As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, Issaquah is committed to supporting local businesses with resources, information, promotion, regional collaboration and more.
We invite you to take this regional Economic Impact Survey so we better understand the current and anticipated impacts to Issaquah businesses and non-profits due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please participate before March 31, 2020.
This survey will identify early local and regional impacts of COVID-19; inform strategies for regional economic recovery and development; and maximize the allocation of badly-needed federal and state recovery aid.
B&O Tax Relief
Mayor Pauly signed a proclamation providing relief to small businesses in Issaquah by extending the deadline for Business & Occupation (B&O) taxes.
Support Local Businesses
Thanks to the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce for maintaining this list of what’s open and closed among local businesses.
Waste Collection: Reduction Needs?
- Recology: If you anticipate a reduced need for collection service or have questions about alternative payment options, please contact Recology at 425-837-1234.
- Cedar Grove Compost: With the recent restrictions put on businesses and establishments, please review your options. Additional questions for Cedar Grove can be sent to a representative at 877-994-4466.
“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order
On March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued an executive order directing all Washington residents and business owners to stay home, except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business, government services or public infrastructure.
See this online form for businesses to get clarification or submit a request for inclusion as "essential."
This FAQ is also intended to give a better idea of what is considered an essential business as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Which sectors have been designated “essential” by the governor?
- Does an essential business need to register with the city or state to continue to operate?
- Are restaurants and bars an essential function and able to operate?
- Are retail operations allowed to operate?
- Are auto dealers an essential business and allowed to open?
- Are auto, motorcycle, bicycle and motorized wheelchair repair shops an essential business and allowed to operate?
- Are indoor construction, electrical, plumbing contractors an essential business and allowed to operate?
- Are insurance companies an essential business and allowed to open?
- Are real estate agents an essential business and allowed to operate?
- Are pet groomers an essential business and allowed to operate?
- Are marijuana retailers an essential business and allowed to open?
- What should I do if I have to temporarily close my business to keep it safe?
There are resources to help your better understand COVID-19 from a business perspective, as well as how to respond:
- Low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help with operating expenses (Federal Small Business Administration- SBA)
- The Shared Work Program could be an option for businesses with reduced hours (Employment Security Department)
- Resource List for COVID-19 Impacted Businesses and Employees (Governor’s Office)
- Business Guide for Planning for Coronavirus Pandemic (Public Health–Seattle & King County)
- Business and Nonprofit Preparedness (King County)
- Extensions on taxes or waive penalties (Washington State Department of Revenue)
- Business Resiliency Toolkit (Washington Small Business Development Center)
- FAQs, fact sheets, and live updates (Public Health–Seattle & King County)
- Resources for small and large businesses; tips on how to manage the impacts; and how-to worksheets and webinars on building business resiliency (Greater Seattle Partners)
- Comparison Guide on benefits including new emergency rules for UI (Employment Security Department)
- Recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in retail food establishments (Public Health - Seattle & King County)
Need further assistance? Please contact the City’s Economic Development team.
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