Topic: Business

Grow with Google

Written on April 23, 2020 at 1:31 pm, by

The Grow with Google team will be hosting a live, virtual event on May 6, 2020 at 9AM PT. As a Grow with Google Partner, the San Juan Island Library, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the San Juan Islands Economic Development Council would like to invite you to tune in to a  Continue Reading

Food to Go

Written on April 23, 2020 at 1:27 pm, by

Here’s a note to you from Cynthia Burke… Hello Everyone – We miss seeing you at the Farmer’s Market so we put together some prepackaged items from both Cynthia’s Bistro and Felicitations Bakery for you to pre-order & drive by for pick up. Or just stop by and see what we are offering – Cynthia  Continue Reading

Spend a Dollar, Donate a Dollar, Volunteer an Hour!

Written on April 23, 2020 at 1:17 pm, by

Stimulus Checks for Local Recovery— Since government stimulus checks have started to arrive in bank accounts, many of our most vulnerable islanders have already spent their funds, need to hold onto their checks, or are not receiving any stimulus funds. We fully support everyone who needs to spend or hold on to their stimulus checks  Continue Reading


Written on April 21, 2020 at 2:03 pm, by

Here’s a note to you from Carol at Serendipity Bookstore… Serendipity Books is now encouraging phone or email orders, and will attempt to fill them by mail or with pickup at the store. We are also ready to accept trade-in book donations, by appointment.    Please leave a message at (360) 378-2665,  or email us  Continue Reading

Curbside Pickup at the Drug Store

Written on April 10, 2020 at 9:55 am, by

As of today, April 10, 2020, Friday Harbor Drug is operating as a closed door pharmacy. We will be utilizing curbside pickup completely. We will gladly do personal shopping for everyday items. Call us at 360-378-4421 and use option 4 (Retail Department) if you are only picking up retail items. We ask that you give  Continue Reading

Working Washington Small Business Grants

Written on April 9, 2020 at 7:37 am, by

The Washington State Department of Commerce is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses which qualify for the grant program and are located within San Juan County must go to the Commerce site at, download the application, fill it out  Continue Reading

A Note from Friday Harbor Drug

Written on April 7, 2020 at 2:21 pm, by

Friends and neighbors, the hours here at the pharmacy will be changing effective Wednesday, April 8th. The pharmacy hours will be: Monday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday- 9:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Thursday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Friday – 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturday – 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday- CLOSED This is in  Continue Reading

Loan Program Information Session

Written on April 6, 2020 at 3:06 pm, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) invites business owners to an information session to learn more about the various loan programs available to businesses during the current economic downturn, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, standard SBA loans and more, on Tuesday, April 7th from 2-2:45pm, via Zoom meeting. Featured  Continue Reading

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