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Community Events & Announcements

Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy “You Are Invited!” – Monday, July 26, from 6-7:30 pm, the Port of Tacoma invites you to an interactive, virtual community workshop, conducted via Microsoft Teams, on Port of Tacoma-related clean air and climate solutions as the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy moves to implement the goal of phasing out emissions of diesel particulate matter, and greenhouse gas emissions from seaport activities by 2050. Join the virtual meeting using this link.

Dementia Services for Pierce County - At our recent meeting, Wendy Morris, Dementia Services Program Manager for Lutheran Community Services Northwest, shared how her organization is working to make Pierce County "dementia- friendly." Learn how you can participate here.

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The City of Tacoma is highlighting information on important resources, including funding, to assist you and your employees. Additional resources may be accessed at https://makeittacoma.com.

Financial and Other Business Resources

  • NEW: Washington State Microenterprise Association Resources. Access resources to help your small business succeed at https://www.wamicrobiz.org. Services include training, technical assistance, microloans and advocacy.

  • NEW: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Expanding Eligibility to Millions More Small Businesses. The Targeted EIDL Advance and Supplemental Advance Programs have been open by invitation and only to small businesses that have applied for an EIDL. Soon the SBA will expand the program to every small business that meets the eligibility criteria--being in a low-income area and having experienced a significant decline in revenue during COVID-19. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

  • CONTINUING: SBA Increased Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Amounts for Small Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations. As of April 6, 2021, the SBA raised the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL Program from six months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to $500,000 to cover up to 24 months of economic harm. Terms are 30 years with funds lent at 3.75% to for-profits and 2.75% to non-profits. For further information, click here.

  • CONTINUING: Record-keeping and Reporting Guide for Restaurant Revitalization Fund Award Recipients. The National Restaurant Association has created a "Next Steps" Guide with resources for record-keeping, reporting and eligible expenses. Access it here at https://restaurant.org/downloads/pdfs/business/rrf-now-what.pdf.

  • CONTINUING: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Funds Still Available. The SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program is designed to assist live venue operators (fixed seats, ticket sales, public promotion) or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts operators, museum operators, motion picture operators and talent representatives who demonstrate a revenue reduction due to COVID-19. A total of $16.2 billion funds this program nationwide with approximately $5 billion still available. To learn more, access the links below.

  • CONTINUING: Impact Washington Recovery Assistance for Small- and Medium-Sized Manufacturers Now Open Until September 24, 2021. Federal CARES Act funds are available to small- and medium-sized manufacturers to support their ability to recover from the coronavirus. Funding is available based on a 50%:50% match up to a $4,000 grant. There is no formal application process. It starts with your company's inquiry and a no-cost Recovery Assessment. The business assessment will help you to:

    • Discover insights into where your team is or isn't aligned;

    • Provide operational prioritization of areas to focus your resources; and/or

    • Provide a foundation to a Recovery Plan.

  • Applicants include manufacturers, producers and value-added processors in sectors such as agriculture, food and beverage, seafood processing, aerospace products and parts, wood and paper products, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, maritime, clean technology and more.

  • For further information, contact bdevol@impactwashington.org or click here.

  • CONTINUING: No-Cost Accountant Services Statewide Now Available to Washington Businesses with 100 Employees or Fewer. The Seattle Metro Chamber's REACH Program and Business Health Trust are sponsoring accounting consulting services for small businesses to help employers navigate PPP, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and Employee Retention Tax Credits. CPA assistance is available to Washington businesses with 100 employees or fewer. E-mail Leigh (leighj@seattlechamber.com) to get connected with an accountant at Clark Nuber.

Healthy Washington--Roadmap to Recovery

  • NEW: Governor Inslee Announces Vaccination Incentives. On June 3, 2021, Governor Inslee announced a suite of new incentives to encourage Washingtonians to become vaccinated. All vaccinated individuals, including those who have already been vaccinated, will be eligible to win prizes. Incentives announced include lottery cash drawings with prizes totaling $2 million, higher education tuition and expense assistance, sports tickets and gear, gift cards, airline tickets, game systems and smart speakers. Approximately 64% of Washingtonians 16 years and older have initiated their vaccinations. The goal is to raise the statewide rate to 70% to save more lives and protect more people. Further information is available on the Governor’s Medium page.

  • NEW: Pierce County Vaccination Opportunities and Incentives.Pierce County has teamed up with the Washington Hospitality Association and Alaska Airlines to enable individuals to get COVID-19 vaxxed on-site through its pop-up clinics at participating local restaurants. Those receiving a vaccine at the June events will be entered to win two vouchers for roundtrip economy air class travel to anywhere Alaska flies. Find an event through www.getvaxxedwa.com.

  • CONTINUING: Pierce County to Arrange for On-Site COVID-19 Vaccinations at Area Businesses. Local businesses that want to facilitate vaccinations at their workplaces are encouraged to reach out to Jody Ferguson, Pierce County Emergency Management Director at jody.ferguson@piercecountywa.gov or Betty Capestany, Pierce County Economic Development Director at betty.capestany@piercecountywa.gov.

  • CONTINUING: No Cost COVID-19 Vaccinations Readily Available. For location options and information, visit the Washington DOH Vaccine Locator. In addition, vaccine appointment opportunities may be found at https://www.tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture, and health-related guidance is available by consulting the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department at https://www.tpchd.org.

Upcoming Community Meeting Information

Note: WENC will not hold a community meeting in August.

Join WENC at our next virtual Membership meeting on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at 6:30 pm.

WENC is now on ZOOM for all virtual meetings.

Join our Zoom Meeting with this link!


Meeting ID: 986 2441 5878

Our meetings are a great opportunity to learn about what's going on in the City - and how this impact you, your neighbors, & the local community.

The September Meeting Agenda will be posted here the week before for your review.

July Meeting Agenda

Interested in the City of Tacoma's Climate Action Plan? Ted Richardson from the City Manager's Office has provided this link with additional details: 2020-21 Climate Action Planning - City of Tacoma·

LitterFree 253 is a grassroots initiative that grew out of WENC's long-standing commitment to scheduled litter pickups in our area. Our first city-wide event brought out over 600 residents across Tacoma who picked up 12,000 gallons of trash in 3 hours!

Want to organize a litter pick-up in your neighborhood? We have the right tools available to borrow! Send your request to wenc@we-tacoma.org.

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