COVID-19

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

(Updated 8.24.2020)

Resources for employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Latest News

  •  NEW  President Trump announced executive actions, including postponing payroll taxes, extending an unemployment bonus ($400/week), waiving student debt payments on federal student loans through the end of the year, and urging federal agencies to explore foreclosure prevention and relief. Read more at The Washington Post, FOX News, C|Net or BBC.
  •  NEW  The state is pausing any further reopening indefinitely, due to a spike in COVID-19 cases all over the state. Gathering sizes have been limited as of July 20, and further business restrictions were announced July 23. Read more details about the phases of reopening Washington here.
  •  NEW  StaySafeWA - This "Stay Safe. Stay Open. Wear a Mask" campaign from a coalition of associations across the state provides downloadable videos, poster, social media content and radio spots encouraging all in Washington to wear a mask to safeguard our businesses, employees and communities.
  •  NEW  Prepare your business for a safe re-opening! AWB's new Rebound & Recovery website contains the following free resources to help you succeed:
    • The PPE Connect portal is a free tool that matches local manufacturers of PPE with the businesses in need of these supplies.
    • Download a customizable Business Tool kit, complete with things like safety posters, floor stickers, communication documents and much more.
    • 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 has expanded its program to allow more small and medium-sized businesses to receive support. See details here, find the forms and programs 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

Previous webinar: Contact Tracing - June 15

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
  • Best Accounting Software has published a guide for all the business support available at the State level.
  • A comprehensive summary of loan facilities from the Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness - Small, Medium and Large Business Financing under the CARES Act
  •  APPLY NOW  CARES Act loans
    • 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.
    •  UPDATED  The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a provision of the CARES Act that authorized loans with forgiveness and deferral possibilities, is now closed. This loan was available for small businesses, sole proprietors, self-employed and independent contractors.
      • PPP info, FAQs, reports and guides
      • PPP Loan forgiveness information
        • 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.
        • 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%.
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
  • Red Backpack Fund - Spanx founder is giving 1,000 female business owners $5,000 to help their businesses. See details and apply here.
  • Emergent Fund - a rapid response fund to aid organizations working to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities. See details here.
  • 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.
  •  NEW  Business for All - grants up to $50k to support business growth, including $10k emergency grants for small business in crisis.
  •  NEW  Amber Grant - small business grants of $4k for women in Washington
  • 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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Telecommuting Resources

 

Layoffs

Guidance Temporary layoffs Permanent layoffs

 

Hiring Immediately