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5 Things: August 25, 2020

Economic

1. Economic Forecast Summit

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November 17 | 7:00 - 9:00 am

Peer into the economic year ahead with industry experts and hear from featured speaker Joe Quinlan, the engaging and widely-celebrated economist and Chief Market Analyst for Bank of America.

This year’s program will be hosted virtually and feature breakout sessions for industry-specific conversations. Now is your chance to vote for the industry you're most interested in hearing from.

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Small Business

2. Support for Small Businesses

Many small businesses in Bellevue and around the region continue to suffer from the economic impacts of COVID-19. As they adjust their operations under the state’s Safe Start reopening plan, the city is extending additional relief to Bellevue’s small businesses in the form of a Small Business Relief Grant program.

Eligible businesses must employ 2 to 25 people, have annual revenue under $5 million, and they must have sustained at least a 20% year-over-year drop in revenues resulting from COVID-19, with expenses not previously satisfied by other funding sources. Applications close on September 17.

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WLC

3. Women's Leadership Conference

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First Session September 29 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Women leaders bring valuable and unique perspectives to businesses in all types of industries. Join the Women's Leadership Conference to learn from successful business leaders as they discuss issues women face in business today and how to prepare for a successful future.

MOD Pizza co-founder Ally Svenson will kick off the four-part series September 29 by sharing her insights on leading with authenticity. The next sessions are scheduled for October 20, November 3, and November 11.

4. Safe Start Update

Governor Inslee has announced updated guidelines as part of Washington's Safe Start phase reopening plan.

  • Museums: allowed to operate in Phase 2 counties as long as certain requirements are met; Phase 3 counties are required to lower occupancy
  • Bowling: league play and practice is allowed in Phases 2 and 3
  • Agritourism: U-pick farms and tree farms can operate in Phase 2 counties
  • Outdoor Recreation: in Phase 1 and Phase 2 Go-Kart tracks, ORV facilities, Motocross facilities, Raceways and other participant-only motorsports, spectators and spectator camping, spectator races and spectator events are not allowed

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Mini City Hall

5. Navigator Program

Bellevue Mini City Hall is offering a new COVID-19 Resource Navigator program. The program has “navigators” to help residents locate and understand available resources during the pandemic. The resource navigators are highly experienced in navigating different systems and knowledgeable about various organizations that provide help during these difficult times.

The COVID-19 Resource Navigator Program is a free public service through Mini City Hall. Phone consultations are available by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A typical appointment is 30 minutes and follow-up appointments may be longer depending on needs. 

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