1. Madam Secretary
East King Chambers Legislative Breakfast
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 | 7:30 - 9:00 am
The East King Chambers Coalition Legislative Kickoff is one of the biggest political events of the year.
This year, we are proud to welcome Washington's recently re-elected Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, as our keynote speaker.
Following Kim's address, we'll be joined by leaders from each of the four corners for an interactive session moderated by award-winning journalist from Q13, Brandi Kruse.
Then choose your own adventure between three panels of legislators focusing on Economic Revitalization, moderated by Former Governor Gary Locke; Transportation, moderated by Renton City Councilmember Ed Prince; and Affordable Housing, moderated by Microsoft's Jane Broom.
2. New Grants Launch
Gov. Jay Inslee announced an additional $70 million for business grants. $50 million of this is for Round 3 of the Working Washington Small Business grants. The remainder will go towards funding qualified businesses that applied in earlier rounds of our resiliency grant program.
These grants are prioritized for:
- Small businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019
- Businesses in the sectors that are most impacted by the recent public health measures as well as businesses in sectors that have experienced significant, cumulative impacts
- Certain nonprofits may also be eligible if they have a primary business activity that falls into a similar category as noted above
- If Commerce is able to fund all the eligible applicants from the priority pool, and funds remain, we may be able to provide grants to additional businesses or nonprofits from other sectors or who have annual revenues larger than $5 million
Priority will be given to applications received by Dec. 10, 2020. If Commerce is able to fund all the applicants who submit by that time, we may be able to consider applicants who submit after the 10th.
3. Washington Employers for Racial Equity
The Bellevue Chamber has joined Challenge Seattle and The Washington Roundtable in sponsoring an initiative to address racial inequities in our economy. This is one of several efforts the Bellevue Chamber is supporting or developing to help businesses tackle diversity and inclusion in a way that lifts all people while strengthening our community. Below, you'll find links to original research on current inequities in the workplace and information about the effort launching today.
4. AWB Transportation Listening Session
AWB Transportation Listening Session
Co-Hosted by the Bellevue Chamber
Thursday, December 3 | 10:00 - 11:00 am
As the 2021 Legislative Session draws near, the Association of Washington Business will hold a statewide transportation listening tour. Input from these sessions will help shape business community input on the shape of a possible statewide transportation funding package in 2021.
5. University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy Research Partnership
Next year the Chamber will be kicking off an exciting research partnership with the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy. We have two graduate school teams working for us on two significant issues facing Bellevue and the Eastside: Affordable Housing and the Impacts of Covid on Business.
We need help to flush out the scope of these two studies between now and early January. To facilitate this, we’re looking for Chamber leaders or employees in Chamber member companies to serve on the ad hoc steering committee for each project and to attend the five or six committee meetings between January and June.
Please reach out to a member of the Chamber staff if you or someone on your team is interested and be sure to include which project committee you’d like to support.
The Affordable Housing project is being generously sponsored and supported by Symetra. We are still looking for a sponsor for the Business Impacts project. Let us know if you’d like to help there too!
These should be fun projects and an opportunity for the Chamber to disseminate original research content to our community.