May 26, 2020

New website will help employers reopen safely

By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0

A new website aims to help Washington get back to business, safely.

The site,, is a practical and timely resource for Washington employers, especially small businesses. It's free and open for all Washington businesses to use.

It includes a PPE Connect portal that can help employers get what they need to open again -- Face masks, hand sanitizer, gowns and more.

And there's a free toolkit for small and medium-sized businesses. This includes templates that can be downloaded and customized for nearly any situation -- Social media messages, employee training videos, signs and floor stickers.

The goal is to help Washington's economy reopen safely for both customers and employees.

The new site was created in a matter of weeks, overseen by AWB's Rebound and Recovery Task Force. The task force includes nearly three dozen business leaders from diverse industries across the state. It's chaired by Tim Schauer of MacKay Sposito, an infrastructure and development consulting firm in Vancouver, and Michelle Hege of DH, a public relations, advertising and branding agency based in Spokane.

"Many of our small businesses are days or weeks away from not being able to open at all,” Hege said in a news release today. “The toolkit is designed to equip businesses with the information they need to safely reopen their doors, and to communicate how they are taking action to protect their workers and customers so they can build public confidence."

Schauer said the portal will be useful for Washington employers, especially smaller businesses that can't buy PPE in bulk.

"The PPE Connect portal allows businesses to connect with Washington manufacturers and purchase items by the hundreds or thousands versus tens of thousands or millions."

The website was built by SiteCrafting, a full-service digital agency based in Tacoma.

The PPE Connect portal is expected to grow to include more manufacturers, and more diverse products. Washington manufacturers that wish to be included in this database are welcome to submit their information at

For more information, please contact Tommy Gantz at