Kitsap County officials have greatly eased the eligibility requirements for the Kitsap CARES Small Business Grant and are now offering up to $10,000 to qualifying businesses based upon eligible COVID-19 impacts. Businesses who were previously funded at a lower amount may be eligible for increased funding from Kitsap County. Must meet eligibility requirements for either program and a reapplication is required.
Eligibility Information as of 9/21/20:
- Up to $10,000 to qualifying businesses
- COVID-19 related PPE retrofits & supplies now eligible for reimbursement.
- Employee cap now up to 50 with no minimum. Owners may be considered employees.
- Receipt of EIDL/EIDG and PPP do NOT disqualify businesses. Double-dipping on reimbursements for the same months is still prohibited.
- Reimbursements may be for rent/lease and/or PPE paid March 1 through October 1, 2020.
- Application Portal opens at 8am September 21st
- Funds will be awarded on a first-come-first served basis to businesses meeting all eligibility and application requirements.
- This final application period is open to ALL small businesses with a physical location in Kitsap County.
Portal opens Monday, Sept. 21st at 8am.
The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance is partnering with Kitsap County, the City of Bremerton, and the City of Port Orchard to distribute federal CARES funding to offer up to $5000 rental relief assistance to local small business owners negatively impacted by COVID-19.
City of Bremerton Phase 2 Application Portal closes @ noon Aug 31
Stay tuned for Kitsap County Phase 4 with expanded eligibility criteria
NEW program – KEDA CARES Grants
(Businesses located in the cities of Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island should check with their local Chamber of Commerce for details on local CARES assistance.)
Criteria and timelines vary according by jurisdiction.
Successful applicants may receive up to $5,000 based upon eligible COVID-19 impacts.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is currently tracking an unknown malicious cyber actor who is spoofing the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 loan relief webpage via phishing emails. These emails include a malicious link to the spoofed SBA website that the cyber actor is using for malicious re-directs and credential stealing.
For a downloadable copy of IOCs, see STIX file.
CISA analysts observed an unknown malicious cyber actor sending a phishing email to various Federal Civilian Executive Branch and state, local, tribal, and territorial government recipients. The phishing email contains:
- A subject line, SBA Application – Review and Proceed
- A sender, marked as disastercustomerservice@sba[.]gov
- Text in the email body urging the recipient to click on a hyperlink to address:
- The domain resolves to IP address:
Figure 1 is a screenshot of the webpage arrived at by clicking on the hyperlink.
Figure 1: Webpage arrived at via malicious hyperlink.
While you may be facing uncertainty, there is one thing you can be certain of: SCORE is here for you.
During these difficult times, everyone is talking about survival, uncertainty, and loss—loss of revenue, relationships, and resources. It’s normal and human to feel fear and uncertainty, to wonder about the future of your business.
At SCORE, we get it. And we’re also here to remind you that you are stronger than you think and more powerful than you know. You are a small business owner, the person who dared to ask what if? The leader who had the courage to take that first step to build a business and a future you believe in.
Visit our Small Business Resilience Hub here…
SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ & Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program
Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness applicationimplementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:
- Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
- Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
- Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form.
Keep an eye on the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance blog for breaking news about changes in COVID recovery programs.
- SBA Finally Clarifies PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules: Full Forgiveness For Self-Employed Borrowers
- SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program
- SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
For the latest COVID-19 information and resources visit coronavirus.wa.gov.
On May 4th, 2020 Governor Inslee signed Proclamation 20-25.3 and outlined the “Safe Start” plan, a phased approach to re-open Washington’s economy. Under the plan, businesses and activities will re-open in phases with adequate social distancing measures & health standards in place. Businesses may also need to meet additional requirements developed specifically for their industry.Continue reading
SCORE surveyed pre-startups and startups in early April 2020 about how they think how coronavirus could affect their business, and this infographic highlights the findings.
Data from a SCORE survey conducted from April 3-16, 2020. 492 business owners responded with 125 respondents identified as thinking of starting a business or in their first year of business ownership.
- 65% of those surveyed are solopreneurs
- 28% have 2 to 5 employees
- 5% have 6 to 10 employees
- 2% have 11 to 20 employees
- 2% have 21+ employees