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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-

New opportunities:

May 5, 2020- Small Business Administration
EIDL for U.S. Agricultural Businesses

SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only to provide relief to U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility is made possible as a result of the latest round of funds appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

April 24, 2020- 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:

April 24, 2020- Port of South Whidbey
Port Small Business Reinbursement Grant Program

In an effort to help preserve public health and promote public welfare, the Port of South Whidbey is accepting grant applications from Small Businesses with 10 or less full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (a sole proprietor can be considered an employee) that conduct business within the boundaries of the Port District in the Restaurant/Food/Agricultural industry that provide food and/or food products to the general public for consumption (brewers, vintners and distillers are eligible) For more information on POSW Small Business Grant Guidelines or to fill out the application, read the latest news announcement at:

The deadline to submit applications is now extended to midnight on Sunday, May 31, or until funds are exhausted. 

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.

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants (Closed)

  • Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants Information
    • Businesses with up to 10-full time employees (FTEs) may apply for a one-time grant up to $10,000. This funding is meant to support existing businesses who are specifically affected by the COVID-19 Crisis.
    • 4/13/2020 UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming volume of application received for the Working Washington Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG), the EDCIC has closed submissions for Island County.  

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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