COVID-19 Economic Impact & Resources

COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants Applications

There are currently no small business relief grant programs open. Please check back regularly and follow us on Facebook for future opportunities.

COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses

On May 13, 2021 Governor Jay Inslee announced that the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date and that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective May 18 until June 30.  

Governor Inslee has announced that some industries will no longer need to follow additional guidance, instead they will only need to follow the COVID-19 workplace health and safety measures established by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Read more here.

Western Washington University Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), led by CJ Seitz, will take the lead on technical assistance, including but not limited to: identifying financial tools, understanding new tools and resources made available by local, state, and federal authorities, and coordinating with local lenders to relay the needs of clients. Any issues related to technical assistance should be coordinating via the SBDC. Their office is closed and they will be doing web-based small business consulting until further notice. You can also visit their website for additional information and business resources as tools are identified and developed by local, state, and federal authorities.

If you are interested in setting up an appointment, please complete your client profile here. Upon completion, the SBDC will contact you to coordinate an appointment that works well for your schedule.

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REP and WHD issue Joint Framework on Re-Opening Whatcom County’s Economy

With the highest goal always being public safety and health, Whatcom County Health Department and the Regional Economic Partnership at the Port of Bellingham intend to work side-by-side to ensure a safe, healthy re-opening of our local economy. The WHD and REP have issued a Joint Framework that includes details on the process and timeline for re-opening, which can be read here. The appendix can be found here..

Whatcom Unified Command on COVID-19

Please visit Unified Command’s COVID-19 website for regular updates and see their Businesses and Restaurants page for business specific information.