How to find mental health services in your area
How to find mental health services in your area

By all accounts, it’s been a very difficult year and a half. You and your fellow business owners are people who have worked hard and sacrificed to achieve their dreams. There are long-term emotional effects of this economic slowdown the pandemic caused – loyal...

The definitive guide to PPP forgiveness
The definitive guide to PPP forgiveness

This guide follows a webinar presented by the Washington Hospitality Association and the Small Business Administration (SBA). You can see the full video here or use the links and descriptions below to find the information that is most useful to you. 

How to report a claimant for violating unemployment requirements

The most recent data shows the unemployment rate in Washington state is falling and changes to the state unemployment system should help bring more people into the workforce. On July 4, rules that require claimants to actively search for jobs returned to the state’s unemployment system.  The ESD has a form you can fill to report claimants in violation of current work search requirements.

Recruiting like a marketer in a post-coronavirus labor landscape
Recruiting like a marketer in a post-coronavirus labor landscape

By Andy Cook, Harbor Foodservice Restaurant Consultant Group Help Wanted signs and Craigslist ads don’t measure up. Countless hours and resources have been invested to perfect marketing strategies that work. Attracting customers and attracting talent are remarkably...

Culture and staff engagement
Culture and staff engagement

By Andy Cook, Harbor Foodservice Restaurant Consultant Group People don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses. A 2019 cross-industry workplace study learned that 94% of responders stay longer in jobs where they feel recognized, valued, and invested. Turnover is expensive,...

[Toolkit] Restaurant Revitalization Fund
[Toolkit] Restaurant Revitalization Fund

RECENT UPDATES: RRF IS CLOSED The SBA closed the RRF three weeks after received more than 362,00 applications requesting close to $80 billion in assistance. The $28.6 billion RRF was established to provide emergency relief to restaurants, bars and similar businesses...

Industry job boards

Online job boards for hospitality employers looking for team members – and for workers looking for jobs.

Washington is open for business!
Washington is open for business!

June 30 is finally here, which means the state is now fully open. Washington hospitality businesses are allowed to reopen and serve guests at full capacity.

Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton held a press conference on Tuesday to celebrate the reopening of the state.

“We’re excited, from 12:01 tonight, to welcome back hospitality to the state of Washington in its full form,” Anton said. “If you haven’t planned your summer vacation, places from Walla Walla to Long Beach to Downtown Seattle would be excited to have people coming back.”

[Toolkit] Back to work
[Toolkit] Back to work

Now that we’re just about fully open, you need employees to come back to work. The workforce shortage is poised to be the next big challenge for the hospitality industry.

Innovating around the labor shortage: applications
Innovating around the labor shortage: applications

This is part one of a three-part series exploring methods and best practices for attaining and retaining employees. This section focuses on strategies you should use to turn an applicant into a quality employee. For a complete list of resources to help you get back to...