Relief for Small Businesses and Non-Profits
Starting March 18, King County Sheriff’s office generally will not be enforcing eviction orders in King County until further notice.
- From April 16 to October 15, commercial landlords in Washington State cannot increase rent or the deposit amount on the commercial rental if the tenant has been impacted from COVID 19.
If your business needs help paying its utility bills, contact your service provider immediately.
Puget Sound Energy will not be disconnecting customers for non-payment during this time and will work with customers on options such as payment plans.
- The Washington State Department of Revenue is offering filing extensions and penalty waivers for state-level B&O taxes for eligible businesses.
- Filing and Payment Deadlines
Most federal tax filing and payment deadlines from April 1, 2020, to July 14, 2020, were postponed to July 15, 2020. The postponements are automatic and apply to all taxpayers.
- Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses
The U.S. Treasury Department, IRS, and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can take advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.
Relief for Employees
Unemployment and Insurance
- The Employment Security Department of Washington State (ESD) has expanded unemployment benefits to people affected by COVID-19. For more information and to apply for unemployment, visit ESD’s website.
- Washington Healthplanfinder is the state’s health insurance exchange and has opened a special enrollment period for qualified individuals. For more information visit Washington Healthplanfinder’s website.
- Unemployment Law Project provides low-cost representation and free advice and counsel to people in Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is being challenges. More information is available here.
- If you need help and assistance with your mortgage, visit Washington State Department of Financial Institutions for a list of resources, including who to contact for urgent support.
- Governor Jay Inslee has extended the moratorium on evictions through October 15, 2020.
Additional information: Inslee extends Safe Start proclamation, eviction moratorium.
Housing Counseling from HUD
- Find a housing counselor through HUD who can help answer the questions of current and prospective homeowners and renters. Further information here.
Public utilities in Washington state are offering relief to their customers during the COVID-19 crisis. For assistance, contact your utility company.
- Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has options for keeping your utilities on. More information here.
- The U.S. federal government has energy assistance programs for low income individuals. More information here.
Additional Support for Families and Individuals
- Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as food, cash, child care, long-term care, and Medicare Savings Programs. More information here.
- Food Lifeline will continue distributing thousands of emergency food boxes to anyone needing help keeping food on the table during this crisis. More information here.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The PPE Marketplace is a resource offered by the Association of Washington Businesses that connects businesses with manufacturers that supply PPE.
Organizations whose lines of business are included state guidance are eligible to order personal protective equipment from King County Office of Emergency Management when it cannot be obtained from other sources, and if the organization ordering the supplies is making efforts to limit the quantities of PPE it uses.
Business Health Trust has compiled a list of supplies that are available for members to purchase from member companies throughout Washington.
Seattle Protects is a resource offered by the City of Seattle that provides links to vendors for purchasing face coverings in bulk for a business or organization.
Free Advising for Businesses
What are my options?
Have questions about federal business assistance programs?
Redmond-East King County SBSC and (re) Startup 425 in partnership with Business Impact NW offer free, one-on-one support, helping you navigate tools such as SBA loans and grant options. Information on how to reach out below.
Sign up for advising here | Phone: (425) 214-4418
Contact the Business Response Team here.
Further resources for businesses, employees, and non-profits
Communities Rise provides a virtual legal clinic to help small businesses and nonprofits navigate COVID-19 pandemic related issues. The program offers a free, 60-minute phone or video call consultation with a lawyer.
Discover resources for small businesses that are available in your county.
This handbook provides information on personal health & safety, guidance on how creative businesses can safely re-start, sources of financial support for individual artists and creative workers, as well as sources of relief for businesses and organizations in the creative sector.
Provided by the Association of Washington Businesses, Rebound & Recovery is here to help Washington state employers reopen their doors and help the economy recover.
The Employment Security Department of Washington State offers free webinars for customers to learn more about the state’s unemployment insurance.