COVID-19: News and Updates
To the men and women of Pend Oreille County - this page was designed to keep you informed of all actions you can take for your family and businesses during these times of hardship caused by COVID-19. This page will continuously be updated as new information is made available. Please check back regularly.
Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants
**The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a doubling of funds available to very small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. New funds are from the state’s $200 million emergency response fund approved by the Legislature in March. The program launched April 7 with $5 million from the Governor’s Working Washington economic development strategic reserve fund. ...The program received an estimated 25,000 applications and subsequently closed to applications Friday, April 17. The state does not plan to reopen the program to new applications at this time, but will be able to fund more requests with the additional funds announced today. Depending on the individual grant amounts, at least 1,000 businesses should receive funding, and likely more. Based on submissions reviewed so far, Commerce officials say most are under the $10,000 maximum amount.
POCEDC "Support Local" Business Guide
Business owners and community members! We have created a spreadsheet for you access that includes special hours, operations, and other essential pieces for information on businesses and services in Pend Oreille County and the surrounding area. If you are a business owner and want to submit your information to be shared on the spreadsheet, click here.
If you are a community member looking for information on new business hours, how to place an order, or other information, click here.
Small Business Emergency Grant Program - Gov. Inslee has created a Working Washington Small Business Grant program using a portion of the state's Strategic Reserve Fund. The Pend Oreille County Economic Development Council is working with the Washington State Department of Commerce on the implementation of a grant program to assist small businesses in the county impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read our official statement here: Small Business Assistance Press Release
- Note: Ongoing Documentation of Economic Impact. As we await more information on the grant program, the Pend Oreille County Economic Development Council encourages all businesses in Pend Oreille County to document any financial hardship that the outbreak is creating. Economic Injury Worksheets are used to continue collecting information on impacted businesses. This is a relatively simple form for businesses to complete.
Association of Washington Business Resources for Employers
Temporary Tax Relief. The Department of Revenue was given the authority to waive interest, fees, and due dates for a broad range of taxes, including property tax exemptions, business license renewals and others. Visit the DOR website for detailed information.
Guidance for Essential Critical Infrastructure. For businesses where individuals cannot work from home, the governor's office is providing guidance on what businesses are essential.
Business COVID-19 page. This website includes a list of resources available to small businesses affected by COVID-19: https://www.business.wa.gov/covid-19 (including financial support). Specifically, the bottom of the page has some non-profit organizations offering assistance (Ventures, Business Impact Northwest, etc.) and community development organizations that may have grants available.
Washington's Commerce and Employment Security Department leaders are working with other state partners to provide up-to-date information on resources and services available to support businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses and workers can access these sources in one place: https://coronavirus.wa.gov
Governor's Coronavirus page: https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources
Washington State Coronavirus Response: For more information including details on loans and grants: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/business-workers
STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Unemployment Benefits. Emergency rules have been adopted for workers and employers affected by COVID-19. If you are unemployed due to COVID-19, check the COVID-19 page for details specific to your situation.
- Download the unemployment application checklist to prepare before you apply.
* Check back periodically as all of these websites are being continually updated.
SBA Resources and Disaster Loans. The entire state of Washington is now eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Get more information on Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources