SODO BIA June 19 Update

Dear SODO Businesses,

The SODO BIA continues 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.

This update contains important information about the Phase 2 reopening and the SODO Small Business Relief Fund!

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 erin@sodoseattle.org_______________________________

Safe Start King County
King County is now in Phase 2

Working together, our community has slowed the spread of COVID-19. Now, King County is working to gradually and carefully reopen the local economy and other aspects of daily living.

King County has entered the Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan. Limited social gatherings may be held with five or fewer people outside your household. Restaurants, retailers and other businesses can once again serve customers. Most businesses will be required to operate at reduced capacity and hours, and all will be required to follow state guidelines designed to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers. These call for social distancing, regular hand washing and, with few exceptions, wearing cloth masks. Continuing to take these precautions is crucial to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and allow us to resume normal economic activity.

Each Washington County is moving through the four-phased “Safe Start” process at its own pace, depending on how much success it has had in slowing the virus. Counties must remain in each stage of Safe Start for at least three weeks, until health authorities can measure their progress towards eliminating the virus.

Find More Information Here

SODO Small Business Relief Fund

The SODO BIA is happy to announce a SODO Small Business Relief Fund with an initial $10,000 from the Sounders SC Rave Foundation. We aim to support the resilience of SODO businesses and nonprofits and know the current COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic disruptions threaten the health of our community. As we move into Phase 2 and closer to reopening, we know many of our small businesses will need funding to go towards Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other essential items. SODO BIA will be providing TEN $1,000 grants to small businesses and non-profits in SODO who have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Businesses with ten or less employees can apply as well as nonprofit organizations. Please fill out the application and return to Lauren at by June 30th, 2020 at 5pm.

Find the Application Here!

Help Us Grow the SODO Small Business Relief Fund

We have heard from many community members looking for ways to help! We wanted to share an opportunity for the SODO Community to join and donate to our growing SODO Small Business Relief Fund in hopes of providing more grants to our small businesses. 
Please contact Lauren at

Find the Donation Form Here!

Attention SODO Restaurants

Are you interested in adding or expanding your outdoor eating area to increase capacity during Phase 2 Reopening?

There are a lot of innovative conversations taking place at the city and we want to know what you are looking for! We know with the limited indoor capacity, restaurants are looking for news ways to serve more people. We want to know how we can best help you.

Contact Lauren at


SODO Businesses are Open!

Support local and shop small are not catch phrases but calls to action during this time of crisis. Our SODO businesses are the fabric of our neighborhood’s uniqueness and vitality. Together, we will get through this.

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


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. 
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