COVID-19 April 16 Update

Dear SODO Businesses,

The SODO BIA continue to closely track the impacts of COVID-19. As we navigate this difficult time we will continue to share resources, news, and services that you may find helpful. We understand the concern and impacts of the COVID-19 on our SODO community and are here to help and support in any way we can.

On Monday, Mayor Durkan announced the initial 250 grantees of the Small Business Stabilization Fund including three SODO Businesses! Shout out to By’s Drive InMcComb Sound, and Slice Box Pizzas! Check out the Mayor’s Full Press Release below.

We have seen increase of illegal dumping all through out SODO. We are still able to provide on demand illegal dumping clean up. Please contact Lauren at to report!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here for any issues you may come across!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, please contact me at

Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces Initial 250 Grantees of the Small Business Stabilization Fund, Calls on Private Sector and Philanthropy to Help Support Future Grants
Office of Economic Development Received Nearly 9,000 Applications for the Fund; Comcast Donates $50,000 to Support Next Round of Small Business Stabilization Fund
SEATTLE (April 13, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced the initial 250 grantees of the City’s $2.5 million Small Business Stabilization Fund. The fund provides $10,000 grants to small businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. Nearly 9,000 small businesses applied for the first round of the City’s Small Business Stabilization Fund, demonstrating that the need goes far beyond what the City can provide without further support from the private sector, philanthropic partners and economic relief from the federal government. With loans and grants available at the state and federal level, OED has also created a comprehensive resource pagefor workers and small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and is providing technical assistance to support our small businesses.
Cities across the country, including San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York City, have reached out to learn more about the Stabilization Fund and try to replicate this model in their own communities. On April 1, Mayor Durkan signed into law her legislation to ensure the City of Seattle can accept donations, including for initiatives like supporting small businesses through stabilization funding and for families via food vouchers.
Comcast has donated $50,000 to address the urgent need for future rounds of the Stabilization Fund. This investment will help ensure the Office of Economic Development (OED) can continue providing direct capital assistance to small business owners struggling to support their employees and stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Interested individuals and organizations can donate to the Stabilization Fund by emailing

Full Press Release Here

COVID-Related Cyber Threats

A report published by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is warning of COVID-19 themes seen in cyber threats and attacks including malware, phishing scams, and attacks on teleworking infrastructure. 
These malicious cyber attacks are taking advantage of curiosity and concern about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To learn how to best protect yourself and your family online, you can read the full report and suggested guidance here

Call Centers for Public Inquiries
– City of Seattle Customer Service Bureau – 206-684-2489 or 206-684-CITY To learn more about the services the City is providing. Helpline is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and operators can connect with an external interpreter.
– Public Health-Seattle & King County – 206-477-3977 For residents who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, or for healthcare providers with COVID-19 questions. Helpline open daily from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and operators can connect with a third-party interpreter.
– Washington State Department of Health – 800-525-0127 and press # For general questions about how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms. Helpline is open daily from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Resources if you or someone you know is struggling with food insecurity

The City’s Human Services Department (HSD) created an interactive Food Resource Map that shows local food banks, free meals, and student meal pick-ups. Explore the map and find food options near you:

With schools closed for the rest of the academic year, Seattle Public Schools is offering free lunches for all Seattle public schools students every week day between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn more and find a pickup location near you:

Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest are combating hunger and increasing access to healthy food during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity during this time, please explore this website for resources that can help:

Ways Manufactures Can Help!

Office of Economic Development has compiled a list of resources for manufactures to access when wanting to help. This can include making masks, sanitizer, face shields, and more!
Check out more information below.

Resources for Manufacturers Wanting to Help!

OED Small Business COVID-19 Weekly Webinar

As COVID-19 is a rapidly developing issue, OED will be holding weekly calls to share new developments, hear about the impacts you are experiencing, and answer your questions. Please join every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Register here
View notes and recordings from previous webinars

Sign-up for COVID Alerts

You can now sign-up for COVID-specific weekly updates through AlertSeattle. Text COVID to 67283 or update your preferences by logging in to your existing account.