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). 

For technical assistance, call or text Anna Marie Martin at 509-710-6052
or email <info@spokaneindependent.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 a member of the Washington State Department of Commerce Small Business Resiliency Assistance Network, which provides culturally and linguistically relevant outreach and technical assistance for small business owners.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

The $16 billion in federal SVOG grants are targeted to live venue operators and promoters, theatrical producers, performing arts organization operators, motion picture theater operators, museum operators, and talent representatives who were impacted by COVID-19. Qualifying applicants who applied for a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, can also apply for this grant, with the eligible award being reduced by the amount of the PPP loan. 

The portal opened on April 24.

Eligibility:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Museum operators
  • Motion picture theater operators (including owners)
  • Talent representatives

Other requirements of note:

  • Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
  • Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount

 

Main Street Relief Fund – Round 3

The third round of the Main Street Relief Fund focuses on providing relief to small businesses, including local dive bars, in partnership with Seagrams 7. Priority will be given to businesses that are owned by people of color or women and have not received other forms of relief or financial assistance.

In an effort to reach as many businesses as possible, we will be limiting awards to one per owner. Please do not submit multiple applications, even if you own multiple dive bars/locations. Applications will be evaluated and scored in accordance with the program’s predetermined scoring rubric.

If there are more top-scoring applications than available grants, grantees will be selected based on a lottery. A due diligence review, possibly including a phone screening, will be conducted.

A grant award of $3,500 will be made to each selected recipient. Grant funds must be used to pay for business expenses related to reopening (capital improvements, rent, payroll, PPE purchases, etc.) and cannot be used for any personal expenses.

This grant program is intended for for-profit small businesses only.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: August 7, 2021, at 5 PM ET (2 PM PST)

Awards will be made in September.

Before you apply, please have basic financial documentation ready to upload. 

If you experience any technical difficulties, email grants@mainstreetalliance.org.

 

How to prepare for the next round of grant funding: 

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 <info@spokaneindependent.org>. 

 

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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.

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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. 

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Resources available in Spokane County: 

Other Resources

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.