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Resources for Businesses

Dates to Remember:

  • May 31, 2020 Govenor Inslee expires the Stay Home Stay Healthy Initiative 
  • July 15, 2020 Revised Tax Day - 2019 taxes due

Reopen Resources:

Business Tips During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic:

  • L&I enacts rule to fine businesses that open illegally. News here
  • Resources for mid-large size companies! Main Street Lending Program options and FAQs
  • If your business is open and offering services, be sure that you are on this page Tri-Cities Open for Business coordinated by Visit Tri-Cities.
  • Be sure to leverage your website and the Google My Business features to increase your accessibility during these difficult times. The Tri-City Regional Chamber and Cougar Digital made a great video to help! 
  • TRIDEC is offering a new website with map to your business to feature businesses and the promotions they are offering. Please fill out the online form here to be included.
  • The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is offering some resources to area businesses without membership:
    • Business Resource Rapid Response line from 10a - 12p Monday through Thursday at 509.546.1613 to help with your business questions. 
    • COVID-19 Business Resource Guide
  • Webinars and Workshops for Small Business (FREE)
    • UW Consulting and Business Development Center is offering COVID response and resilience webinars to help businesses adjust to COVID. Check out the classes here.
    •  SBA is offering several workshops for small business and helpful information for reopening here.
  • State officials recommend this site as the most up to date state COVID-19 Information, business tips and tools with a live chat feature included
  • Coronavirus.wa.gov is the state resource website for everything related to the pandemic. 
  • SBDC offers resources to help protect your business, sustain and even thrive during these times of crisis with webinars and business tips.
  • Keep your finances in order, retain any receipts and document all related COVID-19 expenses.
  • Stay up to date on the Association of Washington Business Resources for Employers page with comprehensive information related to COVID-19.

 Be aware of the potential COVID-19 Tax Credits available

Employment Security Department's website is available at this link for FAQs and where to find information on your claim.

  • Useful Phone Numbers:
    • Have questions (after you’ve checked the website first): 833-572-8400
    • Filing your weekly claim over the phone : 800-318-6022
    • Claims inquiries that can’t be answered online : 800-318-6022
  • Unemployment Benefits Worksheet for Individuals
  • Additional resources for employees can be found here.

Financial Resources for Business during COVID-19 Pandemic:

  • Finally some resources for mid-large size companies! Main Street Lending Program options and FAQs
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Cares Act 3.5 infused the program with $310B to help aid businesses in need, the program is open until funds are exhausted.
    • This program offers a $10,000 forgivable loan for payroll and related expenses. Funds not utilized for this capacity can be turned into a low interest 24 month loan at 3.75% interest with 6 month deferment on payments.
    • PPP FAQ issued by SBA and updated often.
    • State Department of Revenue has advised businesses not to report the income from federal COVID aid as gross receipts for B&O tax purposes or pay tax on them for the time being.
    • Applications are handled through your financial institution.
    • Paycheck Protection Program Application
    • Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application
  • Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - Cares Act 3.5 infused this program with additional funds that will be available 4.27 also. 
    • If you applied for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan through SBA prior to March 30, 2020 you will need to reapply in their new expedited System. At that time the program reopens, the link to the application is here: https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications
    • Apply online here.
    • State Department of Revenue has advised businesses not to report the income from federal COVID aid as gross receipts for B&O tax purposes or pay tax on them for the time being.
    • This loan offers a $10,000 advance option and is the first part of the application you will see.
    • Once applied you will be contacted by a representative from SBA to ask further questions and provide more paperwork. These loans are at 3.75% interest and up to 30 years.
    • Payments have the option of being deferred for up to 6 months.

SBA Doc

  • SBA Bridge Loans - For customers who already have a relationship with SBA this offers quick access to capital on your existing line of credit, up to $25,000.
  • SBA Debt Relief - SBA will make six months of payments for existing customers.

Other Resources:

SBA Loan Programs 

Benton County Council of Governments