Business Impact NW Can Help Navigate COVID-19 Assistance

Business Impact NW is offering a new service: “Navigating COVID-19 Assistance.” These are free, one-hour virtual sessions with a business coach. The purpose is to help small business owners understand and apply for assistance needed because of the negative impacts on their business caused by the public health emergency. These sessions are available at no cost and to anyone.

In addition, Business Impact NW is offering webinars on the same topic, as well as Live Question and Answer sessions online. To sign up, you can go to BusinessImpactNW.org and then to the “Calendar” link on the banner, or here.

There is a lot of information coming out about assistance programs for small businesses that you may have heard of: the CARES Act, PPP, EIDL, SBA loans, State assistance, utility bill relief, grants, County assistance, deferments, and on and on. But what options can help YOUR business? And HOW do you get help?

This is where Business Impact NW’s business coaches and trainers can help. In your individual session, you can work with a knowledgeable professional to find out what programs area available and how you can apply. Your business coach will work with you through a video call and screen share to do things like open up the actual application to show you how to fill out the forms and give you advice about the best way to document your business need.

You do not need to be a current or past client of Business Impact NW to take advantage of this service. If you haven’t signed up for services with Business Impact NW in the past, you will first need to register with as, as required by our partner, the Small Business Administration. You can do this by following this link.

If you register for a Navigating COVID-19 Assistance session without registering first, you will be asked to reschedule until you have done so.

Spaces in the Navigating COVID-19 Assistance coaching sessions are filling up quickly, but more will be made available, so check back if you do not see a convenient slot open.

Business Impact NW is striving to stay informed about this constantly changing landscape of assistance to small businesses. We are keeping a page of our website updated with information and resources available here.

Check back for updates.We also have a page on our website dedicated to the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  You can find a link to the application page on SBA’s website, as well as an overview of the program.
Business Impact NW continues to offer our technical assistance and lending programs and services to entrepreneurs and small businesses during this time of great need. The Veterans Business Outreach Center, Washington Women’s Business Center, and Food Business Resource Center are open and available to offer help. Our Lending Department has seen a sharp uptick in loan requests and we are continuing to accept loan applications. If you or someone you know are a small business owner and need services, please contact us through our website. Help is on the way from many sources and Business Impact NW is here to assist small businesses in gaining access to it.

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Greta Stough is the Director of Development and Communications at Business Impact NW. She has a passion for sharing the work we do here in compelling ways. Prior to joining Business Impact NW, Greta operated her own consulting business, The Cabra Group, for over a decade, focusing on nonprofit development, community planning, grants and fundraising. Prior to that she was the Director of Development for the Suquamish Tribe. She has an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College. She did graduate work in Planning at NYU, living for five years in Brooklyn and enjoying diverse food, culture, and music. Greta enjoys hiking, cooking for her family, classic film, and playing with her English Cocker Spaniel, Scooter.

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Greta Stough is the Director of Development and Communications at Business Impact NW. She has a passion for sharing the work we do here in compelling ways. Prior to joining Business Impact NW, Greta operated her own consulting business, The Cabra Group, for over a decade, focusing on nonprofit development, community planning, grants and fundraising. Prior to that she was the Director of Development for the Suquamish Tribe. She has an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College. She did graduate work in Planning at NYU, living for five years in Brooklyn and enjoying diverse food, culture, and music. Greta enjoys hiking, cooking for her family, classic film, and playing with her English Cocker Spaniel, Scooter.
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