Resources For Businesses & Employees Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page Updated 4/5/2021

 

The Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting our local businesses with resources to assist you in working through the challenges related to COVID-19.  If you have questions or need anything at all we encourage you to reach out to us.

News! County Statuses –  King & Snohomish Counties are now in Phase 3 of the new “Safe Start”

Moving into Phase 3 permits:

Resuming some public activity, such as:

  • Outdoor group recreational sports activities (50 or fewer people)
  • Recreational facilities at less than 50% capacity (gyms, public pools, etc.)
  • Professional sports (horse racing, baseball, etc.) without audience participation
  • Restaurants and taverns at less than 75% capacity with table size no larger than 10
  • Bar areas in restaurants and taverns at less than 25% capacity
  • Indoor gyms at less than 50% capacity; theaters at less than 50% capacity
  • Customer facing government services (telework remains strongly encouraged where possible)
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • All other business activities not yet listed except for nightclubs and events with no more than 50 people.

Full Information Available Here

New!  ROUND 4 OPEN NOW for GRANTS
State of WA – Working Washington Grants: Round 4 Opens March 29. Round 4 offers grant relief funds to small for-profit businesses, especially those that were required to close due to public health and safety measures. Priorities for funding are:
– Businesses required to close.
– Businesses with lost revenue as a result of closure.
– Businesses with added expenses to maintain safe operations.
– Equitable distribution of grant funds across the state and to businesses owned and operated by historically disadvantaged individuals.
Full details available here (Click on the blue links inside the box on the page for more information.)

New! Restaurant Revitalization Fund/Grants
Learn more about this program to assist restaurants negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

New! Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
This grant provides emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19.

New! Webinar: “Ask the Experts re: PPP”
Designed to help get the answers you need to maximize the $284 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan opportunity. Featured experts include representatives from the SBA and SBDC along with regional lenders from Business Impact NW and Banner Bank. Register to watch anytime

New! Governor Jay Inslee announces that effective April 15, every person age 16 and over in Washington will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

New! Find Vaccine Locations Here
Effective April 1, 2021 the State of WA has introduced a newer, more extensive and frequently updated website for finding vaccine locations.

New! Vaccine factsheets available in 49 languages – “Getting Vaccinated For Covid-19” 
These Covid vaccine factsheets are easy to read, 2 pgs, and cover the what, why, how, and when of getting vaccinated. There is also assistance for those that are hearing or audio impaired.
Visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website for the list of 49 available languages, and phone numbers for assistance. (Under the section “Information On”, click “Vaccine” then “Getting Vaccinated: Additional Languages”)
– To request this document in another format, call 1-800-525-0127. Deaf or hard of hearing customers, please call 711 (Washington Relay) or email: civil.rights@doh.wa.gov.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to help small businesses keep workers employed during the pandemic and economic downturn. This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. Here are some resources to assist you with the program…

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.  Learn more here

Businesses To Require Face Coverings For Customers & Employees
Businesses in WA state are prohibited from serving customers who aren’t wearing face coverings per a proclamation by Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman. This went into effect on July 7, 2020.

Bothell Special Permit to Turn Parking Into Outdoor Dining
Food & beverage businesses within the City of Bothell may apply for a permit allowing for the temporary change of use from parking to outdoor seating.  Expand your table and chair capacity and serve more customers. Limits apply. Download Permit Information Here

Bothell Special Permit to Conduct Business on Main Street Closed Area
One block of Main Street in downtown Bothell is now temporarily closed to vehicular traffic to allow businesses to expand their working footprint outdoors. The street, sidewalk and flex/parking spaces will be open for dining and retail sales. Businesses can apply for a permit. Get More Information Here

⇒ NOTE: Our Resources page is now organized by category. We encourage you to scroll down and fully explore to locate all resources. New information will be noted.

Operating Your Business - Requirements, Restrictions, Checklists & Tips

As some businesses are permitted to remain open and others will again soon we encourage you to plan, review your internal policies, purchase supplies as needed and commit to being in compliance for successful operations. The following resources can help you get started:

All Industries: Requirements For All Businesses – State of Washington, Governor’s Orders
Industry-based. Learn what will be required of your business.

Checklist for Businesses with Suspected or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 – Washington State Department of Health
Employer reporting requirements, employer responsibilities, actions to take for suspected or confirmed cases, etc. Updated December 11, 2020.

Safe Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Public Spaces – Washington State Department of Health

Communication Resources: Messaging Materials, Sample Social Media Postings & more – Centers for Disease Control
Find posters, notices and more conveying important messages about Covid-19 in multiple languages. You will also find sample social media postings on a wide variety of topics related to Covid-19.

Checklists and Guidelines For Safe Start Open Plan
Great resource for employers in planning your re-opening strategy.

Guide To Re-Open Your Business – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Articles with helpful strategies including creative office space strategies, screening employees, encouraging customer compliance and many more.

Back To Work Toolkit
Toolkit for re-opening the office and getting back to work.

Article: Communicating Your Reopening To Customers
Your customers will need to feel safe doing business with you. Learn ways to communicate your efforts to help them feel confident.

Business Signage Toolkit
Print these posters for businesses. Ie. Shopping Tips, What Is 6 Feet?, We Do Take-Out, etc.

Hygiene Signage For Businesses
Print these posters from EvergreenHealth to remind your employees and customers of safer habits.

WA State - Business, Employer & Employee Resources

WA State Coronavirus Response Resources Page
Extensive list of state resources for businesses and employees.

Facial Coverings Are Mandatory Statewide: Effective June 26, 2020
Governor Inslee announces that every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering. Read Full Details Here
Unemployment Insurance, Benefits & Taxes

Tips from the Employment Security Department…

Preparing fully before applying will help the process go smoother
Everyone who is eligible will receive benefits – and it will be paid retroactive to their date of eligibility

Employment Security Department
Main Page for Unemployment Information in WA State

Webinars: Introduction To Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment benefits now available for Self-Employed and Independent Contractors in the State of Washington

Employment Security Department
Video of Shared Work Program overview. Shared Work is a special program that helps businesses avoid layoffs. Video also available in Spanish.

WA State Employment Security Department: Layoff Assistance
“The Employment Security Department (ESD) can: Help businesses and workers facing major layoffs, and help prevent layoffs from happening.”

Working Washington Emergency Grants

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants

New!  ROUND 4 OPEN NOW for GRANTS
State of WA – Working Washington Grants: Round 4 Opens March 29. Round 4 offers grant relief funds to small for-profit businesses, especially those that were required to close due to public health and safety measures. Priorities for funding are:
– Businesses required to close.
– Businesses with lost revenue as a result of closure.
– Businesses with added expenses to maintain safe operations.
– Equitable distribution of grant funds across the state and to businesses owned and operated by historically disadvantaged individuals.
Full details available here (Click on the blue links inside the box on the page for more information.)

Other WA State Resources

WA State Department of Revenue
Business Relief During COVID-19 Pandemic

WA State Department of Health: Workplace and Employee Resources & Recommendations

Updated Regularly: Businesses Currently Hiring – WorkSource Washington
Essential Workforce Openings (Health care, Grocery, etc.)
King County Jobs
Snohomish County Jobs

WA State Department of Commerce: COVID-19: Insurance For Businesses and Events

Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) Business Resiliency Toolkit
Disaster planning information, guide, and emergency procedures workbook.

Covid-19 Legal Clinic For Small Businesses & Non-Profits – Communities Rise
Virtual clinic helps small businesses and nonprofits connect with a lawyer to navigate the legal issues they are experiencing due to Covid-19.

Webinar: COVID-19 Business Impact Webinar
Originally hosted on 3/23/20. Learn what resources are available for you and your business as we navigate how COVID-19 continues to impact our state and the economy. Speakers include: WA State Labor & Industries, U.S. Small Business Administration, WA State Dept. of Commerce, WA State Employment Security Dept., WA Small Business Development Center, UW School of Public Health.

Governor Inslee's COVID-19 Resources & Stay Home Stay Healthy Guidelines

Watch All Governor Jay Inslee Press Conferences re: COVID-19 Coverage

 

Governor Inslee Announces Washington’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan – A Safe Return To Public Life
Learn about the Governor’s 3 Overriding Goals.

Governor Inslee Issues Protections For High-Risk Workers
The proclamation provides older workers and those with underlying health conditions a series of rights and protections.

WA State List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
The Governor has designated “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.

King & Snohomish Counties, & Local - Business, Employer & Employee Resources

Bothell – Special Use Permits for Outdoor Dining
City of Bothell is temporarily permitting restaurants to conduct outdoor dining in approved parking lots and closed roads.

Grants for Bothell Small Businesses
Check for status of grant fund. Grants are being provided for emergency financial support through the Bothell CARES Small Business Grant for qualified small businesses negatively impacted by the mandatory closing of non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Indicators of Covid-19 Activity in King County
This dashboard provides a snapshot of several useful indicators, or measures, related to COVID-19 activity in our community and its impact on our health and our hospitals. The indicators help determine if current actions are adequate, need to be strengthened, or might be carefully relaxed.

Grants Available From Snohomish County For Small Businesses
Check to view status of grant program. Apply today to see if you qualify for up to $25,000 in grant funding for your small business located in Snohomish County.

King County & Seattle Public Health: Planning For A Coronavirus Pandemic
A Guide For Businesses & Organizations

County Health Officer Directs Residents To Use Face Coverings
Seattle & King County Health Department strongly urges face coverings in all indoor public places including grocery stores and other businesses, as well as outside settings where maintaining six feet of social distancing is difficult. This directive will go into effect May 18, 2020.

Public Health – Seattle & King County
Guidance for retail businesses and service operators to protect from the spread of COVID-19

Snohomish County Info For Business/Employers
An extensive list of resources and materials for employers and employees related to COVID-19.

Farmer’s Markets – Snohomish County Information For Markets & Vendors
Operational requirements, checklists and more.

City of Kenmore Announces Local Face Covering Directive
All persons and commercial establishments within Kenmore’s boundaries are asked to comply with the Public Health Seattle & King County Directive to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth in most public settings.

Business Rent Reduction Request Template Letter (Open in WORD for editing)
Courtesy of Business Australia

Puget Sound Energy Announces Relief Measures 

Washington HealthPlanfinder
The state’s health insurance exchange has opened a special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are or become uninsured.

Chamber Member’s Pay-It-Forward Campaign To Support Our Local Businesses
Although many of our members are experiencing financial hardship, others are asking how they can help. To service this request for kindness, we have created a way to “Pay it Forward” with a donation towards another member’s Chamber dues.

Workforce Education Opportunities
Get trained to go to work, find a new career, or advance your skills.

Federal & US - Business, Employer & Employee Resources

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to help small businesses keep workers employed during the pandemic and economic downturn. This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. Here are some resources to assist you with the program…

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.  Learn more here

SBA Releases Instructions To Calculate & Apply For PPP Loan Forgiveness
Includes Forgiveness Application Form and instructions on how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the CARES act.

Small Business Guide to the CARES Act
Complete Information & Links by U.S. Senate Commitee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
FFCRA helps workplaces by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

Paycheck Protection Plan

New! Webinar: “Ask the Experts re: PPP”
Designed to help get the answers you need to maximize the $284 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loan opportunity. Featured experts include representatives from the SBA and SBDC along with regional lenders from Business Impact NW and Banner Bank. Register to watch anytime

Webinar: Loan Forgiveness – What Every Business Should Know About PPP Loan Forgiveness
Hear from a panel of speakers about how business owners can set themselves up to best utilize their PPP funds – including tips and tricks to navigating this new program and best positioning your business.

Quick Answers & Preparation List re: Paycheck Protection Program
Infographic Worksheet by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

SBA – Small Business Administration / EIDL

Webinar: SBA Loans & Grants Available Under the New CARES ACT
Join representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as they review the new funding opportunities available including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans, the SBA Debt Relief and Express Bridge Loans, and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Emergency Economic Injury Grants.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Relief Options & Funding Programs – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) may be able to provide assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program to businesses that have suffered substantial economic injury in an eligible disaster area.

SCORE Coronavirus Small Business Resource Center – A mentorship & counseling division of the SBA
A central hub of up-to-date information and best practices for small business resilience at this time. The completely free resource center includes financial support resources, live and on-demand educational content and access to remote mentoring.

COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loans
Distributed by: Office of Congressman Rick Larsen

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Coronavirus Small Business Guide & Resources – U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Workplace Tips for Employees
General workplace health and safety information.

Centers For Disease Control

CDC Guidance for Businesses
Recommended strategies for employers to use now, response plans and more.

Grants & Industry Specific Relief Opportunities

Note: Some relief grants have open enrollment and application deadline periods. Many also offer rounds 2 and 3 of grants so we have left the links below available for you to review and check for availability. These sites also offer other resources that may be of assistance to you. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these organizations and their services.

New!  ROUND 4 OPEN NOW for GRANTS
State of WA – Working Washington Grants: Round 4 Opens March 29. Round 4 offers grant relief funds to small for-profit businesses, especially those that were required to close due to public health and safety measures. Priorities for funding are:
– Businesses required to close.
– Businesses with lost revenue as a result of closure.
– Businesses with added expenses to maintain safe operations.
– Equitable distribution of grant funds across the state and to businesses owned and operated by historically disadvantaged individuals.
Full details available here (Click on the blue links inside the box on the page for more information.)

New! Restaurant Revitalization Fund/Grants
Learn more about this program to assist restaurants negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

New! Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
This grant provides emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19.

City of Lynnwood Small Business Relief Grants
Check status of grant fund. Funds for eligible businesses may be used for existing operating expenses, including business rent or mortgage, payroll, utilities, inventory, marketing, and improvements to meet social distancing requirements.

Local Marketing Grant Program
Check the status of grant fund. Sound Publishing is offering grants for digital display and print ads to qualifying businesses.

Workforce Education Grants
Students enrolled in a professional/technical program may be eligible for these grants.

Facebook Small Business Grants
Facebook is offering Small Business Grants to qualifying businesses located in King County.

ArtsWA Grants
ArtsWA grants support the work of arts organizations across Washington State.

The Plate Fund
Food Service Workers that LIVE in King County
Apply for financial assistance from The Plate Fund. Donations are also needed to add to this fund.

Non-Profit Relief Funds
Learn about the relief efforts and additional federal policies to provide resources for nonprofits and the communities they serve.

GreenRope Offers Free CRM Programs For Qualifying Non-Profits
Customer relationships are key in business and especially during this unusual time.

Cultural Relief Fund
Grant funds for cultural workers who have suffered financial hardship from the COVID-19 outbreak or have an innovative idea that shows promise in supporting other King County residents may be available to you or your organization.

Google Ad Grants & Free Resources For Non-Profits

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
Grants of $500 will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis starting April 2 to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF).

James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
Open to independent restaurants with under 100 employees. Apply here for temporary relief funds up to $15,000.

Personal Protective Equipment & Medical Supplies

Medical Supplies:
WA State – If you can manufacture any of these items: gloves, gowns, swabs, masks, face shields, vials, etc. Washington needs you. Learn more here: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help
FEMA – Interested in Selling or Donating Medical Supplies to FEMA? If you want to…
– Sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government Email Here
– Have medical supplies or equipment to donate Provide Details Here
– Are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response Email Here
Further… The FDA is interested in hearing from manufacturers who may be able to help mitigate potential shortages of PPE by increasing U.S. availability of such devices. These manufacturers may Email FDA Here

World Health Organization

Human Resources / Personnel Assistance

Now is the time to review your workplace policies regarding leave, working remotely, wage and hour, and so forth. Chamber Member HR Kinections’ Mia Wyatt is ready to assist you.

Quick Information re: CARES, Unemployment, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Payroll Protection Program
Slides from HR Kinections’ presentation at Chamber General Meeting on April 23.

Preparing Your Business For COVID-19

Working Remotely, IT Support, or Cybersecurity

If working remotely is in your plans then consider these resources and Chamber Members for assistance:

CMIT Solutions of Bothell, Lynnwood, and Seattle North

Greenlight Techs, LLC

15+ Tools & Resources For Working Remotely

Additional Coronavirus Community Resources

New! Governor Jay Inslee announces that effective April 15, every person age 16 and over in Washington will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. 

New! Find Vaccine Locations Here
Effective April 1, 2021 the State of WA has introduced a newer, more extensive and frequently updated website for finding vaccine locations.

New! Vaccine factsheets available in 49 languages – “Getting Vaccinated For Covid-19” 
These Covid vaccine factsheets are easy to read, 2 pgs, and cover the what, why, how, and when of getting vaccinated. There is also assistance for those that are hearing or audio impaired.
Visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website for the list of 49 available languages, and phone numbers for assistance. (Under the section “Information On”, click “Vaccine” then “Getting Vaccinated: Additional Languages”)
– To request this document in another format, call 1-800-525-0127. Deaf or hard of hearing customers, please call 711 (Washington Relay) or email: civil.rights@doh.wa.gov.

Support Our Restaurants! Rally behind these local restaurant, bakeries, wineries & breweries!
Here is a list with links to all our chamber members in the food and drink industry. You’ll also find a list of different ways you can support these businesses.

Local Libraries Offer Online Resources For Professionals, Students and Families
Learn about the many FREE resources available ie. movies, magazines, audio books and so much more from King and Snohomish County libraries, and how to get a quick library card!

Video: Make A Mask In 45 Seconds
Slow the spread folks! Learn how to make a mask with household items in just 45 seconds from the U.S. Surgeon General. CDC is recommending face masks for everyone when out in public.

EvergreenHealth Patient Update – Coronavirus Information

HealthPoint – Coronavirus/COVID-19

Immediate Clinic MultiCare – Coronavirus Health Alert

Pacific Medical Centers – Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19

WA State Department of Health – 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)

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