COVID-19 May 6 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.

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

Inslee signs new COVID-19 order for phased re-opening of Washington’s economy

Safe Start is a data-driven plan that includes regional variances based on population and low COVID-19 counts.

Some businesses could re-open as early as this week under the new COVID-19 order signed by Gov. Jay Inslee. The state’s “Safe Start” plan is a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy.
Under the plan, smaller counties can apply for a variance from the order which would allow them to open even more businesses than allowed statewide.

Safe Start sets a careful approach to emerging from the pandemic. It allows for modifications of business closures and physical distancing measures while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.

Read More Here!

Food Business Orientation

Jennifer Tam is a Food Business Advocate at the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development managing the Food Business Program. She helps people navigate through the requirements and regulations when opening or expanding a food business in Seattle and connects people to small business development resources.

Learn more about OED’s Food Business Program here:
Contact information:
Phone: 206-684-3436

Sign up for Upcoming Webinars Here!

Locally founded tech company Jobscan based out of SODO is launching free webinars

Jobscan is partnering with top career coaches to bring job seekers a free webinar series during this difficult time of layoffs, furloughs, and hiring freezes. 

Attend any session. Attend one from each of the five topics. Attend all fifteen. Either way, you’ll walk away with more confidence and practical skills to land a new job during these challenging times.

More Information Here!

SODO Steps Up Spotlights

Merlino Foods
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Merlino Foods has stepped up in many ways. But the one that stood out the most to us, is the lending of their trucks and drivers for the Chicken Soup Brigade! By Merlino lending their trucks, the Chicken Soup Brigade has been able to continue delivering meals to those in need⁠.

Charlie’s Produce
Charlie’s Produce are so proud to have partnered with The Plate Fund, a campaign to help raise funds for restaurant workers in the Seattle area who have suffered financial hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis. 
If you’re a restaurant worker who is now out of work, you can apply online for assistance via the website link here.

SODO Businesses are Open!

During these difficult times, many SODO Businesses have adjusted how they do work. We wanted to share a few ways our businesses are adjusting while also helping support our community.

Check out our website for a comprehensive list of Open SODO Businesses!

The Flying Locksmiths
TFL is still open and available during the COVID-19 epidemic. Their teams are equipped to keep customers, as well as themselves – safe and secure.

If extra time at home has you thinking about how you could improve your home or business security, start your contactless risk assessment through their website!

Check it out here!

Honda of Seattle
Honda of Seattle is open for service. We offer drop off and pick up services for recalls and/or major services for all of our guests.

Now, more than ever, Honda of Seattle wants to make sure your service experience is safe & convenient. Call 206-382-8800 and we’ll work out all the details together.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

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.

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