As we enter the next four weeks of restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, we ask that our public officials take a strong stand to support our small businesses and community nonprofits. Representing 1,300 members across the state, GSBA - Washington's LGBTQ chamber - is very concerned about the survival of our members, especially during what is normally the most important commercial season for many small businesses. We understand and agree that the pandemic must be brought under control before we can work on an economic recovery.
With the latest round of restrictions, both the City of Seattle and Washington State have announced renewed efforts to support our small businesses. With that in mind, GSBA urges our governments to:
We understand that state law constrains our ability to provide enough direct small business assistance in the necessary ways. We still urge you to do all that you can to provide as much assistance as you possibly can.
Additionally, we have been asked if the City can clarify some of the following points: