COVID-19 April 9 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.

We know there are concerns about crime and safety in SODO. We encourage you to reach out with any issues and call 911 if you have been a victim of a crime. We will continue to have a presence in SODO and will conduct daily drive arounds to keep track of the situation here in SODO, and be available by phone and email.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Let us know if you are having any issues with applications or accessing resources, we can help. We are here for any issues you may come across!

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

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants

Governor Inslee is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to $5 million in funds are provided through the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and administered by the State Department of Commerce. The grant program will provide a limited number of businesses in Washington’s 39 counties with a grant up to $10,000.

Learn More

United States Small Business Administration Programs

The Small Business Administration has released new resources to help small businesses understand the COVID-19 relief programs available to them, including the Paycheck Protection Program. We’ve included their FAQs about applying for both the the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans here.

Direct links for more information:
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Advance
SBA Express Bridge Loans
SBA Debt Relief

Here is a list of SBA participating lenders. We also encourage you to subscribe to updates at for important information about these programs.

Mayor Jenny Durkan Issues Executive Order to Align City Policies with Extended ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ Order

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today issued an Executive Order to align the City of Seattle’s policies on facility closures and permit suspensions with Governor Inslee’s statewide ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order, which is now extended until at least May 4, 2020. The Governor’s order was first announced on March 23 and bans all gatherings, closes all non-essential businesses unless employees can work from home, and requires all Washingtonians to stay home unless they are engaging in an essential activity.

Read the Press Release Here

Mayor Durkan Announces Two Day Temporary Suspension of Public Works Construction to Conduct Health and Safety Training for Workers, Update Protocols

Seattle (April 7, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced that the City of Seattle will require contractors and employees working on public works projects in Seattle to suspend work until Saturday, April 11. While these projects are permitted to continue under Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, the two day temporary construction suspension of active public works projects will allow contractors and staff to implement rigorous social distancing requirements and update health and safety plans. 

Full Press Release Here

Port of Seattle partners with the WA Small Business Development Centers and others on a series of free webinars

The Port has collaborated with its regional partners to make the following webinars available to help small businesses understand and access the resources being distributed as part of the Federal CARES Act. Webinars are free and available to all local small businesses. Registration information for all webinars can be found at the Port’s website.

Thursday, April 9
Topic: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and CARES Act Update Webinar
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 10
Topic: SBA Disaster Loans & CARES Act Webinar
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, April 13
Topic: Business Survival Strategies Webinar
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15
Topic: SBA Disaster Loans & CARES Act Webinar
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 17
Topic: SBA Disaster Loans & CARES Act Webinar
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Register Here

OED Providing Assistance to Small Businesses Applying for SBA Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans for working capital to Washington small businesses suffering economic injury as a result of COVID-19. New with the CARES Act is a $10,000 Advance on these loans that does not need to be repaid and the Paycheck Protection Program that offers forgivable loans to keep workers on payroll. More details are available here.

OED is providing assistance to businesses applying for these loans, including helping them navigate the application process and assemble the required documents. Businesses interested in these services can contact OED directly at or call 206-684-8090.

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