Resiliency in Times of Crisis

The COVID-19 virus has drastically affected our small businesses and we are gathering information and tools every day that will be posted here for your use. Below you will  the most current information on tools and resources available. If there is something you need, but can’t find it, please contact us at info@OneRedmond.org.

Latest News

  • Facebook Grants are Now Open!

    Facebook is taking great care in how they accept, review and deliver grants to over 30,000 businesses across 30 countries who need help. To start, this week they will begin accepting applications in the following locations:

    • April 18 – New York City and Seattle
    • April 20 – San Francisco Bay Area
    • April 22 – All other eligible US cities

    Visit Facebook’s Small Business Grants Program and answer a few simple questions to find out if you’re eligible for a grant from Facebook. The application will be open for 2 weeks.

    Check Eligibility
  • PSE Provides Assistance for Small Businesses

    Puget Sound Energy is offering COVID-19 assistance and support for your business.

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  • News from Port of Seattle

    The Port of Seattle will be issuing a weekly update of Port actions to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of their employees, travelers, and community, while maintaining essential operations.

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OneRedmond Webinars

  • Navigating the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application - May 21, 2020
    Click here to view the on-demand video of the webinar.

    Slides from the webinar in addition to an export of the Q&A are also available for viewing.  Not the Q&A does not include those questions answered live during the webinar.

    A copy of the 11-page PPP Loan Forgiveness Application packet (released on May 15, 2020) can be found here.

    Speakers:

    • Mark Costello, Deputy District Director
      Seattle District Office
      U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
    • Steve Burke, Western Washington Regional Manager
      Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    • Janie Sacco, Marketing & Outreach Specialist
      Seattle District Office
      U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Tax Relief and Incentives Available to Businesses During COVID-19 - May 12, 2020

    Click here to listen to the audio recording from the webinar.

    Download the slides from the webinar

    Resources:

    Speaker:

    • Rene Schaefer, Principal, Clark Nuber P.S.
  • Survival Strategies for Small Business Owners - Webinar in Spanish - May 11, 2020

    Hosted by Eastside For All

    Click here to view the on-demand recording of the webinar

    Download the slides from the webinar

    Speakers:

    • Sophia Vackimes, Director, Really Meaningful
    • Hugo Garcia, Economic Development Program Manager, King County
    • Christian Morales, Food Business Specialist, Ventures
    • Mayra Gomez, Business Specialist, Ventures
  • Strategies & Tips for Navigating Rent Relief During Covid-19 – April 29, 2020

    Click here to view the on-demand recording of the webinar

    Download the slides from the webinar

    Resources:

    Speakers:

    • Aaron Laing, Real Estate Attorney & Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
    • Alex Andrea, Office Broker, Kidder Mathews
    • Tom Markl, CEO, Nelson Legacy Group
  • Helping Independent Contractors & Gig Workers Navigate the Programs Available Under the CARES Act – April 16, 2020

    Click here to view the on-demand recording of the webinar
    Download the slides from the webinar
    Download the slides for completing a PPP Application
    Access the US Chamber’s  Independent Contractors CARES Act Benefits

    Speakers:

    • Mark Costello, Deputy District Director
      U.S. Small Business Administration, Seattle District Office
    • Scott Michael, Legal Services Coordination Manager
      Washington Employment Security Department
    • Steve Burke, Western Washington Regional Manager
      Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    • Janie Sacco, Financial Advisor
  • Helping Companies Navigate the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – April 8, 2020

    Click here to view the on-demand recording of the webinar
    Download the slides from the webinar

    Speakers:

    • Linda Laws, Supervisory Lender Relations Specialist
      U.S. Small Business Administration, Seattle District Office
    • Janie Sacco, First Vice President
      U.S. Metro Bank
    • Dr. Eric Scroggins, Vice President & Branch Manager
      Banner Bank
  • SBA Loans & Grants Available Under the New CARES Act – April 2, 2020

    Click here to view the on-demand recording of the webinar

    Speakers:

    • Mark Costello, Deputy District Director
      U.S. Small Business Administration, Seattle District Office
    • Janie Sacco, First Vice President
      U.S. Metro Bank
    • Cynthia Cowell, Public Information Officer
      U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Disaster Assistance, Field Operations Center – West

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Resources

  • Managing Cash Flow During a Crisis

    Cash is King during times of crises and managing your cash flow is critical at times like these. Below are items to consider as you make your plan going forward. Also, we have Small Business advisors ready to assist you free of charge. Just contact us and we will connect you.

    Items to Consider

    1. Ask for a deferment from your bank
    2. Communicate with your supplier for terms
    3. Lower your inventory cycle
    4. Decrease your accounts receivable
    5. Find alternative markets
      (dine-in restaurant moves to all take out; coffee houses have temporary partnerships with hospitals to supply coffee)
    6. Look at operating loans
    Contact Us for FREE Advice
  • FEMA

    FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center is activated in response to COVID-19. Below are some resources provided by FEMA:

    The CDC released Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID.

    WHO released guidance for Getting your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is amplifying the small business international travel resources for employees that require international work travel.

  • Disaster Recovery

    Below is the link to our SBDC Office’s disaster recovery page, which includes state and national resources that may be of use to small business owners.

    OneRedmond proudly houses the SBDC in our office.

    View Website

Employees and Temporary Layoffs

  • Info from Employment Security Department

    If you are affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. They adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses. They created an easy-to-read comparison guide lists some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply.

    View Latest ESD Updates
  • WA SharedWork Program

    SharedWork is a voluntary business sustainability program that provides flexibility to retain employees at reduced hours.

    This informational video gives an overview showing how thousands of Washington employers have used the SharedWork program to:

    • Support business stability
    • Retain skilled workers
    • Reduce payroll costs
    • Be a smart alternative to layoffs
    • Explore training programs that develop workforce skills
    View Latest ESD Updates
  • Employment Security Department Emergency Rules

    These new rules do the following:

    1. Enhance the flexibility of the unemployment insurance program.
    2. Relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine by ensuring unemployment benefits are available to individuals whose employment has been impacted directly by COVID-19.
    3. A worker that follows guidance issued by a medical or public health official to isolate or quarantine themselves as a result of exposure to COVID-19 and is not receiving paid sick leave from their employer, may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
    4. If a worker falls seriously ill and is forced to quit, they may qualify for Paid Family Medical Leave while ill under the existing program.
    5. Removes the full-time requirement and expands standby ability to part time/less than full-time workers who are isolated.
    6. The rules also waive financial penalties for employers who file their tax reports late, pay their taxes late, or do not respond information requests in a timely fashion as a result of COVID-19.
    View Latest ESD Updates

Sanitization of the Workplace

  • OSHA Guidance on Preparing the Workforce for COVID-19

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.

    View PDF
  • Other Guides and Reference

    King County Sanitize and Disinfectant Guidance

    Janitorial Staff Guidance

    Routine Cleaning Guidelines

  • Signs For Your Office or Home

    Local business members asked us to spread this news.

    Wash Your Hands

    Signarama is giving away free decals to remind people to wash hands. (See photo to the left.) Good for businesses to remind employees, visitors and can be placed in restrooms, kitchens, pantries, reception areas. You can pick them up at Signarama at 8561, 154th Ave NE (Suite 100), Redmond, WA 98052.

    Locally Made Enhanced Sanitization Sign

    Let your customers know that you are taking sanitization seriously. This has been produced by the local business community.

    If you want to pick up free printed copies, you can go to: 7126 180th Ave NE Suite C 104 Redmond.

    The local business community has come up with these guidelines to follow before using this sign.

    1.            Going above and beyond in sanitizing everything anyone might touch.

    2.            Having a checklist of items/places which are marked off each time it is sanitized

    3.            Providing either hand sanitizer for people or a place to wash hands.

    4.            If you use to clean daily, it is now hourly, or after each use.

    5.            Every member of your team/staff needs to know these new protocols.

    Every business is different and the standard is different. Admittedly, right now the use of this sign is a loose definition, but any business who puts it up needs to take sanitization seriously and be able to explain/show what measures they are taking.

    View Sign

More Tools and Resources

  • Business Resiliency Guide

    At the link below, you’ll be able to download a copy of the SBDC’s Business Resiliency Guide, as well as a Business Resiliency Plan, which can be customized by small business owners to meet their specific needs.

    OneRedmond houses the Small Business Development Center for Redmond and the Eastside.

    Contact us if you need any help and we will assist you.

    View Guide
  • Microsoft Offering Free Enterprise Teleconferencing Suites

    In the wake of the COVID-19 Outbreak, Microsoft is expanding its premium tier of Microsoft Teams with a free six-month trial globally.

    Teams Quick Start Guide More About Teams
  • K&L Gates Free Resources on Contracts and Insurance Policies & More

    The global, multi-disciplinary COVID-19 task force at K&L Gates has established a resource center at which we are making actionable resources, such as sample employment policies, fact sheets and checklists, available at no charge.  Please visit Responding to COVID-19, their K&L Gates HUB, which will be frequently updated with timely information, insights and further resources.