During this time of uncertainty and unprecedented changes, we want the community to know we are standing with them and are doing everything we can to support Enumclaw and the surrounding communities that we love.
Based on the current information we have, which changes by the moment, we are doing the best we can to support commerce in our community. We are also seeing our community members coming out in force to support their friends and neighbors who own businesses locally. As things change, we will do our best to update you on all things Enumclaw and the surrounding areas.
If you are wondering how YOU personally can help your local business community, and Enumclaw as a whole, this is what we know:
Stay calm. Take care of yourself and your family. Get your information from credible sources, like the CDC - not social media. Follow the guidelines that are being set forth to protect you and the rest of the country. If you can, get some take-out from one of our restaurants or coffee shops, or buy an online gift card from one of our retailers. Our businesses are doing the best they can to serve our community and continue to pay their employees, they also are doing everything they can to minimize risk. And one last thing, be kind. We all have a different way of reacting to stress, and kindness goes a long way.
We will get through this together, and your Chamber will do everything in its power to support commerce and community.
Small business loans
Supporting affected employers and workers
State agencies have been working with federal agencies, employers and workers to support businesses and workers affected by COVID-19.
- The Employment Security Department has information for employees and employers about possible benefits such as Paid Family and Medical Leave, unemployment benefits and SharedWork.
- The Department of Commerce is working with the federal Small Business Administration to secure loan assistance and has information for businesses experiencing trade impacts.
- The Department of Labor & Industries oversees the state’s paid sick leave law, the workers’ compensation program and workplace safety issues. The agency has FAQs on these and other topics related to coronavirus.
- The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations to help employers keep their workers safe with sick leave policies, cleaning routines and more.
- The state Department of Revenue has information on relief for taxpayers, including extensions for filing and paying tax returns.
- The IRS posted filing and payment deadline Q&As to address the federal filing and payment extension to July 15 and the additional extension to Oct. 15, first quarter estimated tax payments, IRAs and HSAs.
- To mitigate barriers to capital for Seattle's most vulnerable businesses, the City of Seattle will commit approximately $1.5 million in one-time Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the Small Business Stabilization Fund, an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses.
- To further support small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an Emergency Order that temporarily halts evictions of small business and nonprofit tenants in the City of Seattle.
- The AWB has a page of Resources for Employers with helpful resources as well.