COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Updated April 7, 2020 

In order to assist businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Burien is providing assistance with accessing financial assistance and other useful information on mitigating impacts.

  • B&O tax deferral: For first quarter 2020, the City of Burien will defer the Business and Occupation (B&O) tax filing and payment due date from April 30, 2020 to July 31, 2020. This will allow small business owners increased flexibility during a period of financial duress caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Please continue to file your quarterly B&O tax return statements with the City. Additional information will be provided when the next quarterly B&O tax notices are mailed in early April. 
  • COVID-19 response strategies for businesses: Find tips and strategies for businesses in responding to COVID-19 in the downloadable flyers in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Please make sure to document business and nonprofit impacts as the situation is unfolding, both for insurance purposes and for potential future relief efforts by state and federal agencies.

Be sure to follow City of Burien’s Economic Development Facebook and Instagram pages for more resources for workers, job opportunities, and updated information about the Burien business community.

Check out our resources for workers and community as well. Please see our disclaimer below.

"Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order

To slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Inslee has designated a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to ensure continuity of public health, safety, economic and national security services, while closing all nonessential businesses for the next two weeks. See the complete list of jobs and types of businesses that are considered essential.

To get further clarification if your business category can be included in this list or to submit a request for inclusion as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation, please submit your inquiry or request on this form.

CARES Act Stimulus Bill: Financial Assistance for Small Businesses

The City of Burien wants to make you aware of a time-sensitive economic assistance opportunity for businesses to help during this difficult time. The CARES Act stimulus bill includes a ‘Paycheck Protection Program’ designed to offset financial hardship for businesses due to COVID-19. The program allows for loan forgiveness, which in essence turns much of the loan into a grant. We encourage you to apply quickly as funds are limited and will go fast. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put together a brochure with more information.

What is the SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program?

Under the CARES Act stimulus bill, nonprofits and small businesses with fewer than 500 employees will be eligible for loans to meet payroll and other qualifying costs, including rent, utilities and interest on mortgages. Much of the loan can be forgiven if you keep staff on payroll during the loan period (currently March 1 through June 30), or quickly rehire employees and maintain salary levels. This, in essence, turns a much of the loan into a grant. Funding is limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients do not have to certify that they are unable to obtain credit elsewhere.

How to Apply

  1. Consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. You can also view a list of qualified local lenders. Check with your local branch of any of these qualified lenders for further information.
  2. Apply as soon as possible. 
  3. Prepare your financial documents, including payroll documentation, for the application

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Relief Program

The CARES Act also added a $10,000 emergency loan advance to the existing Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Relief loan program to provide immediate relief for small businesses. Funds will be made available within 3 days of a successful application and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. Loans will be made directly by the SBA. Apply for this loan advance.

Grants and Loans for Business Owners

Federal legislation and appropriations have opened up the possibility for small businesses to receive assistance for economic loss due to COVID-19. Burien business owners, please begin to track and document any adverse financial impacts by COVID-19.

Grants

  • Keep Workers Healthy and Safe Fund: Business that employee 1-200 employees may be eligible for up to $10,000 in assistance to be able to continue to provide healthcare for employees, or help cover costs of sanitation and health equipment through the Keep Workers Healthy and Safe fund organized by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Find the application and more details.
  • Facebook Small Business Grants: Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses during the COVID outbreak.
  • Washington State Department of Commerce Grants: Up to $5 million of in the Governor’s Working Washington Fund will be made available as micro-grants to small businesses across the state to help prevent closure due to COVID-19. Commerce will distribute these funds. Check coronavirus.wa.gov for updates on the funding timeline and follow Commerce on Twitter @WAStateCommerce for an announcement when funds are available.

Loans

  • Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Washington state has been approved for disaster loan assistance. Small businesses in the primary and contiguous counties are now allowed to apply for low-interest loans to help during this period.
  • SBA Debt Relief: The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the SBA Debt Relief effort.
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans: The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
  • WaFd Bank Small Business Lifeline: If you are a business who has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus, WaFd Bank is helping to provide emergency funding for small businesses via their WaFd Small Business Lifeline. Those who have seen a 10 percent or greater drop in revenues can apply to receive up to $200,000 on business lines of credit with 90 days interest-free. Understanding that that small businesses may need a fast decision, WaFD Bank is expediting the process for lines of credit up to $30,000. NOTE: this does requires a linked WaFd Bank business checking account.
Burien Business Advising Services

The City of Burien is partnering with the Small Business Development Center at Highline College (SBDC) to provide free business advising to Burien businesses. To talk with an SBDC business adviser or get assistance with the SBA disaster loan application process. Please contact: (206) 592-4151 or SBDC@highline.edu.

Retail and Restaurant Businesses

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation

The Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation will also provide zero-interest loans to businesses so that they can maintain payroll during closure or reopen once the crisis is over. Those in need of assistance are asked to email covidhelp@restaurantworkerscf.org.

State of Washington Resources and Guidelines for Retail and Restaurants

King County Resources and Guidelines for Retail and Restaurants

Marketing Your Business during the Crisis
  1. Have an online presence by sharing updated hours of operation, menu or product pictures, personalized pleas for community support on your social media pages, website, and by sharing with the public Facebook group, Burien Strong: United Against COVID-19 and other online groups.
  2. Ensure customers can access your products and services online and through meal or other delivery apps. Actively promote gift cards to your customer base. Encourage that gift giving spirit in your customer by gifting your products and services to family, friends, and first responders.
  3. To expand your customer base, let these outlets know you are open for business:
    • The Westside Herald is keeping a list of Burien businesses. If you own a restaurant that's doing take out or delivery that is not listed here, please email WestSeattle@robinsonnews.com.
    • The Seattle Small Biz Mapincludes Burien business, too! Email them at supportsmallbiz@seattle.gov, and they'll get your business added to the map.
    • Intentionalist groups small businesses by neighborhoods. And with their mission to #SpendLikeitMatters, it's now more relevant than ever!
Resources for Employees

Check out the Workers Resources page for support options for your employees.

Contact Us 

If you have any questions about business resources or referrals for assistance, please reach out to us at economicdevelopment@burienwa.gov.

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