Washington Community Economic Revitalization Board invests $17.9 million in 13 counties
Nine rural broadband projects were approved for over $14 million in grants from the CERB coronavirus capital projects fund, enabling an estimated 3,858 high-speed internet connections once completed. Another three projects approved for funding under CERB’s committed private partner program represent $684,500 in grants and more than $2.5 million in loans that will be matched by over $7.6 million in private investment. The partner projects will create an estimated 200 jobs. Three additional projects were approved for planning grants totaling $150,000.
Projects funded are located in Asotin, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Garfield, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lincoln, Pacific, Skagit, Thurston, Walla Walla and Whitman counties.
Upcoming funding opportunities for Early Learning Facilities
New funding round expected to open this fall
Commerce received a new appropriation in the 2021-23 capital budget for grants to create or expand early learning facilities across the state. Through the Early Learning Facilities (ELF) Program, we will award projects in the following categories:
*Major Construction / Renovation (maximum award $1 million)
*Minor Renovation / Predevelopment (maximum award $200,000)
*Pre-Design (maximum award $20,000)
Commerce announces new public-private Flex Fund loan program for Washington small businesses and nonprofits
OLYMPIA, WA — Small business owners and nonprofits across Washington can start applying today for low interest loans of up to $150,000 through the newly-launched Small Business Flex Fund. The Fund is a public-private partnership aimed at helping small businesses and nonprofits – particularly those in low-income communities – recover and grow as communities across the state reopen for business.
WA State Department of Commerce has published an updated guide book for starting and operating a business. You can find the guidebook here… Lincoln County Playbook
When Trouble Strikes: A Crisis Planner: A business crisis isn’t a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Whether it’s a robbery, a leaking room, the death of the owner or the wrath of Mother Nature, a disaster can strike at any time. This planner will help you identify possible crises affecting your business and help you either minimize their impact or avoid them crisis altogether. An essential planner for any small business.