Resources

Washington State COVID-19 Web Portal

Portal for WA State resources, links and official updates for use by businesses and workers related to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Click Here

Small Business COVID-19 Back-to-Work Planner (Part 1)

This planner is designed so you can visualize and plan the steps necessary to open your business once the state says it’s safe to do so. All that’s missing is the “Yes, We’re Open” sign for your front door.  Click Here

STEP Grant Export Voucher

The Washington State Department of Commerce’s State Export Voucher Program (STEP), funded in part by the US Small Business Administration, seeks to support eligible small businesses and grow their export. STEP can reimburse part of your international sales activities up to $5,000 ($6,000 for COVID-19 exceptions). Click Here

SBA Relief Options

 In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Click Here


*Update 4/27/2020: SBA Loan Systems are now accepting PPP Loan Applications  More info here


* Update 5/5/2020:  Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance Portal Reopens Today for Agricultural Businesses More info here


Exim Programs for Exporters

EXIM Bank is  providing the following temporary programs to provide relief to U.S. businesses their buyers, financial institutions, and American workers negatively impacted by COVID-19:  Bridge Financing Program, Pre-delivery/Pre-Export Program, Supply Chain Financing, and Working Capital Guarantees and revised procedures. For more information Click Here

Additional Funds Available for Export Credit Guarantee Program for Agricultural Commodities

 On May 4, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced increased availability of credit guarantees for sales of U.S. agricultural commodities (and processed products) under the Commodity Credit Corporation’s (CCC) Export Credit Guarantee Program (GSM-102) for fiscal year 2020 . More info here

Webinars

The Export Finance Assistance Center of WA will be conducting webinar updates for WA State Small Business Exporters on COVID 19 relief programs. You can find the latest one here: