Seattle, King County and the State of Washington are scrambling to provide assistance, guidance and resources to small businesses in every sector, and especially arts, culture and creativity.
This round-up of small business resources from the state is excerpted from weekly emails by the Washington State Coronavirus Response Economic Resiliency Team. If you would like to see all of their weekly Business & Worker Updates, subscribe here.
Small business webinars
Monthly streaming webinar events provide up-to-date info and live responses to questions for small business owners and managers.
The webinar features brief presentations from state and federal partners and open-mic Q&A time. Topics include unemployment insurance, returning employees to work, relief funding, workplace safety, face coverings and other timely topics.
The next webinar will be held on Oct.15 at 1:30 p.m. The webinar in Spanish will be held on Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.
Washington State BizFair
Small business owners and entrepreneurs may register for upcoming virtual Washington State Business Fair. The 24th annual BizFair – Navigating the New Normal – will be held on Nov. 10.
Attendees will learn strategies to build or grow small businesses from industry experts. The event is free to attend.
This event is presented by the SCORE Seattle chapter, the Washington State Small Business Liaison Team (SBLT), Employment Security Department (ESD) and Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).
Technical assistance for minority and non-English speaking business owners
Non-English speaking and other multi-ethnic small business owners are closing at disproportionately higher rates due to COVID-19.
These business owners now have more places to seek help. Commerce has partnered with 20 organizations across the state to providing targeted technical assistance to help with access to funding and other help.
Inland NW COVID-19 Innovation Challenge open through Oct. 23
Inland Northwest community members are invited to participate in a COVID-19 innovation challenge. Submissions should address solutions common problems introduced by the pandemic.
The top three ideas will be supported by $25,000 towards product development support and mentorship from feasibility testing through launch. Submit your ideas by Oct. 23.