Small Business Resources

Working Washington Grant for Small Businesses

The Washington State Department of Commerce has opened applications for a new round of state Working Washington business grants. Working Washington Round 4 offers grant relief funds to small for-profit businesses, especially those that were required to close due to public health and safety measures. Application deadline is Friday, April 9.

Priorities for funding are:

  • Businesses required to close.
  • Businesses with lost revenue as a result of closure.
  • Businesses with added expenses to maintain safe operations.
  • Equitable distribution of grant funds across the state and to businesses owned and operated by historically disadvantaged individuals.

Application Assistance

Contact technical support center for assistance in navigating the application portal. The English-only support center is open now through April 9 at 855.602.2722 or by emailing commercegrants@submittable.com.
The hours for the English technical support center are:

  • 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Phone support available in seven different languages (Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Russian, Amharic, Arabic and Tagalog). The public can access it by calling 206.333.0720. The hours for multi-language support are:

  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • 1 – 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery

The state of Washington is shifting to a two-phase system in accordance with regional case counts. Gov. Jay Inslee announced “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery,” a COVID-19 phased recovery plan. Beginning on January 11, the state will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1. To learn more about the regions, phases and metrics used to determine phase changes, visit the website.

Live Local INW Marketplace & Resources

With all the uncertainty around us, it’s more important than ever to support our local economy. The vision of Live Local INW is to help Spokanites and people around the Inland Northwest engage more deeply and meaningfully with their community by choosing local businesses, circulating more wealth locally, and making our entire community stronger and more resilient. Learn more!

PPE Plans and Resources

The Rebound and Recovery Task Force aims to get Washington businesses open safely and quickly. The Washington State Department of Commerce partnered with the Association of Washington Business during the pandemic response to help businesses make it through the downturn and prepare to restart. The task force launched an online resource to connect businesses to tool kits with customizable guidance and materials and a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) marketplace to help them get ready to safely welcome back employees and customers.

City Offers Utility Assistance for Businesses

Businesses can seek an interest free repayment plan to help spread out a past due balance of their utility bill. Businesses can begin the process by filling out a simple online form. For more information on City utility bills and payment options, please call 3-1-1.

Business Resilience Loan Program Making a Difference

The City of Spokane's Community, Housing, and Human Services Board is investing funds to help small businesses stay resilient in the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding, which comes from federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars, will provide eligible Spokane businesses with access to affordable loans through a partnership with non-bank community lender Craft3. Check out this success story of Kitchen Spokane. There are still funds available, learn more on the Business Resilience Loan Program page.

Restaurant + Retail Program Helps Businesses Serve More Customers

The City of Spokane's Restaurant + Retail Expansion Program has been established to ensure businesses have the greatest ability to operate successfully during the COVID-19 economic recovery. The program entails leveraging available private and public space to be used as expanded areas for restaurant and retail activity while maintaining public safety requirements.

#OrderUpSpokane

The City has started the #OrderUpSpokane campaign to encourage people to order take out from their favorite restaurants. 10-minute parking zones near restaurants in the City core will allow citizens and delivery drivers to efficiently pick up to-go orders. Choose from these great lists!


Spokane COVID Response

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Contact Information

Contact Teri Stripes,
Economic Development Specialist at:
509.625.6597
incentives@spokanecity.org