COVID -19 and Your Business

The City is keenly aware that our businesses continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Below are many resources and suggestions for mitigating the negative impacts on your business. Stanwood businesses are the backbone of this community and keep our local economy moving and we are here to assist you. We are monitoring the coming financial assistance for businesses and strongly urge businesses to review the SBA Loan and Grant Programs links below. Stay patient with the SBA sites as the system is overwhelmed but the SBA is working these technicalities out.

Please contact Jennifer Ferguson,,    
360-454-5209 with questions on any of the resources available.

Safe Start Phased Reopening County-by-County 

The Governor, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health, has established a data-driven approach to reopen Washington and modify physical distancing measures while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. Washington will move through the phased reopening county-by-county allowing for flexibility and local control to address COVID-19 activity geographically.  Read the Safe Start Phased Reopening County-by-County Plan here.

Rebound and Recovery Task Force Launches Online PPE Marketplace, Business Tool Kit

AWB Launches Website to Help Washington Get Back to Business.  The website, located at, features an online portal to connect Washington businesses with ‘Made in Washington’ manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE), plus a toolkit for small businesses to help prepare their physical spaces for reopening and assist in communicating new health and safety protocols with employees and customers.  

The Rebound and Recovery Task Force aims to get Washington businesses open safely and quickly. This week, the task force launched an online resource to connect businesses to tool kits with customizable guidance and materials and a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) marketplace to help them get ready to safely welcome back employees and customers.   Read the press release.

Snohomish County Commissioners, along with the Snohomish Health District, have voted and approved submission of the application for variance to move to the county to Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan.

This is a significant move for our local economy and getting people back to work in a safe manner. The next step will be for the state to approve the application.

  1. Snohomish County Approves Business Relief Grants

 Snohomish County Small Business Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency (R3) Grant Program 

The application process for the R3 Grant Program is now open. Applicants can visit for details and application materials. It is anticipated that it will take most businesses less than 30 minutes to apply. It is also anticipated awards will made within five weeks of application. Grants in amounts up to $25,000 will be awarded to qualifying businesses. Businesses applying for grants under this program must:

  • Be licensed to do business in the State of Washington.
  • Be a business physically located in Snohomish County.
  • Have 20 or fewer employees (including the business owner/worker).
  • Be in operation for one or more years.
  • Certify at least a 25% reduction in revenue attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Able to demonstrate that the business was a going concern before March 23, 2020.

COVID-19 Business Needs Assessment 

Snohomish County created an Advisory Group to identify and develop strategies to reopen our economy. EASC is asking our community to complete the 5-minute Business Needs Assessment to ensure your needs are heard. The Assessment asks businesses how they have been impacted by the economic shutdown, their plans for reopening, and the support they need to reopen successfully.

The primary focus of Snohomish County’s Office of Economic Recovery and Resiliency is to stabilize our local economy, plan for economic recovery, build resiliency for our local employers, and support our local workforce. This will be a multi-disciplinary effort focused on economic development, workforce training and support, and human services. The office will assist local businesses in recovery and workforce training and help organizations get our residents back to work while partnering with human service providers to support those most in need.

Financial Resources

  2. Employees-Layoffs/Unemployment
  4. loans
  5. small business guidance
  6. toolkits and checklists
  7. insurance
  8. telecommuting resources
  9. health and business safety
  10. Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants
  11. Potential Financial Resources

On May 4th, 2020 Governor Inslee signed Proclamation 20-25.3 and outlined the “Safe Start” plan, a phased approach to re-open Washington’s economy.

Under the plan, businesses and activities will re-open in phases with adequate social distancing measures & health standards in place. Businesses may also need to meet additional requirements developed specifically for their industry. View the COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers for industry specific requirements.

  1. List of Requirements Businesses Must Implement Before Reopening.
  2. Businesses Will Need to Plan for the New Normal
  3. Phased Approach to Reopening

The Governor’s Office Has Released a List of Requirements Businesses Must Implement Before Reopening.

Requirements for All Employers  

All phasesEmployers are required to:
• Maintain the six-foot physical distancing requirements for employees and patrons. Adopt other prevention measures such as barriers to block sneezes and coughs when physical distancing is not possible for a particular job task.
• Provide services while limiting close interactions with patrons.
• Provide adequate sanitation and personal hygiene for workers, vendors and patrons. Ensure employees have access to hand washing facilities so they can wash their hands frequently with soap and running water.
• Ensure frequent cleaning and disinfection of the business, particularly of high-touch surfaces.
Read the full list of requirements here.

  1. Business Resiliency Resources
  2. Creative Strategies to Boost Your Business
  3. Helpful Resources for accurate and up to date information:
  4. Supporting our Public Safety, First Responders and Healthcare Workers

Business Resiliency Resources

WSBDC Business Resiliency Guide

DSClogos2019_bluehorizontal (1)PLACES

PLACES is the local directory for Stanwood and Camano Island businesses.  

  • Help customers find you
  • Use the backend forum to communicate with other businesses about local issues, or events you may want to plan
  • Stay in the know-the City of Stanwood will utilize the business discussion board to:
    ✔start our business roundtable discussions
    ✔communicate for getting our local economy going.

Creating your PLACES listing
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· CDC Guidelines for travel health information

Legislation of note 
· NEW The latest update on the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) signed into law on 3/17/2020 - K & L Gates.
· Summary of latest Congressional act on COVID-19 response

On March 31st, the Governor was joined by Kris Johnson, President & CEO of the Association of Washington Business, and Dan Nordstrom, CEO of Outdoor Research, in asking manufacturers throughout the state to make safety and testing equipment needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 


Companies interested in helping in this effort can review the How You Can Help tab on the state’s coronavirus website then contact City Administrator Jennifer Ferguson for assistance getting connected with the state. Email: | Phone: 360-454-5209.