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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Workers

Beyond its direct health implications, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is causing massive disruption to organizations large and small worldwide. We at the Economic Development Council for Island County (EDCIC) take seriously the economic hardships faced by Island County businesses. We’ve compiled the following list of resources to stay on top of the latest developments as it pertains both to well-being of your employees and the operations of your business. This list of resources is being continuously updated.

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Resource Matrix

We have created a matrix of resources at the local, state, and federal levels that we are updating as we find new information. Within this spreadsheet, there are separate sheets for different types of resources. Within each sheet, you can find resources focused on different audiences (e.g. businesses, employees, etc; column D, “Who’s it for?”) or scroll down the columns on the right to find ones that provide specific services (e.g. loans, counseling, etc.).

Are we missing a resource or program that Island County businesses need to know about to prepare themselves for COVID19 and mitigate its economic fallout? If so, please contact us at

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness applications still being accepted

There has been some confusion about whether applications for PPP loan forgiveness were due Oct. 31 but the U.S. Small Business Administration has reassured applicants there is no defined deadline. Business owners can still apply and use the simplified application which significantly reduces the time and paperwork needed for PPP loan forgiveness. Read the SBA’s “6 Things About PPP Loan Forgiveness You Should Know” for more info.

Unemployment benefits for self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers and individuals

The CARES Act expanded unemployment benefits for self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers and individuals unable to start a new job or contract due to COVID-19.

Here is what the Washington Employment Security Department says you need to do to be prepared to apply for benefits ⬇️⬇️⬇️

1️⃣ Sign up for COVID-19 Action Alerts ✅
2️⃣ Check your eligibility ✅
3️⃣ Download the application checklist ✅
4️⃣ Set up your account ✅

Visit to prepare today ⬇️

General questions?  Call 833-572-8400

Claims questions?  Call 800-318-6022

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COVID-19 resource list for businesses and workers. This list will continue to be updated.



Association of Washington Businesses: COVID-19 Employer Resources Webinar Series Link

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Interim guidance for businesses and employers Link

Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S.: Business interruption insurance for COVID-19 claims Link

Employment Security Department: For businesses affect by COVID-19 Link

Island County: Latest novel coronavirus outbreak information link

Small Business Administration: Export assistance Link

Small Business Administration: Disaster loan assistance Link

Small Business Administration: Lender Match helps you find lenders Link

Small Business Administration: Guide to the CARES Act Link

Small Business Development Center: Business survival strategies Link

Small Business Development Center: Business resiliency webinar Link

Spokane Regional Health District: Cleaning for health in a business Link

State Department of Financial Institutions: Financial resources for Washington residents impacted by COVID-19 Link

State Department of Commerce: Export assistance Link

State Department of Commerce: Small business crisis planner Link

State Department of Commerce: Insurance for businesses, events Link

State Department of Commerce: Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants Link

State Employment Security Department: Layoff assistance Link

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Small Business Recovery grant program Link

Washington Governor: Inslee statement on statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars and limits on size of gatherings expanded Link

Washington Governor: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Link



Employment Security Department: For workers affected by COVID-19 Link

Employment Security Department: Eligibility Checker Link

State Department of Health: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease Link

State Labor & Industries: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) Resources Link

State: Paid family and medical leave program Link

State Employment Security Department: Layoff assistance Link

Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs. Link



Washington Retail Association: Retailer Resource Guide Link

National Resources

Federal and state government entities and nonprofits are working together to control the spread of the coronavirus and to support the businesses and individuals impacted by the virus and/or the protective measures being taken.

Resources for Businesses

Federal COVID-19 Resources

Health and Safety

Travel and Transportation

Money and Taxes


International Cooperation


  • OSHA COVID-19 Resources
  • Some states are extending unemployment benefits to those quarantined or laid off due to COVID-19.
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