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Business Questions & Information

If you own a business in SeaTac and have additional questions, please email: Aleksandr Yeremeyev at ayeremeyev@seatacwa.gov (206.973.4843) or Tanja Carter at tcarter@seatacwa.gov (206.973.4838) in the SeaTac Economic Development Division.

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Eat Local: SeaTac Eateries Opening Hours

In an effort to support our SeaTac businesses, the Economic Development staff is providing the list of open Food/Beverage and Grocery stores in a downloadable PDF file. Info is subject to change. If your information is missing or has changed, please contact tcarter@seatacwa.gov or 206.973.4838.

Please download the list and for more information you can click here for greater SeaTac area restaurants that are open and welcome your business.  Stop by often to check the status.

Financial Assistance

Please refer to the links below for up to date information on the topics listed. Please do your due diligence before entering into agreements with third parties.

Grant-Based Assistance

Seattle Foundation has established a COVID-19 Response Fund, which will initially assist nonprofit organizations which work with communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and its consequences. Please note that this fund will not initially assist nonprofits which have lost revenue, though this may be considered in the future.

Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund: Up to $5 million will be made available as small grants to small businesses across the state to help prevent closure due to COVID-19. The state Department of Commerce will coordinate an application process. Stay tuned for more details.

Short and Long-Term Loan Options

U.S. Small Business Administration is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans to businesses that suffer substantial economic impact as a result of COVID-19. Generally, these low-interest loans provide working capital to assist small businesses in meeting financial obligations and operating expenses. Learn more and apply.

Business Impact NW provides low-interest loans to community-based nonprofits and small businesses, with more flexible criteria than traditional financial institutions. Additionally, it has compiled an outstanding set of COVID-19 resources.

Craft3 provides low-interest loans to community-based nonprofits and small businesses, with more flexible criteria than traditional financial institutions. Additionally, it is allowing existing Craft3 clients to revise their loan agreements (i.e. due date extensions, temporary payment reductions, etc.).

Artist and Cultural Nonprofits

Please refer to the links below for up to date information on the topics listed. Please do your due diligence before entering into agreements with third parties.

Resources for Organizations

  • 4Culture has established some new tools and guidelines for its grantees. If your arts or cultural organization receives sustained support from 4Culture, you may be able to invoice early.
  • Artist Trust has created a resource list for artists, cultural, and community organizations, which includes financial assistance resources.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts has established a detailed resource list, including for specific crafts and trades, like theatre and museum employees.

Artist Trust's COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund

This fund provides rapid response grants supporting the critical needs of artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19, and the City of Seattle invested $50,000 in this fund. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, visit: artisttrust.submittable.com/submit.

Artist Trust's Resource List for Artists and Creatives

In response to COVID-19, Artist Trust has created this list of response and recovery resources for artists in Washington state. These online resources will be updated often, as Artist Trust learns more about this crisis and its impact.

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists

From the site: "This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc." Visit covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com to see the full list of regularly updated resources.

COVID-19 - Relief Fund for Undocumented People

Founded by South Seattle College student organizers, this is a fundraiser to help ensure undocumented families can continue to pay back their rent once the current residential evictions moratorium has been lifted. For more information or to contribute to the fund, visit: gofundme.com/f/rent-fund-for-undocumented-people-covid19.

Northwest : COVID-19 Artist & Community Resource List

Northwest Folklife is committed to supporting our community's artists and community groups. They are tracking a list of resources for financial assistance, mutual aid and advocacy, and informational support compiled from community efforts.

Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis

The publication Billboard has collected a list of resources specifically for musicians impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This long list includes both national and state resources.

Seattle Independent Artist Sustainability Resources by Gig-Based Sector

This is a very large list of resources and funds organized by creative sector. It is unknown which organization or organizations is updating this list of resources.

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture has developed this additional resource list for artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19: Resources for Artists and Organizations Amid COVID-19. If you find that this resource is outdated, please check this Art Beat Blog post. They also have this FAQ for other COVID-19-related questions.

Resources for Artists

  • A national group of community members has established a long list of resources geared toward freelancers and artists. This includes actors, designers, musicians, composers, craft artists, teaching artists, writers, and others.
  • The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund is providing support and temporary financial assistance to members in need.
  • Equal Sound has established a coronavirus Relief Fund available to musicians who have lost income due to a cancelled show.
  • The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers an Emergency Fund for visual and performing artists who meet certain eligibility guidelines. The average grant award totals about $1,600.
  • The Recording Academy offers MusiCaresa short-term financial assistance program for personal needs which have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances. 
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts operates the Rauschenberg Emergency Grant program, which provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to artists who experience an unexpected medical emergency.
  • Sweet Relief has established a donor-directed assistance fund to offer short-term financial support for musicians and music industry workers affected by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. 

Creative Economy Workers

Worker Resources

Please refer to the links below for up to date information on the topics listed. Please do your due diligence before entering into agreements with third parties.

Unemployment, Sick Leave and Family/Medical Leave

  • The Employment Security Department has established temporary rules that expand unemployment benefits to cover more people, including workers affected by COVID-19. Additionally, the department administers the state's paid family/medical leave program, and has established detailed guides for your situation.
  • The state is waiving the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment insurance. The order is retroactive for claims filed up to March 8.
  • Washington Healthplanfinder, the state's health insurance exchange, has opened a special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are or become uninsured. Some may be eligible for Apple Health (Medicaid). Check out the Healthplanfinder's FAQ for more information.

Resiliency Resources

The Office of Gov. Inslee has established a detailed list of financial, export, insurance and workforce assistance which may be available for businesses and nonprofits. 

The Washington Small Business Development Center has developed a detailed Business Resiliency Toolkit to help businesses plan and adapt to disasters. Additionally, the center is running resiliency webinars through this crisis.

Public Health Resources for Businesses

Business Loans

Please refer to the links below for up to date information on the topics listed. Please do your due diligence before entering into agreements with third parties.

The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help with operating expenses.

Business Taxes and Fees

Please refer to the links below for up to date information on the topics listed. Please do your due diligence before entering into agreements with third parties.

State Department of Revenue is offering filing extensions and penalty waivers for state-level B&O taxes. Eligible businesses can get more information and apply.

The federal Internal Revenue Service has announced an extension of the April 15 tax payment deadline for most filers of federal returns, although taxpayers will still need to file by April 15. Stay tuned for more details.

Insurance Claims

We recommend that you carefully document the impacts to your business, including financial losses, canceled events, etc. This documentation could be required for any insurance claims or potential future relief programs from government agencies.

Unemployment

Anyone who has temporarily or permanently lost their job due to coronavirus or has had to take time off to self-quarantine or care for a sick relative (and does not get paid sick time from work) should apply for unemployment insurance. Info on that here. Information for employers can also be found at this site. Please note the changes to the unemployment benefit rules as of March 18, 2020. The requirement to wait one week before receiving benefits has been waived retroactive to March 8, 2020.

Workers’ Compensation

Anyone whose job has brought them into direct contact with someone with coronavirus (for instance, a first responder or a health care worker) and has become ill or is required to quarantine can file for Workers’ Comp. File for that here. If you or a friend or family member are out of work, Washington State’s Employment Security Department can answer your questions about unemployment and workers’ compensation.

U.S. Bartenders Guild Grant Program

If you are a bartender who is unable to work and need financial assistance to cover basic needs, here is a grant opportunity offered by the U.S. Bartenders Guild.

Restaurant Workers

If you work in the Restaurant Industry and are looking for financial assistance, the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for individual workers and small businesses in the restaurant industry. If you need help, please email covidhelp@restaurantworkerscf.org.

One Fair Wage Campaign

The One Fair Wage Campaign, a nonprofit created to advocate for restaurant workers, has set up an emergency fund for tipped workers and service workers impacted by the coronavirus. Hay ayuda en español! The fund is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more. Those in need must first fill out a form on the website and then an organizer will reach out to them.

Business Resources for COVID-19

General Questions & Guidance

  • The SBDC can help with
    • Financial comparison to help support your request for loss
    • Developing cash flow proformas to give realistic money needs to cover the loss until projected recovery of business to previous levels
    • Documentation to determine economic loss (P&L and Cash flow comparison)

Disaster Loan Assistance for Business

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is working in collaboration with the Small Business Administration (SBA) on disaster loan assistance. Please feel free to reach out directly to sbdc@highline.edu

  • March 12th the SBA released a statement that disaster loan assistance will be provided. After a declaration is made for assistance in a designated area, funding will be available and businesses can begin the application process. Funding will be made available for qualified businesses to address the economic consequences of COVID-19.

How to apply for disaster loan assistance

  • https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
    • The SBA may require these and other supporting documentations;
      • Business License
      • Articles of Incorporation or Operating Agreement
      • Copy of business insurance
      • Bank statements for previous 12 months
      • Tax returns 2 or 3 years
      • Current Financial statement for the period of loss (P&L, Balance Sheet, Cash flow)
      • Financial statements for same period from the previous year (P&L, Balance Sheet, Cash flow)
      • Copy of rent or lease agreement
      • Business debt schedule (other business loans)
      • Personal Financial Statement
      • Summary of cash needed due to economic injury (accounts payable, payroll, operating expenses, lease or rent)

         

Business Help Seminars

Click the following organizations links for information on weekly Q&A calls for local businesses starting 3/27/20 with the Southside Chamber of Commerce, Soundside Alliance and Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

To register for free webinars for small business resiliency from SBDC

Seminar:   How to prepare for SBA emergency loans (Emergency Injury Disaster Loan – EIDL)

Contact for Questions and Seminars

Highline College  -  23835 Pacific Highway South, Suite 101, Des Moines, Washington 98198

Phone Line 206-592-4151  -  sbdc@highline.edu