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Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
The Small Business Administration’s “Shuttered Venue Operators Grant” is open now for applications. Eligible entities include: Live venue operators or promoters, Theatrical producers, Live performing arts organization operators, Museum operators, Motion picture theater operators (including owners), and Talent representatives. Reach out to us if you have questions or need assistance.
Washington State’s Economic Partners
The Department of Commerce and your county’s Associate Development Organizations work closely together to promote Washington State in growing the economy and building communities statewide. Sister Sky Inc., through the Native Business Center, has been contracted by the Department of Commerce to reach Washington State Native-owned businesses.
Round 3: Working Washington Small Business Grants
Gov. Jay Inslee announced an additional $70 million for business grants. $50 million of this is for Round 3 of the Working Washington Small Business grants. The remainder will go towards funding qualified businesses that applied in earlier rounds of our resiliency grant program.
Round 4: Working Washington Small 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.
ATNI-EDC Emergency Loan Fund
The Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s Revolving Loan Fund Program provided $500,000 of capital to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. ATNI-EDC is using this capital by providing low-interest loans to businesses that have been adversely affected by COVID-19. The ATNI-EDC Covid-19 Response Emergency Loan is available to Native-owned businesses operating on or near tribal areas in the ATNI region (broadly Oregon, Washington, and Idaho). Businesses must demonstrate that the loan funds will be used to mitigate hardships associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses that have received other financial relief will not be disqualified from this loan program and are welcome to apply.
County Business Resources
Each county has its own assistance programs available, including small business grants.
Craft3: Loans in Indian Country
Craft3 offers a loan program specifically built to understand the culture, traditions and sovereignty of Indian country.
NCAI is offering business stabilization grants in the amount of $5,000 each to a total of 28 selected Native-owned small businesses that have been severely impacted by the curtailing of commercial activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Northwest Native Development Fund
The Northwest Native Development Fund seeks to foster economic and financial independence for Native people by assisting in the development of personal assets through financial and entrepreneurial education as well as providing access to capital through creative lending products.
SBA Debt Relief
The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This covers all principal, interest and fees on current and new SBA 7(a) loans made through Sep. 27, 2020, for up to six months.
SBA Express Bridge Loans
The SBA’s Express Bridge Loan allows small businesses that have an existing business relationship with a participating lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
Sister Sky, Inc.
Sister Sky Inc. is a SBA-certified 8(a), Native American, economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business (EDWOSB) dedicated to delivering empowerment and enrichment services to Native American and disadvantaged communities through culturally-conscious training, technical assistance, event management and communications.
USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Response
The USDA is are taking a number of steps to help rural communities and agricultural producers through their single-family, multi-family, business-cooperative, and utility service provider programs.