Topic: Business

Paycheck Protection Program opens April 3rd to businesses in San Juan County and elsewhere

Written on April 3, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

This announcement has been updated The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) would like to convey to business owners that applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a vital component of the CARES Act signed into law last week, will be open for local small businesses on Friday, April 3rd. The program gives small  Continue Reading

A Message From Waterworks Gallery

Written on March 29, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

With all that is going on in the world, we pause and breathe deep. Our main concerns are for our artists, for our staff, and for you.  The fragility of life is a constant reminder to us of the importance of appreciating the beauty that exists in this world and that our artists are dependent upon  Continue Reading

EDC Launches Islands Strong Gift Card Website Initiative

Written on March 28, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will launch a gift card website for local businesses, which will be fully live on March 31st. The website will include gift card links to businesses, resources for businesses, and more. Businesses are urged to submit their information as soon as possible using this form: ISLANDS STRONG Gift  Continue Reading

Letter from the EDC Director

Written on March 28, 2020 at 5:03 am, by

These are challenging times.  We know that you are facing extraordinary difficulties right now and we want to help. Local non-profits such as ourselves, and government agencies at all levels, are working to create programs to help businesses, employees, and the community as a whole.  Right now, we wanted to let you know that we  Continue Reading

EDC Launches Weekly Business Recovery Call for Local Businesses

Written on March 28, 2020 at 5:02 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) has launched a weekly Business Recovery Call for business owners affected by COVID-19 implications.  The first meeting will be held via Zoom, on Wednesday, April 1st, from 10-11a, and subsequent meetings will be held at the same time and day of the week. To join business owners  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #8: Construction Guidance under the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation

Written on March 27, 2020 at 5:33 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders… We are hearing a lot of questions about which construction activities are allowed under the Governor’s Stay at Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25) issued March 23, 2020 and his subsequent memorandum on Construction Guidance –Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25).    There  Continue Reading

Kings Market Offers Online Grocery Shopping

Written on March 22, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

We are taking credit card payments over the phone once your order is received, assembled, and ready for pick up. As soon as your order is put together and ready for pickup, we will contact you to take payment by credit card over the phone. Please be patient as this service is growing in popularity.  Continue Reading

OPALCO Suspends Late Fees and Disconnects During COVID-19

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Co-op Committed to Keeping Islanders Energized The OPALCO Board of Directors suspended late fees on member bills and service disconnects to support members affected by COVID-19 effective immediately and for the next 60 days. A full COVID-19 program is quickly being developed to ensure reliable power delivery in the islands as disruptions and human impacts multiply and  Continue Reading

San Juan Farmers Market Suspends Saturday Market

Written on March 19, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

The SJI Farmers Market is *cancelled* this weekend. We are working to find the best ways to support our local farmers and provide nutritious food for the community, while also ensuring that the health needs of everyone are met. Stay tuned for a list of local CSA/farm-stands currently operating. We plan to be open *outside* and  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

Written on March 17, 2020 at 4:48 pm, by

The safety of our island communities is our highest priority. In light of growing concerns about COVID-19, the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, the destination marketing organization (DMO) for the San Juan Islands, is encouraging visitors to postpone their travel plans to the San Juans to limit the potential spread of the virus.  We are  Continue Reading

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Washington Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Written on March 16, 2020 at 4:37 pm, by

Thanks to San Juan County Economic Development Council for this message… The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Washington small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by  Continue Reading

Islander’s Bank Closes Lobby – Drive-Up Window To Remain Open

Written on March 16, 2020 at 2:16 pm, by

Effective Monday, March 16, Islanders Bank’s lobby will be closed until further notice.  Please conduct your banking transactions through our drive-up window.  Mobile & Online Banking are available to our customers, if you have not yet established these banking methods, please call us or visit our website:   Be ready to provide your Security Code  Continue Reading

Farmer’s Market Stays Open, Takes Measures For Public Health

Written on March 13, 2020 at 3:40 pm, by

Dear San Juan Island Market Shoppers, As a small island community, there is a growing concern here in San Juan County regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has all of us thinking about the precautions we need to take to stay healthy. As an organization rooted in community connections and health, we  Continue Reading

OPALCO Offices Close For Safety – Business Remains Open

Written on March 13, 2020 at 5:20 am, by

Contact OPALCO by telephone or email to prevent viral spread. OPALCO is closing its offices to the public on Monday, March 16 in order to help keep co-op staff healthy and our system running smoothly. All business services are available by telephone and online. “We are open for business,” said General Manger Foster Hildreth. “We  Continue Reading

Islanders Bank: We Care About Your Health

Written on March 11, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

At Islanders Bank, we value the health and safety of our communities, customers and employees. In light of recent concerns about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are monitoring and following all CDC and health department prevention recommendations. Customers are encouraged to stay home if you’re ill. Islanders Bank offers 24/7 online & mobile banking tools enabling  Continue Reading

EDC Presents: Two Free Courses

Written on March 5, 2020 at 5:10 am, by

Value Added 101 – Increase Farm Profits Increase farm profits with food processing. Whether you grow a lot of food or a little, value-added food processing is a great way to start – or expand – an agricultural business. Join us to learn how to turn straw into gold in this informative and FREE 90  Continue Reading

Emergency Preparedness for Business

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan County/Town of Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management is hosting a no-cost, 8 hour training for island businesses to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies and disruption to their business. When: Tuesday March 31st, 8:30am – 5:00pm Where: Friday Harbor (exact location is to be determined) To Register: CLICK HERE  Continue Reading

Girlfriends’ 8th Anniversary

Written on February 25, 2020 at 8:19 am, by

Celebrate Girlfriends’ 8th Anniversary this weekend! Enjoy cupcakes by Felicitations and chocolates by SJ Roasting Company as you help Debbie D and the girls celebrate. We can’t wait for you to leap into Girlfriends Friday and Saturday, February 28 & 29, 10am to 5:30pm, or march in Sunday, March 1, 10am to 3pm. New inventory  Continue Reading

Value-Added 101

Written on February 17, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

EDC, San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild offer Value-Added 101 course Whether you grow a lot of food products or a little, value-added food processing is a great way to start – or expand – an ag business.   Farmers and food business owners can join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) and the San  Continue Reading

Are You Considering Selling Your Property?

Written on February 14, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

By Merri Ann Simonson Thinking about selling your property? You may want to consider researching, collecting and completing the items detailed below. This is not a check list for planting flowers on your porch and painting your front door, you can go to the internet for that information. This list is to prepare sellers in  Continue Reading

Luxel Filters on Solar Mission

Written on February 12, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning there is this announcement from Travis Ayers of Luxel Corp… Dear Editor, I wondered if you would want to share this news with your readers. On Sunday night the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral, FL. Luxel has three sets of filters  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month – Alisha Merrick

Written on February 5, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Alisha Merrick moved to San Juan Island in the fall of 2012 with only a carload of her favorite most important things. Having no real studio, she painted watercolors, drew pictures and took photographs of all things that inspired her. Eventually she rented a space in a glass studio on her road in the woods  Continue Reading