COVID-19 Business Resources

As communities throughout the nation work to mitigate impacts of COVID-19, local businesses face uncertainty in the wake of preventative measures intended to slow the spread of the virus.

The City of Pullman is committed to providing support our local business community. This page is intended to assist business owners and employees in identifying resources that may be helpful in the days or months ahead.
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Reopening and Recovering

3. Promoting & Operating Your Business
Pullman Marketing Webinars for Small Business

In order to maintain sales, businesses should consider updating product and service options to accommodate online ordering, take-out, and delivery.

Provide current information for consumers by maintaining Google pages, social media accounts, and websites to reflect accurate information about product and service availability.

Palouseinfo.com lists the status, services and options for businesses. You can add your updated information.  

The Chamber of Commerce's COVID-19 page is hosting updated Pullman restaurant delivery & take-out options as well as retail and other business updates.
4. Finding Local Assistance
The following local contacts are glad to assist with SBA loan applications:

Aziz Makhani, Certified Business Advisor
Washington SBDC
(509) 335-8081

Marie Dymkoski, Director
Pullman Chamber of Commerce
(509) 334-3565

Jennifer Hackman,  Economic Development Manager
City of Pullman
(509) 338-3168

WaFd bank is offering a Coronavirus Business Line of Credit, a five-year line of credit with 90 days interest-free, for businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

Be sure to also check out Governor Inslee's Resource List for Businesses & Workers.
   

Funding Options: Grants & Loans

SBA Covid Relief Options

SBA Express Loan
Cap: $1 million
Turn-around Time: ~36 hours
Loan Forgiveness: None 
Interest: 4.5–6.5% over the prime rate
Deferment of Payment: Up to six months
Covered Loan Period: February 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020.  
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
Cap: $1 million
Turn-around Time: ~36 hours
Loan Forgiveness: None
Interest: 4.5–6.5% over the prime rate
Deferment of Payment: Up to six months
Covered Loan Period: February 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020. 
Small Business Grants from Community Action Center and Whitman County
COVID-19 Microenterprise assistance grants for up to $5,000 each.

Funds are available on a limited basis, and applicants are not guaranteed assistance. These grant funds are based on COVID-19 impact to your business and to your personal household income.

Who qualifies?

-Small businesses with up to 5 full-time employees (or 5 full-time equivalent)
-Owner and business located in Whitman County
-Financially impacted or closed by COVID-19 and/or Stay Home order
-Business must operate from a brick and mortar location; ie, is not a home-based business
-Owner’s anticipated household income is within Whitman County LMI Limits

Contact the Community Action Center at 509-334-9147 or cac@cacwhitman.org
GoFundMe
GoFundMe has created Small Business Relief Initiative: Small Business Relief Initiative and Fund FAQs
Google
Google has created a Small Business Grant, largely based on free advertising credits: COVID-19 Ad credits for Google Ads Small and Medium-sized Businesses