The rippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a trend of communities supporting one another through this unprecedented time. Businesses and organizations are no exception. One business community, Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC), has developed several resources to help businesses stay informed and how they can overcome obstacles they may be facing.

COVID-19 Business Hotline
Provided by the City of Olympia, a COVID-19 business hotline is set up as a triage for all businesses seeking assistance. The number is 1-888-821-6652, and operates Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Programs
The Thurston EDC recently announced a list of programs, curriculums, and resources for businesses and entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19. The list includes Washington Center for Women in Business, ScaleUp Business Training, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Washington Center for Women in Business is offering the free webinar series, Let’s Talk Business. The webinar series features presenters with a wide range of business backgrounds to present or answer questions on a variety of business topics.

ScaleUp Business Training is a comprehensive three-part training series designed for businesses that want greater profitability and growth. Some of the courses include Business TuneUp, Build Your Market, and Financial Mastery.

More information about Thurston EDC programs can be found here.

ThurstonStrong.org
The Thurston Regional Economic Recovery Task Force is developing and coordinating a multi-faceted response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its specific impacts to and throughout the broader Thurston County community.

Through the resource site, ThurstonStrong.org, the task force will provide local businesses and impacted workers relevant information.

“This is a difficult period for our community, and we want you to know you’re not alone. Local partners are coming together in an effort to figure out how we can reduce impacts today and position ourselves for a quick and effective recovery in the months ahead,” according to ThurstonStrong.org.

The task force is represented by a growing number of partners, including the City of Lacey, City of Olympia, City of Tumwater, City of Yelm, Experience Olympia & Beyond, Olympia Downtown Alliance, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Port of Olympia, Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Thurston County, Thurston Economic Development Council, and local tribal nations.

Other Resources
Aside from the Thurston EDC’s COVID-19 programs and ThurstonStrong.org, access to other kinds of resources for businesses and workers can be found on Thurston EDC’s resource page.