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Event: Elevate Northwest Conference 2019

The Seattle region is experiencing unprecedented economic success. But how do we leverage this so small and mid-size businesses can participate and benefit? How can these businesses that play an integral part in our communities thrive in this environment?

Join Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for the 2nd annual Elevate NW, a conference dedicated to the growth and success of small businesses in the Seattle metro region. From solopreneurs to companies that employ tens of thousands of people, we all play a role in building relationships that create an environment where small businesses can continue to flourish and innovate.

Event: Elevate NW Conference 2019
Date: April 30, 2019
Time: 1 – 6 p.m.
Location: Fisher Pavilion and Armory Lofts, Seattle Center
Address: 305 Harrison St. , Seattle , WA , 98109 (Get Directions)
Members: $99 pre-paid ($120 as of April 23)
Non-Members: $120 pre-paid ($140 as of April 23)
Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

Breakout sessions include:

Financing 101: When, how, and where?
As the saying goes, “you gotta spend money to make money” – but when, how, and where do you access that money? Learn from a panel of experts about the various financing options available to you and how to navigate them.

Smart Business Growth
How can you put yourself and your company on the right track to growth? Hear from a panel of peers for insight on how to map your strategy, take calculated risks, recover from a stumble, track your success – and continue for growth.

Creating a People-Centric Workplace
What are the ingredients for a culture where people want to work? Learn about strategies and tools you can use to improve employee engagement, retention, communication, morale, and productivity.

Event: Seattle Chamber 101

At the Chamber 101 you will meet other members, introduce yourself and your company, and learn about the ways you and your employees can utilize your Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce membership to grow your business.

Event: Chamber 101
Date: March 22, 2019
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
Address: 1301 5th Ave, Ste. 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Get Directions)
Members: Free, registration requested
Non-Members: This is a members-only event
Questions: Contact Hannah Holman at 206-389-7216

Come to Chamber 101 to learn how to get the most out of your investment in the Chamber. As a Chamber member, you have access to a host of events and programs that will help you grow your business and help us work together to build a prosperous future for our region. Your Chamber membership provides you with cost-savings resources, valuable networking opportunities, and a chance to develop your business skills.

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Did you see the February edition of “Healthy Living with Business Health Trust“?

Our monthly newsletter offers small employers in Washington the information and tools they need to design and manage a competitive employee benefits program, help their employees make good use of medical and wellness benefits, and keep up-to-date on policy issues that affect small businesses in the state.

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Event: Elevate NW Series: How to Succeed in a Growing City

How do small businesses keep pace with the challenges and opportunities of a growing city? To find out, join the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce at its next installment of the Elevate NW Series: How to Succeed in a Growing City.

You will hear from three long-standing small businesses on changes and trends they’ve seen in Seattle and how they’ve managed to stay successful as our region develops. Learn how these fellow businesses tackle issues like increasing rent, an expanding workforce, competition with larger companies, and a changing marketplace.

This event is free and includes sips and snacks, networking, and activities in a fun and relaxed environment.

  • Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
  • Address: 1301 Fifth Avenue, Ste 1500, Seattle , WA , 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Members: Free, registration requested
  • Non-Members: Free, registration requested

Questions? Contact Hannah Holman at 206.389.7216.

Speakers:
Kristi Brown
Founder and Chef
That Brown Girl Cooks!

Vivan Hua
Executive Director
Northwest Film Forum

Anna Johnson
VP of Operations
DRY Soda Co.

Moderated by:
Domonique Meeks
Small Business Advocate, City of Seattle
Office of Economic Development

Elevate NW, a bimonthly series designed specifically to help startups and small to mid-size businesses with different challenges they face, is offered through the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the sponsoring association of Business Health Trust.

Keeping Up with Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave

Source: Archbright

Beginning January 1, 2020, family and medical leave will be available through a state-administered plan to all employees employed by an employer in Washington state. Funded by premiums paid by both employers and employees, family and medical leave insurance benefits will be payable by the Employment Security Department to employees during a period in which they are unable to perform their regular or customary work because of the need for family and medical leave.

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (WPFML) is funded by premiums paid by both employers and employees. Premium assessment began on January 1, 2019. The law sets the initial premium rate at 0.4 percent of wages. Medical leave benefits equal 2/3 of the premium rate and family leave benefits equal the remaining 1/3.

  • Employers are responsible for 55 percent of the medical leave premium.
  • Employees are responsible for 45 percent of the medical leave premium and up to 100 percent of the premiums due for the family leave.

Employers may elect to pay all of the premiums or deduct the employee portion of the assessment from employee’s paychecks. The amount of wages subject to a premium assessment is capped at the maximum wages subject to social security tax.

Employers with less than 50 employees working in Washington state are exempt from paying the employer portion of the premium; however, their employees must still pay the employee share.

An eligible employer with an approved “voluntary plan” may “opt out” of the state program provided the employer’s plan allows the employee the same or more generous benefits. Voluntary plans are paid family and medical leave benefits offered by employers directly to their employees, outside of the state plan. Voluntary plan applications must be submitted through the state’s online portal and approved by the state. If approved, voluntary plans can only take effect at the start of a calendar quarter and must stay in effect for one year.

The state is in the rulemaking process of this law, which means it is still developing the scope and content of the rules for the Paid Family and Medical insurance program. Archbright will continue to monitor the rules and update members as information is available.

As an online member of Archbright through Business Health Trust, you have 24/7 access to the HR Toolkit, a collection of hundreds of documents including policies, forms, templates, letters and guidance. This library also includes our comprehensive WPFML KeyNote and FAQ resource to help members like you navigate this complex new law.

You are also invited to attend our upcoming Virtual CoffeeTalk where Erin Jacobson, Staff Counsel, and Joy Sturgis, HR Advisor, will explore WPFML. Join us at this free event as our experts review the legislation and the scope and content of the rules that the State is scheduled to roll out.

When: March 18 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Virtual CoffeeTalk – WebEx
Cost: Free

Visit Archbright.com to register today!

Event: Horizons Economic Forecast 2019

Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber for this breakfast event where the 2019 annual forecast of the area’s economic well-being, the Pierce County Economic Index (PCEI) report, is presented. These insights on the local, regional and national aspects of the economy make this an invaluable event for local businesses who want assistance in determining their business outlook.

Tom Layson, Host & Producer of KBTC’s Northwest Now will discuss the future economic landscape of Pierce County with economist and researcher Dr. Neal Johnson of Sound Resource Economics.

  • Event: Horizons Economic Forecast 2019
  • Date: January 23, 2019
  • Time: 7-9 a.m.
  • Location: Greater Tacoma Convention Center
  • Address: 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Cost: $100 for chamber members in advance ($110 at the door); $120 non-chamber member in advance ($140 at the door)

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is an association partner of the Business Health Trust.

Toast of Seattle 1.25.19

Event: Toast of Seattle at Residence Inn Seattle Downtown

Welcome the new year by making new connections at the first Toast of Seattle of 2019, hosted by the Residence Inn Seattle Downtown! Located in the heart of downtown, the Residence Inn is a great place to start your morning while enjoying breakfast and networking with other local business professionals.

  • Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Residence Inn Seattle Downtown
  • Address: 1815 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA , 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Members: $20 pre-paid ($30 as of 1/18)
  • Non-Members: $30 pre-paid ($60 as of 1/18)
  • Questions: Contact Betsy Paige at 206-389-7345

About Toast of Seattle 
The Toast of Seattle is one of the Seattle Chamber’s most successful networking programs. We take the stress out of networking with three structured rounds – in the style of speed dating! Each person at a table has two minutes to introduce themselves and speak about their business. At the end of each round, everyone changes tables and starts again. You’re guaranteed to meet over 20 people in 2 hours, and will, without a doubt, have a great time!

About our host
Experience Seattle’s unique, creative energy at the brand new Residence Inn Seattle Downtown. Built from the ground up and designed with style, comfort and added amenities, this hotel merges functionality with an urban lifestyle. The hotel is only a few blocks from Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Safeco Field and cruise terminals. Plus, you’ll discover why Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, just being a few steps to the Capitol Hill residential district, Amazon Campus, Boeing and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Click here for more information.

The Toast of Seattle is sponsored by Advanced Professionals Insurance & Benefit Solutions, the managing general agent of Business Health Trust.

Event: South Sound Summit in Tacoma

As a member or partner of Business Health Trust (BHT), you’re invited to join the South Sound Summit at a discounted rate of $99!

This half-day conference, hosted by BHT association partner Tacoma-Pierce Chamber of Commerce, has all the components needed to advance south sound business.

  • Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Greater Tacoma Convention Center
  • Address: 1500 Commerce St., Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Cost: Register for a discounted rate of $99 by using code CREATE18 at www.southsoundsummit.com.

During “Influencers of the South Sound,“ your organization’s management will benefit from area leaders as they share their insight on how to disrupt the market and stay ahead of the competition through innovation and vision in these TED-like talks.

All your employees, from business development representatives to human resources professionals, will learn real business solutions and the latest tips and trends from industry experts at our “Tactical Business Solutions” breakout sessions.

Between sessions make sure to stop by one of our “Ask the Experts” stations where industry professionals will provide valuable answers to your questions.

The evening will conclude with the elevation celebration. Reach new heights at the biz expo, where cocktail party meets business expo. Grab a cocktail and meet future business partners in a relaxed environment.

Event: 36th Annual ‘Best Practices for Best Employers™’ Labor and Employment Seminar

Learn more about this event hosted by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Join Lane Powell, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Washington Bankers Association, Washington Retail Association and Greater Seattle Business Association on Tuesday, October 23 at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle for this consistently popular Best Practices for Best Employers™ seminar that attendees call “by far one of the best in the country.”

This seminar is ideal for employers, HR professionals, in-house counsel and managers, and will provide the most recent insights in employment practices to comply with fast-changing rules and to avoid disruptive and expensive government audits, charges and employee lawsuits. Join us to learn what to do now to be ready for changes coming in 2019.

Learn more at Lane Powell.