SPECIAL EDITION, March Newsletter| MARCH 2020
COVID-19 Resources, Assistance, Actions
The presence of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in our community is a rapidly evolving situation. Our hearts go out to those who are directly affected by the virus. We strongly support our region’s public health professionals who are working tirelessly to provide timely, regular updates and guidance based in fact and science to employers and individuals. 

Many of our businesses are going through an extremely tough time and needing to respond rapidly changing public health recommendations. The bottom-line is that the situation is very hard on business. We applaud the larger business associations like the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce who are actively advocating to local, county, state, and federal officials for more help to mitigate the economic impact of the outbreak, especially for vulnerable businesses and employees.
The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce's focus is squarely on our business members, family members and residents of Magnolia. Many of our businesses are changing their operations to adapt to the changing public health rules and guidelines. And, we encourage all of our members to shop and dine locally, while also following public health recommendations.  

Please visit our local businesses’ websites to find out the latest steps our merchants and service providers are taking to offer superior products, hospitality, and customer service while honoring the rapidly changing public health recommendations. 

Stay up-to-date on a daily basis regarding COVID-19 and stay engaged on how to support our local businesses. Click on to our members-only Facebook Forum. Discover ways our merchants are working to keep customers safe and implementing new ways to offer goods and services.

One-Stop Shop - latest list of public resources, assistance announcements, guidelines for businesses and COVID-19 impacts

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development will be holding weekly calls to share new developments, hear about the impacts business owners are experiencing, and answer questions. Please join every Wednesday. The next webinar is Wednesday, March 18th from 1 p.m – 2 p.m. PTD. Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/6719471105046052620

Approximately $1.5 million is available for the City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund , an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses. Eligibility criteria and how to apply is here: seattle.gov/office-of-economic-development/small-business/small-business-programs-/stabilization-fund-

If you have suffered substantial economic injury you may be eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. These loans can help small businesses meet financial obligations and cover operating expenses. https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans

View all of Governor Inslee’s press conferences in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak here:   https://www.tvw.org/covid-19/

As we type, the federal government is proposing a major stimulus package to address the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Elements of the proposed package will be aimed at helping small and medium-sized business by increasing supply of, and access to appropriated funds, providing tax relief, and implementing other fiscal and monetary policy measures. Discussions and proposals are anticipated to include a number of supply side measures to assist business while also developing policies to address the health crisis itself. Stay up-to-date: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus
New Public Health Guidelines for King County – Chamber events cancellations

On Monday, March 16th, King County, released a new set of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health recommendations to protect our community. The entirety can be found here: 


In general, King County is recommending the following: 

  • People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible. People at higher risk include:
  • People 60 and older
  • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • People who have weakened immune systems
  • People who are pregnant
  • Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so. Taking these measures can help reduce the number of workers who come into contact with COVID-19 and help minimize absenteeism due to illness
  • If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings. 

As an organization that hosts frequent gatherings and events, the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce has decided to postpone or cancel the following events through the beginning of April: the monthly members meeting for the month of March and both the Vino in the Village event on April 3rd and ArtWalk event on April 25th.

Please stay tuned for additional updates in the weeks ahead.

  • All people should not go out when they are sick.
  • Avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities, or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to go, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.
  • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health’s website (www.kingcounty.gov/COVID) or blog (www.publichealthinsider.com).
Happy, Good News ... Magnolia Beautification Project Update

On Friday, March 13th, the new poles that will hold beautiful pots of cascading flowers and seasonal wreaths were installed on McGraw between 32nd and 33rd Avenue West. Joining in for the ribbon cutting were members of the Reimagine Magnolia Beautification Project Committee.

Work continues on implementing Phase 1 of the project and soon, the newly refurbished green benches and shining memorial plaques will be back for pedestrian enjoyment. And, the new bistro tables and chairs will be installed in the coming weeks.

A big thank you for the MBC's perseverance, dedication, and community spirit. Pictured below are MBC chair Cheryl McQuiston along with committee members Will Bailey, Pat Craft, Joan Enticknap, Chuck Flaherty (not pictured), Don Gillmore, Ann Goos (not pictured), Courean Napolitano, Jim Napolitano, and Chamber's executive director, Jason Thibeaux
Welcome to our new members, thank you to our renewing members

Welcome to our newest Magnolia Chamber of Commerce members. Welcome aboard!

  • Sergey and Nicolette Karayev
  • Anthony & Lisa Anderson
  • Eliza S Davidov
  • The Soelter Family
  • Blaire Shrader
  • Bysshe Family
  • Angela Woodard- Windermere
  • Anthony Nieves
  • Walts Organic Fertilizer Co.

A hearty thank you to our renewing members. Thank you for your continued support!

  • Queen Anne Electric
  • John Ochsner- Platinum Advisory Group
  • The Benton Clan
  • Arterburn-Milstein Family
  • Sale Family
  • Magnolia Kitchen
  • Chardon Dankers
  • Miller Family
  • Erin VanMoorhen- Windermere
  • Triune Pilates
  • Toni Imfeld Insurance
  • WBL Services
  • Unravel Therapeutics
  • Aegis Living of Queen Anne at Rodgers Park
  • Cheryl McQuiston
  • Kevin Jeffries- Windermere
What other ideas/needs do you have?

The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce continues to be committed to the health and well-being of our members and their employees and customers. It takes our community to support our businesses, customers, and neighbors during some challenging weeks ahead. Jason Thibeaux, executive director, can be reached at 206-618-1589 or email jason@discovermagnolia.org.

Stay up to date on the latest information found in this newsletter by visiting the member-only Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1101648570034374/