As various state counties begin to progress through phases of the Governor’s plan to reopen Washington, many businesses are still suffering under the restrictions. Any unplanned downtime for a business is an immediate loss of income, not just for company owners, but for their employees as well.
Plans for the Deer Park Yard Sale (DPYS) have not changed, and it will continue to be held August 7th-9th. Participants and individuals are encouraged to practice proper hygiene and physical distancing recommendations. Local businesses are invited to hold a sidewalk sale similar to last year.
Each year, Deer Park Dollars for Scholars (DPDS) raises funds with the help of community volunteers to support local students in their efforts to reach and achieve their educational goals. Dollars for Scholars is a non-profit, tax-exempt scholarship foundation that assists students as a resource for collegiate financial aid. Founded in 2001, Dollars for Scholars became Deer Park’s locally supported and operated chapter of Scholarship America, aiding graduating seniors in the Deer Park School District.
The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce (DPCC) held another meeting via Zoom to further highlight the benefits a chamber membership brings to Deer Park’s local businesses. Amongst several advertising opportunities, a membership aids small businesses in getting their story out to an interested region, and connecting them to other businesses.
Phase 2 of the “Safe Start” plan for Washington state came to Spokane and Stevens County rather abruptly, leaving some businesses confused and scrambling. Eager to re-open, a few businesses had begun sanitizing and writing their new policies in preparation prior to the announcement. Others let their customers know it will be a little longer before they can open their doors again, as they make sure their business adheres to Phase 2 safety requirements.
The Stevens County / Spokane Tribe Broadband Action Team announced in a press release that they are collaborating with the Spokane Tribe Telecom Exchange (STTX) on a crowdsourcing project. By collecting internet speed data from residents, they will gain the ability to further advocate for an expansion of high-speed internet connectivity throughout communities in need of it.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Comcast Cable increases the speed of their Internet Essentials Program, offering 25/3 Mbps Internet service at $9.95/mo for eligible, low-income families and households. New customers can now receive their first two months free if they apply for service by May 13, 2020.