Resources for Business and Workers

Washington State Employment Security Department provides support to employers and workers impacted by COVID-19. Information including unemployment insurance, federal stimulus support and frequently asked questions available here: COVID-19 Assistance
'One-stop shop' for Pandemic assistance released for Puget Sound region
Individuals, businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 now have a new "one-stop shop" for resources through the website...
Resources for Employers and Workers
State Resources

Financial Assistance

Resource List for Washington State Businesses and Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Coronavirus 
Washington State Department of Revenue 
SBA Loans: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans 
IRS Disaster Assistance
Business Impact Northwest
Evergreen Business Capital:
Mercy Corps NorthWest:

Check back for State and Federal Grant information - Funds have been pledged or allocated, but there is not yet an application process (grants are likely to be gift aid - not loans - so they will NOT need to be repaid)
Business Impact NW
Business Impact NW - Full Course Calendar
Business Impact NW - Whats Coming Up Next
Virtual Business Coaching
Get Ready For Impact Pitch
Financing Your Vet Owned Venture

Pandemic Preparation and Business Continuity

Stay up to date on COVID-19 conditions in your county: King County Covid 19 Dashboard | Smart Wa Decision Dashboard
Safe Start Plan:
Planning for A Coronavirus Pandemic: A Guide for Businesses and Organizations
Template: Business Impact Analysis Tracker
Pandemic Recovery Plan
Coronavirus Continuity Planning 
Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC): Business Resiliency Toolkit
WSBDC webinar on Business Survival Strategies on 3/27 from 130-230P
WSBDC webinar on Navigating the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan 3/27 from 3-4P
WSBDC webinar on Business Resiliency on 3/31from 9-10A
WSBDC webinar on Business Resiliency on 4/1from 2-3P
Pandemic Preparation and Business Continuity-businesses

Federal Assistance

SBA-U.S. Small Business Administration
Announcing Ascent

SBA has announced Ascent, an interactive digital platform packed with resources women business owners need to set, and achieve, their business goals. Ascent is designed for the “missing middle” — growth-oriented women entrepreneurs who are beyond the start-up phase and already generating revenue yet looking to grow and scale. Most learning resources for business owners focus on either start-ups or mature businesses. Ascent is here to change that!

During these challenging times, SBA’s Ascent can also help you elevate your business with research-backed tips and strategies. Within Ascent, you can examine both internal (strengths and weaknesses) and external factors (opportunities and threats) that may have arisen because of COVID-19 to help you set up a comprehensive recovery strategy. And Ascent is a resource you can turn to again and again, as your business grows and your needs change.

Join the Ascent today at

Ascent was created through a joint initiative between the White House, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Bringing these agencies together provides Ascent users with unique access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise not found anywhere else.

Federal Assistance - Washington

Small Business Administration (SBA): 

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. The Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans are specifically tailored to COVID-19 response. Forms are available here: High demand has made this website slow, save often and have patience.

Applicants may also contact the local district office in Seattle for assistance: 
Phone: 206-553-7310

SBA Paycheck Protection Program:
Local Small Business Advisers are available to help file disaster loan:
How the Treasury Department is taking action:

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds are now available:
Pandemic Preparation and Business Continuity
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: 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: