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COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses

People around the world are learning how to navigate substantial obstacles during these difficult times,  including small business owners. We wanted to help by creating a list of tools and resources that may be useful to our local small business community.

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Recovery & Reconstruction workshops

CBDC offers Covid-19 Recovery & Reconstruction workshops

As owners of small- and medium-sized business are adjusting to economic changes wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic, faculty from the University of Washington Foster School of Business are offering a series of workshops to help companies pivot to new opportunities…

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April 30, 2020

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The Coronavirus Pivot: Customer Discovery Strategy for Your Business

Once businesses start to open back up, life will not be the same. If you run a restaurant, you won’t be able pack people in at rush hour for a long time. If you run a hair salon, people will…

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May 29, 2020

Adapting Your Business to the COVID-19 Reality and Beyond

The US economy and business environment has been fundamentally changed by the coronavirus. The needs of consumers and businesses will be substantially different during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Webinar attendees will hear what to expect in the months ahead.…

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May 27, 2020

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Funding Options

Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund

Amazon’s $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund is offering cash grants to small Seattle businesses in need of assistance. Learn more about Amazon’s Neighborhood Relief Fund.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook’s $100M Small Business Grant program is offering cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. Learn more about Facebook’s grant program.  

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) provides up to $2 million of financial assistance to small businesses or private, non-profit organizations that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of the declared disaster, regardless of whether the applicant sustained physical damage. Learn more about Economic Injury Disaster loans.

Business Resource Center

Alice, a virtual accelerator for primarily female entrepreneurs, is offering $10,000 grants for small businesses, as well as tools for operating online such as remote working solutions, and creating an online presence. Learn more about the resource center.

Small Business Stabilization Fund

City of Seattle will commit approximately $1.5 million in one-time Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the Small Business Stabilization Fund, an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses. Learn more about the Stabilization Fund.


Utility & Tax Resources 

Deferred Utility Payment Plans

Immediate utility relief for residential and commercial customers with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Seattle City Light (SCL), or Puget Sound Energy who are financially impacted by the outbreak. Read Mayor Durkan’s announcement about the deferred utility payment plans.

Tax Filing Extension for Small Businesses

The City of Seattle is offering relief to small businesses by extending the B&O tax filing and payment deadline until later this year. Learn more about filing a tax extension.

Utility Discount Program

The Utility Discount Program (UDP) offers eligible customers a 60% discount on their Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on their Seattle Public Utilities bill. UDP is available for income-qualified residential households. Learn more about UDP.


Community Guidance

Business Resiliency Toolkit

Live webinars, workbooks, emergency planning tips, and other resources provided by the Washington Small Business Development Center. Learn more about the Resiliency Toolkit.

Supporting Seattle’s Restaurant Community

A list of local restaurants that are offering special discounts, as well as takeout and delivery options for those choosing to order-in. Learn more about local offerings.

COVID-19: Resources for Community

A comprehensive list of resources for City of Seattle, King County, Washington State, federal, and community programs and services that help residents significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific resources can be found for small businesses, non-profits, artists/creatives support, and solutions for Internet access. Learn more about local, state-wide, and national community resources.