The Washington State Department of Commerce has teamed up with organizations that serve culturally and historically disadvantaged businesses and communities across the state to roll out a Small Business Resiliency Assistance program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These efforts are critical to make sure that small business owners from every community and every culture can access programs and resources available during this emergency,” stated Commerce director Lisa Brown. “Our partners are helping struggling businesses find and apply for state and federal assistance programs, and also helping them develop plans to stay open as we look toward economic recovery.”
Through the program, technical assistance includes:
- Help with locating and applying for assistance to help your business right now, whether you are open or closed
- Translation assistance
- Navigating local, state, and federal resources
- Business coaching
Participating partner organizations will be eligible for reimbursement of allowable expenses for translating information; conducting outreach; and providing business coaching, mentoring, and education on what assistance is available to small businesses now and in the future. In the South Sound, the Tacoma Urban League is the partnering organization which will be assisting small business owners from historically disadvantaged communities.
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