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ATTENTION SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS:

King County is continuing to perform certification services during regular business hours. We encourage our customers to follow the Stay at Home Order and social distancing and to utilize our Online Certification process to apply for SCS certification. King County supports efforts to get information to small business owners about local, state, and federal resources that can help during this time.

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Our office will update this information as we work through this health emergency together.

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King County is soliciting applications for its existing Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program (EOEP) Advisory Board.

King County established the EOEP Advisory Board by Ordinance 17973. The Board operates in an advisory role to advise and assist King County, via an Administrator, to achieve or exceed the apprenticeship requirements and hiring goals for minorities and women apprentices, and small contractor and supplier participation for the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC). Construction of the CFJC includes the Alder School and a parking garage. All Board members must be a King County resident. The King County Executive appoints the advisory Board members and the County Council confirms these appointments.

The original EOEP Advisory Board consisted of 11 members that began meeting in 2015. Current Board members include representatives from the building trades, construction industry, labor, community organizations, and pre-apprenticeship providers. The Board has several vacancies currently. We are seeking individuals who have experience with providing diverse communities access to family wage careers in the construction industry, experience with small business inclusion, apprenticeship programs, or other knowledge or experience related to large capital construction projects.

The EOEP Advisory Board will continue its work through completion of the entire project that includes the Alder School and a parking garage. Construction is anticipated to continue until 2021. Board meeting times and frequency will be determined later. The Board will meet at least once each quarter.

To apply, complete and submit an application form. Click here to download the application form.

For questions, please contact Ellrol Gartrell, King County Apprenticeship Coordinator, at (206) 263-8532 or email egartrell@kingcounty.gov

The application due date is Friday, May 1, 2020.

Release Date: March 16, 2020
Release Number: WA 16333-01
Contact: Richard A. Jenkins, (906) 735-1500, Richard.Jenkins@sba.gov
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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Washington Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Washington small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Jay Inslee on March 13, 2020.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Whitman and Yakima counties in Washington; Benewah, Latah and Nez Perce counties in Idaho; and Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla and Wasco counties in Oregon.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Washington small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Administrator Carranza.

SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.

“Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Carranza.

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Carranza added.

Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.

For more information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov.

For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak by extending the date for paying any Federal Income Tax due April 15th (up to certain amounts) to July 15th, 2020. The filing deadline for tax returns remains April 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can’t file by the April 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request a six-month extension to file their return.

A special webpage has been established on IRS.gov with all the tax-related/COVID-19 information. We encourage you to check it out: www.irs.gov/coronavirus.