December 3rd, 2020

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According to recent Federal Trade Commission reporting, Americans lost nearly $667 million to imposter scams and $1.9 billion overall to fraud in 2019 (a 28% increase from 2018)—and early reports indicate those numbers will be much higher for 2020. Unfortunately, whether businesses or consumers, no one is fully immune to criminal imposters or other attempted fraud (e.g., email phishingscams targeting elderly adults). This is primarily because fraudsters are adept at getting people to provide them with sensitive information about their consumer or business accounts.  

Round 3: Working Washington Small Business Grants: Applications For Up To $20,000 in Emergency Funding Are Now Open.


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The new Working Washington Small Business Grant Round 3 will tentatively be ready to go tomorrow! This is a first come, first serve basis and time is of the essence. We would advise applying as soon as possible once the link is active. 

Avista Helps Customers Take Simple Steps To Manage Their Winter Energy Costs: Easy Low-Cost Tips Can Reduce Air Drafts and Heat Loss during the Cold Weather Months

Dec. 3, 2020

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Dec. 3, 2020: During the colder months, home heating is responsible for 40-60 percent of the charges on a customer's monthly energy bill. Just as they do every year when colder weather starts to set in, home heating systems across Avista's service territory are running more frequently and for longer periods of time. This increased activity means increased energy use, resulting in higher monthly energy bills.

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Awards $25K in Scholarship Funding As Part of New Program


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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories has awarded six scholarships, totaling $25,000, in partnership with three universities as part of the new SEL Scholarship Program. The funding will help support students pursuing degrees in engineering or applied technology.

Religious and Faith-based Organizations COVID-19 Requirements

December 2, 2020

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Gov. Jay Inslee today updated restrictions for religious and faith based organizations.

The update clarifies that religious and faith-based organizations can hold outdoor services with up to 200 individuals, regardless of location, so long as physical distancing is followed and face coverings are worn. This modification expands where outdoor services can be held, services are no longer limited to the organization’s property or an immediately adjacent property.

Applications Open for New Round of State Working Washington Business Grants


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Businesses encouraged to apply by Dec. 11

OLYMPIA, WA --- Small businesses struggling to survive the impact of COVID-19 can apply now for up to $20,000 in a new round of $50 million in state Working Washington grants. Priority is focused on businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019 and those most impacted by the recent public health measures, as well as businesses in sectors that have experienced significant, cumulative impacts. Examples include full-service restaurants, fitness centers, bowling alleys and music and event venues.

Medicaid Client Participation during the Public Health Emergency

Developmental Disabilities Administration | December 2, 2020

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Under the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, DSHS has maintained the amount clients pay towards their cost of care if a change would have caused an increase, this is called participation. Participation is calculated by income and allowable deductions. (Chapter 182-515 WAC and WAC 182-513-1380).



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