Please note, this page will continue to update as new information becomes available.

CARES Act Resources

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small
businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Of importance, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers 
maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the meantime, here are some links to resources and guides to help you through the process:

  • The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has created a comprehensive guide to many of the small business provisions in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

  • The National Trust Community Investment Corporation, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has compiled  the highlights of available resources within the bill that would help those in need.

Local Resources as of February 2022

  • The Downtown Waterfront Alliance is sharing updates from our local businesses and their response to COVID-19.  Please contact us at and share what your business is doing and we will help spread the word via social media and e-newsletters.



The Governor’s Office has a resource list for impacted businesses and employers

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Department of Commerce has information about SBA loans and small business tools


Employment Security Department's programs for businesses impacted by COVID19


Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19:


Washington Retail Association has a dedicated COVID-19 resource page that includes
information for employers and retailer-specific guidance

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The Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) Business Resiliency Toolkit
is to be used in conjunction with the WSBDC Small Business Resiliency Guide.

The Economic Development Board (EDB)of Tacoma Pierce County has an extensive list of available resources.


Small Business Focused resources from the National Main Street Center


A list of 7 Things You Can Do to Support Local Businesses by Sustainable Connections:

The Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Covid-19 Resource List