COVID-19 / Resources for Business 





Small Business Resilience & COVID-19 Webinar 

03/16 thru 03/20 11:00AM - 12:00PM

The Small Business Development Center is offering one-hour webinars to introduce business owners to resiliency planning and the "Keeping the Lights On" guide.


Thirty minutes of the webinar will focus on resiliency planning while the remainder of the time will be for questions. Webinars are location-specific. 

COVID-19 Business Implications Webinar 

03/19 9:30AM - 11:00AM

Please join Pillsbury for an up-to-the-minute webinar addressing some of the most pressing business and legal considerations in the wake of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Pillsbury’s experienced crisis management professionals are closely monitoring the global threat of COVID-19, drawing on the firm’s capabilities in supply chain management, insurance law, cybersecurity, employment law, corporate law and other areas.

COVID-19 Business Impact Webinar

03/23 10:00AM - 11:30AM

The webinar will feature updates from the:

  • WA Department of Labor and Industries

  • WA Small Business Development Center, WSU

  • UW School of Public Health

  • WA Emergency Management Division

  • U.S. Small Business Administration

  • WA Department of Commerce

  • WA Department of Health


For questions about the webinar, please

contact Jacob Sodeman at

Employment Security Department 

  • SharedWork is a smart alternative to a layoff. The program allows employers to reduce the hours of permanent and paid hourly employees by as much as 50 percent, and the employees can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.

  • Quarantine Standby If you need to shut down due to worker sickness and quarantine, you may request to place employees on standby for up to eight weeks and your employees can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work. ESD may grant standby for more than eight weeks if you make your request in writing and can show extraordinary circumstances. Under the new emergency rules, temporary shutdowns related to COVID-19 infection at the place of business that cause you to close or severely reduce operations are considered extraordinary circumstances.

  • Temporary Standby You may request to place an employee on standby for eight weeks and your employee can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work. If on standby, workers must accept any work you offer that they can do without breaking isolation or quarantine. 

Department of Labor & Industries 

Department of Revenue 

Small Business Administration 

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19. Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. SBA will announce the application process in the coming weeks. 

  • SBA Guaranteed Loans Loans guaranteed by the SBA range from small to large and can be used for most business purposes, including long-term fixed assets and operating capital. Use Lender Match to connect with an SBA-approved lender. 

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention  ​


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