Donors Needed for the Center of the Universe Relief Fund Only $9,900 more to go! Can you help?

Our unique blend of small retailers, restaurants, services, and nonprofits make Fremont an incredible place to do business and work. It’s what makes the Center of the Universe, the Center of the Universe! And right now, those friends and neighbors need your help!
That’s why the nonprofit Fremont Chamber of Commerce has launched the Center of the Universe Small Business Relief Fund to help our small businesses & nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. While there are multiple grant relief resources available, we have identified gaps that leave some of our neighborhood businesses and nonprofits without relief opportunities.
You’re Invited! Fremont Chamber’s Shameless Self-Promotion
Wednesday, November 18th | 5pm – 6:30pm | Online
Everyone who tunes into this fun, happy hour event will have the opportunity for a 90-second speech to promote their business or organization. This is a terrific chance for businesses introduce themselves, describe their services and make new connections. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with the Fremont business community!
Join the Fremont Chamber for a Free Health & Wellness Referral Based Networking Meeting on Zoom

Monday, November 9th | 6pm – 7pm | Online
The Fremont Chamber invites health and wellness professionals to a networking event that is all about referrals. Health professionals get more referrals from other health professionals — the Health and Wellness Meet Up — is back!! But we will be on Zoom. The format is simple, join the zoom and we will put you in a number of rounds of break out rooms to connect and find people who would be good referrals both to and from your business.
Trick-or-Treat In Fremont is this Weekend!
Saturday, October 31st, 2pm – 5pm
Sixty Fremont businesses have signed-up to (very carefully, and socially distant) distribute treats to children, in costume and accompanied by a parent/guardian, all wearing masks. A list of the participating businesses can be seen HERE!
We don’t know how many children will be a part of this COVID-careful Trick-or-Treat, but we expect a lot fewer than usual, just as we have fewer businesses than in previous years. We do hope the people not participating in Trick-or-Treat will try to be patient and keep distant from the children, just doing what children do!
Any businesses that want to participate, and aren’t yet listed, can still sign up (and get a Participating Business poster) at [email protected] or 206-632-3170.
Please note, however, that we are recommending several safety protocols to keep our community safe – and these may not be possible for our strapped and struggling small businesses. Any business interested in participating should check out the recommendations.
City of Seattle Extends Free Street Use Permits for Businesses Through October 31, 2021
SEATTLE – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) temporary street use permits are extended through October 31, 2021. These free permits allow small businesses to expand their operations outside to help ease the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic while remaining in compliance with local and statewide public health guidance and requirements.
This extension impacts free sidewalk café and curb space permits as well as free street closure permits. In addition, the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) will immediately begin issuing free tent permits and heating permits to help businesses maintain operations during the colder, rainier months ahead. Learn more here.
The City of Seattle has several open commissioner positions for the Labor Standards Advisory Commission (LSAC). LSAC needs you! Most of these open positions are available due to term limits and the majority of these are positions belong to business representatives. Learn more about the Commission below. Learn about the Commission.
Take Seattle University’s Sixth Annual Citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey Through Nov. 30
Help the City of Seattle determine what safety and security concerns are a priority in your neighborhood.
Take the survey here.
Last Call: Apply for the Washington State Community Small Business Resiliency Grant
The primary purpose of the Washington State Small Business Resiliency Grant Program is to support businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For businesses operating in Washington with a current business license, the Washington State Department of Commerce has developed a Community Small Business Resiliency Grant Program using $5 Million of Federal CARES Act Relief Funds. Grant funds can be used to cover working capital shortfalls due to COVID-19 hardship. Applications will be accepted now until 12 p.m. October 28, 2020. Click below for more information and to apply. Learn more here.
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