COVID – Grants Gratitude and Help

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We are so glad – overjoyed really – we were able to find some money in our budget to develop the “Help Coupeville Come Back From Covid19” grants.

Starting with the dollars we earmarked, the efforts of The Captain Whidbey Inn, Salty Acres Farm, 3 Sisters Market, One Willow Farm, Ashley’s Design’s, our Pennies for Preservation givers and countless other donors who jumped on the cause, we were able to give over 11 thousand dollars in unrestricted grants to 20 small businesses in our historic catchment in May.

Since then we have been focused on June grants. We hope you’ll consider helping us make another round of grants for our local business owners this month. Small businesses across the country, state and county are struggling still and they need as much community support as they can get.

In this post we’re including just a few of the thank you’s we’ve received from the May grants so you can read for yourself just how much these grants are needed and appreciated.

Though able to open with Phase 2 guidelines, our local small business owners are not out of the economic woods from the closures. The burden of an extensive amount of lost revenue and bills still rolling in, the majority of our local business owners are treading carefully and peddling as fast as they can.

Based on the thanks we’ve received from May grant recipients it’s obvious they needed them, and are deeply grateful for this kind of community support.

We hope you’ll consider helping us get the June grant money up to a healthy amount. The May granting was a total of 20 grants at $564.00 each. Enough to make a dent in the ongoing bills, personal protective gear for reopening or necessary stock to facilitate opening.

As we see sales in reopened stores we also see less customers. These are tough times, please help if you’re able.

I LOVE COUPEVILLE – I WANT TO HELP

You can safely give to the grants through paypal. Or you can also mail your donation to: Coupeville Historic Waterfront Assoc. PO Box 121, Coupeville 98239. Please put “I Love Coupeville – Covid Relief Grants” in the memo. All gifts are tax deductible. 

Read the full story of the COVID grants beginnings

More thank you’s!


We also gave grants to 3 non-profits. More assurances our community cares!

We’ll share more of the thank you messages as they come in!

The community came out strong for the May grants and local business owners (our friends and family) are ever grateful.

If you can help with the June grants and/or share our plea that would be incredibly helpful.

Whether you can afford to give or not your love of Coupeville and acknowledgement of these economically dangerous times for our local businesses helps. Keep the faith, we’ll get through this together.

I LOVE COUPEVILLE – I WANT TO HELP

Mailing a check – Make out to Coupeville Historic Waterfront Assoc. PO Box 121, Coupeville 98239. Please put “I Love Coupeville – Covid Relief Grants” in the memo.

Silver linings and our $20,000 commitment to Coupeville

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Show your love for Coupeville Small Businesses 

Image Credit: The late Denis Hill. We felt this photo was perfect for this particular message and announcement from our Executive Director. It’s perfect because we know Denis would have been full of help, and ideas to help, all during and after this covid19 crisis. Denis deeply loved Coupeville. He was a dear friend, a fierce and trustworthy helper and a founding member of CHWA. We miss him. The photo is now registered to his estate.

A message and program announcement from our

Executive Director Vickie Chambers

Sometimes it just takes a little help from our friends to turn common concerns into helpful ideas of reality. 

During the mandatory covid19 shut-down we’ve heard from many people (on phone, email, or text of course) expressing worries for historic waterfront small businesses, owners and staff. We can’t count the number of times we’ve heard “How can small businesses survive this?” or “How can I help our local businesses survive…” Not to mention a small business owner saying “I am not sure my business can survive this…” and one who’s sadly closed entirely (Lower Loft Eatery).

Saying we’re worried too, is an understatement! Coupeville business owners are our friends. Their staff are our friends. It’s that small town benefit of knowing everyone enough to care. 

My board and I have discussed how we can offer vital and immediate financial help, and we’ve come up with something we believe will. It’s a kind of relief and we hope you’ll help us maximize the commitment.

From our budget we can afford to commit up to $20,000 to provide 0 to low interest micro-loans to most affected Coupeville businesses and match YOUR investment into helping them too.

WE will begin using the our $20,000 seed money for micro-loans and matching investments immediately

With 75% of historic waterfront businesses closed (making no income but still strapped with rent and other bills) $20,000 is not a lot of money to help mitigate covid19 damage for  businesses. With that in mind we are asking you to help generate more loans than we could alone.

Light at the End of the Tunnel – LENT

We’re calling these loans LENT (Light at the end of the Tunnel) micro-loans. These loans will start as 0% interest loans (with interest to be slowly added based on loan repayment schedule). 

Along with our Facade Grant program, the LENT micro-loan program can help insure our friends and neighbors who own businesses (in an area that provides a bulk of Coupeville’s economic vitality and sustainability) can face fallout of covid19t, and unforeseen crisis’s in the future.

Citizen Investment is Needed in Coupeville

We hope you’ll see the benefit of the LENT Micro-Loan Program and will join us in investing in Coupeville. Together we’ll be investing in Coupeville’s long run during covid crisis and beyond. Please read the frequently asked questions for more details.

With hope for Coupeville I thank you.

Sincerely,

Vicky

IMPORTANT – FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: I don’t make donations online. How can I give without giving my credit card online?

A: You can mail a check. The check would be made out to Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association. Put LENT in the memo and mail to: Coupeville Historic Waterfront – P.O. Box 121, Coupeville, WA 98239. 

Q: How are you, what guidelines do you have, for reviewing the applications. Some businesses can still make sales, others cannot. How do we gauge the hardship? Our local businesses and (current) resources for owners are all so different. 

A: All applications will be reviewed by the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association (CHWA) LENT Panel. This panel consists of Coupeville resident’s and business owners. People who are Coupeville knowledgeable and have the ability to review and make funding recommendations. Those recommendations will be presented to the CHWA Board of Directors for final approval. – The CHWA Board of Directors is, likewise, made up of long time Coupeville business owners and residents. 

Q: WHO is eligible for these loans? There’s so many small businesses in Coupeville.

A: Business owners within our historic catchment as designated by the Washington Main Street Program (a division of the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation). Find out more about our Main Street status and see catchement map.

Q: Can ‘investors’ see the application the business owner’s will use to apply.

A: Yes – LENT – Micro-Loan – Application

Q:  What if a business was able to qualify for the state or federal loans? OR has enough money in the bank to weather this storm. How do you know people won’t double dip?

A: We are in a unique position of knowing our membership very well.  We work side by side and know them as businesses owners, residents in our community and friends. We trust they will ask for what they need, when they truly need it, and will be in a position to pay the funds back.

Q: Isn’t this just strapping a business owner with more debt?

A: The CHWA LENT loans are intended to alleviate stress not create it.  They are not in the 10’s of 1000’s of dollars. We took this into account and believe applicants (our members) know their business and their limits and will be able to use the loan not be buried by it.

Q: “So MY donation, or investment, goes back to the Historic Waterfront after the small business owner pays the LENT loan back? Over recouping your $20,000 investment what will the Historic Waterfront DO with the amount that came from me and other ‘investors’?

A: The $20,000 from CHWA plus all investments from the public will be funneled back to the LENT Micro-loan program to be used as a low-interest tool to offset some of the financial impacts businesses in the district might endure during emergency situations.  This program will be maintained as a restricted account and all funds will be recirculated as part of future LENT micro-loans.

Q: What other kinds of emergency’s could there be? This covid19 crisis is unheard of.

A: Yes, this is unheard of. Sadly king-tides, storms, flood, fire, owner illness/accident, earthquakes, can all result in financial emergencies that could, if not addressed, affect someone’s livelihood (and that of their employee’s should they have any) and our town, both in spirit and economic sustainability. Loss of business, vacancy’s and damaged buildings lead to economic slumps in any historic town. It’s vital, and part of our mission to help insure sustainability along the historic waterfront.

Q: If YOU get the money, I gave, over YOUR $20,000 initial investment, why wouldn’t I just give it to the business owner directly?

A: You are certainly welcome to invest in any business directly, but the intent of the LENT program is to maximize funding investments and options and make available immediate assistance for those in need of emergency financial help. Emergency’s vary and business needs vary in both funding and timing. By keeping the LENT micro-loan program funded (in the bank) we are able to offer immediate and timely support, and possibly mitigate further damage to a business, building, or our economy (tax base). 

Q: Shouldn’t a business that might be forced to close all together get the first right to the loans? Some have been able to stay open and a couple are doing pretty well from what I can see? Still making sales.

A: All businesses in our district dealt with difficult choices over the covid19 closures. Some have the ability to offer products and services based on the definition of “essential business” set by the state of Washington. Some are forced to close all together.  We do have one business that has chosen to permanently close (The Lower Loft Eatery) through this covid19 crisis. As heartbreaking as it is we respect that choice. But precisely because every business and business owner is unique in what they are able to endure, we trust the LENT Panel to determine need, urgency and priorities. And we trust our business owning neighbors (our members) who will be applying. We believe they will be honest and frank with their needs and only apply if they truly need  assistance.

We hope that answers YOUR questions as potential investors in the LENT micro-loan program in Coupeville.

I’ve read Vicky’s letter and the frequently asked questions and want to invest in Coupeville

Please share this opportunity with your family and friends and help us kick off the LENT micro-loan program with a bang. 

Those with more questions PLEASE fill out this form. The form will send an email directly to our Executive Director Vicky Chambers.

Covid19 – Payroll Assistance – U.S. Small Business Administration

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“Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act”

aka “CARES Act”

From our Executive Director Vicky Chambers.

The Payroll Protection Program (part of last week’s CARES Act guaranteed under the United States Small Business Administration) went live today. This program is a loan program designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses for them to keep their workers on the payroll. 

Please don’t be intimidated. Business owners on Whidbey and throughout Washington should read on, and fill out the application. Maybe a little admin, it’ll be relatively painless. Read on. 

BASICS

The Payroll Protection Program provides cash flow assistance in the form of a low interest SBA loan through your bank or credit union specifically designed to protect employees.

Interest rate: 1%.

There is discussion that this % could be cut in half or that a portion of the loan will turn in to a grant.  

Who’s eligible? Small businesses with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organizations or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by Covid19 pandemic.

Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible if their individual locations employ less than 500 workers.

Service -Disabled Veterans Owned Small Business Program

How does this loan get to me: From federally guaranteed lenders who issue Small Business Administration Loans. YOUR bank/credit union.

View and Download Application Paycheck Protection Program Application

PRO-TIP – READ SMALL PRINT!!

Relax into the idea of needing to read a sentence or paragraph (in guidelines at the bottom of the application) more than once.

CHWA ADVICE – PREPARE

Have your financial info and forms ready! Gather everything you’ll need up prior to beginning the application process.

  1. DBA or Tradename
  2. Business TIN (EIN, SSN)
  3. Average Monthly Payroll Amount
  4. Number of Employees
  5. Purpose of the loan (See “VERY IMPORTANT NOTE” below

Complete it, include any needed attachments and deliver to YOUR lender (bank/credit union) as soon as you can. The faster you can get in the que the better!

Reach out to YOUR lender immediately. We know Heritage Bank, Peoples Bank, and others are ready to help. 

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE

LOAN DETAILS & FORGIVENESS language directly from SBA site

Payroll Protection Program loans will be fully forgiven IF the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels.  Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.

This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1%.

ALERT

AUTOMATIC DECLINE of SBA Payroll Protection loan: If you answer “Yes” to questions 5 or 6 on the form the loan will not be approved. View form

HELP with valid data gathering! Take the Main Street America small business covid19 impact survey. Deadline: Monday, April 6

Additional resources

Washington Retail Association: Retailer Resource Guide. Employers and employee resources.

 

US Chamber of Commerce: Covid19 Emergency Loans Check List and Small Business Guide  View and download

 

Norma Ramirez de Miess’s workshop: Leading through Crisis on Tuesday, April 7 at 9:00 a.m.

 

Kauffman Foundations Guide to Helping Small Business Navigate…. (including good information about PPP) https://www.kauffman.org/currents/a-guide-to-helping-small-businesses-covid-19/

 

Washington Women’s Business Center is offering free one-on-one consultation, including help with SBA loans, for women-owned small businesses! https://businessimpactnw.org/washington-womens-business-center/

 

Locable has free business status directory template web pages https://www.locable.com/2020/03/19/1087/free-business-status-directory-during-covid-19-coronavirus-for-your-community/

CREATING AN ONLINE STORE

 

Please don’t be intimidated by filling out forms at this time. It is to your benefit to navigate the relief package programs as soon as you can.

Briggs Shore Ceramics

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Accompanying this picture of #17 Front St. Briggs Shore posted these words on the Briggs Shore Ceramics facebook page on December 31st 2019: “This is the day. This is the place. Tonight I get the keys to my very own pottery studio. From this tiny building on this blustery and rainy evening, I will begin to fully live my dream. Happy New Year everyone. May 2020 bring us every good thing we hope for.” – Briggs Shore New Year’s Eve 2020.

After signing the lease for 17 Front St. and getting the keys, it took a couple months to get moved in and set up. Excited, Briggs opened for a weekend in early March before the state shut-down of non-essential businesses in Washington was declared. Since that time she has been staying busy doing studio work, and beefing up her online store to help manage the shut down time.

Born and raised in Iowa, Briggs enjoyed working in pottery throughout her high school years. After high school she pursued degrees in Interior Design and Integrated Studio Art at Iowa State University, graduating in 2007.

After getting her degrees Briggs worked and looked at pottery as a continuing hobby. Then a friend promoted her participate in a ‘Pop-Up Craft Show’ in 2015 and the direction of her life and career changed. Briggs decided to become a professional potter (and waitress to pay the bills).

Not one to let time waste Briggs dove full bore into life as a potter. She became resident artist in pottery at the Ceramics Center in Cedar Rapids Iowa from January thru April 2016, moved to Whidbey in July 2016 to take up as a Studio Assistant at Cook on Clay in Coupeville and then became artist in residence at Penn Cove Pottery where she continues to be represented. Also a member of Whidbey Working Artists, in just 5 years after that ‘Pop-Up Craft Show’ changed her course Briggs has achieved her dream to have her own studio. We’re lucky it’s right here in Coupeville on Front St.!

Landing in Coupeville is part and parcel to effort, opportunity and a draw to creative community for Briggs. We’re not surprised Whidbey won out as a home and the place to bring a dream to fruition.

“There’s a really vibrant art community on Whidbey I feel really fortunate to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to being a place where people can get an up-close view of how pottery is made, and am excited to bring more art into downtown Coupeville.” – Briggs Shore 

The Briggs Shore ceramics ‘style’ is simple, sleek and functional. She describes her style as Midcentury Modern, Scandinavian, and Contemporary West Coast. Using her background in design her ‘instinct’ in the studio is to make functional dishes. She marks herself as a proponent of simple and modern handmade ceramics. All her work is durable enough to use every day. They are dishwasher and microwave safe “just like any ceramic dishes you may have in your home now”.

“I’m influenced by my professional training and my love of Scandinavian design. It’s important to me to create pieces that are a joy to hold and use and will make parts of your day a little more special.” – Briggs Shore

 Visit the Brigg Shore Ceramics online store

It’s a delight to have a pottery studio and potter living on Front St. again. For many years Jan McGregor of Jan McGregor Studio lived and threw pottery in her building at #19 Front St. (next door to where Briggs is now). Since finishing her dream home and studio nearby several years ago, Jan now sells fine Japanese antiques out of her building and no longer throws. The antiques are a love Jan acquired while studying pottery under a master in Japan early in her ceramics career. Image Credit: Jan McGregor Studio

Some things change in Coupeville but (always) parts of it come back around to be the same. We have a potter living and throwing on Front St.

We welcome Briggs to town and look forward to the day we can all flood Front St. to enjoy her studio and the rest of our wonderful Front St. retail businesses forced to close right now.

As a bonus Briggs and her fiancé Patrick (head baker at Coupeville’s Little Red Hen Bakery) live in the apartment above her ceramics studio and store. Nothing better than a quick commute and being part of our small but mighty waterfront. Short walk to work and a vibrant work community for both of them.

We have a lot to be thankful for in Coupeville and having a new business is a just one of those things. For a small town of small businesses (who work hard to be solid and whole heartedly serve) Coupeville is doing pretty well.

Located in #17 Front St. Briggs Shore Ceramics is in a circa 1909 building built by Jacob Straub, a blacksmith by trade, for the law office of Judge Lester Still . The building has seen many businesses in the 111 years since Judge Still and we’re thrilled to see Briggs Shore Pottery settle in and bring a new era to this sweet buildings! The building is owned by Joel and Lorene Norris, who also own Kapaws Iskreme and 21 Front St.

History of #17 Front St. – Judge Lester Still building

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HOMESCHOOLING? OH MY!

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It’s been enlightening hearing the comments and thoughts of parent’s who are home schooling right now. Most wonderful has been the number of great ideas and smart habits they’re working into the schedules, not to mention the exclamations that ‘teachers are underpaid’ (there’s lots of THAT comment).

Most parents and some grandparents will know about these videos but there’s a lot of us, some with kids at home and some without, who have no idea how many and how creative learning videos are today.

We wish everyone the best in their ‘stay home’ homeschooling efforts. Here’s some of the searches and videos that we watching while surfing the subjects (for 2 1/2 well spent hours).

MATH 

1st Grade Math – 5+mins

More 1st Grade Math Videos – short to long

2nd Grade Math – 5+mins

More 2nd Grade Math Videos – short to long

Groupings with music? Who knew?

More from Numberock

Math videos for 3rd Grade

Math videos for 4th Grade

You get the idea. Once on youtube, search the grade level in the search bar and poof there’s a video (or 100).

SCIENCE

Looking at the science videos was a blast.

Especially liked this one for not needing a lot of ingredients that require shopping or scratching your head thinking ‘where can I get THAT?’

 

More science videos – short and long

UT OH

GOT SUCKED INTO THIS while on the ‘Science videos for kids’ page – it’s 14+mins and pretty fantastic.

This event from 2017 features 3 new US domino records: largest domino field, largest domino structure, and largest overall domino project in America. 19 builders from 5 countries spent 7 days (over 1,200 combined hours) building the Incredible Science Machine.

More dominos videos LOL

Search anything on youtube. Search ‘homeschooling advice’, subjects and grades, etc., and lots will come up. Note: We are not necessarily advertising for them only in that it’s an easy search for ANYTHING.

VIRTUAL TRAVEL

One search we liked was the virtual travel search. There is a lot to learn from travel.  We started by traveling to China with the Panda videos.

More travel videos for kids

During the travel videos we got stuck in the National Geographic channel for kids. Specifically their Explorer Academy. Very cool.

More from National Geographic

BTW – we’re betting most people reading this grew up with Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. As we watched videos today we recalled just how graphic Wild Kingdom was. And well, yes, you can find those online too. There’s 323 of them. Good luck.

READING

Moving along we were caught by the StoryTime Online channel while searching ‘reading with kids’. The Screen Actors Guild produces these and you can see actors and actresses you know read from kids books. This was a fun rabbit hole.

Went with Arnie the Donut first for obvious reasons (craving donuts).

Then on to Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White

More StoryTimeOnline videos

ART

Being as Whidbey has some of the greatest artists in the state of Washington and we’ll bet the county, we had to search the ‘art projects for kids’ videos. Suffice to say there’s no disappointment there.

More from Art for Kids Hub

More from Easy Kids Craft

More art projects for kids

Art projects for teens

Searching through art we came across an artist who offered up his channel for all those staying home during the pandemic, along with many artists helping people understand the processes of drawing, painting and sculpting. LAST RABBIT HOLE for the day.

This channel has A LOT. Trees is the choice for this post.

More from Drawing and Painting – The Virtual Instructor

Washington enough, we found a Latte Art tutorial in the ‘art tutorial’ search.

More ‘art tutorial’ videos

FROM ART TO PHYSICS

What can we say, there’s a lot of fantastic videos on physics. The channel for the trailer below is amazingly comprehensive. Basically there’s physics and everything and that Crash Course covers it.

More from Crash Course

More from MIT Lectures with Walter Lewin (calculus based physics)

More assorted Physics videos

Well, it’s past lunch time and the 2 1/2 hours surfing educational videos has be very interesting, enlightening and fun. It’s time for lunch and then to make some calls and texts inquiring how our members, family and friends are doing.

We wish each of you reading this best as we navigate the ‘stay home’ virus closures. If you’re bored check in with loved ones and friends in other towns and states. If you need take out, want to shop local online, need to know if a shop will do curb side pick up or delivery or just want to know who’s open in Coupeville visit our ‘What’s Open in Coupeville‘ page. The page is updated daily.

Be well, kind and share your resourcefulness if, when and where you can.