Open In Sumner Coalition

The City is working in partnership with businesses, non-profit and service organizations, Sumner Library, and the school district to promote Sumner and Sumner businesses. We have a lot of great promotional activities and virtual events that meet the requirements of the Governor's Safe Start Plan. This web page contains information on meetings, agendas, documents, and the plan and actions.

Vision: To safely reopen and thrive as a community in Sumner.

Purpose: The purpose of this team is to create a plan for reopening business in Sumner and inform the public and community.


Open in Sumner Coalition Meetings

Our next Open in Sumner Coalition meeting will be Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at 9:00 am.

Topic: Open in Sumner Coalition Meeting

Time: Jan 13, 2021 09:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://sumnerwa-gov.zoom.us/j/2887324093?pwd=S3NLRVFvdDdCNVFxUkNmRzVpbXpFdz09

One tap mobile

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Dial by your location

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 288 732 4093

Passcode: 338791


Save the Date: 2nd Round PPP Webinars

The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County cordially invite you to attend a webinar on January 14, 2021 to gain insight and knowledge from an expert panel of speakers on how your business can prepare to apply for the Second Round of the Paycheck Protection Program.


January 14, 2021

Two sessions: 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. PDT

Register here!

We are pleased to announce the speaker line-up:

  • U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, WA-6th Congressional District
  • Linda Womack, Director, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) – Tacoma Business Center
  • Desiree Albrecht, Economic Development Specialist, Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Steve Burke, Business Advisor, Western Washington Regional Manager, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Maria Carbullido, Vice President, Hub Branch Manager, Sound Community Bank
  • Ezgi Uçaner-Flor, Chief Credit Officer, Business Impact NW
  • Walter McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and SBA Manager, Banner Bank
  • Jimmy Ng, Business Banking Relationship Manager, KeyBank
  • Maria Stark, Stark Bookkeeping – QuickBooks Pro Specialist, Alii Business Group
  • Ivan Golovkin, Project Specialist, Minority Business Development Agency – Tacoma Business Center

For more information, visit the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County website


Free Hand Sanitizer for Businesses

The City of Sumner is still offering businesses gallon containers of gel hand sanitizer for use within the business. If you are interested, all you will need to do is complete a request form and contact Lana Hoover at lanah@sumnerwa.gov to arrange for pickup.

You can find the request forms here or in the documents section in the sidebar

For questions, contact Lana Hoover at 253-266-4904 or lanah@sumnerwa.gov or Kelly Harter at 253-299-5740 or kellyh@sumnerwa.gov


Sumner CARES Support

Sumner CARES funding is available to help Sumner residents experiencing difficulties in paying utility bills, rent or garbage bills due to the coronavirus and its effects. The City of Sumner has allocated $60,000 of its CARES Act funding for this program, in partnership with Sumner Rotary and the Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Center. Click here for more information


Pierce County Restaurant Rally

Pierce County is rallying to help dine-in restaurants stay open and retain jobs! Full-service restaurants should apply by October 23, 2020 at www.piercecountywa.gov/7032/Restaurant-Rally to participate in the Pierce County Restaurant Rally program.

The Restaurant Rally promotion will run from November 8-19, excluding Friday and Saturday, and will enable participating restaurants to:

• Offer a 30% discount for dine in patrons, excluding alcohol

• Receive a reimbursement at 50% of gross sales, excluding alcohol

To participate, Pierce County restaurants will need to qualify under criteria such as being a full-service restaurant primarily engaging in food service and operating within Washington’s Safe Start guidelines.

Visit https://www.piercecountywa.gov/7032/Restaurant-Rallyto learn more and apply!

Pierce County Federal CARES Act funding has been allocated through this program with funds set aside to help businesses recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic. Subject to available funds, a business approved to participate will be eligible to receive up to $90,000 and no less than $5,000.

Partnering organizations include the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Travel Tacoma- Mt. Rainier, and the Washington Hospitality Association.

Questions: Contact PCRestaurantRally@piercecountywa.gov


PSE Small Business Makeover Grant

We know that small businesses in the Sumner community may be hurting during COVID. That’s why PSE is providing a unique opportunity to help businesses through the Small Business Energy Makeover contest. This contest will award a $45,000 makeover to four winning businesses, which will work with a PSE energy expert to choose a combination of energy efficient and cosmetic upgrades to help them save money and improve their business. Nominations open Monday, September 28th and close Sunday, October 18th. Business owners can nominate themselves and all nominated businesses will be eligible to receive a free PSE energy assessment. Everyone who nominates a business will also be entered into a drawing to win one of five Nest smart thermostats.

Nominate your favorite small business by October 18th: pse.com/energymakeover


Social Media Grant Information

  1. Local Sumner businesses register for this program with the City using this Grant Registration Form. We only have enough funding for 50 grants, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis based on fully completed registrations received. We want to confirm businesses are approved before they spend the money.
  2. Businesses approved for the grant choose whatever promotion works best for them—i.e. online sales, products posted to Instagram, Facebook Live events, promotion codes, etc. All promotions and sales must be in keeping with the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order and the Safe Start Reopening Plan.
  3. Each business creates their own ad and must include either the Open in Sumner logo or use the overlay, both available online.
  4. The text of the ad must also include #OpeninSumner. Other suggested options you can use along with #OpeninSumner include #WeLoveSumner and #ExperienceSumner.
  5. The business uses their own account to place the ad as they think it will work best, choosing demographics and geography that will best suit their sales needs.
  6. Businesses may choose one campaign or multiple campaigns but either way, each business must submit for reimbursement only once. If doing multiple smaller campaigns, businesses can save up the reports for one submittal.
  7. Once the results are in, the business submits the brief Reimbursement Form and a screenshot of the post by email no later than November 6th, 2020 to Lana Hoover at lanah@sumnerwa.gov. Download the reimbursement form below.
  8. The City will reimburse the business for what they spent to boost their ad up to $250. The City will only reimburse for dollars spent to boost the ad. Staff time, design work, etc. are not eligible for reimbursement.
  9. Businesses are welcome to spend more of their own money if they’d like to further boost their ad(s).

Social Media Grant Reimbursement Form Download

All applications and Reimbursement requests must be emailed to Lana Hoover at lanah@sumnerwa.gov by November 6th, 2020.

More Information Here


HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program

The Sumner Main Street Association announced that the second round of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program will open on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9am PT. In partnership with The Hartford, the program will continue to fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts.

A link to the application will be posted on the Sumner Main Street Association program webpage as soon as the application opens. In the meantime, you can review a PDF version of the application here.

A few important things to note:

  • Applications will open on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9am PT and must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 29 at 4:59pm PT.
  • All Round 1 grant applicants have been notified about the status of their submissions, and grant recipients will be publicly announced on Oct. 21.
  • Please review the program website and FAQ before completing an application.

Learn more here >


Social Media Graphics Package for Cross-Promotion

NEW! The Open in Sumner graphics are available to use and share with #OpeninSumner as well as #ExperienceSumner or #WeLoveSumner. Add them to your ads for cross-promotion and strength across Sumner's businesses and organizations.

Sample Ad:


If you’d like to get news from the City of Sumner related to businesses in your inbox, sign up for our Business Connections email list here

The City is working in partnership with businesses, non-profit and service organizations, Sumner Library, and the school district to promote Sumner and Sumner businesses. We have a lot of great promotional activities and virtual events that meet the requirements of the Governor's Safe Start Plan. This web page contains information on meetings, agendas, documents, and the plan and actions.

Vision: To safely reopen and thrive as a community in Sumner.

Purpose: The purpose of this team is to create a plan for reopening business in Sumner and inform the public and community.


Open in Sumner Coalition Meetings

Our next Open in Sumner Coalition meeting will be Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at 9:00 am.

Topic: Open in Sumner Coalition Meeting

Time: Jan 13, 2021 09:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://sumnerwa-gov.zoom.us/j/2887324093?pwd=S3NLRVFvdDdCNVFxUkNmRzVpbXpFdz09

One tap mobile

+12532158782,,2887324093#,,,,*338791# US (Tacoma)

Dial by your location

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 288 732 4093

Passcode: 338791


Save the Date: 2nd Round PPP Webinars

The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County cordially invite you to attend a webinar on January 14, 2021 to gain insight and knowledge from an expert panel of speakers on how your business can prepare to apply for the Second Round of the Paycheck Protection Program.


January 14, 2021

Two sessions: 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. PDT

Register here!

We are pleased to announce the speaker line-up:

  • U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, WA-6th Congressional District
  • Linda Womack, Director, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) – Tacoma Business Center
  • Desiree Albrecht, Economic Development Specialist, Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Steve Burke, Business Advisor, Western Washington Regional Manager, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Maria Carbullido, Vice President, Hub Branch Manager, Sound Community Bank
  • Ezgi Uçaner-Flor, Chief Credit Officer, Business Impact NW
  • Walter McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and SBA Manager, Banner Bank
  • Jimmy Ng, Business Banking Relationship Manager, KeyBank
  • Maria Stark, Stark Bookkeeping – QuickBooks Pro Specialist, Alii Business Group
  • Ivan Golovkin, Project Specialist, Minority Business Development Agency – Tacoma Business Center

For more information, visit the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County website


Free Hand Sanitizer for Businesses

The City of Sumner is still offering businesses gallon containers of gel hand sanitizer for use within the business. If you are interested, all you will need to do is complete a request form and contact Lana Hoover at lanah@sumnerwa.gov to arrange for pickup.

You can find the request forms here or in the documents section in the sidebar

For questions, contact Lana Hoover at 253-266-4904 or lanah@sumnerwa.gov or Kelly Harter at 253-299-5740 or kellyh@sumnerwa.gov


Sumner CARES Support

Sumner CARES funding is available to help Sumner residents experiencing difficulties in paying utility bills, rent or garbage bills due to the coronavirus and its effects. The City of Sumner has allocated $60,000 of its CARES Act funding for this program, in partnership with Sumner Rotary and the Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Center. Click here for more information


Pierce County Restaurant Rally

Pierce County is rallying to help dine-in restaurants stay open and retain jobs! Full-service restaurants should apply by October 23, 2020 at www.piercecountywa.gov/7032/Restaurant-Rally to participate in the Pierce County Restaurant Rally program.

The Restaurant Rally promotion will run from November 8-19, excluding Friday and Saturday, and will enable participating restaurants to:

• Offer a 30% discount for dine in patrons, excluding alcohol

• Receive a reimbursement at 50% of gross sales, excluding alcohol

To participate, Pierce County restaurants will need to qualify under criteria such as being a full-service restaurant primarily engaging in food service and operating within Washington’s Safe Start guidelines.

Visit https://www.piercecountywa.gov/7032/Restaurant-Rallyto learn more and apply!

Pierce County Federal CARES Act funding has been allocated through this program with funds set aside to help businesses recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic. Subject to available funds, a business approved to participate will be eligible to receive up to $90,000 and no less than $5,000.

Partnering organizations include the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Travel Tacoma- Mt. Rainier, and the Washington Hospitality Association.

Questions: Contact PCRestaurantRally@piercecountywa.gov


PSE Small Business Makeover Grant

We know that small businesses in the Sumner community may be hurting during COVID. That’s why PSE is providing a unique opportunity to help businesses through the Small Business Energy Makeover contest. This contest will award a $45,000 makeover to four winning businesses, which will work with a PSE energy expert to choose a combination of energy efficient and cosmetic upgrades to help them save money and improve their business. Nominations open Monday, September 28th and close Sunday, October 18th. Business owners can nominate themselves and all nominated businesses will be eligible to receive a free PSE energy assessment. Everyone who nominates a business will also be entered into a drawing to win one of five Nest smart thermostats.

Nominate your favorite small business by October 18th: pse.com/energymakeover


Social Media Grant Information

  1. Local Sumner businesses register for this program with the City using this Grant Registration Form. We only have enough funding for 50 grants, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis based on fully completed registrations received. We want to confirm businesses are approved before they spend the money.
  2. Businesses approved for the grant choose whatever promotion works best for them—i.e. online sales, products posted to Instagram, Facebook Live events, promotion codes, etc. All promotions and sales must be in keeping with the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order and the Safe Start Reopening Plan.
  3. Each business creates their own ad and must include either the Open in Sumner logo or use the overlay, both available online.
  4. The text of the ad must also include #OpeninSumner. Other suggested options you can use along with #OpeninSumner include #WeLoveSumner and #ExperienceSumner.
  5. The business uses their own account to place the ad as they think it will work best, choosing demographics and geography that will best suit their sales needs.
  6. Businesses may choose one campaign or multiple campaigns but either way, each business must submit for reimbursement only once. If doing multiple smaller campaigns, businesses can save up the reports for one submittal.
  7. Once the results are in, the business submits the brief Reimbursement Form and a screenshot of the post by email no later than November 6th, 2020 to Lana Hoover at lanah@sumnerwa.gov. Download the reimbursement form below.
  8. The City will reimburse the business for what they spent to boost their ad up to $250. The City will only reimburse for dollars spent to boost the ad. Staff time, design work, etc. are not eligible for reimbursement.
  9. Businesses are welcome to spend more of their own money if they’d like to further boost their ad(s).

Social Media Grant Reimbursement Form Download

All applications and Reimbursement requests must be emailed to Lana Hoover at lanah@sumnerwa.gov by November 6th, 2020.

More Information Here


HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program

The Sumner Main Street Association announced that the second round of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program will open on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9am PT. In partnership with The Hartford, the program will continue to fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts.

A link to the application will be posted on the Sumner Main Street Association program webpage as soon as the application opens. In the meantime, you can review a PDF version of the application here.

A few important things to note:

  • Applications will open on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9am PT and must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 29 at 4:59pm PT.
  • All Round 1 grant applicants have been notified about the status of their submissions, and grant recipients will be publicly announced on Oct. 21.
  • Please review the program website and FAQ before completing an application.

Learn more here >


Social Media Graphics Package for Cross-Promotion

NEW! The Open in Sumner graphics are available to use and share with #OpeninSumner as well as #ExperienceSumner or #WeLoveSumner. Add them to your ads for cross-promotion and strength across Sumner's businesses and organizations.

Sample Ad:


If you’d like to get news from the City of Sumner related to businesses in your inbox, sign up for our Business Connections email list here