Help for Small Business Owners
Are you struggling to make ends meet because of COVID-19?
Help is available!
SIMBA is partnering with the Washington State Department of Commerce to provide outreach, technical assistance, and support to small business owners, to get you the help you need to continue operations in the wake of COVID-19.
There are a variety of resources available to small business owners in the form of grants, loans, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Please call or text Anna Marie Martin at 509-710-6052
or email at <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.
Here are the current opportunities. Please check back often as this information is updated frequently. Translated materials are available.
SIMBA is working with The Department of Commerce and eagerly awaiting the announcement of the next round of stimulus funding. The announcement is expected very soon (as of 2/26/2021).
While anticipating the announcement, you can prepare by gathering your information and necessary documents. Prepare a document in your word processor with the following information as applicable.
- Info about you: Name, Cell Number, Email.
- Your Photo ID as an image or PDF.
- Info about your business: Name, Email, Address, Website, Business Phone Number.
- Your business UBI number, EIN number, SSN/ITIN number, and/or DUNS number.
- Here is a worksheet that can help you organize your information: Economic Disaster Injury Worksheet.
- If you have not yet filed your 2020 taxes, have your 2019 Tax Statement ready. Here is a link to the IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center page.
- Here is a link to the Washington State Department of Revenue.
- Several previous grant applications asked for quarterly comparisons to highlight year-over-year loss.
- If your business has considerable sales differences according to the season, it will make sense for you to have profit and loss statements prepared for each quarter in 2019 and 2020.
- You might want to generate “boilerplate language” about your business, the economic losses you experienced in 2020, and how the economic downturn affected your business. If you need help preparing this information, please reach out to Anna Martin at <email@example.com>.
This Press Release from the Biden-Harris Administration highlights its efforts to support small businesses, especially minority-owned and rural small business owners.
Small businesses account for 44 percent of U.S. GDP, create two-thirds of net new jobs, and employ nearly half of America’s workers. Now, millions of main street small businesses – especially Black- and Brown-owned small businesses – are struggling to make ends meet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis.
This Press Release from the Small Business Administration (SBA) explainsits efforts to provide equitable relief to small businesses, especially sole proprietors and businesses that have fewer than 10 employees.
“The SBA is a frontline agency working to create an inclusive economy, focused on reaching women-owned, minority-owned, low- and moderate-income, rural, and other underserved communities in meaningful ways. While reported data illustrates we have made real strides in ensuring these funds are reaching underserved communities, we believe we can still do better,” says SBA Senior Advisor Michael Roth. “The important policy changes we are announcing further ensure inclusivity and integrity by increasing access and much-needed aid to Main Street businesses that anchor our neighborhoods and help families build wealth.”
Washington State Coronavirus Response
For up-to-date information about the impact of the coronavirus, go to the Washington State Coronavirus Response webpage. Available in multiple languages.
Washington Listens Support Line
The program includes a phone line to speak with support specialists and connect to community resources. People who call the Washington Listens support line will speak with a support specialist and get connected to community resources in their area. The program is anonymous.
The Washington Listens support line is 1-833-681-0211. It is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are available on walistens.org.
Washington 211 COVID-19 Call Center
Washington 211 COVID-19 call center is a general information line related to COVID-19. If you need information or have a general question, call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more.
Current Opportunities from The Washington State Department of Commerce
There are many resources available to small business owners in Washington State. Here is a current list of available grants and loans. Check back frequently.
The Washington State Department of Commerce maintains a list of resources available to small business owners. This site updates frequently, so check back often.
Resources available in Spokane County:
- Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI)
- The Rural Opportunities Loan Fund – Helps to finance business expansion, retention and start-up projects for borrowers who do not qualify for traditional loans. Funding comes from federal, state and local sources in the form of grants, contracts for service and local membership investments.
- Business Resilience Loan Program – The City of Spokane is providing eligible Spokane businesses with access to affordable loans through a partnership with non-bank community lender Craft3. Due to credit requirements, not every business will receive a loan. Loans can be between $10,000 and $50,000.
- Inland BizStrong business tool – individualized questionnaire to assist businesses with resources.
- Small Business Hardship Utility Bill Assistance
- City of Spokane Economic Development and Small Business Resources
- Resources & Polity Updates in support of the COVID-19 Emergency Response
- The Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County. $240,000 support for organizations on the frontline of protecting our community and its citizens from the impacts of COVID-19.
Google OnAir offers free virtual workshops, events, and 1:1 coaching sessions to help small businesses and job seekers get the most out of their digital tools.
Small Business Relief Initiative and Fund – combined relief effort by GoFundMe, Yelp, Intuit QuickBooks, GoDaddy, and Bill.com. Make your contribution to help more small businesses receive grants.
Signs.com – Offering free printable signs for businesses for Covid-19 to show social distancing is important.