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at our Visitor's Center
located at:
320 Main Street
Sultan, WA 98294

 

Mailing Address:
PO Box 46 
Sultan, WA 98294
Hours:
10-4 Mon-Fri, 10-1 Sat
Phone: 360-793-0983
Fax: 360-793-3241
E-mail: 
debbie@skyvalleyvic.net

Chamber Membership:

The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center is not a tax supported organization. We spend everything we generate on keeping the Visitor Center open and to support our business community. Our amazing group of volunteers make this possible! Please help us work to build a stronger business community and to become a liaison representing the Sky ValleyThanks to everyone who has renewed! We appreciate your support! We would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone else to join the Sky Valley Chamber and Visitor Center. We pledge to promote your business and the entire Sky Valley to the best of our abilities!

Sky Valley Chamber Weekly Newsletter 


We’ve had to cancel the Chamber Dinner & Auction because of the virus. For now, we are waiting to make a plan. I will let you know ASAP when the Board decides on the best course of action. If it’s canceled for this year I will return any ticket money from purchased tickets. Thanks and take care! 


Franz Bookkeeping Services

I wanted to reach out and let the small businesses in our community know that I’m available locally from my home office in Sultan to help them with bookkeeping and remote operation needs including:

  • Assistance with Reports to apply for CARES program loans
  • Assistance with Remote Operations including:
  • Software subscription through T-sheets to clock in and out remotely while working from home
  • Software subscription through Receipt Bank for electronic record keeping and processing 
  • Payroll processing through QuickBooks (remote with direct deposit)
  • Software subscription to QuickBooks Online
  • Electronic payments from customers that deposit directly to the company bank account through QuickBooks Online
  • Electronic payments to vendors through QuickBooks Online
  • Transition services to QuickBooks Online
  • Services to connect apps to make operations run smoothly

I can be reached by email, phone and text (206) 372-8185.

Susan Franz, Franz Bookkeeping


Important Information before you file your 2020 First Quarter Report from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries


Forterra’s Event

Coronavirus has rapidly changed our region and our world.  Amidst the challenges, I’m thankful for those working to keep us healthy and safe.

I’m also heartened to see the value community and access to open spaces offer as we cope.  Supporting these is core to Forterra’s mission.  For 30 years, we have brought together diverse groups of people to conserve critical wildlands, care for local parks, protect farmland, bolster access to healthy foods, and provide housing solutions that meet community needs.

Right now funding for this work is uncertain, so to ensure our ability to continue on we have launched Forterra’s Fundraising Campaign.  We need to raise more than $250,000 this spring to help fund ongoing conservation, stewardship, and community programs.

If you value this work, I hope you will contribute whatever you can – every dollar counts.  Donations to Forterra return ten times the impact on the ground, making it one of the highest returns of an investment you can make each year. 

Please visit: https://give.forterra.org/skip

Skip Swenson
Vice President, Policy and Programming
Forterra | Land For Good
901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2200. Seattle, WA 98164, T 206-905-6935 | forterra.org

Gather around the digital campfire at our online Forterra Annual Fundraiser. Hear stories from across our region and rediscover what you love about this place.


COVID-19 Business Resources From the Association of Washington Business

The Governor’s office has requested the help of the Association of Washington Business (AWB) in the state’s effort to combat COVID-19.  There are many resources available to all businesses and membership is not required.  

A key resource is a weekly phone conference with officials from the Governor’s office, Department of Health and others.  It is run by the AWB and provides the latest information and an opportunity to ask questions. The AWB has encouraged people to access their website and reach out to staff with your questions and offers of help.

The AWB website is https://www.awb.org/

Robert Amenn of Albion Ventures has volunteered to get the word out regarding the AWB efforts. Please feel free to contact him at 360-421-5119 or robert@albionnet.com. He would be happy to help direct you to the best person to contact at the AWB. Robert is currently working with the AWB on it efforts to coordinate manufacturing of key medical supplies.   


Help Applying for Federal CARE COVID-19 Loans

Albion Ventures LLC, a local small business, has arranged for Cherry Mak to give a presentation on the loans available and answer questions on how to apply for these business loans. Cherry will use her over 15 years of banking experience as a financial manager in retail lending to give insights and pointers on how to prepare and apply for these new loans.

If interested, please contact robert@albionnet.com for further details and dates. 


From the Governor

Governor Inslee announced additional steps the state is taking to help mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

Additionally, Governor Inslee joined nonprofits and local philanthropies to announce a coordinated, statewide food relief fund that will help reach those in need throughout the state. With increasing demand, supplies at the state’s food banks are low, leading to  the launch of the WA Food Fund to help serve Washington residents.

For the latest COVID-19 updates and resources please visit Washington’s Coronavirus Response website

Joe Timmons (He/Him/His)
Northwest Washington Regional Representative | Office of Governor Jay Inslee
www.governor.wa.gov


More from the Governor

Governor Inslee has announced that the Washington State Dept. of Commerce will provide up to $10,000 in grants to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.   These grants are focused on businesses with no more than 10 employees. Other parameters of the grants include:

  • It is a reimbursement, not an up-front payment. You will need to submit copies of the receipts/invoices you are looking to be reimbursed for.
  • Payroll, equipment, software and travel are ineligible expenses.​

Please visit the WA Dept. of Commerce website for more information and to begin the application process.  Start the application here =>  Working Washington Small Business Grants  Si necesita ayuda, por favor llamenos al (509) 542-0933

If you feel you qualify I encourage you to apply immediately.  As $5M will not meet all the demands, there will be a selection process.  The process isn’t fully described yet, so my advice is get in line as soon as possible. Completed applications should be sent to Snohomish County Economic Alliance at <SRF@economicalliancesc.org> who will be receiving, reviewing and forwarding applications for submission to the Dept. of Commerce. 

Sharing four things following the Snohomish County COVID-19 Update:

  1. Senator Murray’s press release (below) and website for resources for federal programs:
  2. The resource page that Senator Cantwell has for those who are looking for information on SBA and COVID 3 funding. Senator Cantwell is on the Small Business Committee.
  3. This is a new program that the State Department of Commerce just rolled out today. It’s the “Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant Program.” Direct link to the program and application.
  4. The link to the daily brief online.

Melissa Geraghty
Executive Assistant to County Executive Dave Somers
Snohomish County Executive Office
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 407 | Everett, WA 98201-4046


Congresswoman DelBene’s Link to call: https://youtu.be/9S8_mJqpxdA

Links to Congresswoman DelBene’s resources for COVID-19 response:

https://delbene.house.gov/homepage/covid-19.htm

https://delbene.house.gov/constituent-services/covid-19-recovery-guides.htm

Links to resources discussed in call:

https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wa/seattle

https://www.score.org/us-small-business-administration-sba

https://wsbdc.org/

Links to state resources:

The new actions aim to help small businesses in Washington, and include: 

  • The Working Washington Small Business Grant, through the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce with the help of county economic development organizations. The grants will provide up to $10,000 for small businesses under 10 employees. Businesses can use this money to pay for rent, utility bills, supplies, inventory and other operating expenses. To apply for an emergency grant, visit coronavirus.wa.gov.
  • Business resiliency assistance, through the Washington State Department of Commerce by partnering with organizations that serve economically disadvantaged communities across the state.
  • Forgivable loans, through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small businesses, non-profits, independent contractors or a self-employed individuals in need of financial help may be eligible for a forgivable loan from the SBA. Beginning last Friday, local banks began taking SBA applications and issuing forgivable loans. For more information go to sba.gov.

https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-department-commerce-announce-support-small-businesses

Benjamin Studley
Community Liaison/Veterans Constituent Services Representative
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
22121 17th Ave SE, Suite 220, Bothell, WA 98021
delbene.house.gov