Business Resources COVID-19

Grants & Loans

Small Business Flex Fund: (Open) 

City Small Businesses and Non-Profits can apply for a low-interest loan of up to $150,000 to finance expansion and growth as well as recover from the pandemic and subsequent economic slowdown.  

Commercial customers that submit an application and meet eligibility criteria will receive a one time $250 credit on their water/sewer account until funding is exhausted. Utility credits not applicable to stormwater and irrigation only accounts.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal (Open)

Businesses who received a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program can now apply for forgiveness through the new streamlined portal launched last month by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small business owners with loans up to $150,000 can apply. Visit the SBA’s PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal for information. Customer service is also available by phone at 877-552-2692.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (Open)

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 Department of Commerce does not manage this grant.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (Open) 

Small businesses who originally took out an EIDL loan for up to $150,000 for six months can extend that loan for up to 24 months and receive additional funds for a total of $500,000 in relief. Businesses that received an EIDL loan for up to six months and $150,000 need not submit a request to increase their loan amount. Rather, the SBA will reach out via email for details on how businesses can request additional loan funds prior to the April 6 launch date of the extended program

SBA Debt Relief (Open) 

The latest bill extends a provision that pays the principal and interest on behalf of borrowers that have certain SBA loans, such as 7(a) loans. It also provides support for the 7(a) program by increasing the amount of the SBA’s guarantee for lenders.

Small Business Development Centers (Open) 

These centers will help you navigate available SBA loans and provide you with no-cost business consulting.

Export Credit Insurance (Open) 

This program protects you in case your customers overseas are slow on paying receivables or go out of business. It allows you to commit to export sales without fear of loss during the pandemic.

USDA Resources for Rural Communities & Agricultural Producers (Open) 

The USDA is are taking a number of steps to help rural communities and agricultural producers through their single-family, multi-family, business-cooperative, and utility service provider programs.

City of Arlington Grants

Closed. (November 20, 2020) Expanded Arlington Business Rent and COVID-19 Relief Grant, Round 4. City Expands Business Rent and COVID-19 Relief Grant with Funding from Snohomish County. $117,000 to distribute to qualifying small businesses for grants up to $3,500 to cover rent and expenses related to COVID-19. The grant application closed November 30.

Closed. (October 30, 2020) Arlington Business Rent and COVID-19 Relief Program, Round 3. Funding is possible through the Federal 2020 CARES Act and distributed to Arlington through the WA Department of Commerce. 

Closed.  (October 31, 2020) City of Arlington Utility Customer Support Program.  A one time utility credit to qualified applicants.  Commercial customers that submit an application and meet eligibility criteria will receive a one time $250 credit on their water/sewer account until funding is exhausted.  Utility credits not applicable to stormwater and irrigation only accounts.

Closed. (June, 2020) Arlington Business Rent Relief Grant ProgramApplications were accepted through June 29. Arlington Business Rent Relief Program was funded through the Federal 2020 CARES Act and distributed to Arlington through the WA Department of Commerce. The City distributed almost $200,000 to qualifying small businesses.

COVID-19 Updates for Employees and Employers

(October 2, 2020) Workplaces are doing things differently during the coronavirus pandemic to prevent the spread of illness. It can be confusing and frustrating at times for workers as well as supervisors and business owners.

The Health District published a new blog with important information and resources for both businesses and employees. Topics include:

  • Employer notification and contact tracing;
  • For employees, what happens if they get sick and don’t have enough leave or are told they need to be at work;
  • When an employee can return to work after testing positive for COVID-19, or after being quarantined as a close contact;
  • Employers looking at how to provide child care or learning centers for their employees’ families; and
  • How employers can keep employees safe while still being able to run a business.

There is also a new FAQ with common questions that their employer notification team gets. The Health District has a number of other resources available on their Businesses & Organizations page.

Reopening Guidance

Washington Ready Plan, replaces Roadmap to Recovery- Safe Start Plan 

(June 2021) On June 30 Washington state has reopened under the Washington Ready plan. All industry sectors previously covered by the Roadmap to Recovery or the Safe Start plan may return to usual capacity and operations.

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Business questions about the Roadmap to Recovery - Safe Start plan?

(Nov 2020) Ask questions about workplace safety, Safe Start phases, relief programs, paid sick leave, unemployment and more. The Washington State Coronavirus Business Response Center is standing by to respond.

Submit your question here.

Arlington Economic Recovery Taskforce Resources

Essential Business Information

City of Arlington Outdoor Dining Areas, Right of Way Permit: Application Questions, email ced@arlingtonwa.gov or call 360-403-3551.

November Global Entrepreneurship Month:  (Nov 2020) Gov. Inslee has proclaimed (GEM) in Washington state. To celebrate, the State Department of Commerce created nearly 50 live and on-demand recorded events that will explore the idea of starting a new business, pivoting an existing one, or rebuilding and restarting a business that had to close or start anew. Topics range from sourcing capital and guerilla marketing, to exports, e-commerce and pivot or exit strategies. Each session is hosted by experts in their respective fields, and there is no cost to participants. Sessions are filling up fast, so you want to make sure you register for the live classes. Watch the on-demand series here.

Webinars on unemployment insurance, returning to work, business relief and more: State agencies have partnered to bring monthly webinars presenting information specific to Washington small businesses. Webinars feature brief presentations from state and federal partners and open-mic Q&A time. Topics include unemployment insurance, returning employees to work, Small Business Administration (SBA) relief funding, workplace safety, contracting with the state, paid family and medical leave and other timely topics. 

Business Impact Survey: The economic impact related to COVID-19 has been felt throughout the greater Seattle region. Nearly 5,000 businesses responded to round one of the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. Survey is now closed.

Snohomish County’s Office of Economic Recovery and Resiliency: Snohomish County created an Advisory Group to identify and develop strategies to reopen our economy. EASC is asking our community to complete the 5-minute Business Needs Assessment to ensure your needs are heard. The Assessment asks businesses how they have been impacted by the economic shutdown, their plans for reopening, and the support they need to reopen successfully

Expanded unemployment benefits for self-employed: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) may cover many people who do not qualify for regular unemployment during this time, including self-employed, independent contractors, and part-time workers. https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19-employer-information

Mask Mandate:

WA State Secretary of Health Masking Order

(Aug 18, 2021) Washington State Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, M.D., MPH, amended Order 20-03 requiring face masks for everyone over five years of age in most public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. These include places like grocery stores, malls, gyms, and community centers. Masks are strongly recommended in crowded outdoor settings like sporting events, fairs, and concerts where physical distancing is not possible. The updated order goes into effect on Monday, Aug. 23.

The order reflects the recommendations of all 35 local health officers in the state of Washington and recent changes to CDC guidance that all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in indoor public settings, in areas of substantial or high transmission. With the rise of the more infectious Delta variant, every county in Washington is currently categorized as having substantial or high transmission. 

(June 8, 2020) All employees are required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection based on safety and health rules and guidance from the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). Refer to L&I’s Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details. Employers must also post signage at their place of business strongly encouraging customers to wear cloth facial coverings. Businesses are encouraged to require customers to wear cloth facial coverings, in order to protect employees from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.