As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, Issaquah is committed to supporting local businesses with resources, information, promotion, regional collaboration and more.
“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order
On March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued an executive order directing all Washington residents and business owners to stay home, except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business, government services or public infrastructure.
B&O Tax Relief
Mayor Pauly signed a proclamation providing relief to small businesses in Issaquah by extending the deadline for Business & Occupation (B&O) taxes.
Cultural Relief Fund
As closures, cancellations and loss of work due to COVID-19 impact the King County cultural sector, the 4Culture- Cultural Relief Fund will distribute $1 million over the coming months.
Support Local Businesses
Thanks to the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce for maintaining this list of what’s open and closed among local businesses.
Startup 425 Support
Regional partners have broad expertise and can help with your business assistance needs during this unprecedented time.
Waste Collection: Reduction Needs?
- Recology: If you anticipate a reduced need for collection service or have questions about alternative payment options, please contact Recology at 425-837-1234.
- Cedar Grove Compost: With the recent restrictions put on businesses and establishments, please review your options. Additional questions for Cedar Grove can be sent to a representative at 877-994-4466.
The federal stimulus Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides assistance to small businesses to address the immediate needs of the owners and employees. This Small Business Owners Guide provides more details:
- Small business support through $350 billion in federally guaranteed Small Business Administration loans, which will be forgivable loans in some cases, to businesses with under 500 employees and some franchises.
- Expanded federally-funded unemployment benefits to help vulnerable workers.
- Payroll tax deferral: Employer payroll and railroad retirement tax payments could be deferred. Also allows 50% deferral of self-employed Social Security tax payments.
- Employee retention tax credits: Refundable credit against employer payroll and railroad retirement taxes for certain employers that are hurt by the coronavirus but retain their employees. The credit would be for 50% of eligible employee wages paid after March 12, 2020, and before Jan. 1, 2021.
- Which sectors have been designated “essential” by the governor?
- Does an essential business need to register with the city or state to continue to operate?
- Are restaurants and bars an essential function and able to operate?
- Are retail operations allowed to operate?
- Are auto dealers an essential business and allowed to open?
- Are auto, motorcycle, bicycle and motorized wheelchair repair shops an essential business and allowed to operate?
- Are indoor construction, electrical, plumbing contractors an essential business and allowed to operate?
- Are insurance companies an essential business and allowed to open?
- Are real estate agents an essential business and allowed to operate?
- Are pet groomers an essential business and allowed to operate?
- Are marijuana retailers an essential business and allowed to open?
- What should I do if I have to temporarily close my business to keep it safe?
There are resources to help your better understand COVID-19 from a business perspective, as well as how to respond:
- Low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help with operating expenses (Federal Small Business Administration- SBA)
- The Shared Work Program could be an option for businesses with reduced hours (Employment Security Department)
- Resource List for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses and Employees (Governor’s Office)
- Business Guide for Planning for Coronavirus Pandemic (Public Health–Seattle & King County)
- Business and Nonprofit Preparedness (King County)
- Extensions on taxes or waive penalties (Washington State Department of Revenue)
- Business Resiliency Toolkit (Washington Small Business Development Center)
- FAQs, fact sheets, and live updates (Public Health–Seattle & King County)
- Resources for small and large businesses; tips on how to manage the impacts; and how-to worksheets and webinars on building business resiliency (Greater Seattle Partners)
- Comparison Guide on benefits including new emergency rules for UI (Employment Security Department)
- Recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in retail food establishments (Public Health - Seattle & King County)