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.
- 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 SeriesPrevious 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 HelpState
- Washington manufacturers of PPE are encouraged to connect with businesses in need of these supplies. Fill out the form here to be added to the list of suppliers for Washington's PPE Connect!
- Washington State's How You Can Help website
- Washington Mask Challenge - initiative to make, wear and donate masks. Businesses can request masks for their organization here.
- Manufacturers who are willing to step up to help aid, fill out this form.
- If you have a large quantity of certified PPE items you are willing to sell and deliver quickly, read the information here and fill out this form.
- 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)
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
- 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 pageHealth CareTaxes - IRS Filing and Payment Deadlines FAQ pageLegal
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's "What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws"
- Ryan Swanson Law's Employer's FAQs
- 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:
- Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
- 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
- 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%.
- 10 Eastern Washington county rural areas Rural Opportunity Loan Fund - see details and apply here.
- Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific or Wahkiakum County - Coastal Communities Loan fund
- Jefferson County - LION COVID-19 Emergency Loan
- Pierce County - Emergency Small Business Relief Loan Program
- Skagit County Loan Fund - up to $25k for working capital with a 2.44% interest rate. See details here.
- Mason County Micro-Business Relief Grant - up to $5k for businesses with less than 5 FTEs. See details and apply here.
- City of Longview - Revolving Loan Fund
- Port Townsend LENT (Light at the End of the Tunnel) Microloan Fund - a low interest $500-$4k loan for businesses. The next application date is July 15, but emergency applications will be reviewed in a time-sensitive manner. See more details here.
- NEW Spokane - The Business Resilience Loan Program can provide $10-50k for those who qualify. See details here.
- 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
- Asotin, Garfield or Whitman: Information here and grant application.
- South Lake Union Chamber Small Business & Nonprofit Relief Fund
- Edmonds WISH fund grant
- Seattle Sounders FC Relief Fund
- Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority has created the Rent Participation Fund and the Getting Ready to Reopen Fund. See details and apply here.
- Sequim Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce has a Small Business Rapid Relief Program. Applications will be accepted June 15-30. See details here.
- Douglas County CARES Act Small Business Grant Program - Grants up to $10k for businesses with 1-20 FTE. See details here.
- Pierce County Connected delivers rapid funding to organizations to support continued services to vulnerable populations.
- NEW City of Yelm has a grant program for businesses experiencing COVID-related hardship or increased costs related to reopening. Download the application here.
- NEW Thurston Business Micro-Business Stand Up Grant is now taking applications. Find more information and apply here.
- 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.
Help to pay your employees
- Employee Retention Tax Credit - This credit is part of the CARES Act. Here are some FAQs about this credit. (See more info about the CARES act in "Legislation of Note" below.)
- Credit for Sick and Family Leave
- Tax credits are available for small and mid-size businesses. Overview and FAQs here
- IRS Coronavirus tax help - Tax relief and economic impact payments and tax relief for businesses and tax-exempt entities
- State: The Department of Revenue offers extensions on tax filings and certain late fees, as well as rescheduling audits and more time to file or renew a business license. Contact the department at 360.705.6705 for more information.
- The Employment Security Department (ESD) has emergency rules in place. This FAQ page for workers and businesses answers questions and gives resources. This ESD Unemployment chart can help determine which benefit applies to your situation. See this informational chart to compare the benefits.
- Paid sick and safe leave (FAQs)
- Paid Family Medical Leave (FAQs)
- Workers' Compensation FAQs and link to apply
- This helpful video and this summary quickly explain the latest changes.
- For the fastest processing, here are some strategies that work. Follow the steps on this sharable graphic: sign up for action alerts, determine your eligibility, review and gather the items on the checklist, set up an account (see video for helpful explanation), and apply online.
- Please be aware they are experiencing very high volume, so please be patient and keep trying.
- NEW Here are some FAQ pages that address common questions about returning to work and refusal of work.
- FREE Free face coverings for people below 200% of the federal poverty level.
- COVID-19 Business Impact Calculator - use this tool to see the potential impact COVID may have on your business and options for next steps you can take
- NEW Gov. Inslee announced a further moratorium on evictions until at least Oct. 15
- Many lenders have adjusted terms for those affected by COVID-19. Check your lender's website to see if options are available for payment deferrals, low-cost loans, etc.
- reSTARTUP425 - Offers free one-on-one technical business assistance (in multiple languages) to Eastside small businesses to help navigate all the COVID-19 relief programs.
- TAG Consulting Program - Businesses and non-profit organizations in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties can apply for free or by-donation technology support.
- Saving Local - a portal that connects customers who wish to support local businesses with King County businesses affected by COVID-19 shutdowns. Add your business here.
- The Seattle Public Library is offering Business Information Appointments to help businesses navigate relief programs, explore new ideas and offer assistance to nonprofits to access grant searching databases.
- Klickitat PUD has a COVID-19 Small Business Customer Assistance Program that provides a discount on the electric bill for Klickitat County businesses for three months upon reopening or being approved.
- The City of Spokane is offering extended repayment options for business utility customers.
- Gov. Inslee signed a proclamation that prohibits certain utility companies from disconnections, charging late fees and more -- now extended to Aug. 1. See the original order here and see the extension details here.
- Utilities' COVID-19 responses
Nonprofit Funding and ResourcesGrants
- Innovia Foundation COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds
- Snohomish County Coronavirus Response Fund grants
- Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund - for community-based organizations helping priority populations at the front lines of the crisis
- Orcas Island Community Foundation's Community Emergency Response Fund
- Yakima Valley Community Foundation's Resilience and Response Fund - Will give grants to nonprofit businesses. Stay tuned for further details.
- Community Foundation SW Washington COVID Response fund - See this page for details and email them if you think your nonprofit aligns with their fund's purpose.
- Benton and Franklin county - Nonprofits in these counties helping with food and/or childcare can apply beginning March 25. Details and application link is found here.
- Bainbridge Community Foundation's Community Response Fund - Granting limited financial resources to nonprofit organizations for urgent health and human service needs
- Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties - The Community Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund - Please fill out the Nonprofit Survey to be considered. For more details, please contact Melissa Rosscup at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ArtsFund COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund - provides short term relief to arts organizations
- All In Seattle - a connecting point to help quickly deploy resources to non-profits. Learn more here and email email@example.com to request information on how to submit your non-profit to the list.
Small Business Guidance
- NEW Small Business Liaison team
- Need financial relief? See the Small Business Administration Coronavirus Relief Options here and find more details in the "Financial Resources" section above. This info is changing quickly. We recommend signing up for updates here.
- Google is offering free 1:1 digital skills coaching, including webinars on online marketing and E-commerce.
- Sitecrafting's Small Business Thrival Guide
- Ryan Swanson Law Options for distressed small businesses in Washington, Oregon, and California
- Small Business Silver Lining is offering its program for business growth on a pay-as-you-can basis during the COVID crisis. See their COVID Response workbook here.
- 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
- Washington's Safe Start plan is in effect. See AWB's Rebound and Recovery website for more reopening plans and guidance.
- Gov. Inslee extended the order that intends to protect high-risk workers from the virus through the duration of the state of emergency, or until otherwise rescinded or amended. The order protects those over age 65 and with certain underlying health conditions from being permanently replaced by their employer.
- All businesses in Washington must require face coverings of all customers and employees, effective July 7. Read more here.
- The state is also pausing all movement to Phase 4, due to spikes in COVID-19 cases all over the state.
- Stay current with all COVID-19 legislation with this COVID-19 policy tracker of all the states with this international policy tracker.
- CARES Act
The CARES Act legislation passed by Congress provided critical assistance to small businesses and manufacturers in our state to help weather the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was made available to provide funding to help businesses meet critical needs such as payroll obligations so they continue operations when it is safe to do so.
- Evaluation of the CARES Act - the first report of the Congressional Oversight Commission
- COVID-19 Stimulus bill - What it means for states
- Read this easy summary from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce first (and visit the full site here)
- Department of the Treasury CARES Act website
- National Conference of State Legislatures COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: What it Means for States
- U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
- U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell's FAQs
- National Association of Manufacturer's: CARES ACT Q&A on Key Provisions
- National Association of Manufacturer's Summary of the Key Provisions of the Federal Coronavirus Relief Package (3.25.20.)
- NEW The Institute for Disease Modeling releases research and reports about the epidemiology of the outbreak.
- NEW Washington, Colorado, Nevada and Oregon announce coordination on telehealth
- Health insurance enrollment: Health Benefit Exchange Enrollment FAQs.
- The Centers for Disease Control: reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting as well as guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick, including helpful information about returning to work
- Prescriptions: Walgreens and CVS waive drug delivery fees during the crisis.
- Mental Health
- King County Behavioral Health: COVID-19 resources for families and children
- Rehab4Addiction: An article about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Shine: A mental health tool kit for COVID-19 anxiety
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has a fact sheet Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, a Disaster Distress Helpline, a Best Practice Toolkit for Mental Health Crisis Care and even a fact sheet with strategies to help children manage stress.
- Kaiser Permanente
- NEW "Planning for the next normal at work" playbook guides employers through health and safety considerations with resources that include the following topics: mental health and wellness, social determinates of health, HR policy updates and industry-specific guidance.
- NEW Thriving Schools - A partnership for healthy students, staff & teachers
- Free Drive-In WiFi Hotspots - 140 locations around the state have been made available to the public free of charge. Find the nearest location here.
- NEW Nextiva - 32 Working from home tips
- Clarity Wave - Free access to employee engagement software to help ensure that employees stay focused and engaged while working remotely
- Jottful - Free "Start & Succeed Online" advice session & roadmap
- Sparkhouse - Free promotional videos for small business to communicate what is offered and current access to valuable products and services
- Vincit California - Free Digitalization & Ecommerce Roadmap - struggling small businesses can apply and receive a customized eCommerce strategy, design & technical advice and free one-on-ones with eCommerce developers.
- Virtual meetings and events - consider using one of these free services: Zoom, GoToMeeting, Join.Me, Skype, 8x8 VC or other video conferencing apps
- 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.
- OnAir offers free 1:1 digital skills coaching, including webinars on online marketing and E-commerce to help small businesses succeed digitally.
- Hangouts Meet, which allows up to 250 participants and live streaming up to 100,000 viewers per domain
- 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 workers to maintain the benefit of in-person meetings (content markup, shared visual/audio, and more). Register here.
- Layoff Assistance for Workers and Businesses
- MoneyGeek's guide - Resources for Workers Impacted by Coronavirus Layoffs and Lost Wages
- Student Training & Education in Public Service (STEPS) - resource guide for unemployment, job placement and training. Specific guidance for veterans, workers over 50 and people with disabilities.
- Apply for SharedWork, a smart alternative to layoffs
- NEW Here is a great video explanation.
- Temporary layoffs: Standby for up to 8 weeks, partial employment status or furlough
- Educate employees to contact WorkSource
- Job search or retraining through Dislocated Worker program
- File a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN)
- Guidance from Zippia: How the American worker can survive financially during the next 3 months -- helpful guidance article that includes job links for both remote and local work
- Wall Street Journal's "Who's hiring and who's firing: How firms are reacting to the coronavirus"
- Washington's Employment Security Department is hiring additional staff in claims center operations. Click here for more information.
- NEW WorkSource has a list of critical job opportunities, especially in the grocery store, cleaning, healthcare and governmental industries. For searchable Washington job opportunities in your area, go to WorkSourceWA.com.
- Southwest Washington area list of job opportunities
- 7-Eleven - Apply here. Hiring up to 20,000 new employees immediately.
- Albertsons (Safeway, Randalls, United Supermarkets) - Apply here. Hiring 30,000 positions: delivery drivers, personal shoppers, distribution centers, and call center
- Amazon - Apply here. Hiring another 75,000 immediately.
- Bath & Body Works - Hiring nearly 700 nationwide. Search for WA openings here.
- Big Lots - Hiring 3,300 across the nation. Search for WA openings here.
- Buffalo Wild Wings - Over 100 management and team member job listings currently available in WA.
- CVS - Apply here. 50,000 positions to be hired immediately.
- Dollar General - Apply here. They are adding up to 50,000 employees by the end of April.
- Dollar Tree - Apply here. 25,000 full and part-time workers to be hired for stores and distribution centers.
- Domino’s - Apply here. Hiring 10,000 immediately.
- DoorDash - Apply to become a delivery driver here.
- Epic Games - Hiring many software positions. Search for jobs available in your location here.
- GE Healthcare - Apply here. Needs manufacturing employees to build medical equipment.
- GlaxoSmithKline - Has multiple openings in the medical/clinical and science/tech divisions. Search for listings in your location here.
- Harbor Freight Tools - Hiring nearly 3,000 nationwide. Search for WA openings here.
- Instacart - 300,000 to be hired immediately
- Kroger (Fred Meyer) - Apply here. Hiring 20,000 workers immediately.
- Lowe's - Apply here or text "JOBS" to LOWES (56937) to apply. Actively hiring 30,000. Enhanced safety measures in-store and increased hourly pay.
- ManTech - Recently secured a contract with U.S. Space Force and is hiring thousands of jobs nationwide. Search for a job in your location here.
- Microsoft - Hiring, but prepare yourself for virtual interviews.
- Outschoool - Apply here. Hiring 5,000 teachers with pay up to $40/hr. to teach online classes.
- PepsiCo - Apply here. Immediately hiring 6,000 full-time front line employees.
- Papa John’s