Topic: Business

Town Lodging Tax grant application deadline September 27th

Written on September 15, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications up until 4:30 pm Monday, September 27, 2021, for grants to fund tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2022. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists to visit during the shoulder  Continue Reading

EDC weekly Business Resilience Call resumes

Written on September 12, 2021 at 5:41 am, by

The EDC has resumed their weekly Business Resilience Call, as a means to bring legislators and business resilience experts together with local business owners, managers, and community leaders.  The first meeting this fall will be held online via Zoom, on Thursday, September 16th, 2021, from 9-10a.  Subsequent meetings will be held at the same time  Continue Reading

Appraisal Day and Auction at SJIMA – Mark Your Calendar Now

Written on August 20, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

Ever wonder how much a piece of art you have is worth? Now is your opportunity to find out! Specialists in the Jewelry and Fine Art-Departments from Bonhams auction house will be on location at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art to answer the probing question, “How much is this family heirloom or estate  Continue Reading

SJICF to Repeat Virtual County Fair Matching Grant Program

Written on August 12, 2021 at 5:53 am, by

In 2020, the San Juan Island Community Foundation quickly adapted to a “virtual” San Juan County Fair by taking their popular annual matching grant event online. Nearly $140k was donated by hundreds of generous community members during the 4 days of the fair. After matching grants by SJICF were added, more than $170k was granted  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Requires COVID-19 Vaccination 

Written on August 4, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Unvaccinated Caregivers With Qualifying Medical Exemptions Subject to Heightened Masking, Distancing, and Regular Testing Protocols August 3, 2021– VANCOUVER, Wash. – PeaceHealth announced that starting August 31, 2021, all caregivers will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a qualifying medical exemption. Unvaccinated individuals will be subject to regular COVID-19 testing, as well  Continue Reading

New Executive Director for Home Trust

Written on August 3, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Eichelberger as their new Executive Director, effective August 2, 2021.  Eichelberger joins the Home Trust at a critical time as they launch their new development, HolliWalk, scheduled to break ground in early 2022.   Grant writing, advocacy and experience in the Affordable  Continue Reading

Receive Free Training and Testing to be a Home Care Aide

Written on July 29, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council Those seeking to enter health care careers, obtain side income while helping their neighbors or boost personal care business are invited to get free Home Care Aide training through a program offered by the Economic Development Council in partnership with Cornerstone Healthcare Training. Students will receive free training,  Continue Reading

Local Window, Gutter, Roof Cleaning Business Loses Supplies in Fire

Written on July 13, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Made Pressure Washing, Window, Roof and Gutter Cleaning A fire started in one of our company vehicles and it spread to our home. A great number of supplies — like pressure washers, window cleaning equipment and the scheduling book — were lost in the fire. If you have called or made an appointment with  Continue Reading

When Pandemic Hit, County Braced for Recession-era Finances; the Opposite Occurred

Written on July 6, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Negative Lodging Tax Funds in 2020, to the Best Year in Land Bank History in 2021 By F. Milene Henley, San Juan County Auditor I have always been amazed by four-way stops. Drivers learn as teens to negotiate these tricky, cooperative intersections, and most of us never forget. It’s a marvel of social engineering. This  Continue Reading

Rental Assistance Available for San Juan County Tenants and Landlords

Written on June 30, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Are you a San Juan County tenant who has fallen behind on rent as of March 2020? You may be eligible for assistance. Who can apply? Applications can be completed online for either the tenant or landlord: Tenant application: Landlord application: Landlords should first encourage the tenant to apply.  Continue Reading

UPDATE: Second Vacation Rental Forum Suggests 24-hour Complaint Hotline

Written on June 24, 2021 at 8:56 am, by

From San Juan Islands Community Network San Juan Islands Community Network’s second forum on vacation rentals was held June 17 to a Zoom audience of about 45. The forum, entitled “Common Ground” focused on areas of agreement and the best next steps to take. Watch it at Common Ground brought back the same panelists  Continue Reading

Port of Friday Harbor Leases Land for Hotel, Sells Kiosks to Ag Guild

Written on June 23, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update The Port of Friday Harbor made two recent deals to generate revenue. Lease for Hotel The port is leasing about 1.4 acres of the vacant, forested land between Webber Way and Franklin Drive for a developer to create lodging for travelers. Port Executive Director Todd Nicholson said the developer  Continue Reading

Attend Free, Online Class on Construction Contracts

Written on June 18, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council Islanders seeking to make their construction businesses thrive are invited to an online class on contracts for contractors. The event is 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 23 over Zoom, with Jim McAdam, EA at Island Tax Service Inc. Builders will learn how to make sure everyone involved understands the  Continue Reading

Next Vacation Rental Forum Thursday on ‘Workable Solutions’

Written on June 16, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Islands Community Network The first of three forums addressing vacation rentals in the San Juan Islands was held June 9 to a Zoom audience of about 150 interested persons. Sponsored by the San Juan Islands Community Network, the forum “Discovery” was the first to address the much-discussed issue. Register for the second  Continue Reading

Learn Woodworking from San Juan Island Cabinetmakers

Written on June 14, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Class Intended to Create Jobs   From the San Juan County Economic Development Council Islanders seeking new careers are invited to learn woodworking basics in a free class offered by the San Juan County Economic Development Council. This course is intended to help people gain job skills and obtain economic stability. Jean Shearer and Nicholas  Continue Reading

Learn How to be a Construction Trainer In Free, Online Class

Written on June 13, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan County Economic Development Council Tradespeople seeking a second career are invited to an online seminar called Work as a Construction Trainer offered by the Economic Development Council. Rich Jones, co-owner and training director of South Sound Residential LLC, and Al Audette, education and workforce development director at the BIAW, will speak  Continue Reading

Gilligans E-Bike Rental Shop Opens in Friday Harbor with ‘Three-Hour Tours’

Written on June 7, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Friday Harbor welcomed the new business Gilligans Island Style E-Bike Rentals to the community last Thursday with a ribbon cutting. After purchasing a pair of E-Bikes for themselves, Jodie and Doug DeNure were hooked. They decided to  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Vacation Rental Forum Wednesday June 9

Written on June 6, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Islands Community Network The number of vacation rentals in the San Juans has been a contentious issue in the county over the past few years. Letters to the Editor of local news outlets presented a divided community on the viability, use and number of vacation rentals throughout the islands. In an effort  Continue Reading

Join Adult Tap Dancing Class at Studio JAMM

Written on June 5, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Studio JAMM We have a beginner’s tap dance class starting 3-4 p.m. Saturday, June 5-26 at Studio JAMM. The class is for ages 12 and up. Rachelle Radonski is our teacher and you won’t want to miss it!  If tap dancing is something you want to try, now is the time. The session will  Continue Reading

Ernie’s is Re-Opening

Written on June 3, 2021 at 3:50 pm, by

Story and photos by Louise Dustrude – The popular cafe at the airport, which closed in December, will be open once again on Saturday, June 5, with an expanded menu and expanded hours. Kristine Crossley will be the host and chef. Her husband, Jim Crossley, an aviation enthusiast, is currently refurbishing the building with the  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor’s Brickworks Turns 100 in 2021

Written on May 13, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild It seems like only a few years ago that the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild threw a grand opening party for our community’s beloved Brickworks building and plaza, but in fact, the original historic building is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. May is “History Lives Here” month  Continue Reading

Join Free Online Course on Sustainable Management through San Juan County EDC

Written on May 11, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council The San Juan County Economic Development Council invites community leaders, legislators, entrepreneurs, and business owners to join in a free, two-day course in sustainability management, led by world-renowned expert in corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship, Nikos Avlonas. The course will cover in-depth, the topic of community and business  Continue Reading