Keeping businesses informed is a top priority for the Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber. With all of the recent developments regarding COVID-19, we started a resource page to provide continuous updates and resources to keep your organizations informed and prepared. We are monitoring the situation through the State, County and Cities and will continue to communicate with our members and the community as it evolves. This page will be updated with new and relevant resources as they become available. We suggest you also like our Chamber FB page to get real time information. #FlattenTheCurve #InThisTogether
Resources for employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans up to $2 million (flyer), with an interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere. Nonprofits can apply too, at a 2.75% interest rate. Apply here. Access the portal here.
- Other Small Business Administration loans
- NEW Facebook is soon offering small business grants. Stay tuned.
- The city of Seattle's Office of Economic Development has been allocated $1.5 million to help qualifying small businesses. These businesses must be located within Seattle and have five employees or less, among other criteria. Businesses may receive grants up to $10,000. Click here to learn more and apply for these Seattle Small Business grants.
- 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.
- The Employment Security Department has new emergency rules in place. For example, workers who are ill with COVID-19 can qualify for benefits. Also, workers that are exposed and quarantined while the business remains open can now qualify for unemployment insurance. This ESD Unemployment chart can help determine which benefit applies to your situation. This FAQ page for workers and businesses answers questions and gives resources to help relieve the burden of temporary layoffs.
- U.S. Small Business Administration guidance and loan resources
- U.S. Small Business Administration export working capital program. For exporters, the SBA's Export Working Capital Program can help small businesses gain access to capital.
- U. S. Chamber Small Business Resources for Surviving Coronavirus
- Xfinity - Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. Click here for more details.
- Jamm - a voice and video collaboration and communication for teams working remotely is offering it free of charge. This service integrates well with Slack.
- Google - Hangouts Meet, which allows up to 250 participants and live streaming up to 100,000 viewers per domain, and G-suite is available to all customers free of charge until July 1, 2020.
- Loom - This video recording and sharing service offers boosts to free service plan, discounted prices on LoomPro and free access for educational institutions through July 1, 2020.
- Microsoft 365 E1 - free 6 month trial
- LinkedIn - 16 courses offered for free - “Remote working - setting yourself and your teams up for success”
- DropBox - offering free Dropbox Business and HelloSign Enterprise subscriptions for 3 months to nonprofits and NGOs focused on fighting COVID-19. If you are an organization working to stop the virus or provide relief, apply here.
- LogisticsManagement - Librestream Onsight platform remote expert app free. This allows remote work to maintain the benefit of in-person meetings (content markup, shared visual/audio, and more).
- Apply for SharedWork, a smart alternative to layoffs
- Temporary layoffs: Standby for up to 8 weeks, partial employment status or furlough
- Federal: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business preparedness checklist
- State: WA Emergency Management Division page
- CDC Guidelines for travel health information
Health and Business Safety
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- OSHA's Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF)
- Prescriptions: Walgreens and CVS to waive drug delivery fees during crisis
- Higher risk people: follow this Centers for Disease Control guideline.
Legislation of note
- Upcoming legislation that may help financially H.R.6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (introduced in the House 3/11/20; still in progress) and this Presidential proclamation.
- Summary of latest Congressional act on COVID-19 response
Toolkits, Checklists, and more ResourcesWashington state Governor's office
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