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Chamber News | April 5 - April 11, 2020

Available Loans and Grants

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant

The Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant is now live as of April 7, 2020. Small businesses with less than ten full-time equivalent employees, who have been impacted by COVID-19, will be eligible for grants awards of up to $10,000. Sole proprietors are also eligible to apply, while nonprofits are not eligible at this time.

Grant funds can be used for expenses related to consulting, marketing, training, rent, supplies/inventory, utility bills, and related expenses. The grant funds will not include payroll, equipment and software, or travel.

For more information or to turn in your application, please contact the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy McGuffin.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program is a federal stimulus program designed to provide quick access to Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for companies of 500 or fewer employees to assist with payroll and covered operating costs during short-term business disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Paycheck Protection Program is offered at these local lenders: Cashmere Valley Bank, Umpqua Bank, U.S. Bank, Bank of the West, Heritage Bank, Wheatland Bank, Chase Bank, and Washington Federal Bank.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan is also in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Loan advances of up to $10,000 are available. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce has put together a PowerPoint presentation to help small businesses apply for the CARE's Act EIDL and PPP Applications. Download the PowerPoint here: How do I fill out the PPP and EIDL Loan Applications? 

Support Kittitas County

Businesses and community members of Kittitas County can find the most up to date information regarding protocol for COVID-19 on our website, along with links to other resources.

Any businesses that have been affected by COVID-19 should fill out the Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet. This form is not required, but is a convenience in clarifying the supporting documentation the state is required to submit to the U.S. Small Business Administration when requesting an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration.

Has your business changed hours of operation, added take out/delivery options, or have an online shopping tool you would like publicized? Check out our Support Local page on our website! Don't see your business listed, or have updated info? Fill out this form and we will update within 24 hours.

We are working on a way to ensure that you get the support you need during this time. In an effort to capture this information, we ask that you please complete the included survey and offer additional comments wherever needed to help us learn how to better serve you during this time.

For more information or additional help, please contact the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy McGuffin.

Washington Small Business Development Center Webinars

The Washington Small Business Development Center provides small businesses guidance through their webinars. The webinars range from business growth to loan assistance to business resilience. Check out this link to find extra help during this hard time.

WorkSource and Unemployment Webinars

During this time of uncertainty, resources such as WorkSource have a high demand for unemployment benefits. WorkSource is offering a webinar for those needing help with unemployment. Register for the webinar here.

Gift Card Giveaways on Social Media

The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is continuing our support for the businesses in Kittitas County, especially during this tough time. We bought $1,000 worth of gift cards from businesses in the county and will be giving them away periodically on social media. The next giveaway will be on April 12 at 12 p.m. Tune into our Facebook page to get more information about each giveaway.

Resources for Meetings

Because so many important meetings have been postponed or cancelled, we understand it's been difficult to communicate lately with your employees, family members, business leaders, etc.

We've done some research for you that may help keep you in touch with all the right people following the social distancing guidelines:

-Skype for Business: audio and video conferencing. You will need to create a Skype account, and then you're able to sync with SharePoint in Microsoft, and share media. FREE download

-Facebook Messenger: able to text chat, audio message, or face-to-face web conferencing within the app, may be useful for getting into contact directly with businesses through their Facebook page. FREE

-Zoom: used by many educators currently. Easy to use, chat/audio/video available, can show screen in real-time, can be online or in app. FREE to sign up by using work email, ZoomPlus offers more for a price

-GoToMeeting: one-click meetings, collaboration meetings made easier, webinars available, cloud recordings, Office365 plug in. Cost starting at $12.00

-TeamViewer: software for audio and video conferences, interactive screen sharing. Cost starting at $49.00

-Microsoft Teams: uses SharePoint to share files in Office programs, conference calls, group chat. FREE to those with Office365 program package, Costs start at $12.95/month for others