All In Tri-Cities is a locally-organized effort to connect people who feel called to help with those most in need during the COVID-19 crisis. It mirrors a similar effort called All in Seattle which has raised over $27 million to provide immediate assistance for people impacted by COVID-19.
“Our community is struggling. Many businesses are facing uncertainty, many people have lost their jobs, some have lost loved ones, and others their sense of connection. We didn't just want to hunker down in our houses and wait. We wanted to help, but didn't know where to start, where to contribute, or even who needs help the most in our area. All in Tri-Cities came from there" said Lori Mattson, President of the Tri-City Regional Chamber. “It’s going to take a while for us to recover and we need everyone helping to get our community back to where we were.”
A diverse range of community leaders—informed by input from the cities, state and private sector— have identified trustworthy, local non-profit organizations who have an established track record of delivering high quality, inclusive services, hyper locally. These organizations are already on the ground and are quickly deploying resources to help our neighbors. All in Tri-Cities looks to serve as a catalyst to get everyone in the community who can donate or act in some way to help these organizations supporting those across our community who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Currently, they have curated organizations for:
For more information on All In Tri-Cities, visit https://www.allintricities.org/.
Eighth District Sen. Sharon Brown and Reps. Brad Klippert and Matt Boehnke, all R-Kennewick, will be hosting a telephone town hall this Thursday, April 23, from 4 - 5 pm.
During the hour-long call, the lawmakers will provide their thoughts on this year's 60-day legislative session and the ongoing coronavirus crisis. They will also take calls from constituents and ask a number of survey questions.
To participate, 8th District residents can call (509) 207-7114.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Brown at (360) 786-7614 or Sharon.Brown@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Klippert at (360) 786-7882 or Brad.Klippert@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Boehnke at (360) 786-7986 or Matt.Boehnke@leg.wa.gov
The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce was awarded a contract from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to plan and execute a monthly education series aimed at increasing employer and employee knowledge of L&I rules and regulations.
The 21 planned workshops will target small businesses and nonprofit organizations with 50 or fewer employees throughout the counties of Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Grant, Yakima, and Klickitat. The workshops will be free of charge to those who wish to attend. Workshop topics will vary county by county. The Regional Chamber will work with the state and local L&I offices to develop the workshops to ensure the material is relevant to the audience. The workshops will be scheduled through June 2021. All workshops will be held in-person or delivered via Zoom.
More information on the workshops will be released once plans are finalized. Information on the workshops will be posted on the Chamber’s Facebook page as well as here on tricityregionalchamber.com.
Congressman Dan Newhouse to Give Presentation on the Federal Response to COVID-19 During Live Chamber Webinar
Congressman Dan Newhouse will discuss the federal response to COVID-19 on an upcoming webinar hosted by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“The Federal Response to COVID-19 with Congressman Newhouse” webinar will take place on Friday, April 10 from 11 am – 12 pm. Rep. Newhouse will brief attendees on what the Federal Government is doing to combat COVID-19 and how they’re assisting small businesses. The congressman is also expected to answer questions. All questions must be submitted prior to the start of the webinar. Questions should be e-mailed to email@example.com.
The webinar will be free to view on Zoom and Facebook Live.
The “Ask the Experts: Responding to COVID-19" series is one of the resources launched by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce in order to help the Tri-Cities business community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, the Chamber launched the Tri-Cities: Open for Business initiative, featuring a comprehensive website featuring special service offers, food and drink pickup options, small business resources, and much more, in order to help Chamber members get the information they need during this crisis. The website, which is updated daily, can be found at tcopenforbusiness.com.
Content via U.S. Small Business Administration
Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.
In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak:
Paycheck Protection Program
Primarily for payroll expenses, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) starts today and provides up to $10 million per small business in loan forgiveness for retaining employees. The loan forgiveness portion is dependent on keeping and paying employees or rehiring employees laid off in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.
To find a PPP lender, contact your current bank or lender to see if they are offering PPP. Or, view a list of SBA lenders on your local district office website who may also be offering PPP:
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL)
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties that does not have to be repaid. This complements the traditional SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which has been in place for the entire nation, all territories and Washington, D.C. since mid-March.
Please note the application process for the EIDL program was updated March 30. For those who submitted a COVID-19 EIDL application prior to March 30, unless you have already been approved or are currently working with a loan officer, you should re-apply using the new streamlined application if you have not done so already. The new application is streamlined and faster. Approval notification is estimated at approximately three days.
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 September 27, 2020, for up to six months.
Express Bridge Loan
The program enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.