The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce would like to ensure that we are sharing information with our members and the community regarding COVID-19. Please feel free to forward this email to non-members. We care and are concerned for our whole community. We hope that you find the information attached useful in this time of need. If there are any resources that you are aware of not listed please let us know.
New COVID-19 Resources from the U.S. Chamber 4/2/2020
Updated with New Information from the U.S. Department of Treasury: Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
The U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist serves as a comprehensive step-by-step tool to help small businesses, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and other qualifying individuals prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The guide has been updated to include new information from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Guide
As you may know, the CARES Act expanded the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. The program is applicable to small businesses and most small nonprofits (less than 500 employees), sole proprietors and independent contractors. Click here to view our new guide that helps you and your members to check eligibility, understand loan parameters, and find out how to access $10,000 emergency grants.
Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide
The CARES Act also created a new employee retention tax credit—that does not have size restrictions—for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to view our new guide to help businesses check eligibility, calculate their credit, and understand which employees count toward eligibility, among other information.
For local information on COVID-19 please visit: https://lewiscountywa.gov/covid19/
For information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov
Global Corona Virus Map: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
The Washington State Department of Health’s website is the place to go for the best local information about COVID-19 in Washington state.
If you have questions or concerns related to your health, call the state Department of Health at 800-525-0127, and press #.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has a mythbusters website with advice for the public.
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) website has information about community programs and eligibility.
The Washington Department of Financial Institutions has a list of financial resources for consumers impacted by COVID-19.
A comprehensive list of state resources is available on the governor’s coronavirus page.
Washington State Employment Security WashingtonFor workers and businesses affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus)Employment Security has programs designed to help individuals and employers during this unprecedented time.Washington State Employment Security has posted guidance for employers dealing with COVID-19. Employment Security Department has a great easy-to-read comparison guide.
Washington State Department of Commerce Paid family leave applies to parents that need to care for children that have had their schools closed due to COVID-19. COVID-19 Scenarios & Benefits Available
Washington State Shared Work ProgramThis is an alternative to a layoff and provides funding when an employee’s hours are reduced. https://youtu.be/apAufybRrrY https://esd.wa.gov/SharedWork
The Centers for Disease Control website is an excellent source of information, including guidelines for businesses.
Port of Chehalis COVID – 19 Resource Guide: https://portofchehalis.com/covid-19-resource-guide/
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Washington Small BusinessesEconomically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.
For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit SBA.gov/coronavirus.
CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
Centralia – Chehalis Chamber of Commerce 360-748-8885 (business services that are open and operational and up to date info regarding COVID) Facebook: Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce
United Way of Lewis County (360) 748-8100 (volunteer opportunity to deliver meals to seniors)
Visiting Nurses Foundation (360) 623-1560 (needed supply donation opportunity)
City of Centralia (360) 330-7671(local city info)
City of Chehalis (360) 345-1042(local city info)
Lewis County Food Bank Coalition (360) 330-1519(donation opportunity)
The Greater Chehalis Food Bank (360) 748-1226(donation opportunity)
Chehalis School District Offering Free Grab & Go MealsDuring the extended school closure, free grab and go meals will be offered for anyone under the age of 18, Mon.-Fri. March 23-April 24 Click here to see flyer information :https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Lewis County Public Health Department & Social Services:https://lewiscountywa.gov/departments/public-health/
Department of Health: www.doh.wa.gov/coronavirus
Lewis County EOC Website: https://lewiscountywa.gov/ Select: “DEM-EOC Status”