During this time of uncertainty and unprecedented changes, we want the community to know we are standing with them and are doing everything we can to support Enumclaw and the surrounding communities that we love.
Based on the current information we have, which changes by the moment, we are doing the best we can to support commerce in our community. We are also seeing our community members coming out in force to support their friends and neighbors who own businesses locally. As things change, we will do our best to update you on all things Enumclaw and the surrounding areas.
If you are wondering how YOU personally can help your local business community, and Enumclaw as a whole, this is what we know:
Stay calm. Take care of yourself and your family. Get your information from credible sources, like the CDC - not social media. Follow the guidelines that are being set forth to protect you and the rest of the country. If you can, get some take-out from one of our restaurants or coffee shops, or buy an online gift card from one of our retailers. Our businesses are doing the best they can to serve our community and continue to pay their employees, they also are doing everything they can to minimize risk. And one last thing, be kind. We all have a different way of reacting to stress, and kindness goes a long way.
We will get through this together, and your Chamber will do everything in its power to support commerce and community.
Links from US Chamber of Commerce
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance yesterday regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found, or on their webpage.
- A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
- If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
- If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
- The application for borrowers can be found here.
Small business loans
- 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, including free, one-on-one business coaching.
- 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 Non Profits
- Artist Trust has created a resource list for artists, cultural, and community organizations, which includes financial assistance resources.
- Join Artist Trust's COVID-19 Response for Washington State Artists Facebook group for Washington State artists, arts workers, cultural producers, arts agencies organizations & foundations and arts supporters.
- Take Americans for the Arts' impact survey and visit their website for a list of resources.
- The National Endowment for the Arts has established a detailed resource list, including for specific crafts and trades, like theatre and museum employees.
- Artwork Archive has compiled a list of financial assistance available for artists affected by COVID-19.
- 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.
- King County has compiled information on unemployment and financial help for creatives.
- Sustaining mental health during this time is paramount. This website offers resources for anxiety and mental health.
Funds for Organizations and Artists
- 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.
- 4Culture has also started a Cultural Relief Fund with $1 million to be distributed over the coming months.
- One Reel's Art Saves Me grant offers one-time support to artists to create and share work inspired by their personal journey and experiences in the coming months.
- ArtsFund has a relief fund started to enable arts organizations to retain the core functions and staff they need to reopen when possible.
- Artist Trust also has a relief fund that provides rapid response grants supporting critical needs of artists.
- 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 canceled 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 MusiCares, a 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.
Supporting affected Employers and Workers
State agencies have been working with federal agencies, employers and workers to support businesses and workers affected by COVID-19.
- The Employment Security Department has information for employees and employers about possible benefits such as Paid Family and Medical Leave, unemployment benefits and SharedWork.
- The Department of Commerce is working with the federal Small Business Administration to secure loan assistance and has information for businesses experiencing trade impacts.
- The Department of Labor & Industries oversees the state’s paid sick leave law, the workers’ compensation program and workplace safety issues. The agency has FAQs on these and other topics related to coronavirus.
- The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations to help employers keep their workers safe with sick leave policies, cleaning routines and more.
- The state Department of Revenue has information on relief for taxpayers, including extensions for filing and paying tax returns.
- The IRS posted filing and payment deadline Q&As to address the federal filing and payment extension to July 15 and the additional extension to Oct. 15, first quarter estimated tax payments, IRAs and HSAs.
- To mitigate barriers to capital for Seattle's most vulnerable businesses, the City of Seattle will commit approximately $1.5 million in one-time Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the Small Business Stabilization Fund, an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses.
- To further support small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an Emergency Order that temporarily halts evictions of small business and nonprofit tenants in the City of Seattle.
- The AWB has a page of Resources for Employers with helpful resources as well.