
This year we are happy to offer the first all-virtual Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). The class will be an accelerated program that will take place for three weeks in June. The YEA! program teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own real businesses and social movements. Students are guided through each step of starting an enterprise, from brainstorming the idea to pitching their business plan to investors.
5. Best of Bellevue
The COVID-19 crisis has brought the Bellevue community together to support local businesses and each other. The City of Bellevue has created a community response page to share stories and help us to encourage one another and build up our community during this time.