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Need Assistance?

Whether you are a GSBA member business or not, we are here for you. If you have questions about eligibility for the state's assistance grants, how to fill out an application, or other forms of assistance please contact us at biztech@thegsba.org.
JAN 20 - The Biden administration has numerous proposals to be included in the next round of relief. More details will be posted when they are finalized.

JAN 18 - Washington State moves to Phase 1B Tier 1 of vaccination. Learn more about the vaccination schedule and when you might be eligible.

JAN 11 - The next round of PPP is now open. The First Draw loans are focused on applications from lenders who reach minority and women owned small businesses.

JAN 6 - The Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery is announced. This new system sets a path for easing restrictions on a regional (rather than by-county) basis. Phases are now determined by four metric requirements (decreasing cases, decreasing hospitalization, ICU occupancy, and test positivity rate). All regions are currently in Phase 1, which includes:
  • no indoor gatherings, maximum 10 people outside
  • Retail/Services: 25% capacity, encourage curbside pickup and remote work where possible
  • Restaurants: indoor dining prohibited, 11PM close, max 6/table, limit 2 households/table
  • Indoor rec/fitness - low risk sports permitted for practice/training only, no more than 5 people. For appointments, 1 person limit for 45 minutes
  • Outdoor rec/fitness - low and moderate risk sports prohibited for practice/training only. Outdoor guided activities, hunting, fishing, motorsports, parks, camping, hiking, biking, running, snow sports permitted.
  • Indoor entertainment - Private rental/tours for individual households of no more than 6 people permitted. General admission prohibited.
  • Outdoor entertainment - Ticketed events only. Group of 10, limited 2 households, timed ticketing required.
  • Weddings/Funerals - Ceremonies limited to 30 people. Indoor gatherings prohibited.

Reopening & Recovery

Relief for Businesses & Nonprofits

Support and direct assistance for your workplace - includes small businesses, nonprofits, performers, freelancers, gig workers, and more
Grants & Loans
GSBA: Ready for Business Grants (Round 2 coming soon)
Sound Publishing: Local Biz Marketing Grant (due Jan 24)
Mercy Corps NW: Micro-Business Assistance (Walla Walla/Columbia Counties, Due Feb 16)
SBA: Save Our Stages Bill (coming soon)
SBA: EIDL Loans, Express Bridge Loans
Working Washington: Business resources for every WA county
Free Legal & Consulting
UW Foster School of Business and School of Law are offering a series of free legal consultations and negotiation trainings to help small businesses.
Beware of fraud!
IRS guidelines (federal)
ESD: unemployment fraud (WA)


County, City, and Neighborhood-Specific Resources

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Important Info for Employers

Business.wa.gov - one-stop shop for WA small businesses around COVID-19

Resources for Employees

Access to public benefits, protections against discrimination, specific supports, and more

Community Resources

  • Watch this safety webinar by King County Public Health for outreach staff working with vulnerable communities and small businesses

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