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Spring 2019




APRIL 22, 2019 

12:30-5 PM


Renaissance Seattle Hotel

515 Madison St. 

Seattle, WA 98104


Join fellow members of the hospitality industry as we explore topics to help improve how you run your business and increase your bottom line. With keynote speakers who understand your challenges and resources to overcome any obstacle, this event is a must for the industry.



12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Trends, successes and trouble areas of the industry; Anthony will share the local pulse of businesses around Washington State.

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1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

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Breakout #1: International Tourism in Washington State

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

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Seattle’s International profile continues to rise in the global tourism industry. Superior connectivity at Sea-Tac Airport, strong global brand awareness, and innovative country-specific marketing strategies have all fueled growth of international tourism to Seattle and Washington State. Hear about our region’s outlook for tourism and take a dive into our top overseas market, China.

Breakout #2: Getting Commuter Compliant

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Seattle's Commuter Benefits Ordinance becomes effective on January 1, 2020 and is intended to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions. Enforcement starts a year after that. But now is the time to get compliant. Businesses with 20 or more employees will be required to offer their employees the opportunity to make a monthly pre-tax payroll deduction for transit or vanpool expenses. This talk will provide the community with:  

  • a rundown of everything Seattle hospitality professionals need to know about commuter benefits;

  • the fastest and easiest ways to get compliant with the ordinance; 

  • and the secondary benefits of getting compliant (namely a reduction in payroll taxes!).

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2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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Express Talk: Leveraging No Cost Resources to Optimize Employee Performance

2:45 PM - 3:05 PM

The Society For Financial Awareness (SOFA), a 501(c)(3) organization whose sole mission is to increase financial literacy by providing free, provides on-site workshops on over 30 financial topics. They’ll introduce you to a way to help your employees thrive – and help your company’s bottom line at the same time – all at no cost. You’ll learn why this free employee benefit can and should be leveraged as a cornerstone for optimizing employee performance.

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Express Talk: Workforce Development Strategies: This Little Light of Mine

3:05 PM - 3:25 PM

You are your own best strategy when it comes to workforce development. Using personal stories, you can immediately be a light that illuminates successful pathways for employees. Highlighting your journey will navigate the right people to your business.  It will connect your hospitality story with a network of services aimed at bringing people and jobs together.

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Express Talk: Resources, Retirement and You

3:25 PM - 3:45 PM

There is a new resource for businesses, a Retirement Marketplace website created through the Department of Commerce. Through this website people are able to shop for state-verified, low-cost retirement savings plans. Each retirement plan listed on the Retirement Marketplace:

  • Is verified and approved annually by Washington State officials at the Department of Financial Institutions and/or the Office of the Insurance Commissioner 

  • Cannot charge administrative fees to employers

  • Cannot charge enrollees more than 1% in total annual administrative fees

Participation in the Retirement Marketplace is entirely voluntary for both employers and employees. The Washington State Department of Commerce administers the Retirement Marketplace, but enrollment takes place with the private retirement plan provider.

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Express Talk: Service Charges

3:45 PM - 4:05 PM

“What are service charges? How are they different from tip pooling? What are the potential legal traps for the unprepared? Join attorney Catharine Morisset to go over the basics and the key compliance traps.”

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Agenda is subject to change without notice