Business Resources COVID-19

Pandemic Assistance for Producers

(3-2021) The U.S. Department of Agriculture is dedicating at least $6 billion towards new programs with an emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, timber harvesters, as well as provide support for the food supply chain and producers of renewable fuel.  Please visit www.farmers.gov for more information.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

(3-2021) Tax free federal grant equal to the amount of pandemic-related revenue loss. SBA flyer

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund

Working WA Small Business Grant Applications

Open on March 29, 2021 The WA State Department of Commerce is launching a new grant program using Federal CARES Act funds; Working Washington Round 4.

 Their priorities for funding include:

  • Businesses required to close.
  • Businesses with lost revenue as a result of closure.
  • Businesses with added expenses to maintain safe operations.
  • Equitable distribution of grant funds across the state and to businesses owned and operated by historically disadvantaged individuals.

Frequently asked questions are posted on the Commerce site but they cannot respond to company-specific inquiries at this time. Register to receive a notice when the application portal opens.

Apply for Small Business Cash Grant

(3-2021) GSBA and Comcast Washington co-created the Ready for Business Fund in 2020 to support small businesses. They are now entering our second round of Ready for Business recovery grant cycle and are fundraising for the initial goal of $150,000 to support small businesses with a focus on LGBTQ, BIPOC, and women-owned businesses. With increased support, we are extending eligibility to these small businesses across Washington State, and also focusing on supporting small businesses located in rural areas of Washington who often have less access to resources.

Applications  close on Friday, April 9 at 4:00 PM. A $2,500 cash grant will be awarded to selected small businesses.

Rural Relief Small Business Grants

(October 2020) LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) program will award 900 grants/$18 million to communities with a population of 50,000 or less across the country. Applications are accepted in “rounds” and the next round opens on September 28. People who are interested should register here  to receive email updates when application rounds open. 

Information here: https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assistance/small-business-relief-grants/

City of Arlington Grants

Closed. (November-20-2020) Expanded Arlington Business Rent and COVID-19 Relief Grant, Round 4. City Expands Business Rent and COVID-19 Relief Grant with Funding from Snohomish County. $117,000 to distribute to qualifying small businesses for grants up to $3,500 to cover rent and expenses related to COVID-19. The grant application closed November 30.

Closed. (October 30, 2020) Arlington Business Rent and COVID-19 Relief Program, Round 3. Funding is possible through the Federal 2020 CARES Act and distributed to Arlington through the WA Department of Commerce. 

Closed.  (October 31, 2020) City of Arlington Utility Customer Support Program.  A one time utility credit to qualified applicants.  Commercial customers that submit an application and meet eligibility criteria will receive a one time $250 credit on their water/sewer account until funding is exhausted.  Utility credits not applicable to stormwater and irrigation only accounts.

Closed. (June, 2020) Arlington Business Rent Relief Grant ProgramApplications were accepted through June 29. Arlington Business Rent Relief Program was funded through the Federal 2020 CARES Act and distributed to Arlington through the WA Department of Commerce. The City distributed almost $200,000 to qualifying small businesses.

COVID-19 Updates for Employees and Employers

(October 2, 2020) Workplaces are doing things differently during the coronavirus pandemic to prevent the spread of illness. It can be confusing and frustrating at times for workers as well as supervisors and business owners.

The Health District published a new blog with important information and resources for both businesses and employees. Topics include:

  • Employer notification and contact tracing;
  • For employees, what happens if they get sick and don’t have enough leave or are told they need to be at work;
  • When an employee can return to work after testing positive for COVID-19, or after being quarantined as a close contact;
  • Employers looking at how to provide child care or learning centers for their employees’ families; and
  • How employers can keep employees safe while still being able to run a business.

There is also a new FAQ with common questions that their employer notification team gets. The Health District has a number of other resources available on their Businesses & Organizations page.

Reopening Guidance

Business questions about the Safe Start plan?

(Nov 2020) Ask questions about workplace safety, Safe Start phases, relief programs, paid sick leave, unemployment and more. The Washington State Coronavirus Business Response Center is standing by to respond.

Submit your question here.

Arlington Economic Recovery Taskforce Resources

Essential Business Information

Phase  Guidance

(June 5, 2020) industry-specific health and safety guidelines

General questions about how to comply: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help/covid-19-business-and-worker-inquiries.

The Washington State Department of Health recently launched a risk assessment dashboard. Individuals can see data at the county- and state-level relating to the metrics used to determine readiness to move between phases. 

Mask Mandate: (June 8, 2020) All employees are required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection based on safety and health rules and guidance from the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). Refer to L&I’s Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details. Employers must also post signage at their place of business strongly encouraging customers to wear cloth facial coverings. Businesses are encouraged to require customers to wear cloth facial coverings, in order to protect employees from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

City of Arlington Outdoor Dining Areas, Right of Way Permit: Application Questions, email ced@arlingtonwa.gov or call 360-403-3551.

November Global Entrepreneurship Month:  (Nov 2020) Gov. Inslee has proclaimed (GEM) in Washington state. To celebrate, the State Department of Commerce created nearly 50 live and on-demand recorded events that will explore the idea of starting a new business, pivoting an existing one, or rebuilding and restarting a business that had to close or start anew. Topics range from sourcing capital and guerilla marketing, to exports, e-commerce and pivot or exit strategies. Each session is hosted by experts in their respective fields, and there is no cost to participants. Sessions are filling up fast, so you want to make sure you register for the live classes. Watch the on-demand series here.

Webinars on unemployment insurance, returning to work, business relief and more: State agencies have partnered to bring monthly webinars presenting information specific to Washington small businesses. Webinars feature brief presentations from state and federal partners and open-mic Q&A time. Topics include unemployment insurance, returning employees to work, Small Business Administration (SBA) relief funding, workplace safety, contracting with the state, paid family and medical leave and other timely topics. 

Business Impact Survey: The economic impact related to COVID-19 has been felt throughout the greater Seattle region. Nearly 5,000 businesses responded to round one of the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. Survey is now closed.

Snohomish County’s Office of Economic Recovery and Resiliency: Snohomish County created an Advisory Group to identify and develop strategies to reopen our economy. EASC is asking our community to complete the 5-minute Business Needs Assessment to ensure your needs are heard. The Assessment asks businesses how they have been impacted by the economic shutdown, their plans for reopening, and the support they need to reopen successfully

Expanded unemployment benefits for self-employed: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) may cover many people who do not qualify for regular unemployment during this time, including self-employed, independent contractors, and part-time workers. https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-employer-information

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