Local Business Briefs

Up to $10,000 available for Elma businesses, organizations impacted by pandemic

The City of Elma in partnership with Greater Grays Harbor Inc. is accepting applications for the City of Elma Small Business and Non-Profit Relief Grant of up to $10,000 each for Elma businesses and organizations with up to 50 employees. Grant money can be used to assist with a variety of expenses related to the impact from COVID-19.

A pool of $50,000 is available to businesses and non-profit organizations in the City of Elma until funds are exhausted. Applications will close on Friday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. To learn more and apply, visit the Greater Grays Harbor Inc COVID-19 Resource page found at www.graysharbor.org or apply directly at this link.

Funding for the program is from federal CARES Act funds to help with COVID-19 response and recovery efforts across Washington state.

“The City of Elma is excited to support our local businesses as they continue to demonstrate outstanding innovation and resiliency,” said Elma Mayor Jim Sorensen. “We are honored to provide this relief to those businesses and non-profits that share a common goal of creating a thriving community in Elma.”

“Greater Grays Harbor, Inc is proud to partner with the City of Elma to assist their effort to provide economic relief to the businesses and non-profits of Elma,” said Lynnette Buffington, GGHI CEO,. “We know the need for these funds remains urgent and are thankful the City of Elma has reached out to us to assist them providing the relief and administrating the grant.”

Grey Gull announces new general manager

The Grey Gull condominium hotel in Ocean Shores announced the appointment of Mara Ausenbachs as the hotel’s new general manager as of Monday.

Ausenbachs comes to the Grey Gull with over 30 years of management and leadership experience, including 10 years working in hospitality management at destination resorts at Yellowstone National Park and in Big Sky, Montana. Mara’s management experience spans from housekeeping and front office operations to hospitality training for single hotels, multi-property resorts, vacation rentals, luxury homes and campsites. Prior to entering the hospitality industry, she worked in the health insurance field in areas primarily focused on training and employee development.

“After interviewing several highly qualified candidates, Mara’s experience as a leader along with her strong people and service skills, made it clear that she was just what the Grey Gull needed,” said Savanna Kearney, interim GM for the Grey Gull. “Her past experience and the resort perspective she brings to the table will be key to the Grey Gull as they look to build further upon the success they have seen over the past year.”