Previous webinar: March 23
Non-Profit Funding and Resources
Resources for employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- NEW U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
- NEW National Conference of State Legislatures COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: What it Means for States
- NEW AWB's Frequently Asked Questions has the most relevant answers to employer-specific questions.
- Washington's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order is effective now. Watch the full address on TVW.
- "Essential" business workers do NOT need a pass or letter to commute to and from their workplace. This and more FAQs can be found on Washington State Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spread the Facts page.
- Click here if you need guidance on what is considered essential. To clarify your status or request inclusion on the list, please go to this portal.
- UPDATED: Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) page for business and workers
- NEW FEMA - How To Help (Donations, Volunteering, Private Sector)
- NEW Manufacturers needed: If you are are a company willing to shift gears and re-purpose manufacturing operations to help with the COVID-19 crisis, email email@example.com to provide details on what you can offer.
AWB COVID-19 Employer Resources Webinar SeriesUP NEXT AWB's COVID-19 Employer Resources Webinar Series on March 30: Register for this free webinar here.
Previous webinar: March 23
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- 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.
- IRS Coronavirus tax relief - guidance, deadlines, FAQs and impending stimulus payment check information
- NEW Tax filing and federal tax payment deadline extended to July 15
- 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.
- 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. NEW Sign up for action alerts to be notified as rules change and expand to include more workers soon!
- Seattle Mayor signs emergency order to temporarily halt evictions for small business and nonprofits
- Utilities' COVID-19 responses
Non-Profit Funding and Resources
- Washington Nonprofits
- Innovia Foundation COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds
- Snohomish County Coronavirus Response Fund grants
- Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund - for community based organizations helping priority populations at the front lines of the crisis
- Orcas Island Community Foundation's Community Emergency Response Fund
- Yakima Valley Community Foundation's Resilience and Response Fund - Will give grants to nonprofit businesses. Stay tuned for further details.
- Community Foundation SW Washington COVID Response fund - See this page for details and email them if you think your nonprofit aligns with their fund's purpose.
- Benton and Franklin county - Nonprofits in these counties helping with food and/or childcare can apply beginning March 25. Details and application link is found here.
- NEW Bainbridge Community Foundation's Community Response Fund - Granting limited financial resources to nonprofit organizations for urgent health and human service needs
- NEW Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties - The Community Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund - Please fill out the Nonprofit Survey to be considered. For more details, please contact Melissa Rosscup at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business Guidance
- NEW Sitecrafting's Small Business Thrival Guide
- NEW Ryan Swanson Law Options for distressed small businesses in Washington, Oregon, and California
- 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
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 insurance enrollment: WA Special enrollment period Health Benefit Exchange
- Prescriptions: Walgreens and CVS to waive drug delivery fees during crisis
- Virtual meetings and events - consider using one of these free services: Zoom, GoToMeeting, Join.Me, Skype, or other virtual web conferencing apps
- Xfinity - Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. Click here for more details.
- Jamm - a voice and video collaboration and communication for teams working remotely is offering it free of charge. This service integrates well with Slack.
- Google - Hangouts Meet, which allows up to 250 participants and live streaming up to 100,000 viewers per domain, and G-suite is available to all customers free of charge until July 1, 2020.
- Loom - This video recording and sharing service offers boosts to free service plan, discounted prices on LoomPro and free access for educational institutions through July 1, 2020.
- Microsoft 365 E1 - free 6 month trial
- LinkedIn - 16 courses offered for free - “Remote working - setting yourself and your teams up for success”
- DropBox - offering free Dropbox Business and HelloSign Enterprise subscriptions for 3 months to nonprofits and NGOs focused on fighting COVID-19. If you are an organization working to stop the virus or provide relief, apply here.
- LogisticsManagement - Librestream Onsight platform remote expert app free. This allows remote work to maintain the benefit of in-person meetings (content markup, shared visual/audio, and more). Register here.
- Apply for SharedWork, a smart alternative to layoffs
- Temporary layoffs: Standby for up to 8 weeks, partial employment status or furlough
- Educate employees to contact WorkSource
- Job search or retraining through Dislocated Worker program
- File a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN)
- 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 ResourcesFederal
- NEW U.S. Department of Labor COVID-19 Resource page
- NEW FEMA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Whole-of-Government Response (pdf)
- National Association of Manufacturing’s COVID-19 Resources
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources
- Washington state's official coronavirus response page
- Governor Inslee’s office resource links and links specifically for businesses
- Governor Inslee’s News Releases
- Washington Department of Commerce Small Business Crisis Planner
- Washington Small Business Development Center's Business Survival Strategies (PDF)
- Employment Security Department's COVID-19 Newsroom and employer information page
- NEW Washington State Labor & Industries Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Resources
- Washington State Department of Health's Novel Coronavirus Outbreak page
- Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission's coronavirus response
- Veteran affairs coronavirus update page
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