Pend Oreille County: High Tech. Hight Rec!
Have you read the Journal of Business' article about Pend Oreille County's "High Tech, High Rec" way of life? Visit the Journal of Business website for the article that shares the news with the region about the opportunities for recreation and high-speed fiber optic connection in the county.
Finding business-friendly programs is as easy as ESD
By Chad Pearson, Shared Work Marketing Manager
The Employment Security Department (ESD) isn’t just “the unemployment office” anymore. A full suite of business programs is available to help employers be successful.
- Find your next employee of the month through our partnership with WorkSource.
- Dial the employer help line to find information on your taxes and wages.
- Discover a wealth of labor market data on our Employment and Economic Information website.
- Sign up for the Shared Work Program to keep employees you thought you had to lay off.
These and many more services are available through Employment Security and its partners.
Take, for instance, the Shared Work Program. The business climate is improving and unemployment is down in Washington. Yet, participation in the program is up 31 percent over last year because employers like you are learning about it. Watch this short video to see how the program helps both businesses and workers win.
WorkSource offices around the state can help you recruit and interview prospective employees. Upgrades to the WorkSource website will soon bring a dynamic job-match system to help you recruit employees. Plus, many WorkSource locations are currently hiring Career Pathway Navigators to connect mid-career professionals and graduates to jobs and provide you with the talent you need.
Make use of the employer help line (888-836-1900) to find information on tax and wages. Get answers to questions or request forms with the touch of a button.
On the Employment and Economic Information website, find data about current wages, benefits and other industry-specific information to help you plan for the future.
You always have prided yourself on staying two steps ahead of the competition through innovation, management or great employees. The Employment Security Department can help you keep climbing. Visit www.esd.wa.gov for more information.
Businesses can avoid layoffs with Shared Work
By Chad Pearson, Shared Work Marketing Manager
Employment Security Department
It can happen to any business. Demand for your product or service slips. Maybe the market goes in the tank. All you know is your business is in a fix, and you’ve got hard decisions to make.
You don’t want to lay off your skilled employees, but what else can you do to cut costs?
The Employment Security Department provides an alternative. It’s called Shared Work.
Under the program, businesses can reduce the hours of permanent employees, who can then collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages. This translates into immediate payroll savings and prevents the loss of skilled employees.
Plus, to make the program more affordable, the federal government will cover more than 92 percent of Shared Work benefits through June 2015. That means you can participate virtually for free and there will be practically no effect on your unemployment-insurance tax rate.
Sterling Ramberg, co-owner of The Gear Works, had this to say about Shared Work: “We invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in our employees’ training and couldn’t afford to lose them. Shared Work helped us avoid that.”
The flexibility of the program also makes it attractive. Your business can enroll some or all of your employees. You use it only when needed, and you can vary each employee’s reduction anywhere from 10 to 50 percent per week.
Recent surveys show that Shared Work helps keep skilled workers, reduces payroll costs and improves employee morale. Employers who have used the program consistently recommend it to others.
To learn more, watch our Shared Work video, visit www.esd.wa.gov/shared-work or call 800-752-2500800-752-2500.
Grizzly Spirit Business Challenge
We are pleased to announce that STCU-Newport Branch is the winner of the 2014 Grizzly Spirit Business Challenge! Washington Federal-Newport Branch is the runner up, and Owen’s Grocery placed third. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to the high school judges and all the businesses who participated in this community spirit event: All Faz's Bookkeeping & Office Supply, Mountain West Bank-Newport Branch, Riverbank Family Restaurant, Newport Vision Source, Roger’s Body & Frame, Country Lane, Tan Linez, Westside Pizza-Newport, Caldwell Banker, Pend Oreille County PUD, My Sister’s Cottage, Newport School District Admin Offices, and North Country Clothing Shop.
The Greater Newport Area Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce that Chamber Member STCU has been named to the 2014 edition of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America as released annually by Deposit Accounts. Here’s a link to STCU’s hub page on DepositAccounts for more information. If you have a moment, stop by our local STCU Branch here in Newport to pass along your congratulations!
For Sale! The Cottage Garden Nursery
Here's your opportunity to own and operate a hobby farm! The Cottage Garden Nursery is for sale and includes a warm cedar-sided home on eight acres with greenhouses to grow your own veggies, fruits, and flowers. Visit our page for more info!
It has come to our attention that there is a group of people that would like to do weekly and/or monthly garage sales by putting up tables in front of businesses in Newport and various other locations. The chamber cannot condone such activities for a couple of reasons; first, it is a state highway and there are certain rules and regulations that must be adhered to such as the American’s with Disability Act which prevents sidewalks from being blocked, and it is legally up to each business to regulate what is in front of their business as they are the one’s legally responsible. Second, the chamber does not have the insurance to cover such sidewalk sales which again puts the burden on the individual business.
As a chamber, we do everything we can to promote business and bring people to the downtown area and we have had several people say that the garage sale look is not appealing to the business clientele we are trying to attract. Each business must make their own determination as to what they want to allow in front of their business, but please understand the chamber cannot endorse or support such activities for insurance purposes. Events like WLTGO! are completely different and the chamber does apply for additional insurance where applicable and these types of sales are extremely attractive to the downtown area.
If you have any questions, we recommend you contact your insurance agent or attorney for guidance.
The Board of Directors
The Greater Newport Area Chamber
Congratulations to this years Chamber Awards of Distiction Winners!
Business of the Year – Mountain West Bank
Citizen of the Year – Jamie Wyrobek
Event of the Year – Capitol Christmas Tree
Community Partner of the Year – The Kalispel Tribe of Indians
Best New Member – North Country Clothing Store
Best Store Front – My Sister’s Cottage
Best Customer Service – STCU Newport Branch
The Gary Burroughs Award – Donna Molvik
Our 2014 Visitors Guide is Out!
The official 2014 Greater Newport Area Visitors Guide has hit the shelves (and the web)! Everything you need to get the most out of our area - full calendar of events, area maps, things to do, member directory, photos, fun color commentary that makes you feel like you're at home in our area already and more! Grab a copy at our Visitor's Center or at Chamber member businesses around town or view it online here. We hope you see why we are proud to live, work and play in the Greater Newport area - come join us!
Teck Announces Reopening of Pend Oreille Operations
Metaline Falls, Washington – Teck American Incorporated (“Teck”) announced today it will proceed with the reopening of Pend Oreille, an underground zinc and lead operation near Metaline Falls, Washington State.
“In light of an anticipated improvement in the zinc market, Teck is moving forward with the restart of our Pend Oreille operations, which will contribute to economic growth and jobs in the region,” said Dave Riggleman, Acting General Manager, Pend Oreille Operations. “We look forward to working closely with communities and other stakeholders in the region as we advance our plans to restart the operation.”
Regulatory and environmental permits are in place and the mine facilities have been maintained to support the restart of the Pend Oreille operation. 80 employees are currently working at Pend Oreille Operations and the workforce is expected to grow to approximately 240 employees during operation. The majority of positions will be filled by the end of 2014. First production is expected in the fourth quarter of 2014 with a mine life of five years at a production rate of 44,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate per year, with the potential to extend the mine life further if deemed to be economically viable.
Pend Oreille Operations was placed on care and maintenance in early 2009 as a result of global economic conditions.
Teck American Incorporated is a wholly owned subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited, a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, Teck Resources’ shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK. Further information about Teck can be found at www.teck.com.
Pend Oreille Valley Relay For Life
The Pend Oreille Valley Relay For Life is planning another a great year for the area August 8 & 9 at Newport High School. Please visit www.relayforlife.org/pendoreillevalleywa for more details.
Pend Oreille Players Seeking Board Members
The Pend Oreille Players association is seeking board members. We are looking for individuals with interest in children's educational programs and the business end of running The Pend Oreille Playhouse. Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month. If you are interested please contact board president Donna Maki at 509-447-9900 or 509-671-1442.
Color Palette for Downtown Newport Unveiled
Sample "Before and Afters" and full range of color palettes presented
At our June Members' Meeting, designer Marti Kellogg, ASID unveiled the recommended color palette for downtown Newport, designed to better unify our downtown core to make our area more attractive to visitors, tourists and locals alike. This was part of the grant for downtown beautification that the Chamber had applied for from the POC EDC.
Marti has been in the industry for over 30 years and her first introduction to Newport was transforming Club Energy from it's previous white, purple and bright blue colors to its current timeless, classical look.
Using primarily colors from Benjamin Moore's Historical Collection, she presented almost 20 colors that were neutral enough to work with all the existing colors in our downtown, yet complimentary enough to work with each other and create a more cohesive and attractive downtown. The recommended color palette is shown.
To view some of the "Before and After" photographs of some sample buildings and touch and feel large paint samples of the colors shown, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our Visitors' Center.
Who will be the first to follow Club Energy's lead towards a more attractive and unified downtown core? Update: Griffin's Furniture is transforming its storefront - wow, what an improvement! Okay, who's next?