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Business Resources Webinar: Planning for the worst – Local resources you may not have known about (December 10, 2020)

This pandemic has been hard on businesses and their employees. Some of our local businesses may have started to consider laying off employees or even closing their doors. This is not something to look forward to but it is something a business should prepare for in the event that it does happen.

Our speakers and topics include:
Michelle Smith, Communications and Employer Engagement Analyst at South Central Workforce Development Council – Covering the following topics…
-SharedWork is a voluntary business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours. Washington’s SharedWork program helps businesses and employers avoid layoffs by paying employees partial unemployment benefits when their work hours are reduced.
-Rapid Response Service is a pro-active, business-focused, and flexible strategy designed to respond to layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers.
-The Disaster Recovery Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor helps the state’s workforce system adapt to providing services virtually during and after the pandemic.

Cindy Maib-Robinson, Employment and Training Director – Will be covering the following topic…
The Dislocated Worker Program provides career and training services to individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, are unlikely to return to their previous industry or occupation and are receiving or have exhausted their unemployment benefits. The program offers services designed to help these individuals obtain quality employment in in-demand industries.

This webinar is in partnership with the South Central Workforce Development Council, Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Association of Yakima, and the Yakima County Development Association.

Download the presentations from each organization:

 

Town Hall Webinar – A Business Guide to Re-Opening (May 27, 2020)

As businesses are allowed to re-open, we know business will not be what it used to be. The state has required that social distancing measures stay in place and safety measures are being followed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. So how will your business implement those measures? How will you keep your employees and customers safe? What if your employees don’t want to come back to work? How can you protect your business? How will you notify your customers that you are open? How can you create a contingency plan should there be an outbreak in your business? We answer all these questions and more with the assistance of the following speakers to help you re-open.

  • Shawn Magee, Yakima County Health District
  • Craig Hall, BBSI
  • Roshelle Pavlin, BBSI
  • Sondra Pieti, Employment Security Department
  • Jennifer Martinkus, Yakima Valley Tourism
  • Mark Johnson, Washington Retail Association
  • Carmela Solorzano, Yakima Herald-Republic

Download the documents referenced in this webinar: Safety Operational Plan Template  –  Phase 2 Retail Store Guidance  –  Phase 1 Curbside Retail Guidance

This webinar was hosted by Yakima County Development Association in partnership with Yakima Herald-Republic, Yakima Valley Tourism, Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, and Yakima SHRM.

 

Town Hall Webinar – How to apply for PPP loan forgiveness (May 26, 2020)

Travis Lorton and Brian Newhouse of Alegria & Company Certified Public Accountants will walk step-by-step through the Small Business Administrations application for PPP loan forgiveness. Learn how to complete the application, schedule A, and maintain appropriate documentation for receiving loan forgiveness. This webinar is being hosted by Yakima County Development Association in partnership with Yakima Herald-Republic, Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, and Yakima SHRM.

CLICK HERE to download Alegria + Company CPA’s webinar presentation

 

Town Hall Webinar – You received a PPP loan – now what? (May 14, 2020)

Can the loan be used to pay for sick leave? When do the eight weeks for the forgiveness of the loan start? How many employees do I need to keep on the payroll to be eligible for forgiveness? What documentation do I need to keep? In partnership with the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, the Yakima Herald-Republic, and Yakima County Development Association – we are pleased to present this webinar and address these questions and others.

About the presenters: Travis Lorton and Brian Newhouse from Alegria + Company CPAs bring 33 years of combined experience in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, and closely-held businesses.

CLICK HERE to download Alegria + Company CPA’s webinar presentation

 

Town Hall Webinar – How to operate a business during a pandemic (April 29, 2020)

YCDA, SHRM, and the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce partnered to bring you our first-ever virtual Town Hall Q&A session to assist businesses during these difficult times. Through this webinar, we answer questions and concerns on how to operate a business during a pandemic with insight from a group of industry professionals as our panelists.

Panelists include:

  • Janna Hayes, HR Operations Manager at Tree Top
  • Scott Washburn, VP of Human Resources at Tree Top
  • Jack Fitzgerald, CEO/Director at South Central Workforce Council
  • Alberto Isiordia, Central Regional Director at WA Employment Security Department
  • April Amundson, Policy and Rules Manager at WA Employment Security Department
  • Roshelle Pavlin, Human Resource Consultant at BBSI
  • Jon Smith, Executive Director at Yakima County Development Association
  • Verlynn Best, CEO at the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
  • Sarah Truglio, Certified Business Advisor at the Washington State Small Business Development Center
  • Marisol Oviedo, Environmental Health Specialist at the Yakima Health District
  • Erika Ochoa, Community Health Specialist at the Yakima Health District

 

Short Video: Navigating the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application (March 30, 2020)

To apply for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan visit: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/

 

Video #4: Update on Business Relief Programs (March 30, 2020)

Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of YCDA, talks about the CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program, economic injury loans, paid leave for government contractors, employee retention credit, payroll tax payments, and other resources for businesses that need…

  • To cover the cost of working employees
  • A quick infusion of cash right now
  • Help with payments on existing SBA loans
  • Need business counseling

Programs mentioned in the video:

 

Video #3: Business Impacts of Stay Home, Stay Healthy (March 24, 2020)

Video topics include…

  • What Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Proclamation means for businesses
  • Who falls under essential business
  • Mandatory policies in place
  • YCDA’s COVID-19 Business Toolkit for businesses that are open

Links to information mentioned in video:

 

Video #2: Anticipated Economic and Business Impact (March 19, 2020)

This video includes information about…

  • Who is still open
  • Who is closed
  • Overview impact throughout the Yakima Valley

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Video #1: Business and Employee Resources (March 16, 2020)

This video includes information about…