This page is intended to provide GSBA Members and Washington State's small businesses, nonprofits, and other establishments with financial, operational, and healthcare resources regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
GSBA is currently working to connect with all of our members to hear about how this situation has impacted their business and understand their needs.
If you know of a resource which should be added to this page or if you want to share how COVID-19 has impacted your workplace, please contact us here.
Relief for Businesses & Nonprofits
Support and direct assistance for your workplace - includes small businesses, nonprofits, performers, freelancers, gig workers, and more
CARES Act (Stimulus Bill)
Congress just passed the CARES Act, the third COVID-19 related assistance bill, with about $2 trillion in support funds, with over $376 billion specifically for small businesses, nonprofits, self-employed people, and independent contractors. The Small Business Committees from the House and Senate have provided the following documents to help employers understand how they can access the resources in the CARES Act. The "Fact Sheet" document outlines the specific funding provided for in the CARES Act. The "Guide" document answers many FAQs relating to the various programs funded by the CARES Act.
Please fill out the Economic Impact Survey if you are business owner, nonprofit, freelancer, gig worker, performer located in King, Pierce, or Snohomish counties. This survey provides the opportunity for you to reach out for help and get “back to business” as quickly as possible. It will help identify the extent of the economic impacts, suggest ways to speed recovery, and support requests for state and federal emergency funding.
Emergency Loans: Small Biz Guide & Checklist (US Chamber of Commerce)
Small Business Administration (SBA) - Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), 7(a) loans, express loans, Lender Match, and more. Includes free resources to help complete loan applications like SCORE, Women's Business Center, Small Business Development Centers, Veterans Business Outreach Center, etc.
Washington Small Business Emergency Grants (StartUp WA): up to $10,000 for businesses with up to 10 FTEs
Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund - for community-based organizations in the Greater Puget Sound
Seattle Artists Relief Fund - to assist Greater Seattle's creative professionals such as musicians, DJ's, independent chefs, writers, etc. Started by Ijeoma Oluo, administered by LANGSTON Seattle.
WA Dept. of Financial Services | Financial resources for WA residents impacted by COVID-19
Facebook Small Business Grants Program - $100 million in cash grants and ad credits (worldwide)
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,
City- and Neighborhood-Specific Funds
City of Tacoma COVID-19 Stabilization Loan - Tacoma-based small businesses with 10 or fewer employees can apply for funds up to $15,000.
Eastside Recovery Hub - Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Woodinville
Amazon Neighborhood Small Business Relief Program - for small businesses near Amazon campuses in South Lake Union, Denny Regrade, and Bellevue.
CID Restaurant & Small Business Relief Fund - businesses in Seattle's Chinatown/International District neighborhood.
Edmonds Chamber Foundation WISH Fund - for businesses in Edmonds
Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund - applications have currently closed.
Important Info for Employers
What to do and where to turn to if you have employees impacted by COVID-19. Many city/county/state departments have delayed payments, waived fees, and offered assistance for any business/nonprofit impacted by COVID-19. Their advice is often to call directly and set up a personal plan that suits your own needs.
Business.wa.gov - one-stop shop for Washington small businesses on support 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.
GSBA Event Updates
GSBA is committed to do all we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our members, staff, and program participants. As a safety precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak, the GSBA office will be closed
until further notice. All GSBA staff members are currently working from home and available via email. All events are being postponed or converted to online events. Please check our calendar
for the most up to date information.
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