RESOURCES AND INFORMATION COVID-19
We are going virtual for the time being! We will continue to keep you up to date via the Government Advocacy Committee (GAC) on all new developments, assistance opportunities and news.
We also want to STAY CONNECTED with all of you, we are a family! We miss seeing your smiling faces around town, and at our luncheons and After Hours.
If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out. The Chamber is here to serve our members.
We wish you all well, stay safe and healthy!
- Insurance: If employers have bought the right endorsements, insurance policies may cover cancelled events or businesses losses. Contact the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner at 1-800-562-6900 or go to www.insurance.wa.gov for more information.
- Small Business
- 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
- 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.
- NEW CARES Act - This legislation includes the Paycheck Protection Program loan, an Employee Retention Tax Credit and other help for business. Start with this easy-to-read overview, then go to the "Legislation of Note" section below for more summaries, guides, applications and FAQs.
- Federal: IRS Coronavirus tax relief
- 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.
Help to pay your employees
- 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.
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- 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
- 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
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.
- WA Department of Health COVID-19 page
- Washington State Department of Health Resources and Recommendations
- UPDATE Extended until May 8 Health insurance enrollment: WA Special enrollment period Health Benefit Exchange
- WA State Hospital Association
- Prevention Mitigation Strategies for Seattle-King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties (PDF)
- Seattle & King county: Public health department resources
- Tacoma-Pierce county: Health Department Information for Businesses
- Thurston County: Public Health and Social Services Resources
- Spokane regional: Health resources
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 Resources
Washington state Governor's office
- Governor Inslee’s office resource links and links specifically for businesses
- Governor Inslee’s News Releases
- NEW ALERT CAN YOUR BUSINESS REMAIN OPEN?
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Graphics toolkit
- Resources, Response and Impact
- Workplace Tips for Employees
- Coronavirus Response Toolkit