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Business and Employer Resources:

Small Business Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a COVID-19 web page with links to resources and information provided by the SBA and other organizations. 

-SBA COVID-19 Homepage-

-Coronavirus Relief Options-

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June 17, 2020- North Whidbey Island Small Business Relief Grant

Businesses must complete the application and submit it by June 23 at 5 p.m. Some of the eligibility requirements for this grant program are:
  • Location of business must be in zip code 98277
  • Small businesses must have 50 or fewer employees
  • Business established for one year prior to March 1, 2020
  • A negative impact to the business because of COVID-19

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loans

Low-interest loans are available to businesses, renters, and homeowners in regions affected by declared disasters. These loans can cover both physical and economic damage due to declared disasters. This includes small business operating expenses after a declared disaster.

Additional COVID-19 SBA Funding Programs

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

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Advance
    • Small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans
    • Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.
  • SBA Debt Relief
    • As part of SBA's debt relief efforts, The SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months. The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020.

Local Business Assistance Programs

Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association
LENT (Light at the End of the Tunnel) Micro loans

Coupeville Historic Waterfront is offering $20,000 in micro-loans to local small/medium businesses, with investment matching. If you're looking for ways to help, visit their website at:

Essential vs Non-Essential Businesses

Washington State has created a website that lists what businesses are considered Essential services. If you do not see your business type listed on the webpage, please fill out the webform to recieve instructions on the status of your business type. These webpages and webforms are not maintained through Island County.

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