Business Resources

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We recognize the significant impact COVID-19 regulations are having on Lynnwood residents and businesses.  To help local businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing orders, the City of Lynnwood is providing the following information and useful resources.

We've created a COVID-19 Business Impact Survey in partnership with the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce to get a better understanding of how the Lynnwood business community is being impacted during this difficult time.  If you represent a business or non-profit organization in Lynnwood, please take a moment to complete this brief survey.  

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

Temporary Outdoor Dining Areas

Washington's Recovery Plan - A Safe Return to Public Life

Information on the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order

UPDATE: On May 1, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee extended his Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order through May 31, 2020. At that time he unveiled a four phase approach to returning to public life. Learn more by visiting www.Governor.WA.gov

Washington's phased approach

Read Washington's Recovery Plan here.

Governor's Announcements Regarding the Reopening of Public Life

April 24, 2020: Announces restart of low-risk construction

April 27, 2020: Announces easing of outdoor restrictions

April 2, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee extended his Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order through May 4, 2020. 

On March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee announced his statewide order to Washingtonians to stay home in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. This order is called “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” and it requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity. It bans all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes. And it closes all businesses except essential businesses.

Listing of Essential Businesses Defined in Governor’s Order

What’s Open and What’s Closed

Business Safe Opening Toolkit

Our partners at the City of Everett in partnership with the Snohomish Health District, have developed the Business Safe Opening Toolkit.

Safe Opening Toolkit

Utilities and Taxes

Utilities

  • Snohomish County PUD is offering a bill credit small businesses with limited operations or closures due to the COVID outbreak, in addition to pausing late fees and disconnections for non-payments. 
  • Puget Sound Energy has paused late fees and disconnections for non-payment during this time.  PSE is working with customers on options like payment plans and bill extensions.
  • Alderwood Water & Wastewater District has paused late fees and disconnections for non-payments.

 Taxes

  • State Department of Revenue is offering filing extensions and penalty waivers for state-level B&O taxes. Eligible businesses can get more information and apply.
  • The Federal Internal Revenue Service has announced an extension of the April 15 tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, regardless of the amount owed. The IRS can provide additional information.

Grants and Loans

Grants 

  • NEW: Small Business Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency (R3) Grant Program: Snohomish County will be making grants in amounts up to $25,000 to qualifying businesses. Businesses applying for grants under this program must: Be licensed to do business in the State of Washington, Be a business physically located in Snohomish County, Have 20 or fewer employees (including the business owner/worker), Be in operation for one or more years, Certify at least a 25% reduction in revenue attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, Able to demonstrate that the business was a going concern before March 23, 2020. For more info or to apply visit: https://www.workforcesnohomish.org/snocogrant/ 
  • Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants up to $10,000: Up to $5 million will be made available as small grants to small businesses across the state to help prevent closure due to COVID-19. The state Department of Commerce will coordinate an application process. For more information visit Start-Up Washington.
  • Seattle Foundation has established a COVID-19 Response Fund, which will initially assist nonprofit organizations which work with communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and its consequences. Please note that this fund will not initially assist nonprofits which have lost revenue, though this may be considered in the future.
  • Facebook has established a Small Business Grants Program to assist businesses in addressing the impacts of COVID-19. These grants will include both cash grants and ad credits.

 


Loans

  • U.S. Small Business Administration is offering several programs and resources to businesses that are suffering substantial economic impact as a result of COVID-19.
    • Paycheck Protection Program: This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan: This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
    • SBA Express Bridge Loans: Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
    • SBA Debt Relief: The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Additional Resources from SBA:
  • Business Impact NW provides low-interest loans to community-based nonprofits and small businesses, with more flexible criteria than traditional financial institutions. Additionally, it has compiled an outstanding set of COVID-19 resources.
  • Craft3 provides low-interest loans to community-based nonprofits and small businesses, with more flexible criteria than traditional financial institutions. Additionally, it is allowing existing Craft3 clients to revise their loan agreements (i.e. due date extensions, temporary payment reductions, etc.).

Employment Opportunities and Unemployment Benefits

Employment Opportunities 

  • WorkSource has compiled a long list of businesses in essential industries which are currently hiring, including displaced workers. Jobs include opportunities in grocery, retail, fulfillment, healthcare, and janitorial, among others.
  • Additionally, the Employment Security Department is currently (and quickly) hiring remote workers.

Unemployment, Sick Leave and Family/Medical Leave

  • The Employment Security Department has established temporary rules that expand unemployment benefits to cover more people, including workers affected by COVID-19. Additionally, the department administers the state's paid family/medical leave program, and has established detailed guides for your situation.
  • The state is waiving the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment insurance. The order is retroactive for claims filed up to March 8.
  • Washington Healthplanfinder, the state's health insurance exchange, has opened a special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are or become uninsured. Some may be eligible for Apple Health (Medicaid). Check out the Healthplanfinder's FAQ for more information.

Resources

Safe Start Plans and Guidance for Reopening


 Resiliency Resources

  • StartUp WashingtonIn partnership with Washington State's ethnic commissions, the Department of Commerce is contracting with community-based organizations to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate help to business owners. 
  • Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act(PDF, 701KB)The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.  
  • Small Business Development Center has created a Business Resiliency Guide to help you assess risks and make contingency plans to enable your business to recover from the immediate threat and upcoming months.
  • Office of Governor Jay Inslee has established a detailed list of financial, export, insurance and workforce assistance which may be available for businesses and nonprofits. 
  • Give Well Local connects those who have resources with those who have needs due to the current COVID-19 epidemic.
  • US Chamber of Commerce - Save Small Business Initiative: Find information on available grants, loans, webinars, financial tools, and more. 

Public Health Resources