Help for Businesses

There is relief available, and resources to help you better understand COVID-19 from a business perspective. 

Tent and Heater Use for Busines
ses outdoor tent
This document presents a summary of code requirements as well as special streamlined permitting and rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Topics include: 
• Should I choose a tent without walls? 
• How close to a building can a tent be installed? 
• What are the full permit conditions for a temporary tent?
• Outdoor heating and lighting

Legal
• Communities Rise – 60-minute legal clinics, 1-on-1 with attorney, for small businesses and nonprofits
• Unemployment Law Project – Answers to questions about COVID-19 unemployment benefits

Washington Health State Guidelines

• Snohomish Health District COVID-19 Information for Businesses & Organizations, here.
• The Washington State Department of Health has developed this guidance to assist employers and workers, here.
 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers, here
• COVID-19 Posters for Download, here


Federal
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. Borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. President Biden signed into law an extension of the PPP deadline to May 31, 2021. More information on the PaycheckProtection Program
Resources to help workers and employers prepare for COVID-19 (U.S. Department of Labor)
Information about resources small businesses can access now to navigate their business through the COVID-19 pandemic (Small Business Administration)
Programs and initiatives (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)- Low-interest disaster loans available to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. 
 1) SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Webpage and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application 
2) SBA Disaster Assistance Webpage
High demand has made this website slow, save often and have patience. Applicants may also contact the local district office in Seattle for assistance: Phone: 206-553-7310
Treasury Department Assistance for Workers and Businesses

State

Resource List for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses and Employees (Governor’s Office)
Business Resiliency Toolkit (Washington Small Business Development Center)
Support for affected employers (Washington State)
Help your business manage crisis (WA State Department of Commerce)
Business relief during COVID-19 crisis (WA State Department of Revenue)
Resources for Employers (Association of Washington Business) 
Business.WA.gov (COVID-19 Business Resources for Washington State)
Washington Small Business Development Center: https://wsbdc.org/
WorkSource: Variety of information and support tools for businesses 

Local 

Resources for small and large businesses; tips on how to manage the impacts; and how-to worksheets and webinars on building business resiliency (Greater Seattle Partners)
Economic Alliance Snohomish County has compiled a variety of resources to help your business survive during this time of uncertainty.
Information for Businesses/Employers (Snohomish health District)
Resources for Businesses in Snohomish County (Economic Alliance of Snohomish County)
Small Business Assistance Resources (PDF) (compiled by King County Public Health)
Economic development & small business assistance: Helping businesses in unincorporated King County 
Snohomish County COVID-19 Business Recovery
Mill Creek Sign Code Updates: The Mill Creek City Council has authorized staff to waive enforcement of the city’s restrictions on temporary signage until Phase 4 of the state Safe Start plan. City staff will expedite the review of temporary signs such as A-Boards and banners for those businesses that wish to communicate to the public that they are open for take-out, delivery, modified business hours, etc. The city encourages businesses to use cost-effective methods. There will be no cost for city review and response. Business owners who would like to place a temporary sign at their place of business are to email Associate Planner Justin Horn at justinh@cityofmillcreek.com for additional information.