Help for Businesses

Business Resources 

There is relief available, and resources to help you better understand COVID-19 from a business perspective. 
• Paycheck Protection ProgramAvailable through Aug. 8, 2020. 
Seattle District Office website are available to help file disaster loan: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wa/seattle
Washington Small Business Development Center: https://wsbdc.org/
How the Treasury Department is taking action: https://home.treasury.gov/cares

Grants
• Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund – Applications accepted starting May 14 
• LISC COVID-19 Resources for Businesses: Local Funding Resources, Federal Policy Priorities, News & Information

• Snohomish County Approves Business Relief Grants
Snohomish County Small Business Relief, Recovery and Resliency (R3) Grant (Applications are now being accepted through June 26)

Legal
 Communities Rise – 60-minute legal clinics, 1-on-1 with attorney, for small businesses and nonprofits
Unemployment Law Project – Answers to questions about COVID-19 unemployment benefits

Washington Health State Guidelines

• The Washington State Department of Health has developed this guidance to assist employers and workers.

Federal

• Resources to help workers and employers prepare for COVID-19 (U.S. Department of Labor)
• Information about resources small businesses can access now to navigate their business through the COVID-19 pandemic (Small Business Administration)
• Programs and initiatives (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act)
• U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)- Low-interest disaster loans available to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. Forms are available here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
High demand has made this website slow, save often and have patience.
Applicants may also contact the local district office in Seattle for assistance: Phone: 206-553-7310
• The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds are now available

State

• Resource List for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses and Employees (Governor’s Office)
• Business Resiliency Toolkit (Washington Small Business Development Center)
• Support for affected employers (Washington State)
• Help your business manage crisis (WA State Department of Commerce)
• Business relief during COVID-19 crisis (WA State Department of Revenue)
• Resources for Employers (Association of Washington Business) 
• Business.WA.gov (COVID-19 Business Resources for Washington State)

Local 

• Resources for small and large businesses; tips on how to manage the impacts; and how-to worksheets and webinars on building business resiliency (Greater Seattle Partners)
• Economic Alliance Snohomish County has compiled a variety of resources to help your business survive during this time of uncertainty.
• Information for Businesses/Employers (Snohomish health District)
• Resources for Businesses in Snohomish County (Economic Alliance of Snohomish County)
• Small Business Assistance Resources (PDF) (compiled by King County Public Health)
• Economic development & small business assistance: Helping businesses in unincorporated King County 
• Mill Creek Sign Code Updates: The Mill Creek City Council has authorized staff to waive enforcement of the city’s restrictions on temporary signage until Phase 4 of the state Safe Start plan. City staff will expedite the review of temporary signs such as A-Boards and banners for those businesses that wish to communicate to the public that they are open for take-out, delivery, modified business hours, etc. The city encourages businesses to use cost-effective methods. There will be no cost for city review and response. Business owners who would like to place a temporary sign at their place of business are to email Associate Planner Sherrie Ringstad at sherrier@cityofmillcreek.com for additional information.