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WORKING WASHINGTON SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY GRANT

Governor Inslee established the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to $10 million in funds are provided through the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and administered by the State Department of Commerce. The grant program will provide a limited number of businesses in Washington’s 39 counties with a grant up to $10,000.

The deadline for this grant program has passed.

FOR A PROGRAM UPDATE AND APPLICATION STATUS, CLICK HERE.

NEW INFORMATION

Looking for personal protective equipment? 

Yakima County Development Association has started collecting vendor and supplier information on personal protective equipment for businesses, first responders, and more.  For more information, CLICK HERE. 

 

SBA Reopens Economic Injury Disaster Loan for AG ONLY

On May 4th at 9am PST, SBA began accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance ($10,000 grant) applications on a limited basis to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses.
NEW ELIGIBILITY:
  • Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

Recommendations and Resources for Agriculture and Manufacturing in Yakima County

As concerns and economic impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have hit home, please know that state and local agencies are working tirelessly to keep Washington and Yakima County safe, and to support you and your employees.

We know that in an emergency not all businesses can close, as some are needed for essential functions. For businesses performing essential functions, we urge you to follow these recommendations to ensure the safety of your workforce, and therefore, the continuity of your operations. CLICK HERE to see the full toolkit from the Yakima Health District.

 

Small Business Provisions in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Congress has reached a bipartisan compromise on a $2 trillion economic stimulus package to address the economic impact caused by the COVID-19 outbreak titled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Division A of the bill, which provides more than $377 billion in support to small businesses, includes prominent measures from the Keeping American Workers Employed and Paid Act as well as the COVID-19 RELIEF for Small Businesses Act of 2020. CLICK HERE to read the description of the small business provisions included in the stimulus. For the full section by section summary, CLICK HERE.

 

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. CLICK HERE to access the guide.

Small Business Administration & Small Business Development Center

Strategies for Busines Survival (PDF)

Strategies for Busines Survival (Powerpoint PDF)

Small Business Tips:

  • Keep yourself and staff healthy
  • Focus on reducing cash flow loss/cutting operating expenses
  • Consider temporarily reducing hours for employees/apply for shared work/partial unemployment
  • Reduce business operating hours
  • Contacting vendors and suppliers to negotiate adjusted terms
  • Work with your landlord to defer rent/lease payments
  • Reach out to a lender for a line of credit or working capital
  • Keep good records

Small Business Loan Information:

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus

SBA to provide disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by Coronavirus

10 Tips for protecting your Small Business from COVID-19

Disaster Planning and Recovery

Business Resiliency and COVID-19 Resources (PDF)

Planning and response to COVID-19 impacts in the workplace

Governor Jay Inslee’s Office

Proclamation by the Governor – Stay Home. Stay Healthy. (March 23. 2020)

Washington State creates website for all COVID-19 related information that includes:

  • Resources available to families, workers and businesses
  • Health recommendations
  • Statistics
  • Emergency actions and more

Inslee announces statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars and expanded social gathering limits (March 16, 2020)

 

Washington State Department of Commerce

SBA COVID-19 Resources

When trouble strikes: A small business crisis planner

 

Washington State Employment Security Department

For worker and businesses affected by COVID-19

SharedWork Program: A voluntary business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours.

COVID-19 Scenarios and Benefits Available (PDF)

 

Washington State Department of Health

Workplace and Employer Resources and Recommendations

 

Association of Washington Business

COVID-19 Employer Resources page – https://bit.ly/2RM4qwa

AWB COVID-19 FAQ page – https://bit.ly/2Ke1oN5

COVID-19 Webinar Series Landing Page – https://bit.ly/2Kd1yEp

United States Department of Labor

United States Deparment of Labor recently released a question and answer (Q&A) for employers and employees in regards to the new laws enacted in response to the Coronavirus.