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.
Open In Sumner Social Media Webinar Series
The Sumner Business Coalition that includes the City and Sumner Downtown Promotion Association has put together a series of free online trainings to help local businesses.
Webinar topics will include:
- Running Ads for Facebook Instagram and Google
- Basic ways to automate your social media
- E-commerce and how to set up a virtual store
- Google optimization – how to make sure you are showing up for searches
- Video for Social Media – how to use your phone to make awesome videos that get engagement
The free webinars will be held each Wednesday at noon from June 10th until July 29th. Registration is required. Click here for more information or to register
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 received. 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.