Help for Businesses

Business Resources 

There is relief available, and resources to help you better understand COVID-19 from a business perspective. 

Grants
Facebook Small Business Grant and Business Tips
• Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund – Applications accepted starting May 14 
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LISC Verizon Grant Email updates
• Snohomish County Approves Business Relief Grants


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
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Applicants may also contact the local district office in Seattle for assistance: Phone: 206-553-7310
• Paycheck Protection Program- Only available until June 30, 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
• 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 May 25. 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.