The $135 million authorized by Inslee for Covid relief includes $50 million in Working Washington Business Grants. Here’s who the funding will be available to help. Priority assistance is for small businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019. Additional qualifications include that those businesses are also in industries most impacted by…

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As businesses work to meet the criteria for reopening, some are incurring some pretty hefty expenses with the new safety practices. Pierce County recognizes that and has created a grant program to help offset some of the costs. To be eligible, businesses must: If you qualify, you may be awarded grants up to 50% of…

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Last week the chamber posted information about L&I fines for unsafe working conditions. On today’s Zoom Business Information call, our guest speakers were from Impact Washington, an organization dedicated to assisting manufacturers in our state. In the call, they shared that they have access to non-competitive grants. They’ll even write proposals to help manufacturing businesses…

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Update April 24, 2020: The amount of money available for this grant has been expanded to $10M. However applications are closed. Pierce county alone received over 4000 applications. Word is that Pierce County businesses who applied will be notified if their applications have or have not been forwarded to the state. On April 7, Gov.…

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Last week we let you know about House Bill 1368 and now it is signed! Today’s press release from the governor outlines an overall picture of the funds in the bill. The bill provides:  $714 million in assistance for K-12 schools $618 million for public health’s response to COVID, including testing, investigation and contact tracing;…

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Washington State Legislature’s House Bill 1368 proposes offering more needed relief for our small businesses. Of the included $2.2 billion in federal dollars to be distributed by the state, $240 million is expected to go to Washington employers. An individual business could receive up to $75,000. Other money would go to food banks, schools and…

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Inslee announced, as many expected, a rollback extension beyond the original December 14 deadline. Restrictions will now extend through at least Monday, January 4. The governor’s website now states: In order to slow the spread of rapidly increasing COVID cases in our state and ensure that hospital and medical systems are not overwhelmed, we are…

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A Rollback Grant has been established to assist local businesses impacted by recently modified restrictions to business. Businesses may receive up to $10,000 from a newly created program from Pierce County. What types of businesses are eligible for the Rollback grant? In-store retail  Arts and culture establishments such as theaters, museums, and entertainment venues  Fitness…

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Earlier this week, when Governor Inslee announced Rollbacks and restrictions for certain industries, he pledged additional Covid relief funds. At that time the promise was for $50 million, but that has increased to $135 million. Both businesses and residents are the intended recipients of the funds, which are coming from Federal CARES Act assistance. State…

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Today Governor Inslee gave more details on the new rollbacks that he suggested in yesterday’s announcement. “In order to slow the spread of rapidly increasing COVID cases in our state and ensure that hospital and medical systems are not overwhelmed, we are taking the very difficult but necessary steps to protect public health.” The governor…

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The City of Milton has an new Small Business Assistance Program. The program will provide financial assistance to qualifying local small businesses. The City has funds from the CARES Act funding to release to assist small businesses in Milton. In fact, the city is allocating $100,000 to the program. The purpose of the program is…

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deadline for business relief programs

The deadline for applications is Oct 2 for this round of funding with the Pierce County CARES Business Relief Programs. Do not wait until the deadline to apply if you can avoid it. Pierce County has funds available through the CARES Act for Business Relief Programs. These include Commercial Rent and Mortgage assistance, and Forgiveable…

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Limited funding is available, as with other programs. In this case, $7.75 million is available for rental and mortgage assistance. According to Tacoma Weekly, the demand will be higher than the allotted funding. Qualifications As with the forgivable loans for small businesses in Pierce County, businesses must meet certain qualifications including: Being physically located in…

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On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the Economic Development Board will open applications for the Vitality Grant. These grants will be available to Pierce County small businesses.  However, the window for accepting applications is limited. Apply between: 10AM PDT Wednesday, September 9, 2020 and 5PM PDT Sunday, September 20, 2020. These vitality grants are available due to federal…

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Without a doubt, the Chamber is happy to share more relief that Impact Washington is sharing with our manufacturing businesses. They’ve previously informed us of grants that were available to manufacturers. They’ve helped us understand how broadly the definition of manufacturer can be. And now, Impact Washington Announces Availability Of $1.2M In CARES Act Funds…

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Posted 6/9. Updated June 19 Some members who fall into the category of essential workers have expressed frustration with requirements for keeping their doors open. One member told me today, “It’s a full time job keeping up with everything. That’s all I have been doing for the last few months.” Previously, a written safety plan…

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