COVID-19 Economic Impact & Resources

Whatcom Unified Command on COVID-19

Please visit Unified Command’s COVID-19 website for regular updates and see their Businesses and Restaurants page for business specific information.

Whatcom Unified Command Economic Impact Taskforce Issues Survey

If you are a business that has been impacted by COVID-19 please help us understand your needs by filling out this survey by April 8, 2020 at 11:59pm PST:

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) Program Announced

The Department of Commerce is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Small businesses who qualify for the grant program will submit applications through the Whatcom County Regional Economic Partnership (REP) to be reviewed by a Grant Committee Review team. Learn more here.

We will stop accepting applications on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00pm PST.

The Regional Economic Partnership (REP) team has been designated by the Whatcom County Unified Command as the lead Economic Impact Taskforce and will be reporting to Operations Section Chief during this public health emergency.

Please note that our department office is closed as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice and therefore the Economic Impact Team will be working remotely. For general inquiries the team can be contacted at

  1. Local gov
  2. State gov
  3. Federal gov
  4. Local orgs
  5. Sovereign Tribal Nations
  6. Canada/Border Crossing

Contact information for specific Economic Impact Team members is as follows:

Economic Impact Team MemberContact Info
Don Goldberg, Chief

Cell: 541.621.3797 Email:

John Michener

Cell: 360.410.4167 Email:

Jennifer Noveck

Cell: 360.739.5103 Email:

Gina Stark

Cell: 360.739.2166 Email:

Western Washington University Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), led by CJ Seitz, will take the lead on technical assistance, including but not limited to: identifying financial tools, understanding new tools and resources made available by local, state, and federal authorities, and coordinating with local lenders to relay the needs of clients. Any issues related to technical assistance should be coordinating via the SBDC. Their office is closed and they will be doing web-based small business consulting until further notice. You can also visit their website ( for additional information and business resources as tools are identified and developed by local, state, and federal authorities.

If you are interested in setting up an appointment, please complete your client profile here ( Upon completion, the SBDC will contact you to coordinate an appointment that works well for your schedule.

The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, led by Guy Occhiogrosso, will take the lead on organizing and coordinating with all Whatcom County Chambers of Commerce including Birch Bay, Blaine, Everson-Nooksack, Ferndale, Lynden, Mt. Baker, Point Roberts, and Sumas. They will also be responsible for networking and dissemination information among their members. Any issues related to Chambers and their members in Whatcom County should be coordinated through the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce. Their office is currently operating by appointment only and they will be doing web-based interactions with members and the public until further notice. Guy and his team can be reached at 360.746.0738 or