Small Business Resiliency Assistance
The state ethnic commissions are partnering with the state Department of Commerce to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate technical assistance to for small business owners from culturally and historically disadvantaged communities.
Technical assistance can include:
- Finding and help applying for assistance to help your business right now, whether you are open or closed
- Translation assistance
- Navigating local, state and federal resources
- Business coaching
If your business has been affected by the COVID pandemic and you need help identifying next steps, you can contact one of the organizations listed below to email or speak with a business coach.
StartUp Washington COVID-19 Resources
The Washington State Department of Commerce’s StartUp Washington has a page of COVID-19 Resources available for small businesses, which they updating as more resources become available.
Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants
Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he is setting aside $5 million of the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund for a new emergency grant program that offers small businesses up to $10,000 to offset losses caused by the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Working Washington Small Business Grant program is open to any Washington state company that has:
– Been in business for at least one year;
– Has up to 10 employees; and
– Is in good standing with state agencies.
Working Washington grants can be used to reimburse a business for qualifying expenses such as consulting, marketing and training or for operational expenses including rent, supplies/inventory and utility bills.
Click the “translate” button at the bottom of the page to access information in several different languages.
Applications are reviewed locally by the state’s network of local associate economic development organizations (ADOs), listed here, and forwarded to Commerce and the Governor’s Office for final approval. Commerce is also providing business resiliency assistance by partnering with organizations like Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), who can help translate information and assist people in completing materials that are required in English.
Washington counties now eligible for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov) is offering some Washington state counties low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses that are suffering substantial economic injury due to coronavirus.
Small businesses that qualify are encouraged to apply online for a disaster loan (www.sba.gov). If you don’t have a computer or smartphone access, call the Small Business Administration at 800-659-2955.
Information in other languages:
Japanese – COVID-19 insurance information for businesses (PDF, 169.89 KB)
Khmer/Cambodian – COVID-19 insurance information for businesses (PDF, 182.16 KB)
Korean – COVID-19 insurance information for businesses (PDF, 100.46 KB)
Punjabi – COVID-19 insurance information for businesses (PDF, 198.89 KB)
Tagalog – COVID-19 insurance information for businesses (PDF, 142.86 KB)
Vietnamese – COVID-19 insurance information for businesses (PDF, 202.25 KB)
Simplified Chinese – COVID-19 insurance information for businesses (PDF, 171.04 KB)
Traditional Chinese – COVID-19 insurance information for businesses (PDF, 187.42 KB)
City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Grant Opportunities
Applications for Small Business Stabilization Fund impacted by #COVID19 are now in Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, Spanish, and Somali. Grants will be awarded in an amount up to $10,000. Visit the website for more info.
Grant money may only be used for the operating expenses of the awarded business. The operating expenses are defined as the day-to-day trading operations of the business such as covering payroll and rent.
Businesses must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:
(1) the business owner must have low- or median income (≤80% of the Area Median Income);
(2) the business must have 5 or fewer employees, including the owner(s);
(3) the business must have a physical location (i.e. brick and mortar; food trucks, vendors, etc.) and
(4) The business must have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19.
Learn about the new recovery package to ease financial impacts of COVID-19
After outreach to small business owners and community stakeholders, Mayor Durkan announced new initial actions to provide immediate relief for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a deferral of B&O taxes, an expansion of the Small Business Stabilization Fund, assistance with accessing SBA Loans, relief for utility payments, and a new Small Business Recovery Task Force. Learn more.
Join weekly small business webinars
The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development is supporting small businesses by holding weekly calls to share new developments, hear about the impacts you are experiencing, and answer your questions. Register to join Wednesdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
Other available resources
The Governor’s Office has compiled a list of resources to support employers and workers who have work or economic problems related to COVID-19. This includes information on:
- Possible paid leave options
- Employers experiencing work stoppages
- Export Assistance
- And more