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COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES
Updated March 30

For immediate business assistance please email/call Daniel: Daniel@udistrictpartnership.org | 773.428.0844

Small Business Development Center Business Resiliency Toolkit

The Business Resiliency Guide is a tool to help small business owners assess risks and make contingency plans that will enable businesses to recover from the immediate threat of COVID-19 as well as the disruptions that could continue over weeks or months. You can download the business resiliency guide and supporting materials here: wsbdc.org/protect-your-business/business-resiliency/.

COVID-19 Resources for the Community

Information and links for City of Seattle programs and services for those significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also listed below are other community, county, and state resources that may be helpful to you. http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19

Seattle Business Weekly Webinar

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development will be holding weekly calls to share new developments, hear about the impacts you are experiencing, and answer your questions. Please join us every Wednesday. The next webinar is Wednesday, March 18th from 1 p.m – 2 p.m. PTD.
Register Here:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/6719471105046052620

B&O Tax Deferment Information

Effective immediately, the City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) will defer business and occupation (B&O) tax collections for businesses that have annual taxable incomes of $5 million or less and that pay city taxes quarterly. This will allow small business owners increased flexibility during a period of financial duress caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have questions, please call (206) 684-8484 or email: tax@seattle.gov

City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund

Approximately $1.5 million is available for the City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Fund, an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses. Eligibility criteria and how to apply is here: seattle.gov/office-of-economic-development/small-business/small-business-programs-/stabilization-fund-

State Benefits for Employers

The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read comparison guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply. More information for workers and businesses here: esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19.

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Learn more about the resources available from the U.S. Small Business Administration. https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

If you have suffered substantial economic injury you may be eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan.These loans can help small businesses meet financial obligations and cover operating expenses. https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans

Export Assistance

The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Export Assistance Team division can help companies identify alternative markets and provide firms with STEP Vouchers to defray the costs of trade show or trade mission fees, airfare, interpreter and translation services, business matchmaking, export training programs and more. Visit: www.commerce.wa.gov/promoting-washington-state/export-assistance or contact the Export Assistance team at 206.256.6100.

The SBA’s Export Working Capital Program can help small businesses obtain working capital advances from lenders on export orders, export receivables or letters of credit. SBA’s Senior International Credit Officers can work directly with an impacted company to explain the program and application process. Visit: https://www.sba.gov/content/financing-your-small-business-exports-foreigninvestments-or-projects-0

Tax Obligation Support

The Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) can work with impacted companies that request an extension on tax filing. The law grants the Department authority to extend the due date for excise tax returns. A business may request such an extension from the Department prior to the due date of the return, and, if granted, the business would be allowed to delay reporting and paying its tax liability. If a business needs an extension of more than 30 days, the law requires the Department to collect a deposit from the business. The amount of deposit required is based on the business’ reporting history and how many reporting periods are covered under the extension WAC 458-20-228 (13). Contact DOR at 360.705.6705

DOR may also waive penalties under limited circumstances if a business is late in paying its tax obligation. The law also grants the Department authority to provide a one-time, 24 month, late payment penalty waiver if the business has not owed a late payment penalty during the previous 24 months WAC 458-20-228 (9). Contact DOR at 360.705.6705.

Utilities will not be Shut Off During this Outbreak

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle City Light (SCL) will keep utility services on during the COVID-19 Civil Emergency in Seattle. SPU and SCL customers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, regardless of background or immigration status, can request a deferred payment plan with the utilities by calling (206) 684-3000 or sending an email anytime at seattle.gov/utilities/about-us/email-question.

Utility Discount Program

The Utility Discount Program (UDP) lowers Seattle City Light bills by 60 percent and Seattle Public Utility bills by 50 percent. To learn more about enrollment in UDP, call (206) 684-0268 or go to: seattle.gov/humanservices/services-and-programs/affordability-and-livability/utility-discount-program.

Internet Essentials

Effective Monday, March 16, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit www.internetessentials.com for more information.

Non-profit Support

Hosted by Seattle Foundation, the COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible. To donate to the fund, go here: seattlefoundation.org/communityimpact/civic-leadership/covid-19-response-fund. To apply for funding, please email: covid19@seattlefoundation.org.

 

COVID-19 RESIDENT RESOURCES
Updated March 27

For immediate worker/family assistance please email/call Katy:
Katy@udistrictpartnership.org | 206.547.4417

 

Paid Sick & Safe Time

Both Seattle’s Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) Ordinance and Washington Initiative 1433 establish local and statewide paid sick leave for hourly employees working in Washington state. In Seattle, the law requires employers to provide all employees with paid sick and safe time. This includes full-time, part-time, temporary, exempt, and non-exempt employees. Please call the Seattle Office of Labor Standards at (206) 256-5297 or visit Office of Labor Standards PSST page here.

State Unemployment Benefits for Workers

The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They have an easy-to-read comparison guide listing some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply. More information for workers and businesses here: esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19.

Healthcare Support

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Washington Health Plan Finder is opening enrollment to qualified individuals until April 8, 2020. Apple Heath enrollment is year-round.

Unemployment Benefits

The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) can provide support in the form of unemployment benefits. For employers that want to keep from losing highly-trained employees, these unemployment benefits can be received through, or while covered by, Shared Work, Partial Unemployment and Standby (which allow certain workers to collect unemployment while remaining with their employers and not actively seeking other jobs). Visit: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

Paid Family & Medical Leave

ESD’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program can provide paid leave benefits for Washington workers who need to take time off from work due to a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. Certification by a healthcare provider is required for applications for Paid Family and Medical Leave due to a serious health condition. Visit: https://paidleave.wa.gov/

Re-employment Services

If COVID-19 disrupts a Washington business and causes a mass layoff or closure, ESD and its local workforce development board partners can respond with Rapid Response services and funding to help impacted workers get connected to unemployment benefits and re-employment services, including re-training, worker support services, and referrals to other social services. Visit: https://www.esd.wa.gov/newsroom/layoffassistance

Financial Support for Seattle Artists

Seattle-based author and artist Ijeoma Oluo and others have organized this fundraiser on behalf of Artists Relief Fund. From the website: “This fund is aimed at helping those in the greater Seattle arts community who have been financially impacted by cancellations due to COVID-19, with priority given to BIPOC artists, transgender & nonbinary artists, and disabled artists – but we will try to help as many artists with need in Seattle as we can.” To donate to the fund, go here: gofundme.com/f/for-artists. To apply for funding, visit: surveymonkey.com/r/LHJNLQV.

Support for Freelance Artists

From the site: “This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.” Visit covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com to see the full list of regularly updated resources.

Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks

This online fundraiser is to specifically support “queer, transgender, non-binary and/or intersex Black, Indigenous folks and other LGBTQI+ people of color (QTIBIPOC folks).” To donate to the fund, go here: gofundme.com/f/covid19-relief-fund-for-lgbtqi-bipoc-folks. To apply for funding, visit: surveymonkey.com/r/QTIBIPOCCOVID19.

Restaurant Workers Coronavirus Rent Fund

Currently, the Seattle Restaurant Workers Coronavirus Rent Fund is accepting donations to support restaurant workers in Seattle who have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The hospitality industry nonprofit Big Table will be disbursing funds soon. To donate to the fund, go here: gofundme.com/f/seattle-restaurant-workers-coronavirus-rent-fund.

Home Education

This is put together by different individuals and not a specific organization. Be sure to read the fine print carefully. This resource lists education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closures.

Food Support for School Students

Beginning Monday, March 16, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) will be distributing lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday at 26 school sites throughout the city. All SPS students can participate. Additional information about meal pick-up will be shared with families tomorrow. These 26 sites will become central locations for family and student resource distribution. Lunch distribution sites can be found on the SPS Family Resources for COVID-19-related Page.

Grocery Vouchers for Families

The City of Seattle will provide $5 million in grocery vouchers to help families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new grocery voucher program will provide 6,250 families $800 in vouchers to purchase food, cleaning supplies, and other household goods at any Safeway store in Washington state. https://durkan.seattle.gov/2020/03/mayor-jenny-durkan-announces-5-million-in-grocery-vouchers-for-families-impacted-by-covid-19/

Assistance for Immigrants

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, el Comite, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project compiled this new information guide for immigrants who want to know more about how the issue of public charge might affect their ability to access healthcare and other services listed on this page: welcoming.seattle.gov/covid19publiccharge.

Financial Resources for Washington Residents

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus. You can find more information about how to manage your mortgage, rent, and personal finances at their website: dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus-financial-resources

Resources for Unemployed Workers from United Way of King County

The United Way of King County has put together a list of resources for workers who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This list includes links to unemployment benefits, health insurance, and other free and reduced programs in and around King County. Go to the United Way of King County’s page for more information.

 

The U District Partnership

Seattle’s University District is in a period of rapid transformation. With a new Light Rail Station opening in 2021, developers and businesses are investing in new apartment towers, office space, and retail businesses. Adjacent to the University of Washington, the neighborhood is a mix of established buildings and new construction, unique, iconic businesses and new exciting enterprises, and an ever-evolving mix of long-term residents and new populations. The U District Partnership’s programs are evolving with the neighborhood as we provide services in four program areas: Clean & Safe, Economic Development, Urban Vitality, and Events & Marketing. The UDP an independent 501(c)(3) that is also partially funded by the U District Business Improvement Area (UDBIA) and serves residents, visitors, property owners and businesses in Seattle’s University District neighborhood. We invite you to learn more about the U District and our work to bring a voice to the neighborhood’s diverse constituents.