COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Employees

The EDASC COVID-19 Resources Guide for Businesses & Workers is now available. Click here to view the newest version of the guide, which will be updated regularly. UPDATED March 31, 2020.

EDASC is asking business owners to complete this 2020 EDASC Economic Survey. Once completed, email the form to office@skagit.org. Federal and state legislators need to know how businesses and employees are experiencing economic harm from this crisis. Whether it's interruption of supply chain, or markedly fewer customers, or extraordinary costs of cleaning, or closings, or anything else you can identify and quantify, we want to be able to report it to our legislators so they can understand potential remedies.

Below is a list of COVID-19 resource list for businesses and workers. This list will continue to be updated.


Businesses

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Interim guidance for businesses and employers Link

Employment Security Department: For businesses affect by COVID-19 Link

Skagit County: Latest novel coronavirus outbreak information link

Small Business Administration: Export assistance Link

Small Business Administration: Disaster loan assistance Link

Small Business Administration: Lender Match helps you find lenders Link

Small Business Administration: Guide to the CARES Act Link

Small Business Development Center: Business survival strategies Link

Small Business Development Center: Business resiliency webinar Link

Spokane Regional Health District: Cleaning for health in a business Link

State Department of Financial Institutions: Financial resources for Washington residents impacted by COVID-19 Link

State Department of Commerce: Export assistance Link

State Department of Commerce: Small business crisis planner Link

State Department of Commerce: Insurance for businesses, events Link

State Employment Security Department: Layoff assistance Link

Washington Governor: Inslee statement on statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars and limits on size of gatherings expanded Link

Washington Governor: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Link

Workers

Employment Security Department: For workers affected by COVID-19 Link

State Department of Health: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease Link

State Labor & Industries: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) Resources Link

State: Paid family and medical leave program Link

State Employment Security Department: Layoff assistance Link

 

EDASC Updates

CEO Corner: Skagit County up to this challenge (March 20, 2020) Link

CEO Corner: Status update on current and anticipated resources for small businesses (March 17, 2020) Link

Skagit County provides social distancing update (March 17, 2020) Link

SBA offering disaster assistance to Washington small businesses (March 16, 2020) Link

CEO Corner: Our physical and economic health in the face of COVID-19 (March 11, 2020) Link

Skagit County Maritime Symposium postponed (March 10, 2020) Link


National Resources

Federal and state government entities and nonprofits are working together to control the spread of the coronavirus and to support the businesses and individuals impacted by the virus and/or the protective measures being taken.


Resources for Businesses

Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
  • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
  • Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov


Federal COVID-19 Resources

Health and Safety

Travel and Transportation

Money and Taxes

Housing

International Cooperation

Workers

  • OSHA COVID-19 Resources
  • Some states are extending unemployment benefits to those quarantined or laid off due to COVID-19.