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Coronavirus Tool Kit

Business Tool Kit Updated


Modified Phase 1 allows for greater business activity. Below are some of the major elements of  Modified Phase 1. For details pertaining to specific business categories please click on the links provided next to each category listed More Details or visit the Yakima Valley Open and Safe website.

NEW GRANT (7/1/2020) -- CLOSED

Yakima County Commissioners designated $2.8 million in CARES funding for small business grant assistance with no repayment requirements.Yakima County businesses are able to apply for up to $10,000 to be used for expenses such as business rent/mortgage, business utilities, and business insurance expenses that were incurred on or after March 27, 2020.

For more information visit:…/yakima-county-small-b…/


Los comisionadores del condado de Yakima designaron $2.8 millones en fondos de CARES para ayudar a los pequeños negocios.Los negocios del condado de Yakima pueden solicitar hasta $10,000 para gastos de alquiler / hipoteca comercial, servicios públicos y gastos de aseguranza comercial incurridos el 27 de marzo de 2020 en adelente

Para más información visite:…/beca-cares-para-para-…/


Guidelines for Re-opening

As the State implements Phase 1 and prepares for Phase 2 of the economic re-opening, below are links to specific guidelines/requirements for designated business categories.

Phase 1
Curb-side Retail
Phase 2
Dine-in Restaurant
In-Store Retail
Personal/Professional Services

Governor’s 4 Phase Plan

Here is a link to the Governor’s plan with each phase and corresponding requirements.

Business Tools

Yakima County Development Association COVID-19 Tool Kit
Coronavirus Tool Kit on DAY website
List of restaurants and businesses operating in Downtown Yakima
Association of Washington Businesses COVID-19 Tool Kit

Webinars on Paycheck Protection Program and Re-opening Measures from Yakima County Development Association

Workplace COVID-19 Guidelines-Best Practices

Here is a Link to guidelines for the workplace provided by the Yakima Health District. As many businesses plan to re-open pending the Governor’s announcement, or if you are already operating, these practices will help ensure a healthy workplace.

Paycheck Protection Program — Additional Funding

Congress has just passed another round of funding. Contact the bank with whom you have an established relationship. They will guide you through the process. Do not delay. The funding runs out quickly and there can be snags. This is for payroll, utilities, and rent.


Federal CARES Act
This include the Payroll Protection Program, expanded Emergency Small Business Administration Loans, Emergency Paid Leave, Unemployment Benefits and other economic assistance. Highlighted explanation link below.

Link: Federal CARES Act

More Tools

SBA Loans:

Long term loans for a variety of needs to get you through the crisis. Rates: business = 3.75%; non-profits = 2.75%. All businesses in All counties are eligible. You can set up a one-on-one consultation session through Yakima County Development Association by filling out this form:
English online Form
Spanish: online Form

You can also call the SBA Customer Service at (800) 659-2955

SharedWork Program
SharedWork: This program allows employers to reduce the hours of permanent and hourly-paid employees by as much as 50 percent, and the employees can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages. While on the SharedWork program, employees are not required to make an active search for work. You must apply to participate in the program. The application and instructions can be found here

Emergency Paid Leave
The federal government has just passed legislation to provide added relief to employers and employees including the Family Medical Leave Act and Expansion Act. Details are found here.

Other Resources:

Department of Commerce has further information on SBA Loans and small business resources.

Department of Revenue has information on a variety of assistance, including tax extensions and worker assistance.

National Main Street has a Business Tool Kit page for national programs and assistance.

Yakima Valley Open and Safe  has more information and re-opening guidelines. 

If you need further assistance or have any questions, please contact us at or 509-571-1328. If we don’t know the answer, we will try to find it! 

Downtown Association of Yakima

14 S. First Street
Yakima, WA 98901

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