Topic: Business

Compass Health Bridge

Written on May 2, 2020 at 5:55 am, by

Compass Health debuts revolutionary mobile telehealth system to provide vital mental health and substance abuse treatment during COVID-19 social distancing, and for future care Cloud-based Compass Health Bridge platform virtually connects front-line behavioral health providers with clients in community or home settings EVERETT – Compass Health has announced the organization-wide launch of its mobile telehealth system, Compass  Continue Reading

National Tourism Week: Honoring the Spirit of Travel in the San Juan Islands

Written on May 2, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Friday Harbor, WA…   National Travel and Tourism Week, May 3 — 9, is the annual salute to the positive effects of travel in the U.S.  Now, more than ever, is a time to reflect on what visitors bring to the vitality and resilience of the San Juan Islands. Travel is in our DNA, and the  Continue Reading

Congressman Rick Larsen to Speak at EDC Business Recovery Call May 6th

Written on May 2, 2020 at 5:19 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) invites community leaders and businesspeople to join in a conversation with Congressman Rick Larsen on the economy, recovery and the news from Washington DC.   The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 6th from 10-11 a.m. via Zoom. For more information, please visit

Rethink – Reopen – Rebound

Written on May 1, 2020 at 7:00 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is here to help support you and your business through these trying times. When visiting here begins again we will be ready to provide a safe healthy environment for not only our community but for all of our visitors. We are working to provide guidelines and layouts for  Continue Reading

Local Farms Directory for San Juan Islands Farms

Written on April 30, 2020 at 9:20 am, by

An initiative to connect local farms with consumers has been coordinated by the following organizations: San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild (Ag Guild) San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) WSU San Juan County Extension San Juan County Agricultural Resources As part of that effort, they have created a survey to gather data on farms’ open  Continue Reading

Stay Home, Sip ‘n Shop!

Written on April 28, 2020 at 8:48 am, by

This post has been updated with additional information… Island Retail Businesses Create a Virtual Experience for a night of shopping and fun. The first San Juan Island Virtual Sip ‘n Shop will take place on Thursday, April 30th, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Retailers will post to Facebook, Instagram or their YouTube channel during that  Continue Reading

Hire Local

Written on April 27, 2020 at 9:16 am, by

EDC urges businesses and residents to “Hire Local”, presents Virtual Job Fair The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) urges businesses and residents to hire local workers and contractors as the economy starts to reopen.  In an effort to connect island workers with local businesses, the EDC has created a Virtual Job Fair on  Continue Reading

Governor Allows Some Low-Risk Construction to Resume

Written on April 25, 2020 at 12:58 pm, by

Governor Inslee Allows Some Low-Risk Construction to Resume As of Friday April 24, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has allowed some construction activities to resume across the state, including in San Juan County. The Governor’s announcement of the decision is available HERE. Specific requirements established to ensure the safety of both workers and the community  Continue Reading

Working Washington Small Business Grant program gets additional $5 million infusion

Written on April 24, 2020 at 12:02 pm, by

$10 million now available to address some of estimated 25,000 applications from businesses up to 10 employees OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a doubling of funds available to very small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. The program launched April 7 with $5 million from  Continue Reading

Unemployment Benefits Information

Written on April 24, 2020 at 11:46 am, by

Minnie Knych from the NW Workforce Career Center shares this information with you about Unemployment Insurance… The Career Center is open for business.  However in order to protect your health and limit the spread of the virus, we are conducting business by phone and email.  If you have questions about employment or if you are  Continue Reading

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