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- Governor Inslee has announced new restrictions for the next 4 weeks due to rapid increases in infections. These include restaurants and bars being closed for indoor service, outdoor dining limited to 5 people, retail and grocery limited to 25% capacity, and indoor service closed at fitness centers/gyms/theaters/museums. Read more here.
Working Washington Small Business Grants: Round 3
The Dept. of Commerce is working on an additional $20 million in small business grants. Details will be posted when they are ready to accept applications.
Washington Small Business Resiliency Grants
The WA Department of Commerce has opened applications for the Small Business Resiliency Grants, for up to $10,000. Applicants must have been in operation since at least Mar 1, 2019; have no more than 20 payroll (FT or PT) employees as of Mar 1, 2020; and be licensed as a Washington State business in good standing with state and federal agencies.
Click here to apply now (requires creating an account)
Click here learn more about the grants.
Click here to see what the application looks like
Relief for Businesses & Nonprofits
Support and direct assistance for your workplace - includes small businesses, nonprofits, performers, freelancers, gig workers, and more
Emergency Loans: Small Biz Guide & Checklist (US Chamber of Commerce)
Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund - for community-based organizations in the Greater Puget Sound
WA Dept. of Financial Services | Financial resources for WA residents impacted by COVID-19
Utility Payment Deferment Programs: Seattle City Light & Seattle Public Utilities, Puget Sound Energy
Tax deferral programs: IRS federal income tax, WA Dept of Revenue, Seattle B&O tax
Financial services: many banks and credit unions have options for their clients. Their advice is to call them directly and work out the best plan for your business. Support includes: 1st Security Bank, Bank of America, BECU, First Financial Northwest Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Salal Credit Union, Umpqua Bank, US Bank, Verity Credit Union, Wells Fargo
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County, City, and Neighborhood-Specific Resources
Working Washington list of resources for small businesses by county in Washington
Eastside Recovery Hub - Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Woodinville
Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
- King County: 4Culture Reopen Fund - support for the training, protective equipment, infrastructure improvements, systems upgrades, additional personnel and other measures needed for cultural organizations and the owners/stewards of designated landmarks to provide programming under and to adapt to COVID-19 public health restrictions
- Seattle - penalties enforced for violations of mandatory mask-wearing
- Seattle - streamlined, free, temporary permits for sidewalk cafes, merchandise display, and vending
Seattle Office of Economic Development - Pandemic Resource Hub
Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce - Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila
Eviction Rent Assistance Program for Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Douglas, Ferry, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lincoln, Pacific, Stevens, Thurston, and Whatcom counties
Important Info for Employers
Business.wa.gov - one-stop shop for WA small businesses around COVID-19
Resources for Employees
Access to public benefits, protections against discrimination, specific supports, and more
Info and resources from government departments and agencies broader than the specific needs of small businesses, nonprofits, and other establishments.