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Celebrated 24 years in business yesterday!
Les Amis is a cozy and inviting boutique offering a curated selection of global designer clothing and jewelry.
Since 1996 we have been truly blessed to have the support of an amazing community and consider our clients friends.
Visit our online boutique, enjoy a unique shopping experience and discover something beautiful. Browse new arrivals.
Portage Bay Goods
The gift shop for the thoughtful procrastinator!
Do you spend months searching for the perfect gift? Are you smug and not easily amused? Then perhaps Portage Bay Goods isn’t the store for you. We cater to those who need a fabulous gift in, like, five minutes. The kind of gift that says, “Look! I remembered!” rather than “Look what I picked up at the gas station!” Peruse their online shop.
Featured Fremont Business: Culture Foundry
Culture Foundry is a digital agency that possesses a rare balance of design inspiration and technical expertise to bring ambitious websites and applications to life. Headquartered in Fremont (right next to the Statue of Lenin), Culture Foundry does a lot of mission-driven work, does it well, and is actively looking to do more. In light of the recent health impacts and second-wave economic effects of COVID-19, this calling has turned into resolve: The way forward is digital, and they are in a unique position to help.
For many of their clients, that help has already been engaged, with Culture Foundry serving as a coronavirus response team to help them navigate the crisis. They’ve been getting out messaging, scaling up infrastructure for new digital initiatives, and even helping clients pivot entire business strategies on a dime.
Many organizations have shifted to remote work in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and Culture Foundry can be a digital partner in managing this change. As a remote-first company since its founding, Culture Foundry has already experienced many of the unique benefits and challenges that come with this particular setup. Don’t know where to start? Dive into their blog posts for insights that will help you thrive in a remote workplace and broader perspectives on staying centered:
- Working Remotely
- Remote Project Managers: 5 Simple Tips for Effective Client Communication
- Where is All the Beauty in the World?
These are the times when partnerships are built and proven. If you’re looking for a strategic sounding board, a compelling site design that does your story justice, or more capacity to deliver on your roadmap, or even just a friend in the neighborhood to talk to — or all these things — they’re the firm to call. Check them out at www.culturefoundry.com and if interested, reach out to Jory Goehle, Director of Accounts at email@example.com.
Seattle-area restaurant workers financially hurt by coronavirus pandemic can apply for $500 grants
Seattle Times food writer
Several local organizations have banded together and started a grant program to help Seattle-area restaurant workers who are suffering financially due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Plate Fund was created by The Schultz Family Foundation, in partnership with All In Seattle, the Seattle Foundation, UpTogether and numerous Seattle-area restaurateurs. It has set out with $4 million in seed funding, with the “goal to reach as many out-of-work restaurant workers as possible in King County.” Read the full article here.
Paycheck Protection Program
An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce
employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
“One of the most important measures from last week’s federal $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the Paycheck Protection Program. It helps non-profits and small businesses (including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons) cover payroll, rent, mortgage and utility costs.” Learn more here.
SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
U.S. Small Business Administration is collecting the requested information in order to make a loan under SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to the qualified entities listed in this application that are impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The information will be used in determining whether the applicant is eligible for an economic injury loan. Click here to apply or to determine if your business is eligible. For more information about relief options and resources related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus.
4Culture: Cultural Relief Fund: Individuals
One-time grants of up to $2,000 are available for emergencies related to the COVID-19 virus and to support the creative responses cultural workers offer in times of crisis. The first round of funding will be available through May 15. Apply at any time within that time frame. Learn more here.
Hello4Culture has gone digital!
Hello4Culture is going digital so we can connect with you in these uncertain times! Join us on Zoom each week where we’ll share information and resources as we all navigate the COVID-19 outbreak and answer your questions. Register here.