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The Chehalis Community Renaissance Team

has compiled a list of resources for

Small Businesses impacted by COVID 19.

The Chehalis Community Renaissance Team, Chehalis’ Main Street Program, is closely monitoring the impacts to our local businesses caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be updating this page with resources and information that can help our small business community get through these challenging times. We are available to help with a variety of services, please reach out to us at


Local Opportunities:

Updated April 7, 2020

  • The Chehalis Community Renaissance is sharing updates from our local businesses adapting regular business in response to COVID-19.  Please contact us at and share what your business is doing and we will help spread the word via social media and e-newsletters.
  • Join our closed Facebook Group, Networking with Chehalis Businesses & Organizations where we are posting new information, ideas, and opportunities as they become available.
  • In an effort to assist fellow local businesses suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and recommended social distancing, The Chronicle will be ramping up its coverage of local establishments with a feature story in every edition beginning the week of March 15. Those interested in having their business featured at no charge should send an e-mail to
  • Voie Hype is offering an hour of consulting free to those businesses struggling due to COVID-19. Please contact them at
  • Restaurants!  Mail Plus Chehalis is providing restaurants with 18×24 inch signs free of charge to share your takeout/delivery message.  Please give them a call at 360-748-1488 to place your order.

Is your business offering a special service to help our local businesses through this unprecedented time period?  Please let us know and we can share with our community.

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants Announced April 7, 2020

Governor Inslee is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to $5 million in funds are provided through the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and administered by the State Department of Commerce. The grant program will provide a limited number of businesses in Washington’s 39 counties with a grant up to $10,000. Lewis County has $98,000 in funds available to disperse. Applications in Lewis County should be submitted to the Lewis Economic Development Council.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be accepted or denied on a rolling basis.


Navigating the Federal Relief Package (CARES Act)

The federal relief package (CARES Act) has been signed into law. It includes $350B in forgivable loans to be administered through banks (as opposed to exclusively through the SBA – this is meant to expedite the process). The two business programs are the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

To apply online and find information and comparison data on the two programs, visit the Lewis County EDC’s website.

Download Small Business Loan Comparison Chart


Are you considered an “essential worker?”

Washington state launched an online form so businesses can get clarification or submit a request for inclusion as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation. The proclamation goes into effect at midnight on March 25, closing non-essential businesses for the following two weeks.


Business Relief During COVID-19 Pandemic from Washington State’s Department of Revenue.

The Department of Revenue recognizes the profound impact on the businesses it serves.  Revenue is ready to do everything it can to help “businesses stay in business”. The Department’s plan is to give customers extra grace during this state of emergency and to work with business owners within the parameters of the law as much as possible.


Business Resiliency Toolkit

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of more than 30 expert business advisors working in communities across the state to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business.  The Business Resiliency Toolkit will help you assess risks and make contingency plans that will enable your business to recover from the immediate threat as well as the disruptions that could continue over weeks or months.


Coronavirus Disease and Businesses Information for Administrators and Employees

Information on providing for the safety and health of your employees and your workplace and DOH’s official webpage on COVID-19.

COVID-19 Information from Lewis County Public Health & Social Services

Information including press releases, recommendations, and coronavirus patient counts from our local county government.


COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers

The Governor’s Office has compiled this partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus.


For workers and businesses affected by COVID-19

If you are affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. We adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses.

CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Information here contains recommendations on what businesses should do now, along with specific guides for many various industries.


Facebook offers Small Business Grants 

Facebook will be offering $1,000,000 in cash grants and ad credits to 30,000 small businesses. Add yourself to a list for updates as more information becomes available.