COVID-19 Information for Businesses

Direct Links to Employer Resources:

Working Washington Small Business Grants Program

On Tuesday April 8, 2020 Washington State Department of Commerce introduced the Working Washington Small Business Grant program. Utilizing Working Washington funds (formerly known as Strategic Reserve Funds) typically used for assistance in recruiting new companies or assisting with existing business retention and expansion in Washington State.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced a new grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB) is partnering with the Governor and the Department of Commerce to accept grant applications from Tacoma-Pierce County businesses.

Click here to learn more and to apply.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers.

  • Download the US Senate’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship guide here.
  • Download the US Chamber of Commerce Emergency Loans guide here.

Provisions Related to Unemployment Compensation in the Senate-passed CARES Act

Find information related to additional federally funded  benefits for workers and employers, including Supplemental Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (SFPUC), Expansion of “Work Sharing” Programs to Provide Partial Benefits to Individuals with Reduced Hours, Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and more.

Download information here.

Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 resources

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Essential Business Inquiries

Guidance for businesses who want to request inclusion as an essential service as part of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.

Tacoma Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 information for businesses, including healthy reminders signage to download.

Employment Security has programs to help Washington’s employers weather the financial impacts of COVID-19.

Learn more here: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-employer-information