SODO BIA June 26 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 free curbside and sidewalk permits 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_______________________________

Temporary Outdoor Cafe, Merchandise Display, and Vending Permits

SDOT is now offering streamlined, free temporary permits for outdoor cafes, retail merchandise displays, food trucks and vending carts that are valid for up to 6 months:
A temporary outdoor café permit allows restaurant service and outdoor seating on the sidewalk or in curb space parking areas. The appropriate license from Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is required to serve alcohol.
A temporary merchandise display permit allows a retail business to expand their operations outside into the sidewalk or in curb space parking areas (note: this permit allows sales to occur outside).
A temporary vending permit allows vending of food flowers, or publications on the sidewalk or in curb space parking areas from a truck or cart.

Temporary Outdoor Café Permit

This permit allows restaurant service and outdoor seating on the sidewalk or in curb space parking for up to 6 months. Alcohol service may be allowed through an “Extending Outside Liquor Service” permit through Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Download the Alteration Request Form to begin the process. Please contact the WSLCB with any questions about alcohol service.

Find More Information and How to Apply 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!

COVID-19: Reopening Your Business

The City launched a series of Phase 2 reopening toolkits for small businesses currently authorized to open per the Governor’s Safe Start plan. The reopening toolkits provide critical information, including a reopening checklist, resources to access Personal Protective Equipment and financial assistance, testing information, and rent and commercial lease assistance. The reopening toolkits are not intended to provide public health guidance, but are meant to distill information from the state and county and make reopening guidance more accessible.

The City has toolkits for the following industries:
Restaurants and taverns
Personal services
Professional services
In-store retail
Fitness and training
Domestic services
The toolkits are available on the City’s new reopening website, and are translated into Amharic, Chinese, Korean, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. In addition, SDCI produced an occupancy calculator to help businesses determine how many staff and patrons they can have in their establishment to remain in compliance with Phase 2 reopening requirements.

Find More Information Here


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. 
Register here
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