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Bill Ellis, Chief Economic Development Officer

206-573-6890

Michelle Wilmot, Economic Development Program Manager

253-275-7542

COVID-19 Business Resources

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Updated June 25, 2020

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The safety and health, both physical and economic, of Kent residents, businesses and their employees is our top priority. We’ve compiled these resources to help keep you informed during this crisis and recover from these impacts as quickly as possible.

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ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF & ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT

SAFE START PLAN

On June 19, King County was approved to move into Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start Plan, which immediately allows reopenings of more activities and businesses. Here is a list of what businesses are open and which remain closed.

FACE COVERINGS

Effective Friday, June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering.

  • Those with certain medical conditions and children under the age of two are exempt. Children aged 2-4 are encouraged, but not required, to wear a face covering with adult assistance.
  • Individuals may remove face coverings under certain circumstances, including while eating or drinking at a restaurant; while communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing; and while outdoors in public areas, provided that a distance of six feet is maintained from people who are not members of their household.

Employers must provide workers with appropriately protective facial coverings for the worker’s risk of exposure.

Per the Safe Start plan, all Washington employers are required to provide (at no cost to employees) and require the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate for the worker's risk of exposure. Cloth face coverings must be worn by every employee not working alone unless their risk profile dictates a higher level of protection.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

FEDERAL SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOADS (EIDLs) (Click for Spanish)

Small businesses, and private nonprofit organizations of any size are eligible to apply for up to $2 million in low‑interest loans to to offset economic losses caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply online or receive disaster assistance via phone at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  SAVE YOUR PASSWORD - SBA does not have a password recall system.  Approval notification is estimated at approximately three days.

  • Paycheck Protection Program Primarily for payroll expenses, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides up to $10 million per small business in loan forgiveness for retaining employees. The loan forgiveness portion is dependent on keeping and paying employees or rehiring employees laid off in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.  Contact your bank/lender to see if they’re offering PPP.  See list of local SBA lenders here.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance - This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief for businesses experiencing difficulties that doesn’t have to be repaid. This complements the traditional SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which has been in place since mid-March.
  • SBA Debt Relief - The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses which covers all principal, interest and fees on current and new SBA 7(a) loans made through September 27, 2020, for up to six months.

  • Bridge Loan - Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. See a list of local SBA lenders here.

  • During this crisis, it’s extremely important to document financial losses using this Economic Injury Worksheet.

MAIN STREET LENDING PROGRAM

  • This new program offers four-year loans to businesses that meet specific criteria and were in good standing before the coronavirus crisis.  Businesses that have taken advantage of SBA's Paycheck Protection Program may also utilize this loan program. Principle and interest payments will be deferred for one year. See this guide for details.

OTHER LOW INTEREST LOANS FOR COMMUNITY-BASED NONPROFITS AND SMALL BUSINESSES

TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE (TAA) for NW MANUFACTURERS

  • The federal TAA program offers up to $150,000 in (50%) matching funds to U.S. businesses that have experienced damaging import competition as well as $30,000 (75%) matching funds for businesses under $1.5MM in revenue. The NW Trade Adjustment Assistance Center provides timely assistance in qualifying and employing the program.

TAXES, FEES, DEFERRALS

  • PUGET SOUND ENERGY is offering assistance to small businesses including a halt to disconnections for non-payment as well as payment plan and new billing date options. 

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

  •  Washington state is working to source and deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to support personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Demand far exceeds supply so the state is working to obtain PPE from all available sources, including private industry manufacturers and retailers. 
  •  The PPE Exchange - a simple to use Dashboard to connect private sector sellers with private sector buyers. The user enters their own information and updates as needed.
  • FIKES Products - local source for PPE, 253-854-2439

  • Acorn Uniforms - local source for PPE, 425-284-0505 

  • PPE Connect portal - Hosted by the Association of Washington Business, this portal can help employers get what they need to open again -- Face masks, hand sanitizer, gowns and more.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS 

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE for SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS from CULTURALLY/HISTORICALLY DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES - The Washington State Department of Commerce announced a new partnership with organizations that serve cultural and historically disadvantaged businesses and communities across the state. The organizations listed below are helping King County business. Please note that several of these are dedicated email addresses.

FREE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE WEBINARS

  • Washington State's Small Business Development Center offers free webinars related to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist businesses with loans, recovery planning, and more.

BACK TO WORK TOOL KIT

  • A repository of documents that fit the practical needs of many company leaders –from HR to CEO to Facilities – to build a Safe Work Plan for Back to Work.
  • The Getting to Safe Toolkit  was developed by Challenge Seattle, Washington Roundtable and Boston Consulting Group in partnership with the Snohomish County Health District. This reopening guide is aimed to be concise, attractive and suitable for small businesses and organizations countrywide.  King County is anticipated to create a similar document soon. Please use this as sample guidance.

NO-COST BUSINESS READINESS ASSESSMENT FOR MANUFACTURERS

  • Impact Washington will provide free business-readiness assessments to ensure manufacturers comply with Phase 2 requirements. Get your facility on the schedule by contacting Impact Washington HERE or call 425-438-1146.

GOVERNORS ORDER TO CLOSE NON–ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES 

ASSISTANCE FOR LAID OFF EMPLOYEES 

ASSISTANCE FOR RESTAURANTS & THEIR EMPLOYEES

EAT LOCAL AND SUPPORT KENT RESTAURANTS

BUSINESSES INVITED TO JOIN “SAVING LOCAL” INITIATIVE

  • We are joining the Kent Chamber of Commerce and our neighboring Chambers and cities in a “Saving Local” initiative to promote buying experiences and gift cards now that can be used later. The initiative will help drive cash to closed businesses or those operating at reduced capacity. This program is free for Kent businesses to participate – just provide a tangible deal that can be purchased now. Click here for details.

COVID-19 INFO SOURCES

 OTHER BUSINESS INFORMATION SOURCES 

BUSINESS OPERATION GUIDANCE