In October and November, the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce administered $600,000 in financial support to 64 businesses in crisis due to government mandated COVID-19 closures.
The Franklin County Rapid Response Business Grant was funded through the CARES Act. The Franklin County Board of Commissioners selected the Regional Chamber to help distribute the funds on October 20. The application was available in both English and Spanish on the Chamber’s website from October 20 through November 20, and publicized through television, radio, print, digital, and direct mail advertising.
The Chamber received 137 applications for the grant from Franklin County business owners. To select grant recipients, the Chamber developed application scoring criteria to best determine businesses in greatest need. An evaluation panel met every week for five weeks to review applications and select grant recipients. $120,000 was awarded by the evaluation panel each week. The evaluation panel consisted of Regional Chamber President & CEO, Lori Mattson, Chamber Board Chair, Chris Rivard, as well as representatives from the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Pasco Development Authority, Pasco Chamber of Commerce, Connell Chamber of Commerce, and Tippett Company.
Though this grant has closed, the Regional Chamber continues to help struggling businesses find funding through the weekly COVID-19 Business Resource Guide and the daily Rapid Response Call Line.
On Thursday, December 3, tThe Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse in support of a proposed $908 billion COVID-19 relief package.
“Many Tri-Citians are unemployed and businesses are shutting down or getting ready for layoffs,” the letter reads. “It is imperative that Congress respond immediately under these circumstances.”
The letter also urges the relief package to contain additional unemployment insurance that would provide extra benefits, additional funding of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), an easier and faster PPP forgiveness process, and a liability provision to temporarily block pandemic-related lawsuits.
Read the letter in it's entirety below.
The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved the following statement regarding the Chamber's position on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI):
The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce values diversity and views it as a strength in our society. As a Champion for the business community, we embrace the evolving demographic changes in our region and believe that creating an inclusive environment is key to the growth and sustainability of the Tri-Cities. To that end, the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce promotes inclusiveness and equal opportunity for all in its leadership, staffing, policies, and practices, and encourages and supports all businesses to do likewise."
Chamber by-laws govern the process for the selection and election of the Board of Directors. In compliance with those by-laws, a Nominating Committee was appointed. The Nominating Committee assembled to select candidates to fill vacancies coming due on December 31st of this year. After having been nominated by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors, the Chamber submits the following individuals to serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors:
RETURNING – 3-year term
Andy Stirling, Numerica Credit Union
Antonio Lopez, Tri-City Dental Care
Dave Haller, Basin Pacific Insurance and Benefits
Karthik Subramanian, Washington River Protection Solutions
Shae Frichette, Frichette Winery
Whitney LeMarche, Veolia Nuclear Solutions
NEW – 3-year term
Andrew Chung, Gesa Credit Union
Chaune` Fitzgerald, Salon Remedi/TressFX Beauty
Greg Cullen, EnergyNorthwest
Torey Azure, BrandCraft
Wendy Higgins, The Lodge at Columbia Point
NEW – 1-year term
Trish Herron, Battelle
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) nationwide on September 16, 2020 are celebrating the contracting success of our small business clients with the first annual National PTAC Day. National PTAC Day will unite the ninety Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) across the country and the tens of thousands of clients they serve by sharing small business success stories and notable economic impact that PTAC clients have created within their communities.
Join us in celebrating National PTAC Day by attending our special PTAC Day webinar:
2020 National PTAC Day Webinar
September 16th at 11:00 AM Pacific Time
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Businesses are invited to join government marketplace experts from around the country for a fun, interactive, and enlightening event! Hosted by the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, participants will have a chance to test their knowledge of the federal government marketplace while hearing top tips from PTAC counselors across the country. Businesses with all levels of government contracting experience are welcome to participate in this free event.
If you can't make it, please show your support by tweeting or posting on other social media about your contracting success or how PTACs have helped your business by using the #PTACDay.
The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Minority Business Development Agency, are offering 100 free personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to qualifying businesses located in Benton and Franklin Counties. To qualify, your business MUST be minority or women owned. PPE kits will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Each PPE kit contains:
To apply, please fill out the application (linked below) and return to Liz Renz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAST CHANCE: Regional Chamber, Washington PTAC Giving Away Infrared Thermometers to Qualifying Businesses
The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), in collaboration with FEMA, are offering free No Contact Infrared Thermometers to qualifying small businesses located in Benton and Franklin Counties. Small businesses may qualify if they specialize in one of the following areas: Construction, Manufacturing, Retail, Health Care/Mental Health services, Restaurants/Food Service, Grocers/Convenience Stores, Personal Services, Dog Groomers and Agriculture (with between 10 and 49 employees).
Benton County Business: Please contact Jody O’Connor, PTAC Counselor, at email@example.com.
Franklin County Business: Contact the Tri City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, at
The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) have once again partnered to offer $30,000 in grants to local small businesses through the “Small Business Incentive Program” (SBIP).
The Small Business Incentive Program was launched in 2011. Since its inception, the program has presented 300 grants to small businesses, totaling $270,000. The program is designed to strengthen and support small businesses in the Tri-Cities.
New this year: Winners will select from one of three COVID-19 Relief Packages valued at $1,000:
Following is the eligibility criteria for the Small Business Incentive Program:
SBIP applications will be accepted from 8 am on Thursday, July 9 through 5pm on Friday, July 31. In an effort to provide value and streamline the process during this challenging time, qualifying applications will be numbered and entered into a drawing. 30 winners will be selected at random during the drawing on August 12 at 1:30 pm. The drawing will be broadcast live over Zoom.
Members must apply for a grant through the online application form. Printed applications will not be accepted. Applications must submitted by 5 pm on Friday, July 31, 2020.
For questions about the program, please contact Logan LaPierre, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chamber's Resident PTAC Counselor Helps Local Business Earn Government Contract Worth Over $400,000
Jody O’Connor, the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Counselor housed at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, helped a local client earn a government contract worth over $400,000.
Patriot Rooter & Irrigation, LLC secured the contract with The Northwest Fisheries Science Center at the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration laboratory in Seattle. This is Patriot Rooter’s third federal contract award.
“Securing Federal contract awards for a small business comes with a lot of hard work; PTAC has not only provided to us the opportunity to compete in this unfamiliar arena but more importantly actually win federal contracts,” said Francisca Garrison, CEO of Patriot Rooter & Irrigation, LLC.
The Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) helps businesses at no cost to find, bid, win and perform on federal, state and local government contracts. For more information, visit washingtonptac.org.
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: Benton County Commissioners, Franklin County Commissioners, and Benton-Franklin Health District
Benton-Franklin Health District PIO
July 2, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Benton and Franklin Counties were approved today to move to modified Phase 1 of the state’s Safe Start Phased Reopening Plan. Washington State Secretary of Health John Weisman’s approval of the counties’ applications allows limited and modified openings for some businesses and personal activities in Benton and Franklin Counties effective at midnight tonight.
Activities allowed include:
The Benton-Franklin Health District Board of Health wants to remind the public to continue to follow all the precautions in Phase 1, including wearing face coverings in public, staying at least six feet away from other people, practicing excellent hand hygiene and staying home when they’re sick. More information on COVID-19 can be
found on Benton-Franklin Health District’s website at www.bfhd.wa.gov/covid-19.