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BREAKING: Inslee Pauses State's Reopening Plan
King County Remains in Phase 3 (for Now)

In today's press conference, Governor Inslee announced a two-week pause to the Healthy Washington reopening plan. All counties will remain in their current phase and will be re-evaluated again after the pause. Recent data shows that the fourth wave of infection appears to be at a plateau; while hospitalizations have increased, there has not been an increase in the number of deaths.

To remain in the third phase, larger counties like King and Snohomish need to average fewer than 200 new coronavirus cases for every 100,000 residents over 14 days and fewer than five hospitalizations for every 100,000 residents over seven days.

BHT

1. Business Health Trust

The Bellevue Chamber has partnered with Business Health Trust (BHT) – Washington’s source for employee benefits to provide access to high-quality, affordable healthcare options to our members.

Whether you have two employees or more than 100, our partner, Business Health Trust can help you create a benefits program that attracts talent and keeps your employees healthy and productive – at a budget you can afford. 

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Granato

2. You Miss 100% of the Lunches You Don't Attend

What's Kraken?
Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

A pioneer of women’s hockey, Granato’s career in hockey has resulted in a long, decorated resume that includes an Olympic gold medal and enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame. These days, Granato is very busy in her role with the Seattle Kraken expansion team. In 2019, Granato was hired as a scout by the new team. With the hire, Granato made history, becoming the first female scout in NHL history.

Hear her groundbreaking story and get a sneak peek of what to expect from the inaugural season of the Seattle Kraken.

Join us virtually every month through August as regional leaders share insights on a variety of critical topics. Each program will provide an opportunity to engage and collaborate with business leaders during the breakout sessions.

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Restaurant Open

3. Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Applications are now open

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

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Growth

4. Support Local Nonprofits

Last week, the Bellevue Chamber launched the Eastside Leadership Initiative (ELI), a program that identifies, trains, and matches upcoming community leaders with opportunities to grow and serve on the Eastside. Through the comprehensive database, ELI participants are matched with training programs, board leadership positions, volunteer opportunities, and connected to a network of other community-minded business leaders.

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Attending a nonprofit event is a great way to learn about the organization, understand its mission, and make connections. These three nonprofits were featured at last month's Chamber Lunch and have upcoming events.

Youth Eastside Services
Invest in Youth 2021

May 6 at 6pm

This is an online fundraising event benefiting children, youth and families struggling with mental health and substance use.

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Northwest Parkinson's Foundation
Walk for Parkinson's

May 8

Walk for Parkinson's brings the Parkinson's community together to build solidarity and raise funds for free crucial resources.

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Rainier Athletes
Town Hall Session

May 21 at 5:30pm

Ignite a renewed sense of urgency, accountability and commitment when it comes to rebuilding a youth sports sector that recognizes play and movement as an essential human right.

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OneEastside

5. Get a Look Ahead

2021 OneEastside Economic Outlook Summit
Friday, May 7, 2021 | 8:00 - 11:00 am

Gain valuable insights into the economic trends shaping the recovery of East King County, and its 23 cities and towns, from Chris Mefford at Community Attributes as he helps translate economic trends into competitive intelligence to successfully plan for the future.

This year’s Summit will feature an Eastside Outlook Fireside Chat moderated by Emily Parkhurst, Publisher, Puget Sound Business Journal, and a distinguished panel of Eastside leaders.

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