COVID-19

Economic Recovery Initiative

Information for Workers and Employers in Thurston County

The Thurston Regional Economic Recovery Task Force* is developing and coordinating a multi-faceted response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its specific impacts to and throughout our broader Thurston County Community.

This is a difficult period for our community, and we want you to know, you’re not alone. Local partners are coming together in an effort to figure out how we can reduce impacts today and position ourselves for a quick and effective recovery in the months ahead.

We will endeavor to provide local businesses and impacted workers relevant information through this resource site and other means as events unfold. We’re working fast to bring you information as we learn about it, so please forgive any errors or omissions and be sure to share with us any resources or solutions you think could help others.

Together, we will make it through this.

The following grants have been paused as all funding has been exhausted:
  • Micro-Business Standup Grant
  • PPE Resources
  • Nonprofit Grant
  • Restaurant-Retail Grant
  • Childcare Stabilization Fund
  • Agriculture Business Grant Fund
Thurston Strong is processing all applications received to date. Grant administrators will contact all applicants regarding results. Although the current round of grant funds have been 100% allocated, we will continue to monitor other funding opportunities and announce new grants here and via email if/when available.

* The Task Force is represented by a growing number of partners, including the City of Lacey, City of Olympia, City of Tumwater, City of Yelm, Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Experience Olympia & Beyond, Olympia Downtown Alliance, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Port of Olympia, Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Thurston County, Thurston Economic Development Council and local Tribal Nations.

BUSINESS HOTLINE

1-888-821-6652

Hotline Hours: Monday-Friday,
9:30 am-3:30 pm

PPP Loan Update

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in partnership with the US Treasury, opened the preliminary Payroll Protection Program (PPP) application portal on Monday, January 11. This preliminary portal is focused on select minority and disadvantaged business institutions that serve clients seeking a “first-draw” PPP loan. We are awaiting further instructions for individual first-draw and second-draw PPP loan applicants. To get a head start preparing, please consider participating in one or more training webinars offered by the Washington State Business Development Center (WSBDC).

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PPP/EIDL Loan Application Scam Alert

We have received reports of local businesses receiving unsolicited emails (potentially phishing in nature) from entities offering help with PPP and EIDL loan applications. DO NOT submit personal or business information to entities unknown to you. If you would like assistance, please contact your personal or business banker directly. If they are unable to serve you for any reason, please contact our business hotline at 1-800-821-6652 and our technical specialists will connect you with an SBA-approved lending institution. Operating hours are 9:30-3:30, Monday-Friday.

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Business Smart Restart Toolkit Updated

Thurston Strong partner, the Thurston Chamber of Commerce, has updated the Smart Restart Toolkit to reflect recent changes associated with Governor Inslee’s Healthy Washington initiative. The toolkit provides information for Phase I and II operating procedures. Future updates will be provided as industry-specific guidance is released and more advanced reopening phases and allowances are released. For more info: https://thurstonchamber.com/smart-restart-toolkit/

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