[CEO Podcast] Did workers come back?
The extra $300 a week in pandemic assistance ran out on Sept. 4. Did workers come back to the industry? Tune in to the next CEO Podcast, when Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton will discuss the latest in the workforce shortage at 10 a.m. Nov. 3. Brought to you by Office Depot.
[Podcast Premiere] The Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast
The hospitality workforce is changing rapidly, which means the industry is looking for its next generation of leaders.
The Washington Hospitality Association, in partnership with the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, is welcoming special guest Chris Jenson of the Table Group for a podcast series dedicated to teaching people how to lead a team with the Northwest Hospitality Leadership Podcast.
Our inaugural episode is available where you download your podcasts. This month, President & CEO Anthony Anton will discuss the book, “The Ideal Team Player: How to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues,” by Patrick Lencioni. Anthony will be joined by Taran Patel, vice president of A1 Hospitality Management in the Tri-Cities and an officer in AAHOA, plus Lane Hoss, vice president of operations at Anthony’s Restaurants. Brought to you by U.S. Bank.
[Webinar] State of the Industry with Anthony Anton and your local lawmakers
Please join your state government affairs team, Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton and local lawmakers from around the state for our annual State of the Industry presentation.
These webinars will provide opportunities to share the challenges facing the hospitality industry and potential solutions directly with lawmakers. Anthony will present the latest news from the hospitality industry, pandemic relief measures and what to expect going forward before an open discussion with lawmakers. Association members will have opportunities to ask questions.
Please note that we will be presenting the same information to lawmakers at both meetings. Therefore, you only need to register for one of the webinars below. We look forward to seeing you there! Brought to you by HIHIT.
[Webinar series] Intelligent exit strategy: Selling a hospitality business in 2022 and beyond
[Webinar] How to develop crisis-proof labor strategies in a transformed restaurant industry
The coronavirus pandemic accelerated the arrival of a new labor era. Hospitality businesses are now competing for employees more than ever before, especially with the likes of Snagajob, Uber, and DoorDash. Join us for a conversation about the impacts of staffing on the hospitality industry. Gain inside knowledge on how to leverage industry research and mobile technology to develop resilient business and recruiting strategies that engage today’s “always-connected” workforce.
[Replay] CEO Podcast: Industry news with the government affairs team
Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton discussed hospitality industry news from the past month. Since we last chatted with Anthony, Jefferson, Clallam and King counties have issued vaccine mandates and there is a statewide mask mandate in effect. Anthony talked about these issues with Julia Gorton, director of state government affairs, and John Lane, director of local government affairs. Brought to you by U.S. Bank.
What you need to know about the plastic bag ban
Shannon Jones, material management coordinator for Western Washington at the Department of Ecology, discussed the single-use plastic bag ban with Samantha Louderback, state government affairs senior manager at the Washington Hospitality Association. Plastic Bag Ban Presentation for Stakeholder Groups.
[Replay] CEO Podcast – The delta variant: What it means for hospitality
Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton will discuss the delta variant and what it means for the hospitality industry at 10 a.m. Sept. 1. With new case numbers on the rise, the possibility of booster shots and a statewide indoor mask mandate, the delta variant is redefining what we think of as normal. Brought to you by ERNWest.
[Ask a Lawyer–replay] Mandatory vaccine policies–Member only access
This discussion with Washington Hospitality Association Board Member Catharine Morisset of Fisher Phillips was a follow-up discussion on best practices for mandatory or vaccine policies and mask rules. There have been several new developments since our last conversation with Catharine on this topic, including a rule from Labor & Industries and the governor’s recent vaccine requirement for state employees and all health care workers. With the spread of the delta variant, several businesses, including hospitality employers, have decided to adopt mandatory vaccine policies. Many businesses in Washington now require guests to be vaccinated.
[Webinar Replay – Member Only Access]
Tips, service charges and class action
As we move towards business as usual, employers need to keep in mind the complex Washington and federal rules regarding tips, tip pooling and service charges. Errors with these rules can cost employers millions of dollars – even before their legal fees – as these issues are a hot topic for class action attorneys. Presented by employment law attorney Catharine Morisset of Fisher Phillips, this webinar will give attendees a refresher on the rules and offer some tips to avoid common mistakes. Replay available via member-only access.
[Replay] CEO Podcast: 3 things you can do right now to change the culture of your workplace
Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton discussed three things you can do today to change the culture of your workplace with Chris Jenson, principal consultant for Table Group. He also talked about this month’s state of the industry. You can watch either video here.
[Replay] Learn about 7(a) loans through the Small Business Association
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers 7(a) loans to small businesses even when there isn’t a national emergency. Learn how these loans can help you with short- and long-term working capital, refinancing current business debt, purchasing furniture, fixtures and supplies and more. You can find the slide presentation here: WHA SBA Loan Presentation 07.20.21
[Replay] The fundamentals of PPP forgiveness
Learn the fundamentals of PPP loan forgiveness from the Small Business Administration. See the slide presentation here: PPP Forgiveness Presentation
[Ask a Lawyer] Recovery: Policies regarding masks, vaccines, employees, and guests–Replay
As the CDC and Washington’s rules regarding masks, vaccines, and reopening change, we know you have questions. Washington hospitality employment law attorney Catharine Morisset discusses:
- Mask and vaccine legal requirements for your employees
- Lawful vaccine incentive programs
- Mask policies for guests
- Whether and how to ask guests for proof of vaccinations
- Your questions
Brought to you by IBA.
[Webinar replay] Understanding and Applying for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
We took a deep dive into the specifics of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Learned about eligibility requirements, allowed expenses, the application, documentation and much more. John Morosco, hospitality expert and business counselor with the Wenatchee Small Business Development Center and Julie Eisenhauer, CPA and Clark Nuber shareholder, and others presented the latest available information on this important source of funding.
Presented by the Washington Hospitality Association and the Seattle Restaurant Alliance.
[CEO Podcast replay] Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton on the 2021 Legislative session
Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton discussed the end of the 2021 Legislative Session in this recent webinar. State Government Affairs Director Julia Gorton joined Anthony to chat. Sponsored by IBA.
[Webinar replay] The Hospitality Profit: Economic stimulus packages
Hospitality financial consultant Rick Braa of AMP Services discussed tips for applying for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund in this webinar. You can take a look at his presentation here: Economic Stimulus April 2021.
Brought to you by IBA.
[Replay] National State of the Industry for restaurants and entertainment
Join us for this update on what the future holds for restaurants and entertainment, legislative wins in our state and what relief is available for the industry.
- National State of the Industry with National Restaurant Association CEO, Tom Bené and Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO, Anthony Anton
- State session update with Washington Hospitality Association State Government Affairs Manager, Katie Doyle
[Replay] National State of the Industry for lodging and events
Join us for a 90-minute update on what the future holds for lodging and events, legislative wins in our state, industry stats/indicators and what relief is available for the industry.
- National State of the Industry with American Hotel & Lodging Association CEO, Chip Rogers
- State session update with Washington Hospitality Association State Government Affairs Manager, Katie Doyle
- STR presentation with STR Sr. Business Development Executive, Chase Oeser
[Webinar] Open-air dining guidance
We know you have questions about Washington state’s new open-air dining guidelines.
Josh McDonald of the Washington Wine Institute, Anne McGrath of the Washington Brewers Guild, Samantha Louderback from the Washington Hospitality Association and representatives from the Liquor & Cannabis Board and the Department of Health discussed the latest open-air guidance for restaurants, wineries and breweries and answered your questions. You can watch a replay here.
[Podcast replay] Hear the latest in hospitality news with Anthony Anton
If you missed Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton in his monthly CEO Podcast yesterday, don’t worry. You can hear him chat with Katie Doyle, state government affairs director. The two discuss Liquor and Cannabis Board legislation.
[Webinar] Join the National Restaurant Association in conversation with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
For months, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has championed the fight for targeted relief for restaurants, working with groups like the National Restaurant Association and our state partners. These efforts paid off, ensuring the American Rescue Plan includes a vital ingredient: a $28.6 billion down payment in the form of a Restaurant Revitalization Fund for flexible grants to get restaurants “cooking” again.
Join the National Restaurant Association’s conversation with the Senator via Zoom at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 30, to learn more about the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund, modeled on the unified RESTAURANTS Act.
Find out what it can mean for your business. Sen. Schumer will have details about the impact of this critical program, along with other resources he and his colleagues fought hard to secure to help keep restaurants open and able to maintain their vital place in local economies.
[Webinar] Business Insurance: Navigating coronavirus claims and your policy
In this webinar, we’ll go over how:
- The coronavirus has impacted claims made for business interruption
- You can mitigate rising prices for certain insurance coverages
- Your renewal or current policy can benefit from our insurance program
[Webinar Replay] From 2020: Employment Security Department SharedWork program
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.
[Webinar Replay] Employment Security Department Q&A
Representatives from the Employment Security Department talked about SharedWork, voluntary contributions, relief of benefits, when employees decline hours and more in this recent webinar. The links relevant to this webinar are:
- To help an employee receive benefits, email Shelby Pemberton at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Information about SharedWork.
- Information about what to do when an employee refuses an offer of work.
- Information about relief of benefit charges.
- Templates of letters to recall employees.
You can find the slides to this presentation here: Hospitality Assoc – UI Tax Relief Presentation 3.23.21.
[Webinar Replay] The Hospitality Profit: Restaurant Revitalization Fund
Hospitality financial consultant Rick Braa explains how to get grants through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. You can find a link to his presentation here: Economic Stimulus March 2021 Sponsored by IBA.
[Webinar] National Restaurant Association: Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), PPP Second Draw, and ERTC: An Update on Restaurant Relief Efforts
As restaurants prepare for spring, the prospects for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund – featuring $25 billion in grants envisioned by the RESTAURANTS Act – are heating up. While the Association has long championed the bipartisan $120 billion RESTAURANTS Act in its entirety, the current proposal represents a key first step for restaurant relief in Congress. We’ll provide a timely update on the legislative progress and what this Fund may look like when it is operated by the Biden Administration.
Additionally, restaurants and hotels are the top industry accessing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under Second Draw. We will discuss why that is and what headwinds some restaurants are nonetheless experiencing with the program. Lastly, more restaurants are preparing to claim employee retention tax credits (ERTC), as coordination with past and current PPP loans is now permitted. Learn more about expanded ERTC and how it can help for both 2020 and 2021.
Join the National Restaurant Association in this webinar at 10 a.m., March 4.
[Webinar replay] CEO Podcast with Anthony Anton
February has been a busy month in Washington for restaurants. This month, expect:
- unemployment insurance relief—new rates are coming to you soon
- $240 million in grants are expected soon for small businesses
- all regions in Washington have moved into Phase 2, so restaurants can open at 25% occupancy
What should you expect in March? Washington Hospitality CEO Anthony Anton gives a rundown of this and answered your questions in this webinar replay. Brought to you by IBA.
[Webinar] Make HR easy: Automate onboarding, scheduling and payroll
Today our industry spends too much time and money addressing employer-related responsibilities. It’s vital to reassess labor management and take some notes from the flourishing gig economy. Hospitality has changed and it’s time to take a new approach by providing the benefits and flexibility your workforce desires, reducing turnover and redirecting your focus to running a successful business. How can this be done effectively?
In this webinar, we’ll go over how:
- To separate your business from employer-related responsibilities and liabilities.
- You can leverage technology to ease the burden of HR administration
- Your employees and candidates can access opportunities available in the growing gig economy
[Webinar] Hospitality Profit: Ask Rick Braa your questions
This month, Washington Hospitality Consultant Rick Braa gave us an update on government relief efforts available to business owners. He also answered your questions about the Employee Retention Credit and the PPP. Download his slideshow presentation here: Economic Stimulus February 2021. Sponsored by IBA.
[Webinar replay] Coronavirus Economic Aid Programs with the SBA
- Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
- First Draw PPP Loans
- Second Draw PPP Loans
- Forgiveness Updates
- Additional Aid and Other Resources
[Webinar replay] Getting started on workplace vaccine policies with Catharine Morisset
Washington Hospitality Association Board Member Catharine Morisset of Fisher Philips discussed what to look for regarding workplace vaccine policies. She provides a number of free helpful resources and answers questions from the hospitality industry members. Follow along with Catharine’s slides here: COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations
[Webinar] Declare independence from third-party delivery
Jan. 26, 10 a.m. on Zoom
Topics we will touch on:
- Native Delivery will enable you to survive and thrive in and beyond this pandemic
- How 3rd party apps are damaging to your restaurant brand
- There is a greenfield of opportunity for those that have a native delivery strategy.
[Webinar] Conversation and Q&A with Rick Braa
In our monthly conversation with Washington Hospitality Advisory Network Consultant Rick Braa, we discussed the PPP, the employee retention credit and more. Brought to you by US Bank Elavon Credit Card Processing. Find his presentation slides here: Download Rick Braa’s Presentation PDF 1/27/21
[Webinar] Ready for Winter: Return to indoor dining and delivery tips
oin us at 10 a.m. Jan. 7 for this webinar that will discuss what you’ll need to know as we return to indoor dining. We’ll also discuss delivery tips if you are thinking about expanding or going on your own. Speakers include Andy Cook of Harbor Foods and Tami Kennedy from Bargreen Ellingson. Sponsored by ShiftPixy.