Business Resources

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Updated May June 1, 2020

Visit the Governor’s website for the latest news and guidance for industry reopenings. 

Phase 1 of the Safe Start plan, includes the ability for retail outlets to provide curbside service, pet walking and landscaping. This news follows guidance recently released for industries listed in Phase 1 of the plan and continues a dialed approach to re-opening the economy. Please visit the Governor’s website for specific guidance.

You can find additional information in the press release below and online here.

The City of Anacortes understands the significant health, social, and economic impacts that COVID-19 is, and will continue to have on our community. We have complied resources for business owners, employers and workers to help navigate the uncertainty of these challenging time.

Resources for Employers and Small Business Owners

Resources for Skagit County

  • Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County
  • From the NW Cooperative Development Center in partnership with the Skagit SBDC.
    • Presenting an 8-week, free, online Cooperative Academy. Members can learn about it and register here.https://nwcdc.coop/academy2020/. Startups, businesses thinking about succession planning and those wanting to learn about business structures that have the potential to add resilience to communities would find this content useful. See also the attached flyer.

      SBDC is putting out a number of webinars that are updated as the disaster relief landscape changes.
      See a complete list of on demand and in-person workshops here!
    • Information regarding unemployment: Employment Security Commissioner Suzi LeVine has shared the important updates to access unemployment benefits: 
      • Eligibility for unemployment benefits is expanded to include many self-employed people and those that don’t have the typically required 680 hours.
      • An additional $600 per week will be available to nearly everyone on unemployment from March 29 through week ending July 25.
      • Benefits will be extended by 13 weeks, for a maximum of 39 (which is about nine months). This includes people who were already on unemployment as well as those who are newly eligible.

Federal Resources and Updates for Businesses 

Washington State Resources 

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries 

Employment Security Department

Other Statewide Resources and Information

Facilities Resources

Other Resources:

Puget Sound Energy Small to Medium Business resource page

General Information from the CDC:

Washington State Department of Commerce: Crisis Planning Tools & Resources

Healthcare Resources for You and Your Employees

  • Skagit Regional Health is offering free telehealth for anyone in Washington State.
  • The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has opened a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals. This special enrollment period runs through April 8, 2020. Call 1-855-923-4633; TTY: 1-855-627-9604, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or a local certified broker or navigator.