Resources for you and your business during these extraordinary times

CITY OF SEATTLE

Mayor Durkan’s Initial Recovery Package to Ease Financial Impacts of COVID-19 Outbreak

Following robust outreach to small business owners and community stakeholders, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced new initial actions to provide immediate relief for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Her actions build off Governor Inslee’s announcement to help individuals whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19. The initial support package is broken down into five components:
  1. Deferral of B&O Taxes, effective immediately
  2. Expansion of Small Business Stabilization Fund
  3. Assistance to Access SBA Loans, once it becomes available
  4. Relief for Utility Payments
  5. New Small Business Recovery Task Force

 

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City of Seattle’s Official Coronavirus / COVID-19 Information and Resources Webpage

This page contains information and web links for City of Seattle, King County, Washington State, federal, and community programs and services that help residents significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these programs and services are available to everyone regardless of where you live. All Seattle residents regardless of immigration status are eligible for City of Seattle programs and services unless noted otherwise. 

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Link to Small Business / Nonprofit Support Section

There are a variety of funding, grant and loan opportunities and more for small businesses and non-profits listed here.

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Seattle City Council’s Official Coronavirus / COVID-19 Information and Resources Webpage

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Current information relevant to small business relief can be found here.

City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development

Small Business COVID-19 Impacts Weekly Webinar

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development is committed to responding to and supporting our small businesses to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. As this is a rapidly developing issue, we will be holding weekly calls to share new developments, hear about the impacts you are experiencing, and answer your questions. Please join us every Wednesday, from 11:00am- 12:00pm. Register for the webinars here.

A recording of the webinar will automatically be sent to those who registered. OED will post notes and a link to the recording on our Bottom Line blog shortly after. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this stressful time. Please continue to monitor the Bottom Line blog for evolving information from the Office of Economic Development.

COVID-19 Lease Amendment Toolkit

In partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development and Perkins Coie, we are proud to provide this COVID-19 Lease Amendment Toolkit (“Toolkit”) for small businesses and nonprofits to use during this pandemic.  This Toolkit is designed to provide information and template documents to help small businesses and nonprofit navigate the negotiation of their rent situation under their commercial leases with their landlords.

Personal Protective Equipment Resources

The Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce and Business Health Trust have put together an initiative powered by Go USA! to subsidize and provide masks, face coverings and disposable KN95 masks to small businesses across Washington State: 55,000 Masks for Washington Businesses

 

KING COUNTY

King County’s Official COVID-19 Website

“This a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in King County. Public Health — Seattle & King County is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect the public’s health.”

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At King County’s Official COVID-19 Website, scroll down to find Resources for workplaces and employers that cover topics such as:

King County’s COVID-19 Resource List for Impacted Businesses and Workers

The King County Council has compiled this partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus. Topics include:
  • Unemployment and workers’ comp
  • Trouble paying your mortgage
  • Trouble paying rent
  • Paying utilities
  • Insurance issues
  • For businesses

Subscribe to receive significant updates from King County here.

 

WASHINGTON STATE

Washington State’s Official Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) Website

Washington State’s Joint Information Center launched their official COVID-19 website.
It includes a dedicated page for Business & workers, where topics include:
    • Supporting affected employers and workers
    • Insurance information for businesses
    • Small business loans
    • Small businesses and non-profits
    • Guidance for state agencies
    • Planning, preparing and responding to COVID-19

Additional pages cover these topics:

For the latest health information, resources, and guidance related to COVID-19, please visit the Washington State Department of Health website.

Washington State Employment Security Department

Programs for Workers and Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Washington State Employment Security has programs designed to help individuals and employers during this unprecedented time. If you are affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. We adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses. This easy-to-read comparison guide lists some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply.

Washington Small Business Development Center

Business Resiliency Toolkit

The Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) Business Resiliency Toolkit is to be used in conjunction with the Washington SBDC Small Business Resiliency Guide.
The Washington SBDC is offering business resiliency webinars daily March 16-20, 2020. View press release and links to webinars targeting your area here: SBDC Biz Buzz Small Business Resiliency Webinars

US GOVERNMENT

Official US Coronavirus Website

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U.S. Resources for Small Business Owners

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U.S. Small Business Administration

Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

“The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.”
For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

US Department of the Treasury

The CARES Act

The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries.

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Assistance for Small Businesses

The Paycheck Protection Program is providing small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead. Here you will also find links to a variety of tools in online PDF format.

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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Coronavirus Rumor Control

Do your part to the stop the spread of rumors by doing three easy things:

  1. Find trusted sources of information.
  2. Share information from trusted sources.
  3. Discourage others from sharing information from unverified sources.

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