(Updated 3.27.2020)

Resources for employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AWB COVID-19 Employer Resources Webinar Series

 UP NEXT  AWB's COVID-19 Employer Resources Webinar Series on March 30: Register for this free webinar here.

Previous webinar: March 23

Audio only is available on our Soundcloud channel.

Financial Resources

  • 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. See this slide deck for further information. Apply here.
  •   NEW  Business Impact NW provides loans to small business and nonprofits. They are more flexible than traditional financial institutions.
  •   NEW  Craft3 offers business lending services between $25k to $3 million to new clients and is extending revised terms to existing clients.
  •   NEW  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.
  • Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund information (update expected week of 3.23.2020)
  • Facebook is soon offering small business grants. Stay tuned.
  • The city of Seattle's Office of Economic Development has been allocated $2.5 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.
  • 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.
  •   NEW  Office of the Insurance Commissioner 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 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.

Tax Help
Help to pay your employees
Utilities/Rent help

Non-Profit Funding and Resources


Legislation of Note

  • Historic Coronavirus Relief Package is set to be approved by Congress
  •  NEW  Ryan Swanson Law's "Employer obligations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act"
  • Employer Requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: writeup by K&L Gates
  •  NEW  National Association of Manufacturer's Summary of the Key Provisions of the Federal Coronavirus Relief Package (as of 3.25.20. Stay tuned.)

Health Care

Telecommuting Resources


Guidance Temporary layoffs
Permanent layoffs


Hiring Immediately

  •  NEW  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 even more Washington job opportunities, go to WorkSourceWA.com
  • Albertsons (Safeway, Randalls, United Supermarkets) - Apply here. Hiring 30,000 positions: delivery drivers, personal shoppers, distribution centers, and call center
  • Amazon - Apply here. Hiring 100,000 immediately.
  • CVS - Apply here. 50,000 positions to be hired immediately.
  • Walmart - 150,000 to be hired immediately
  • Instacart - 300,000 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.
  • PepsiCo - Apply here. Immediately hiring 6,000 full time front line employees.
  • Papa John’s  - Apply here. Hiring 20,000 immediately.
  • Domino’s - Apply here. Hiring 10,000 immediately.
  • Pizza Hut - Apply here. Immediately hiring more than 30,000. New drivers can start working in as little as 5 hours after hire.
  • 7-Eleven - Apply here. Hiring up to 20,000 new employees immediately.
  • GE Healthcare - Apply here. Needs manufacturing employees to build medical equipment.
  • Fred Meyer/Kroger - Apply here. Hiring more than 10,000 workers immediately.
  • Shipt - (competitor to Instacart) Apply here. Hiring thousands immediately.

Toolkits, Checklists, and more Resources

Federal State Schools

Do you have a resource for Washington businesses that you feel should be included on this page? Please email susieg@awb.org with the details.