Volume 10 | March 12, 2020
COVID-19 Crises - OneRedmond is Your Advocate

OneRedmond advocates for federal, state, and local resources for our businesses, non-profits, and our community at times of crises. We are working on and implementing solutions that can carry our community through this trying time.

Remember to buy local!
Gift cards, online purchases, or get take out - support our local small businesses.
They need your help!!
Federal SBA to Issue Small Business Loans
OneRedmond wants to ensure our local businesses are ready when federal funding arrives. As part of HR 6074, the  US Small Business Administration  (SBA) will soon provide an application and fact sheet for US small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. In the meantime, if your business has incurred economic loss and hardship due to COVID-19, and would like to access the existing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program please complete the form linked to the right and send to  KC.ECC@kingcounty.gov  (link).
 
Note: This is a preliminary asset to show need; once the SBA decides that relief is warranted, businesses will need to apply for the program directly.

Washington State Department of Revenue Tax Assistance
Governor Inslee declared a state of emergency in response to new cases of COVID-19 in February 29, 2020, which allows the agency more flexibility in working with impacted businesses.

Affected businesses that owe Washington taxes may qualify for the following assistance. Follow each link to learn more:

SharedWork Program Information through the Washington State Employment Security Department
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

Temporary Layoff Program through the Washington State Employment Security Department
Businesses may request to place an employee (or group of employees) on stand by for up to 8 weeks and that employee can collect benefits without having to look for other work.

The Washington Small Business Development Center Resiliency Webinars
Starting March 13, the Washington SBDC will host webinars on a range of topics to support and assist small businesses.

K&L Gates Resources and Information
The global, multi-disciplinary COVID-19 task force at K&L Gates has established a resource center with actionable resources, such as sample employment policies, fact sheets and checklists, available at no charge. Please visit  Responding to COVID-19 which will be frequently updated with timely information, insights and further resources.
 
In addition, K&L Gates has scheduled a series of webinars starting this week on key topics. Click below for more details on the topics and dates/times.

Ideas for Putting Your Business Online
As social distancing and quarantine measures are imposed, businesses are getting creative with taking their businesses online. Below are some options with links:



Hosting Virtual Events Online with Skype Meeting Broadcas t or other Virtual Event Tools
Microsoft Skype website.
Facebook Resource Hub for Businesses
Facebook is working to keep people safe and informed about the recent outbreak of COVID-19. As members of the communities you serve, Facebook understands that businesses like yours may also be experiencing unexpected challenges, and Facebook is committed to providing as much support as possible.

Facebook Resources Hub Website
We Want To Hear From You! Please Take Our Short Survey.
As we work to advocate for the businesses and organizations in Redmond, we need to hear from you to learn what challenges you are experiencing. Please take a moment to fill out the short survey below.

SHOP LOCAL!
Support your local Redmond businesses today by ordering take-out, buying gift certificates for future holidays and shopping on their websites! And continue to visit the stores that are open - they need your business!
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OneRedmond is the City of Redmond, Washington's Economic Development Enterprise, Chamber of Commerce, and Public Foundation all in one. OneRedmond also houses the SBDC, SCORE & the Washington Interactive Network (WIN).

OneRedmond
8383 158th Ave. NE, Suite 225
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 425.885.4014
www.oneredmond.org