For the most up-to-date information on the City’s response to COVID-19, please click here.
For common and questions about the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order and how to comply, especially for businesses including construction, please click here.
Save the Date: 2nd Round PPP Webinars
The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County cordially invite you to attend a webinar on January 14, 2021 to gain insight and knowledge from an expert panel of speakers on how your business can prepare to apply for the Second Round of the Paycheck Protection Program.
January 14, 2021
Two sessions: 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. PDT
We are pleased to announce the speaker line-up:
- U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, WA-6th Congressional District
- Linda Womack, Director, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) – Tacoma Business Center
- Desiree Albrecht, Economic Development Specialist, Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Steve Burke, Business Advisor, Western Washington Regional Manager, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
- Maria Carbullido, Vice President, Hub Branch Manager, Sound Community Bank
- Ezgi Uçaner-Flor, Chief Credit Officer, Business Impact NW
- Walter McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and SBA Manager, Banner Bank
- Jimmy Ng, Business Banking Relationship Manager, KeyBank
- Maria Stark, Stark Bookkeeping – QuickBooks Pro Specialist, Alii Business Group
- Ivan Golovkin, Project Specialist, Minority Business Development Agency – Tacoma Business Center
For more information, visit the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County website
Free Hand Sanitizer for Businesses
The City of Sumner is still offering businesses gallon containers of gel hand sanitizer for use within the business. If you are interested, all you will need to do is complete a request form and contact Lana Hoover at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pickup.
You can find the request forms here:
For questions, contact Lana Hoover at 253-266-4904 or email@example.com
Working Washington Small Business Grants
Applications are open on December 1st for the third round of Working Washington Small Business Grants, administered by the Department of Commerce. This program is first come, first served basis. These grants are for up to $20,000 of emergency funding for qualified organizations.
Sumner CARES Support
Sumner CARES funding is available to help Sumner residents experiencing difficulties in paying utility bills, rent or garbage bills due to the coronavirus and its effects. The City of Sumner has allocated $60,000 of its CARES Act funding for this program, in partnership with Sumner Rotary and the Sumner-Bonney Lake Family Center.
Click here for more information(External link)
Pierce County Restaurant Rally
Pierce County is rallying to help dine-in restaurants stay open and retain jobs! Full-service restaurants should apply by October 23, 2020 at www.piercecountywa.gov/7032/Restaurant-Rally(External link) to participate in the Pierce County Restaurant Rally program.
The Restaurant Rally promotion will run from November 8-19, excluding Friday and Saturday, and will enable participating restaurants to:
• Offer a 30% discount for dine in patrons, excluding alcohol
• Receive a reimbursement at 50% of gross sales, excluding alcohol
To participate, Pierce County restaurants will need to qualify under criteria such as being a full-service restaurant primarily engaging in food service and operating within Washington’s Safe Start guidelines.
Visit https://www.piercecountywa.gov/7032/Restaurant-Rally(External link) to learn more and apply!
Pierce County Federal CARES Act funding has been allocated through this program with funds set aside to help businesses recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic. Subject to available funds, a business approved to participate will be eligible to receive up to $90,000 and no less than $5,000.
Partnering organizations include the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Travel Tacoma- Mt. Rainier, and the Washington Hospitality Association.
Questions: Contact PCRestaurantRally@piercecountywa.gov(External link)
PSE Small Business Makeover Grant
We know that small businesses in the Sumner community may be hurting during COVID. That’s why PSE is providing a unique opportunity to help businesses through the Small Business Energy Makeover contest. This contest will award a $45,000 makeover to four winning businesses, which will work with a PSE energy expert to choose a combination of energy efficient and cosmetic upgrades to help them save money and improve their business. Nominations open Monday, September 28th and close Sunday, October 18th. Business owners can nominate themselves and all nominated businesses will be eligible to receive a free PSE energy assessment. Everyone who nominates a business will also be entered into a drawing to win one of five Nest smart thermostats.
Nominate your favorite small business by October 18th: pse.com/energymakeover(External link)
HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program
The Sumner Main Street Association(External link) announced that the second round of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program(External link) will open on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9am PT. In partnership with The Hartford(External link), the program will continue to fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts.
A link to the application will be posted on the Sumner Main Street Association program webpage (External link)as soon as the application opens. In the meantime, you can review a PDF version of the application here(External link).
A few important things to note:
- Applications will open on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 9am PT and must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 29 at 4:59pm PT.
- All Round 1 grant applicants have been notified about the status of their submissions, and grant recipients will be publicly announced on Oct. 21.
- Please review the program website(External link) and FAQ(External link) before completing an application.
Small Business Relief Loans
Pierce County has made available Small Business Relief Loans for businesses with 20 or fewer employees and that have been operating for one or more years and demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in revenue from COVID-19.
Working Washington $10,000 Grants
This grant program offers a limited number of grants are available for up to $10,000 to small businesses with up to 10 employees.
Small Business Loans and Federal Stimulus Package (CARES Act) for Small Businesses
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act makes available $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses that may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.
Contact a commercial (7(a)) lender to make application for these loans.
Additional information is available through the Small Business Administration (SBA) here: Corona Virus Relief Options for Small Businesses
SBA also has Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) that are low interest federal disaster loans. The SBA is making available advances of up to $10,000 that does not have to be paid back when you make application, even if you do not take the loan.
Applicants may apply online and receive additional disaster assistance information at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide to Federal Stimulus Package
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has information on various programs and checklists for applying for loans here: Corona Virus Small Business Guide
City of Sumner Social Media Grants
Local Sumner businesses can register for this program with the City here. We only have enough funding for 50 grants, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis based on fully completed registrations and reimbursement requests received by November 6th, 2020. Click here for more information on how to apply
Online Marketing Opportunity
The Sumner Downtown Promotions Association (SDPA) is partnering with the City on the Open In Sumner campaign and have generously offered to list non-member businesses on their website to support all businesses in Sumner. Please call 253-891-4260 or contact Dale Loseth at email@example.com for information.
The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, and the Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce are each launching a series of regular conference calls to discuss the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. They will cover what is known to date about existing and emerging assistance to companies and employees impacted by COVID-19.
Click here for information from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County on participating in upcoming calls and links to listen to past calls.
City Utility Bills (water, sewer, storm)
- If you have had or are going to have difficulty paying your utility bill, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will set up a payment schedule to help you out. This is available to residents & businesses.
- We have postponed shut-offs of utilities. We need everyone using water to wash their hands frequently!
- We cannot “waive” what you owe for utilities. While we have postponed shut offs and can work with you about payment schedules if you are in a difficult situation, we cannot make what you owe simply go away. Those are fees for services used, and if you don’t pay them, someone else must through their utility bill. None of the costs to provide these services have gone away. We are continuing to monitor your water quality as normal, read and replace meters as normal and run the wastewater treatment facility as normal.
- Garbage service is provided by Murray’s Disposal. They have asked all customers to remember that any waste inside cans or outside should be secured in proper bags. If you have any questions regarding service, please email email@example.com or call 253-414-0345.
The Governor has expanded the eviction moratorium and added protections for commercial tenants. Click here to learn more. If a landlord is not following the moratorium, contact the State Attorney General’s Office. You can also use this link to the Coronavirus Eviction Complaint form: https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/COVID19EvictionComplaintForm.aspx
The following websites and resources are available for you:
- Artist Trust Relief Fund for COVID-19
- Planning for a Pandemic—What to do? Guidance from King County Health Department and OSHA
- Sick leave and Employee Layoff Benefits (Employment Security Department and Scenario and Benefits Factsheet)
- Financial Help and Tax Questions: Department of Revenue
- Federal Relief: Summary
- Insurance for Businesses and Events: Department of Commerce
- Secretary of State, Corporations and Charities
- Washington State Small Business Team
Additional resources and websites:
- Puyallup-Sumner Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Updates
- Tacoma Pierce County Health Department: COVID-19 Information for Business
- Small Business Association: COVID-19 Resources
- Economic Development Board of Pierce County
- Center for Disease Control: Guidance for Business Response
- Washington State Department of Health: COVID-19 Information
- Governor’s Office: Resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce- Coronavirus Small Business Guide
Stay in Touch
We have established an Online Forum in Sumner Connects where business owners can share questions, concerns over business issues during coronavirus. Click here to take a look and participate. We hope this is a good way to answer common questions and help each other through this unusual situation.
If you’re struggling with something or have a question, please connect with Ryan Windish, Community Development Director at 253-299-5524.