COVID-19 Emergency Resources

 
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This page is intended to provide GSBA Members and Washington State's small businesses, nonprofits, and other establishments with financial, operational, and healthcare resources regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

GSBA is currently working to connect with all of our members to hear about how this situation has impacted their business and understand their needs.

If you know of a resource which should be added to this page or if you want to share how COVID-19 has impacted your workplace, please contact us here.

Relief for Businesses & Nonprofits

Support and direct assistance for your workplace - includes small businesses, nonprofits, performers, freelancers, gig workers, and more

CARES Act (Stimulus Bill)

Congress just passed the CARES Act, the third COVID-19 related assistance bill, with about $2 trillion in support funds, with over $376 billion specifically for small businesses, nonprofits, self-employed people, and independent contractors. The Small Business Committees from the House and Senate have provided the following documents to help employers understand how they can access the resources in the CARES Act. The "Fact Sheet" document outlines the specific funding provided for in the CARES Act. The "Guide" document answers many FAQs relating to the various programs funded by the CARES Act.


Please fill out the Economic Impact Survey if you are business owner, nonprofit, freelancer, gig worker, performer located in King, Pierce, or Snohomish counties. This survey provides the opportunity for you to reach out for help and get “back to business” as quickly as possible. It will help identify the extent of the economic impacts, suggest ways to speed recovery, and support requests for state and federal emergency funding.
 

City- and Neighborhood-Specific Funds
 

Important Info for Employers

What to do and where to turn to if you have employees impacted by COVID-19. Many city/county/state departments have delayed payments, waived fees, and offered assistance for any business/nonprofit impacted by COVID-19. Their advice is often to call directly and set up a personal plan that suits your own needs.

Business.wa.gov - one-stop shop for Washington small businesses on support around COVID-19

Resources for Employees

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

Official Resources

Info and resources from government departments and agencies broader than the specific needs of small businesses, nonprofits, and other establishments.

Community Resources


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

GSBA Event Updates

GSBA is committed to do all we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our members, staff, and program participants. As a safety precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak, the GSBA office will be closed until further notice. All GSBA staff members are currently working from home and available via email. All events are being postponed or converted to online events. Please check our calendar for the most up to date information.

Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter, follow us on Facebook, and Twitter to receive updates about any changes to upcoming GSBA programs. We will also be sharing information and resources to support small businesses as this situation develops.
 

Alerts for Employers & Businesses

Important information on emerging situations

March 26 - Congress passes the CARES Act - $2 trillion to support employers, workers, the healthcare system and more. Includes $376 billion in supports for small businesses, nonprofits, self-employed people, and independent contractors.

March 23 - Governor Inslee announces "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. All Washingtonians are required to stay home unless pursuing an essential activity. All social, spiritual, and recreational gatherings are prohibited. All businesses are closed except for essential services.

March 18 - Mayor Durkan has temporarily prohibited the eviction of Seattle small businesses and nonprofits for at least the next 60 days.

March 16 - Governor Inslee has mandated the closure of restaurants, bars, entertainment and recreational facilities, and other businesses through at least March 31.

March 13 - Governor Inslee prohibits gatherings of 250+ people and closes all schools for 6 weeks.


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