Chamber News | April 12 - April 18, 2020
Available Loans and Grants
Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant
The Department of Commerce has released the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant through the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce, a grant available to qualified and eligible small businesses with less than ten full time equivalent employees, who have been forced to close or have closed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The first round of applications was closed Friday April 10 at 5 p.m., but applications are still being accepted.
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 CAREs Act EIDL and PPP Applications. Download the PowerPoint here: How do I fill out the PPP and EIDL Loan Applications?
Kittitas County Survey
The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce and partners know that you have been hit hard by the closures, restrictions, and shelter-in-place guidelines resulting in the spread of COVID-19.
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.
A response team has been created to review the results in order to implement support services. If you have questions contact the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy McGuffin.
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.
The Federal Stimulus Checks are set to go out this week via direct deposit. If you filed your 2018 or 2019 Federal Income Tax Return your information will be available to the IRS in order for them to deposit the check. If you did not file either of these year’s, or if your bank or address changed, you will need to fill out the Non-filer Registration form. To check the estimated amount you may receive go to this link.
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 17 at 12 p.m. Tune into our Facebook page to get more information about each giveaway.