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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.
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
The respondents owned businesses in the industries below:
by Ken Sethney, Volunteer Business Mentor, SCORE Kitsap
Every business owner I’ve had a conversation with in the last month or so is struggling to answer that question. It doesn’t matter what they sell, products or services, they are struggling to find answers to very difficult questions. Almost everyone in start-up mode has simply stopped.
So, what should they do? What should you do? My suggestion is to keep moving forward.
One of my SCORE clients owns a well established business with several employees. She and her team provide therapeutic services, but they don’t qualify as “essential.”
Apply for up to $10,000
Applications Due by noon this Friday, April 10th.
On Tuesday April 7, 2020, the Washington State Department of Commerce and Governor Jay Inslee introduced the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program. The new grant program offers assistance to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) is partnering with the Governor and the Department of Commerce to accept grant applications from Kitsap County businesses.
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- To apply, download the application to your computer.
- Open the downloaded application and complete as much of the information as you can.
- SAVE the file by adding your company name (ie; ABC Co-WWSB Application)
- Attach and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Apps must be received by noon on Friday April 10th!