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.

UPDATE – Thursday, July 30, 2020 Governor Inslee has approved an additional 19 Yakima businesses bringing the total award amount to $438,559 of the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) to support 62 companies in Yakima County facing imminent failure due to the COVID19 pandemic and associated economic emergency. New grant recipients include…

Raspados Dona Chelito
Victoria Novedades
2 Fresh Barbershop
Lamas Poolhall & Arcade
Northern Gents Barbershop
Rose’s Native Designs
Valley Automotive Center, INC

Karlee’s Koffee
JR Construction
Lower Valley Massage and Wellness
Tacos El Rey WA LLC
Elite Overhead Doors, LLC
Integrity Support Services, LLC

S&S Yakima LLC dba Holiday Inn
Josefina’ Daycare
R & R Tile Services LLC
Tomasita’s Daycare
Fiddle’s Coffee House

UPDATE – PRESS RELEASE – Thursday, June 11, 2020 

(YAKIMA, Wash.) – Yakima County Development Association (YCDA), in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce), has awarded 43 local small businesses with grants of up to $10,000 each through the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) program.

Commerce administered the funds for the relief program, and through YCDA– the designated Associate Development Organization (ADO) for Yakima County – deployed $380,495 across the county to businesses with 1-10 employees to offset operating and other costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The WWSBEG program total for the state was $10 million.

“Each of these businesses faced unique challenges over the last three months,” said YCDA Executive Director Jonathan Smith. “We are grateful to disseminate these needed funds to small businesses so they can safely reopen and thank Commerce for the relief.”

“Small businesses are job generators, product and service providers, and they provide the unique character of our downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “While we know there is much more to do, these Working Washington grants are designed to support them during this challenging time on the road to recovery.”

Over a two-week period in April, YCDA and other local business development organizations received over 750 applications, then 96 screened applications were forwarded to Commerce who then decided the final awards. YCDA will manage the grant contracts with each awarded business. The contract period runs through June 2021.

The selected pool of grantees includes twelve restaurants, seven retail establishments, five salons, four healthcare businesses, four construction-related businesses, three business services firm, two entertainment/recreation businesses, one auto shop, one education business, one childcare business, one family services business, one fitness facility, and one legal service business. The selected pool of grantees also includes 21 women-owned businesses, 16 minority-owned businesses, and three veteran-owned businesses, and one tribally-owned business.  Located in nine different cities across Yakima County, these businesses will primarily use these funds to pay for rent, utilities, and other allowable expenses.

The WWSBEG recipients in Yakima County employ a total of 214 individuals, and it is estimated that these grants will prevent the loss of 189 jobs.

YCDA is continuing to work with Yakima County and the City of Yakima to administer additional relief dollars for small businesses. “While we celebrate the 43 small businesses that received much-needed support, the remaining 700 plus small businesses that applied are left out. We are doing what we can to get dollars to assist those businesses too,” said Smith.


8gency Limited, DBA Field Group
American Kitchen LLC DBA Daniel’s Kitchen
Apple Valley Optometry, PC
A’s Stucco LLC
Balloons and Fruit Zone
Bllue Moon Bar & Grill
Centaur Financial LLC dba Elite Tire Center
Central Court Reporting
Dunbar Jewelers, INC.
Emporio Salon
Expressions Beauty Studio
Fisher Construction LLC
Foot Moxy, LLD
G 6 LLC / Guerras
GMC Family Service LLC
HW Roofing of Yakima LLC
John B. Carbery, DMD, P.S.
Memory Montage Photography
Mighty Tieton Production, LLC
North Town Coffeehouse
Ob Cruz Photography
Physicians Rehabilitation and Therapy
Purrr LLC
Roberts Electrical Inc
Salsita Antojitos Mexicanos
Studio K
Taqueria Mexicana
Teddy Bear Corner, Inc.
The Ave Sports Center
The Family Company Coffee House LLC
The Yoga Practice
TRT Enterprises
Twistee Treats, Inc. dba Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Cinnabon
Vaux Shoes Inc
WSB Enterprises LLC DBA Bear Event Services
Xochimilco Tequila Bar
Yakima Vision Center P.C.
Yo Yakima Self Serve Yogurt LLC