Governor Inslee announced Thursday that the Northwest Region and four other regions will move to Phase 2 beginning on Monday the 15th, allowing several more groups of businesses to open with 25 percent capacity, including restaurants for indoor dining. Businesses must still adhere to COVID-19 safety measures, such as wearing masks and staying at least 6 feet apart.
As a quick reminder: Here is what is allowed under Phase 2 guidelines:
Retail stores: 25% capacity
Personal services: indoor maximum 25% capacity
Eating/Drinking establishments: indoor dining 25% capacity, end alcohol service/delivery at 11 p.m. Outdoor/open-air dining available, maximum six per table, limit two households per table
For more details on who can do what in which phase, please click HERE.
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.
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.
Kitsap Bank’s edg3 FUND is back and better than ever with more prizes and additional benefits!
This small business competition is for entrepreneurs dedicated to growing their community
economically, socially and environmentally. And in 2020, the competition will also recognize small
businesses that have demonstrated innovation and resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic.
$25,000 edg3 FUND Grand Prize Winner
$10,000 Innovation Award
$5,000 #causegood Community edg3 Award
$5,000 Public Favorite Award
2020 edg3 FUND Timeline –
Nomination Period: August 3 – 31
Application Period: August 15 – September 15
Finalists Announced: October 1
Finalist Pitches/Interviews: October 2 – 23
Public Vote: October 26 – November 6
Winners Announced: November 20
Please note, this is not a needs-based competition; recipients are selected based upon how well they meet the competition criteria. Must be a for-profit business based in Western Washington. All businesses must comply with federal and state laws. Entities that are tax-exempt organizations, non-profits, or charitable trusts are not eligible to participate. Businesses may self-nominate.
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.
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers.
This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
Congressman Kilmer’s team shared this resource for small businesses regarding the benefits available now that the CARES Act has been signed into law. Click here to access the 11 page PDF document on Google Drive. Continue reading →
I know that these past few weeks have been challenging for many folks. The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably impacted our economy, and this rings especially true for small businesses across our region. As someone who worked professionally in economic development before serving in Congress, I’ve always believed that small businesses are the backbone of our economy.
With that in mind, I strongly believe that Congress must take immediate action to support small business owners and their employees. I’ve taken action and wanted to share some helpful resources that small businesses like yours may find helpful.
As you may be aware, Congress authorized disaster loan assistance for small businesses in the first coronavirus response law. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to small businesses, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred. Continue reading →
“The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.”