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  • Writer's pictureGreater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce

A Letter from your CEO

Let me start off with asking how you are doing? I hope you and your family are healthy?

The Chamber team is still hard at work from our homes, researching recovery plans, financial opportunities for you, sending letters to local, state and federal agencies advocating for additional funding, and creating webinars that will provide the extra tools you may need to get you through this economic pandemic.

So let’s start with a powerful tool – this week’s webinar is “Dealing with Stress”.

Dealing with the Stress of it All—The Struggle is Real Wed. April 22@ 1PM Join us for a discussion around, work like balance. Dealing with the stress of laying off staff, worrying about money and the future, kids at home until next school year, and more! -Dr. Joy Ippolito, Social Impact Investment Director at American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, from Madison, Wisconsin is an expert on mental health dealing with mental health. Dr. Joy specialize in both family health and working with trauma victims. -Dr. Joy will guide us through scenarios of the stress brought on by COVID 19. Sharing with us what other professionals all around the country are feeling and how we can protect ourselves and our families from the mental health concerns surrounding this pandemic. Register in advance for this meeting: Next let’s chat about funding opportunities:

We have some good news for both small businesses and the self-employed:

Benefits available for self-employed workers

Unemployment benefits are now available Washingtonians who have lost work because of the COVID-19 crisis—including freelancers, independent contractors and other self-employed workers. The new federal CARES Act makes this possible.

If you’re a self-employed worker who’s lost income in this crisis, you may now qualify for unemployment benefits. The amount of financial help varies. But if your application is approved, you will be paid at least the minimum weekly benefit amount, and if that amount is at least $1 per week, you will also receive an additional $600 weekly from March 29 to July 25.

Facebook Grants

A new grant is available for small businesses. This one from Facebook! Redmond, Seattle, and King County Small Businesses are Eligible

Facebook Small Business Grant Applications Open Today

Facebook is taking great care in how they accept, review and deliver grants to over 30,000 businesses across 30 countries who need help.

Salesforce Care Small Business Grants

As part of Salesforce’s commitment to small businesses and giving back to the community, Salesforce is partnering with Ureeka to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. Navigate below to see if you are eligible and how to continue with an application.


We have created a rapid response and recovery team. This team is made up of staff and professionals that are here to answer your questions on best practices and planning what our recovery programs will look like. They are creating programs that will help all of us get back to generating revenue as quickly and safely as possible. If you would like to learn more, please ask me. All of us at the Greater Issaquah Chamber are here for you! Stay well and stay strong. #WeGotThisIssaquah


Kathy McCorry



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