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COVID-19 Resources

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All About Contact Tracing

Contact tracing plays a vital role in helping to slow and prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. Local health departments lead this work while the WA State Department of Health and its partners provide support.

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Estimated Economic Injury Worksheet

To better help TEDD document the economic impact of COVID-19, area businesses are encouraged to complete this worksheet.This information supports the documentation the state is required to submit to the U.S. SBA when requesting an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration.

Northeast Tri County Health District

Our public health heros have been working throughout this crisis to assess, protect, preserve and promote the health of the tri-county area and establish local public health policies that will keep us save. Their site is a great hub for local COVID-related information.

Printable Signage

Signs.com is offering dozens of free, printable health and closure sign templates related to the COVID-19. You also get a 10% discount on your next order when you download one of their signs.

Become

Matching small-to-medium businesses with the most relevant lenders to provide them with the simplest and quickest funding solution. Currently also a lender for COVID-19 related SBA funds.

Ready to Reopen

Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (PDF)

Resilience Workbook

Business Resilience 101 Workbook. Learn how to protect your business before disaster strikes. Presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce & UPS. (PDF)

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Risk Assessment Dashboard

This dashboard provides an overview of the key metrics and data used by state leaders to assess whether it’s safe for a county to enter a new phase of reopening.

Reopening Guidance

Find industry-specific guidance for opening your business under the state of Washington’s “Safe Start” plan. More guidance documents continue to be added here as we enter each of the four reopening phases.

Business Tools

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  • Accounting
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  • Marketing
  • Scheduling
  • Social Media
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Live Plan

If you need help creating a business plan, LivePlan will make the process much, much easier.

ClickUp

Manage projects, team collaboration, to do lists and so much more.

Canva

You don’t have to be a professional designer to make beautiful graphics for your business. Make social media graphics, flyers, business cards, presentations, and so much more. Professionally designed templates are there to help you get started. You can even publish a super simple website in minutes!

Sell Gift Cards on Instagram

Get support from people who love what you do. Make it easier for people to support your business by sharing your gift card or food ordering options on Instagram.

Stand For Small

Powered by American Express, Stand for Small is a clearinghouse of offers, tools, and resources to help you grow your business.

Patreon

On Patreon, your fans become active participants in your work through a monthly membership. You give them access to exclusive content, community, & insight into your creative process. In exchange, you get the freedom to do your best work, and the stability you need to build an independent creative career.

Gumroad

If you only have a few products to sell, Gumroad is a great option. It’s super easy, but also robust. Sell digital or pyhysical products online, sell subscriptions, communicate with customers, and more. As they say “If you can share it, you can sell it.”

Shopify

Shopify not only offers an easy-to-use e-commerce platform but also a range of products from emailing and shipping to financial services. They even have point-of-sale system so your online and in-store shops can be on the same inventory system.

Zoom

Video Conferencing that’s easy to use, free (or low cost), and stable.

Freelance Rate Calculator

It’s hard to know how much you should be charging. Pricing your freelance work involves a lot more than just getting paid for your time. These two freelance rate calculator tools help you identify the all-in expenses associated with working independently vs. working in a salaried position.

Business Resources

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Gusto

Gusto makes it easy to onboard, pay, insure, and support your hardworking team. Get the right tools and services for your business and your employees.

Become

Matching small-to-medium businesses with the most relevant lenders to provide them with the simplest and quickest funding solution. Currently also a lender for COVID-19 related SBA funds.

Resilience Workbook

Business Resilience 101 Workbook. Learn how to protect your business before disaster strikes. Presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce & UPS. (PDF)

Accounting Coach

Learn Accounting & Bookkeeping for free.

Start-Up Guide

The Washington State Small Business Development Center hosts this free self assessments to score, choosing a business, feasibility and financing.

CO by U.S. Chamber

A collection of resources and virtual events put together by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help you start, run, and grow your small business.

Live Plan

If you need help creating a business plan, LivePlan will make the process much, much easier.

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Going into Business Checklist

The Washington State Small Business Development Center created this helpful checklist. It includes an overview, assessment, feasibility, costs with Pre-opening budget and Projected Income worksheets.

Freelance Rate Calculator

It’s hard to know how much you should be charging. Pricing your freelance work involves a lot more than just getting paid for your time. These two freelance rate calculator tools help you identify the all-in expenses associated with working independently vs. working in a salaried position.

Freelancers Union

Freelancers Union represents the 56.7 million independent workers across the country giving their 490,000+ members a powerful voice through policy advocacy, benefits, and community. Membership is free and open to freelancers of all kinds. Get access to insurance benefits, community, advocacy, and resources.

Business Training

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TEDD Stronger: Selling Online Series
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Defining Your Best Freelance Client (so you can find them)

More Learning Opportunities

SCORE Spokane

  • Starting & Planning a Business
  • Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • QuickBooks

SNAP Spokane calendar

  • Small Business Development  provides microenterprise business training & counseling to low-moderate income individuals starting or expanding a business

Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • NxLevel for Entrepreneurs is a 13 week evening business planning program. Veteran scholarships may be available.

Greater Spokane Incorporated

  • Networking Events
  • Business to Government
  • Leadership Training
  • Startup Spokane has resources and events for startups and entrepreneurs in the Spokane area

Community Colleges of Spokane

  • Workforce Training
  • Small Business Boot Camp

Spokane Community College Entrepreneurship

  • Six month intensive course

The Libraries of Stevens County has partnered with Lynda.com to provide all of their very long list of online courses and workshops for free. 

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Get information about business training, certification, and bidding on government contracts.

WA Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises

CoMotion, through the University of Washington, is a collaborative innovation hub. They have four focus areas:

IP advising, protection & licensing
Innovation training
Funding & partnerships
Startups & incubation

Learn more at CoMotion

There are also loads of technology-related workshops & courses on Lynda.com. You can get access to Lynda.com for free with your Stevens County library card.

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Cultivating Success is a program of Washington State University. Their goal is to create and implement educational programs to increase the number and foster the success of sustainable small acerage farmers and ranchers. 

The offer courses, farmer mentorship, and experiential learning.

Learn more at Cultivating Success.