COVID-19 Economic Impact & Resources

COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants Application Open May 31, 2021 at 8am PST

The Port of Bellingham has $100,000 to fund the Small Business Relief Program.  The grant application opens May 31, 2021 at 8:00 AM PST and closes on Monday June 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST.  

Applications, submission instructions, eligibility criteria can be found in the menu to the left under the Small Business Relief Program tab and here.

COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses

The WA State Risk Assessment Dashboard links to a report with each region’s current phase. Visit their What’s Open page to learn more about the activities allowed for each phase and business guidance for safe reopening.

Click here for the Roadmap to Recovery metrics dashboard.

Click here for WA state industry-specific re-opening guidance.

Click here for WA Department of Commerce emergency grants information.

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.

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  4. Local orgs
  5. Sovereign Tribal Nations
  6. Canada/Border Crossing

REP and WHD issue Joint Framework on Re-Opening Whatcom County’s Economy

With the highest goal always being public safety and health, Whatcom County Health Department and the Regional Economic Partnership at the Port of Bellingham intend to work side-by-side to ensure a safe, healthy re-opening of our local economy. The WHD and REP have issued a Joint Framework that includes details on the process and timeline for re-opening, which can be read here. The appendix can be found here..

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.