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National Food Safety Month week three: Frequently asked questions about health inspections

NFSM week three

Last week was about the science behind personal hygiene and food safety. For week three, we turn our focus to health inspections. 

Health inspections play a vital role in upholding retail food safety standards, but there are more than a few misconceptions about what inspections entail and how violations factor into a restaurant’s success. To help crack the code for this critical food safety process, go over some of the most common questions restaurant workers have regarding health inspections.

Also, for National Food Safety month, receive 15% off in-person public ServSafe Manager classes through Oct. 13 with code foodsafety15.

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Government Affairs meet & greet

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Every fall the Government Affairs team sets out across the state to meet in-person with members to learn about things impacting hospitality businesses. This year, the Government Affairs team will be available to hear from you and answer any questions you may have before your local lawmakers arrive for a 

casual meet-and-greet format. This is a great opportunity to meet the folks who make decisions that impact you in Olympia and for those lawmakers to meet the businesses that serve their communities.

Please join us and your lawmaker at one of our meet and greets.


2024 legislative session survey

2024 legislative session survey

The Government Affairs team is preparing for the 2024 legislative session and needs to hear from you! Please take our survey relating to workforce, business operations and regulatory activity. The team is already hearing from lawmakers on possible policies in which they’d like to engage, and we need to hear from you to prepare to represent the industry.

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Apprenticeship competition: Bite of the Apprentice

On Nov. 13 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, the Washington State Chef's Association will hold its annual fundraiser, Bite of the Apprentice. This competition is between culinary schools, professionals, individual chefs and restaurants. Each competitor will showcase a signature dish or new creation that attendees may sample. To compete, contact Chef Tony Parker at with Renton Technical College.

Fisher Phillips: New I-9 Form compliance tips for employers

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Federal officials updated and modernized the I-9 Form for employment verification. Be sure to check out these eight compliance tips for employers from Fisher Phillips. The new form is available now and employers must begin using the new form by Nov. 1.

Small Business Administration: Cyber Summit

Cyber summit

Cyberattacks are a growing threat to small businesses and the U.S. economy. The cost of cyber crimes against the small business community reached $3.31 billion in 2022. 

Register today for the SBA Cyber 

Summit where you'll learn about these formidable challenges with turnkey solutions.

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Webinars and Podcasts

Live webinar:  Improving COGS management

10 a.m., Sept. 20

Daniel Kezner of Kezner Consulting Group will share tools and strategies to respond faster to cost of goods sold challenges, enabling you to

maintain profitability.

Live webinar:  Unlocking your business’s full value

10 a.m., Sept. 27

Join Tom O'Brien of Pacific Commercial Brokers as he discusses preparing and valuing your business for a

successful sale.

Live webinar: Small business fall finance check-up with Adesso Capital

10 a.m., Oct. 11

Adesso Capital is excited to announce its lending relaunch. Join them as they go through both the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) and lending options that may be available to you. Adesso representatives are prepared after the webinar to help you assess your financial health and wellness and identify which fund solution — ERC or lending — may best fit your needs.

Hospitality Solutions

Get food protection manager and first aid certifications from your association

Members receive special pricing when registering for Washington Hospitality Association in-person training. Save $70 on ServSafe Manager and $15 on first aid classes.

Save even more on ServSafe Manager with a 15% off code for Food Safety Month. Use foodsafety15 and click apply discount under the field to see savings. The code is good through Oct. 13.

Be proactive with your business insurance policy

As risk increases for property insurance, members are finding themselves dropped from their insurance policies. Save yourself the stress and start quoting at least 120 days out from your policy renewal date.  

Our comprehensive course covers all the basics of First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This course meets OSHA & WISHA requirements for CPR/First-Aid/AED in the workplace.
This course is two hours online and two hours in-person skills session in Olympia at Washington Hospitality Association. Read more here.


OCT. 25 
Registration deadline OCT. 11

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ServSafe Manager is ANSI certified and satisfies the new Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) requirement in the state food code that went info effect MARCH 1.

Read more about this requirement here.


NOV. 3 
Registration deadline 
OCT. 20


OCT. 7
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SEPT. 22



OCT. 9

Registration deadline
SEPT. 25



OCT. 9
Registration deadline 
SEPT. 25



OCT. 13

Registration deadline
SEPT. 29


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