COVID-19 Community Resources

Resource List for Impacted Businesses

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Colville is feeling the impact of the COVID-19. If you own a business and need assistance please see the list of links below from various Washington State and Federal Agencies.

Phase 2 – Guidelines and Resources

Stevens County has joined Ferry, Pend Oreille and five other Washington counties as being approved to move into Phase 2 of Safe Start. Businesses in the counties approved to move into Phase 2 must comply with all health and safety requirements outlined in that guidance to reopen. Listed below are links to resources and the guidelines to reopen. General questions from employers about the Safe Start plan can be directed to the state’s Business Response Center.

Retail – Phase 2 Requirements

Restaurant/Tavern – Phase 2 Requirements , Washington Hospitality Association Resources

Personal Services – Phase 2 Requirements

Professional Services – Phase 2 Requirements

Stevens County – Business Re-opening Packet

Emergency Loans and Small Business Guidelines from the US Chamber of Commerce.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)
Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep
workers employed amid the pandemic and economic
downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program,
the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans
to small businesses.

Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers
maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their
payrolls afterward.

The administration soon will release more details including
the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the
meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued
this guide to help small businesses and self-employed
individuals prepare to file for a loan.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The Economic Injury Disaster Loans program to businesses that have suffered substantial economic injury in an eligible disaster area. Congress approved up to $7 billion in low-interest disaster loans specifically to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19. These loans can help small businesses meet financial obligations and cover operating expenses.  Visit:

Washington State Department of Revenue

  • The Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) can work with impacted companies that request an extension on tax filing. The law grants the Department authority to extend the due date for excise tax returns. A business may request such an extension from the Department prior to the due date of the return, and, if granted, the business would be allowed to delay reporting and paying its tax liability. If a business needs an extension of more than 30 days, the law requires the Department to collect a deposit from the business. The amount of deposit required is based on the business’ reporting history and how many reporting periods are covered under the extension WAC 458-20-228 (13). Contact DOR at 360.705.6705
  • DOR may also waive penalties under limited circumstances if a business is late in paying its tax obligation. The law also grants the Department authority to provide a one-time, 24 month, late payment penalty waiver if the business has not owed a late payment penalty during the previous 24 months WAC 458-20-228 (9). Contact DOR at 360.705.6705.
  • DOR may also work with businesses that cannot file or pay their taxes on time if they are impacted by a declared state of emergency. When a state of emergency or disaster has been officially declared, affected businesses that owe Washington taxes may qualify for:
    • – A filing extension for excise tax returns (without the limitations described above); and/or
    • – A late payment penalty waiver request (without the limitations described above).

Washington Retail Association

Resources for employees

  • If your scheduled hours have been temporarily reduced or diminished entirely…

Besides keeping employees safe and healthy, finding resources to support their financial need is a priority inquiry from our members. The Employment Security Department (ESD) launched a COVID-19 resource webpage with a Scenarios & Benefits Option Chart to provide guidance on various potential benefits available to employees in our state. You will likely find one or more of the following options applicable to your scenario:

  • Protected leave and state benefit options for infected employees, quarantined or care for family members
    • Paid sick leave may be available for many scenarios common in the current crisis.
    • Paid family medical leave is available only when you are tested positive.
  • Shared work is a great resource if your employer reduces work hours, but employers need to initiate and coordinate with the ESD.
  • Temporary layoffs or standby – Employees who are either part-time or full-time are eligible to apply for this benefit without meeting the job search requirement. (ESD has just promulgated emergency rules to also make this option for part-time employees.)

Applications with the ESD are available by phone or online here. According to the ESD Commissioner Suzan LeVine, their staffing to process unemployment applications is ready and adequate unless the current situation worsens dramatically.