Webinars and Videos

Spokane Chapter: State grant funding and sharing ideas

Take back control from third party delivery, Nov. 18 and 23

The Spokane Chapter will present a very important meeting at 3 p.m., Dec. 3 to discuss state grant funding and sharing your ideas during this difficult time.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced $70 million in CARES Act funding, specifically $50 million to industries that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. We’ll discuss how to get funding from these grants. 

We’ll also break out into small groups for discussion.


Webinar: Take back control from third-party delivery

Take back control from third party delivery, Nov. 18 and 23

In this webinar, we’ll dive into how you can bring delivery into your business without relying on third-party delivery. This new technology solution includes employee driver liability insurance and helps you:


  • Decrease cost
  • Increase profit
  • Protect your brand
  • Track delivery drivers
  • Respond to customer feedback in real time

Spokane Chapter meeting

Join us at 9 a.m. Nov. 18 for the next Spokane Chapter meeting. Chapter chair Derek Baziotis and Washington Hospitality Association CEO Anthony Anton will lead the discussion. More details coming soon. If you have registered for our previous meetings, please be sure to register again.

Brought to you by Sysco.

[Watch now] Ready for Winter: Extending outdoor dining in autumn

With cooler temperatures fast approaching, some restaurants may look to utilize street cafes, parklets and tents to extend the outdoor dining season in order to stay in the black. This webinar covers the factors to weigh in deciding whether to tent or not, the state’s current guidance on tents for outdoor dining in the pandemic, what permits are needed, what you need to know about tents, types, heating options, as well as how to keep employees and guests safe and comfortable.

Katie Doyle from our Government Affairs team discussed the latest in state guidelines. Phil Heidt, area manager for CORT Party Rental talked about the resources they have, including tents and heaters.

Brought to you by ERNwest.

[Replay] Spokane Chapter: Learn about CARES Act grants for your business

Spokane County created a relief fund for local hospitality businesses funded from federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars. The county authorized $10.8 million in federal coronavirus relief money to fund a program targeted to local restaurants, hotels and event venues. Local lodging, restaurant and food services, arts, entertainment and recreation businesses with 249 employees or fewer will be eligible for up to $20,000 in grants to pay for safety measures, rent, utilities and other operating costs.

Learn how your hospitality business can access these funds in this webinar.

Sponsored by Sysco.

Replay: Conversation with Rick Braa and commercial broker Tom O’Brien

Rick Braa and Tom O’Brien from Pacific Commercial Brokers discussed buying and selling a restaurant in this webinar.

Sponsored by US Bank.

CEO Podcast: Join CEO Anthony Anton in a conversation with Ron Oh

Washington Hospitality Association CEO Anthony Anton will host incoming chair, Ron Oh, from the Holiday Inn Express North Seattle–Shoreline in this month’s CEO Podcast. Join us at 10 a.m., Nov. 4.

Brought to you by ERNWest.

[WEBINAR REPLAY] CEO Podcast: CEO Anthony Anton in a conversation with Chad Mackay

Chad Mackay, the Washington Hospitality Association’s outgoing board president, joined CEO Anthony Anton in this month’s podcast. After Anton gave us a monthly update on the industry and the latest news, the two spoke about Mackay’s two years as board president, a time that included the all-time highs and lows of the industry.

[Webinar Replay] Ready for Winter–Cold, flu or coronavirus: What’s the difference and why?

When is a simple cough actually a cold, flu or coronavirus? What’s the difference in symptoms, when should you send an employee home, and/or ask they get tested? Flu shots; should they be standard for all members of your team? Temperature checks—forehead, wrist or elsewhere; what’s most accurate? This webinar primer for the upcoming flu season will help you set clear health and communications guidelines to ensure your team is healthy and safe. Hear from epidemiologist Mark Springer from Spokane Regional Health District and King County Health and Environmental Investigator Doug Dyer in this informative webinar. 

Webinar: Be well, take care, support the health of your team

UnitedHealth Group is hosting a webinar at 9 a.m. Oct. 8, for the hospitality industry about what you can do to help your teams stay healthy. A variety of resources for both physical and mental health are available, just for the hospitality industry. 

Special Hospitality Event: Exploring Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias affects our everyday life, from how we treat clients and customers, to how we interact with and create expectations for our teams. We all have our own biases, as this helps our brain organize and categorize the world. When does that bias subtly change how we treat other people? How can we recognize and correct it when that happens?

[Webinar Replay] Rick Braa: Managing PPP/EIDL and Operating Without PPP

Join us at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 for our newest Rick Braa webinar all about managing Paycheck Protection Program/Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Come learn and bring your questions on federal relief.

Pierce Count Washington town hall III

The third Pierce Town hall hosted by the Washington Hospitality Association within the Town hall pilot. Association CEO Anthony Anton will provide an update on the state of the industry and we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with the latest changes from state government as well as providing opportunity for you to ask questions of your local government officials.

This time around, we’ll hear from Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier. He and Washington Hospitality Association CEO Anthony Anton will discuss the latest changes from the state government. Attendees will get a chance to ask questions.

Note – This town hall event is intended for members of the Washington state hospitality industry and their guests. Please email lisalcontractor@wahospitality.org with further questions.

Provided to you by Washington Hospitality Association in partners with:

[CEO Podcast] Surviving and Succeeding During Crisis

September 2 at 10am: CEO Podcast with Special Guest Olga Sagan of Piroshky Piroshky

Provided to you by Washington Hospitality Association.

Webinar Replay: Top financial strategies to survive in times of crisis

Join the Advisory Network’s Rick Braa of AMP Services as he shares valuable insights on the top financial strategies to survive in times of crisis.

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Provided to you by Washington Hospitality Association in partners with: US Bank

[Ask a lawyer] Current employment law FAQ with Catharine Morisset

Catharine Morisset with Fisher Phillips for this webinar that focuses on Current Employment Law FAQs for Hospitality Employers. Download referenced slides and resources (PDF 895 KB): https://wha.fyi/31JpN5z

Northwest Washington town hall

Association CEO Anthony Anton will provide an update on the state of the industry and we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with the latest changes from state government as well as providing opportunity to let your questions be heard by your local elected officials.

This town hall event is intended for members of the Washington state hospitality industry and their guests. Please email mattb@wahospitality.org with further questions. 

Provided to you by Washington Hospitality Association in partners with: 

[CEO Podcast] Let’s talk about the new restrictions – 

Aug 5, 2020 – Association President and CEO Anthony Anton monthly chat with members – and to talk about the latest legal challenges, state of the industry and virus spread. Register here.

Southeastern Washington Hospitality Townhall on Thurs, July 30 at 10 am

Washington Hospitality Association is holding a virtual town hall in the Southeastern Washington area. We will be bringing together hospitality members and local lawmakers to speak to the issues impacting our state and industry. Association President and CEO Anthony Anton will present a state of the industry speech and we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with the latest changes from state government as well as providing opportunity to let your questions be heard by your local elected officials.

Use the link below to register today.

Webinar Replay: New restrictions for the hospitality industry

The association is kicking off a webinar series featuring members of the Advisory Network, one of the most highly sought after member resources from the Washington Hospitality Association.

The first webinar of the series aired on July 29 and included Advisory Network members Rick Braa and Sandip Soli and Anthony Anton.

Webinar Replay: How group purchasing can positively impact your bottom line

The association is soft launching a group purchasing program this month. Group purchasing leverages the purchasing power of an entire group (for us this is our membership) to get cash back manufacture rebates on products they are already buying.  There’s also a Beyond Prime Savings Programs for employee perks designed for foodservice operator staff with non-food related programs

Learn more about how our group purchasing can work for members and how they can participate. We were by Joseph Schlesman and David Vargus from Dining Alliance, a group purchasing organization with a history of helping independent businesses succeed.

Our First CEO Podcast with Anthony Anton

This is our very first podcast, featuring member questions and answers with President and CEO Anthony Anton. Anthony will also be discussing all the changes and challenges that have been facing our industry.

Questions answered during this webinar

What are you hearing from restaurant members on the topic of compliance? What specifically urged you to issue this message?
Building a foundation of trust is a key theme in your message. Why?
Talk about the six-foot distancing challenges. Why are they, specifically, a hot topic?
How does social media help or hinder Washington hospitality businesses at this time?
What is the one thing you hope Washington hospitality businesses remember at this time?

PLUS several great questions from our attendees!

Updates from the Small Business Administration

There are several changes in the PPP since our last SBA webinar and several deadlines are approaching. With new rules, this is a chance for our members to get clarity from the agency who is writing the rules themselves. In addition, we are getting more questions EIDL and this is an opportunity to learn more about this and other programs they offer.

ESD: SharedWork

Bringing employees back to work using the Shared Work program, how employees may continue to receive unemployment insurance benefits when coming back to work at reduced hours.

Top 10 Return to Work Q&As for restaurants

This webinar goes over the top 10 return to work Q&As facing restaurants.

Resources discussed in presentation:

For the slide show: click here

For a Post-Pandemic FAQs for Employers: read it here

For a wide variety of COVID templates and forms: click here

For all 50 State Restaurant Reopening Guide: click here

For the Association’s Reopening Guide: click here

For the news straight out of the Governor’s office: click here

For Phase II Guidelines right from the Governor: click here

For a DOL QA on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: click here

For relevant Fisher Phillips Blog posts look below;

  1. CDC Guidance
  2. Employee Temperature Checks – Optional
  3. 6 – 15 – 48, Steps you need to take to identify risk if an employee tests positive
  4. Alternative Work for High – Risk Employees.

Pre-Opening Webinar: Are you ready to reopen?

Tune in to ensure that you meet guidelines to open.  We will discuss requirements, best practices for social distancing, sanitation and cleanliness, PPE, and hygiene.

Webinar Happened on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 10:00 AM

Webinar Replay: Restaurant Re-opening Guidelines: WA Liquor and Cannabis Board Q&A

The Washington Hospitality Association goes over key points from the official reopening guidelines released by the state with the WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Presenters from the Liquor and Cannabis Board, Washington Wine Institute, and the Brewers Guild.

Webinar Happened On Tuesday, May 19 2020, 10:00 AM

Ready to Serve Video: Restaurant Business Challenges During COVID-19

Webinar Replay! Review of Official Reopening Guidelines – Washington Hospitality Association

The Washington Hospitality Association team will go over key points from the official reopening guidelines released by the state.

Webinar Happened On Thursday, May 14 2020, 10:00 AM

Webinar Replay! Washington Hospitality Association – Re-Engineering your Menu

Wondering what you can do to make your restaurant more efficient when you re-open?  One thing we are recommending is re-engineering your menu. 

Learn how to use your inventory effectively from established restaurant consultants in Washington, including Arnold Shain, of the Restaurant Group, Chris Patterson, Independent consultant in menu development and Mark Linden, of Culinary SOS. 

Webinar Happened On Wednesday, May 13 2020, 10:00 AM

Webinar Replay: Washington Hospitality Association – Preparing for Reopening: Supply Chain Management Concerns

Learn about the challenges our supply chain purveyors are having and what operators can do to prepare and how to mitigate those challenges. 

Webinar Replay: Washington Hospitality Association – Reopening and L&I

Learn some best practices for preparing your workplace for reopening in a COVID 19 environment?

If you have questions about:

  • Infectious disease preparedness & response plans
  • Cleaning and disinfecting your facility and industry best practices
  • Accident Prevention Plans and what they look like?

Webinar Replay: Washington Hospitality Association – Healthcare Webinar

Health Insurance Questions?

Learn all about coverage options during the pandemic, medical coverage relief changes and how to navigate.

Webinar Replay: Washington Hospitality Association – Business Insurance

Learn all you need to know regarding business interruption coverages, food delivery coverage, mid term policy adjustments and the OIC emergency order 2020-03.

Webinar Replay: Small Business Administration

The federal coronavirus relief bill called the CARES Act was signed March 27. Details and specifics are trickling out and many of you have questions about how to best leverage the relief to help your business. Join us for a live, one-hour webinar with Anthony Anton, president and CEO of the Washington Hospitality Association, as well as experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Restaurant Association to ask your questions and get the answers you need. 


Webinar Replay: CARES Act (COVID 3)

The National Restaurant Association Public Affairs team hosted a webinar to discuss the CARES Act (i.e. COVID 3). This webinar focused on the contents of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Click here to view the replay.


Webinar Replay: Coronavirus Business Impact Webinar

An information-packed webinar specifically for businesses impacted by coronavirus. Speakers from U.S. Small Business Administration, state Department of Health, Labor & Industries, Employment Security, Department of Commerce, UW School of Public Health and Washington Emergency Management Division. Webinar hosted by Association of Washington Business.

You can also read: [Webinar recap] Small business relief loans, survival strategies and more

Webinar Replay: Questions and Answers with the Employment Security Department (ESD)

What you need to know about unemployment benefits during the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state.

Washington Hospitality Association CEO Anthony Anton moderates a question and answers session with Employment Security Department’s Kris Bowen and Scott Micheal.