Resources for Business and Workers

Washington State Employment Security Department provides support to employers and workers impacted by COVID-19. Information including unemployment insurance, federal stimulus support and frequently asked questions available here: COVID-19 Assistance
'One-stop shop' for Pandemic assistance released for Puget Sound region
Individuals, businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 now have a new "one-stop shop" for resources through the website...
Resources for Employers and Workers
State Resources

Sno-Isle Libraries' Virtual Worker Retraining Project
Sno-Isle Libraries is launching a new project, Virtual Worker Retraining; and I am asking for your help in passing along this opportunity to any relevant community contacts.

The goal of this project is to help out-of-work individuals gain access to in-demand jobs in Information Technology. We plan to assist 20 individuals to achieve a CompTIA A+ certificate, an entry-level IT certification that is required for many IT help desk jobs.

Sno-Isle is currently inviting potential participants to apply to this pilot program. We will accept 20 applicants, providing each of those applicants with a study guide and, eventually, an exam voucher for the two tests required for CompTIA A+ certification. Participants will be placed in a “learning circle” led by two library staff facilitators. Sno-Isle Staff will not act as content experts or teachers, but rather facilitators, allowing for peer-led discussions around the content.

Our application is now live and may be found here.

We are looking for individuals who live in our service area (Snohomish or Island county), have some beginner IT background and are ready to study for this test, and have had their employment impacted by COVID-19. We are also prioritizing applicants who are underrepresented in IT. You may know of individuals who fit this description, or of local community groups who might serve some of the folks we’re looking for. If so, we encourage you to reach out to those individuals and groups to spread the word and invite them to apply! Applications are open now, and will close on June 10.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you in advance for your help in spreading the word about this new library project.

Thank you,

Asheley Bryson

Darrington Library Manager

1005 Cascade Street, Darrington, WA 98241

360.436.1600 Ext. 5420 |

Financial Assistance

Resource List for Washington State Businesses and Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Coronavirus 
Washington State Department of Revenue 
SBA Loans: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans 
IRS Disaster Assistance
Business Impact Northwest
Evergreen Business Capital:
Mercy Corps NorthWest:

Check back for State and Federal Grant information - Funds have been pledged or allocated, but there is not yet an application process (grants are likely to be gift aid - not loans - so they will NOT need to be repaid)
Business Impact NW
Business Impact NW - Full Course Calendar
Virtual Business Coaching
Get Ready For Impact Pitch
On October 8th Business Impact NW will host a live virtual IMPACT Pitch Competition – a chance for existing or startup businesses who have a positive IMPACT on our community to win grand prizes. Support local small business owners having a positive impact on our community, and watch the live pitches in action!
Financing Your Vet Owned Venture
Business Impact NW - Whats Coming Up Next

Pandemic Preparation and Business Continuity

Stay up to date on COVID-19 conditions in your county: King County Covid 19 Dashboard | Smart Wa Decision Dashboard
Safe Start Plan:
Planning for A Coronavirus Pandemic: A Guide for Businesses and Organizations
Template: Business Impact Analysis Tracker
Pandemic Recovery Plan
Coronavirus Continuity Planning 
Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC): Business Resiliency Toolkit
WSBDC webinar on Business Survival Strategies on 3/27 from 130-230P
WSBDC webinar on Navigating the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan 3/27 from 3-4P
WSBDC webinar on Business Resiliency on 3/31from 9-10A
WSBDC webinar on Business Resiliency on 4/1from 2-3P
Pandemic Preparation and Business Continuity-businesses

Federal Assistance

SBA-U.S. Small Business Administration
Announcing Ascent

SBA has announced Ascent, an interactive digital platform packed with resources women business owners need to set, and achieve, their business goals. Ascent is designed for the “missing middle” — growth-oriented women entrepreneurs who are beyond the start-up phase and already generating revenue yet looking to grow and scale. Most learning resources for business owners focus on either start-ups or mature businesses. Ascent is here to change that!

During these challenging times, SBA’s Ascent can also help you elevate your business with research-backed tips and strategies. Within Ascent, you can examine both internal (strengths and weaknesses) and external factors (opportunities and threats) that may have arisen because of COVID-19 to help you set up a comprehensive recovery strategy. And Ascent is a resource you can turn to again and again, as your business grows and your needs change.

Join the Ascent today at

Ascent was created through a joint initiative between the White House, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Bringing these agencies together provides Ascent users with unique access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise not found anywhere else.

Federal Assistance - Washington

Small Business Administration (SBA): 

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. The Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans are specifically tailored to COVID-19 response. Forms are available here: High demand has made this website slow, save often and have patience.

Applicants may also contact the local district office in Seattle for assistance: 
Phone: 206-553-7310

SBA Paycheck Protection Program:
Local Small Business Advisers are available to help file disaster loan:
How the Treasury Department is taking action:

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds are now available:

The SBA is now on Instagram - @SBAgov

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paycheck protection program, PPP


Did you take out a Paycheck Protection Program loan? Here are four steps to apply for forgiveness.

  1. Contact your lender and complete the form
  2. Compile documentation 
  3. Submit the forgiveness form and documentation to your lender
  4. Communicate with your lender throughout the process

Learn more

Pandemic Preparation and Business Continuity
The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Export Assistance Team division can help companies identify alternative markets and provide firms with STEP Vouchers to defray the costs of trade show or trade mission fees, airfare, interpreter and translation services, business matchmaking, export training programs and more. Visit: or contact the Export Assistance team at 206-256-6100.

The SBA’s Export Working Capital Program can help small businesses obtain working capital advances from lenders on export orders, export receivables or letters of credit. SBA’s Senior International Credit Officers can work directly with an impacted company to explain the program and application process. Visit: