NR Smith and Associates is considered an essential business and we will remain open. The safety and health of our clients and employees is critical and we have established social distancing protocols and increased cleaning of all public areas. We have added online video conferencing capabilities and recommend that our clients use the secure online portal for any document exchanges.
As coronavirus spreads there are a lot of national and local resources for both businesses and individuals to review. Below is a list of some of the key resources that are available. As the situation is ever changing, please check the sources often for updates and new policies.
CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security):The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES ActThis United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has created this comprehensive guide to help explain the initiatives in the CARES Act. The CARES ActThis is a link to the text of the bill.
US Small Business Administration (SBA)https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resourcesThe SBA site has small business guidance and loan resources. Information for both the Payroll Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advances are listed here.
Washington State:https://coronavirus.wa.gov The site has a complete list of health facts, government actions, and support links for most needs.
Washington State Department of Commerce:https://commerce.wa.gov The state site offers some crisis planning tools and resources. The site will update any grant offerings and has links for SBA information. The site has a downloadable small business crisis planner.
CDC - Interim Guidance for Business and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19):https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html This link has all the up-to-date information for businesses to plan, prepare and respond to Coronavirus.
Thurston County Government:https://thurstoncounty.wa.gov/phss/Pages/coronavirus.aspx For the latest information about confirmed cases and the situation in Thurston county look here.
Thurston County Economic Development Council:https://thurstonedc.com/resources-for-small-businesses-impacted-by-coronavirus-covid-19/ The council asks local businesses to fill out an Economic Injury Form (Linked on their site) that is used to help request additional funds from local, state and government agencies. The council also has a great list of business resources and funding for small business including a list of actions for business owners impacted by COVID-19.
Thurston County Chamber of Commerce:http://thurstonchamber.com/ This comprehensive site has all the resources you need for local and national support. This site has great local information including resource and disaster relief for business and employees, health and safety organizations, utility and housing needs, education online learning and local resources, banking information and even which local restaurants are open.