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(Updated 6.26.2020)

Resources for employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Latest News

  •  BREAKING NEWS  Visa Freeze Webinar: Join us Tuesday, June 30, from 2-3 p.m. (PST), to hear from Dustin O’Quinn of Lane Powell and Rick Valentine of K&L Gates about the recent order to suspend certain types of visas. O’Quinn will give you a legal perspective of the orders and the implications that could impact your workforce. The webinar is free for all, but registration is necessary to receive your login information. Register here.
  •  NEW  Gov. Inslee ordered the mandatory use of facemasks, effective June 26. Read more about it here.
  •  CLOSING SOON  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a loan that is forgivable in many cases, still has $128B left in funding. The PPP Flexibility Act eased the loan's forgiveness rules recently, but time is running out to apply. Applications must be completed and processed by June 30. The SBA recommends applying now so the bank has time for processing before the cut-off date. Please see "Financial Resources" for further details.
  •  NEW  The "Safe Start" directive includes safety considerations for business reopening, such as required facial coverings for employees Prepare your business for a safe re-opening! AWB's new Rebound & Recovery website contains the following to help you succeed:
    • The PPE Connect portal is a free tool that matches Washington manufacturers of PPE with the businesses in need of these supplies.
    • There is also a free downloadable and logo-customizable Business Tool kit, complete with things like safety posters, floor stickers, communication documents and much more.
    •  NEW  For additional guidance links, check out the list of re-opening resources available here.  This contains the latest info on Washington state's phased re-opening, industry guidance, HR and safety considerations...and more!
  •  APPLY NOW 
    • The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is once again accepting applications. Applications for the loan already in the queue will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. More details on this loan can be found in "Financial Resources" below.
    • USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) - This program will provide direct relief to agricultural producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. See details about CFAP here.
    • The Main Street Lending Program just expanded its program to allow more small and medium-sized businesses to receive support. See details here and contact your lender to apply.
  • Washington State's official Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) page for business and workers

AWB's COVID-19 Employer Resources Webinar Series

 UP NEXT 
July 8: 9-10a.m.
Free webinar! Focus: The Future of Child Care and Early Childhood Learning - Join Deann Burtch Puffert (chief executive officer, Child Care Aware of Washington) and other leading experts to learn how the availability of child care during the COVID crisis will affect your workforce.
Previous webinar: Health Care Impact - June 17

More COVID-19 webinars and videos available at AWB's COVID-19 Videos page.

Audio only is available on our Soundcloud channel.

 

How to Help

State Federal
  • Manufacturers needed
    • If you are a company willing to shift gears and re-purpose manufacturing operations to help with the COVID-19 crisis, fill out this form.
    • National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
      • Has created a COVID-19 portal on its Manufacturers Marketplace. This is a free site for manufacturers to register what they can create, and a place to find suppliers.
      • Creators Respond - Resources for manufacturers desiring to take action
  • FEMA's How To Help page and the contact information for private-sector liaisons.
  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, submit information here.
    • This requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, provide details here.
  • If your company is willing to produce a product related to the COVID response, email nbeoc@max.gov.
  • If you are a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.
  • If you are willing to do business with FEMA to support the COVID-19 response with non-medical goods and/or services, submit an inquiry to DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.
 

FAQs

All topics
  • AWB's Frequently Asked Questions has the most relevant answers to employer-specific questions.
  • Washington state's official COVID-19 Spread the Facts page
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers' FAQ page has great info on Phase 3 Response. Scroll down to the section specifically for Small Business, Nonprofits, & Farmers.
Unemployment / Paid Leave - Employment Security Department's FAQ page
Health Care
  • Health Benefit Exchange FAQ page and the Centers for Disease Control FAQ page
  • The Department of Health and Human Services issued a Provider Relief Fund FAQ document which provides clarification for those who received this fund.
Taxes - IRS Filing and Payment Deadlines FAQ page
Legal
 

Financial Resources

Loans
  • A comprehensive summary of loan facilities from the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness - Small, Medium and Large Business Financing under the CARES Act
  • The Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), is offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). An advance up to $10k is available within 3 days and will not have to be repaid. There is an interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses. Nonprofits are eligible for a 2.75% interest rate. See this EIDL guide for further information and to find answers to your questions on the SBA Disaster Loan FAQ page.
  •  DEADLINE APPROACHING  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) -  a provision of the CARES Act that authorized loans with forgiveness and deferral possibilities is accepting applications, but processed loan applications must be to the SBA by the cut-off date on June 30. This loan is available for small businesses, sole proprietors, self-employed and independent contractors. Here is the full application (updated June 12). Use this searchable map to find an SBA lender in your area.
    • Loan Forgiveness Information-
        •  NEW  The PPP Flexibility Act was passed 6.5.20 to include the following rule changes:
          • The time period to use your funds has been extended from 8 weeks to 24 weeks.
          • Payroll costs must account for 60% of the loan, down from 75%.
          • The covered period has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.
          • You won't have to make employer payroll tax payments through the end of 2020.
          • You won't lose eligibility if you can show that some employees declined to return to their jobs.
          • Payback period has been extended from 2 years to 5+ years for those not seeking (or not eligible for) loan forgiveness.
          • These changes will be reflected in upcoming SBA documents and the links below (that contain the original terms of the program) will be updated as soon as they become available.
      •  NEW  Here is the form for PPP Loan Forgiveness application (updated June 16) which includes the policy rule on how forgiveness will be calculated. A new PPP Loan Forgiveness EZ application is now available for those who qualify with the following conditions:
        1. Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
        2. Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
        3. Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
    • PPP Info-
    • PPP FAQs and guides-
  • Express Bridge Loans through the SBA enable small businesses who already have a relationship with an SBA lender to access up to $25k quickly.
  • Kiva provides 0% interest loans up to $15k with a 6 month grace period allowed for greater flexibility. See details and apply here.
  • Business Impact NW provides loans to small businesses and nonprofits. They are more flexible than traditional financial institutions.
  • Craft3 offers business lending services between $25k to $3 million to new clients and is extending revised terms to existing clients.
  • Local Loans
Grants
  • Department of Commerce has awarded $1.8 million to 17 rural county governments. The Community Development Block Grants can be used for small business support, food and rental assistance, health services and more. Click here for more information.
  • The official main website for federal grants is www.grants.gov
  •  NEW  Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families - Child care provider grants are available. See details here.
  •  NEW  Red Backpack Fund - Spanx founder is giving 1,000 female business owners $5,000 to help their businesses. See details and apply here.
  •  NEW  Emergent Fund - a rapid response fund to aid organizations working to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities. See details here.
  •  NEW  LISC Small Business Relief Grant offers $5-20k grants to help revitalize underserved communities. Grant applications are accepted for one week during each round. Sign up to be notified of new rounds opening and find more details here.
  • Delta Dental pledges $10M to help dentists shut down by COVID-19 with two new programs -- the Reimbursement Advance Program and the Practice Assistance Fund. Read more and apply here.
  • GoFundMe Small Business Relief fund - matching micro-grants up to $500. See details here and click here for FAQs.
  • Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund - The next round of applications for grants up to $10k begins mid-April. Sign up here to register.
  • Good Farmer Fund is granting relief funds to small farm vendors of Neighborhood Farmer's Markets. Find more info and apply here.
  • Amazon has created a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to help small companies located within a few blocks of its Seattle headquarters. Click here to learn more and apply for the Amazon neighborhood small business relief fund.
  • Social Justice COVID-19 Crisis Fund - Click here if you are a previous grantee of a Social Justice Fund. If not a previous grantee, consider applying for their ongoing Rapid Response Fund.
  • Humanities Washington CARES Act Humanities Relief fund for cultural nonprofit organizations. Apply here for grant opportunities up to $5k. Decisions will be provided within 10 business days.
  • Local Grants
Insurance
  • Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) urged all insurers to extend coverage to delivery driver's auto policies in order to ensure delivery of prescriptions, food and groceries.
  • If employers have bought the right endorsements, insurance policies may cover canceled events or business losses. Contact the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner at 1.800.562.6900 or go to www.insurance.wa.gov for more information.

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Nonprofit Funding and Resources

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Legislation of Note

 

Health Care

 

Telecommuting Resources

 

Layoffs

Guidance Temporary layoffs Permanent layoffs  

Hiring Immediately

 

Education

  •  NEW  The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released guidance for schools so they can begin planning for a return in the fall.
  • Job Skills Grant - The Job Skills Program provides training to meet the employer's specific needs. Grant is for licensed educational institutions in Washington. JSP funds half the training cost and the employer provides cash or an in-kind match to

News & Views

Jun 29, 2020

Free PPE Available to Businesses - Drive Thru Style

By Erica Dial

The Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce and the City of Maple Valley are coordinating a PPE (cloth and disposable masks and hand sanitizer) pick up next week on Tuesday, June...Read More

Jun 26, 2020

City of Maple Valley Launches Economic Recovery Grant Program for Local...

By Erica Dial

The City of Maple Valley will launch the Economy Recovery Grant Program for local businesses on Monday, June 29. This grant program was approved by the City Council and is designed to...Read More


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