We're here to help.

With the unprecedented closure of many local businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic TEDD is developing innovative ways to assist our community.

As a part of that initiative, this project will provide training and resources to help our rural small businesses survive the current public health crisis and develop more resilient business strategies going forward.

While the current focus on the impacts social distancing requirements and the road to recovery, we will also continue to curate & create custom educational content, including webinars and training videos, to support the needs of small business owners throughout the region.

The Importance of Resilience

About 99% of businesses in every U.S. community are small and they employ over 50% of the private sector workforce.  Throughout the world, small businesses are an integral element of all of the communities in which they operate.

When businesses suffer the whole community suffers, extending the recovery timeline.

Unfortunately, every community is susceptible to natural hazards, and businesses themselves are also vulnerable to human-caused disruptions. However, the majority of small-to-medium sized businesses are unprepared for one of these emergencies occurring to them. All communities are more vulnerable when their economic base is hit hard by disaster.

Source: The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Resilience 101 Workbook

Creating the programs & sevices you need

Regional Small Business Needs Assessment

Your responses to this survey will help us focus on curating & creating the content you need for a successful recovery. Beyond that horizon, your responses will also show us how to strengthen small businesses in the region and become more resilient to any business disruptions.

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Helping Tri County business owners survive & thrive

Business Tools, Training & Resources

Resources to help start, grow and manage your business. We'll be adding more and more, so keep coming back to see what's new. Or, sign up for our email list below, so you can get notified when we make big updates or schedule new events.

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COVID-19 Resources

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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)

Ready to Reopen

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

Business Tools

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  • Accounting
  • Calculators
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Contracts
  • Ecommerce
  • File Sharing
  • Free Tools
  • Graphics
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  • Marketing

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.

Ecwid

Ecwid is a super simple ecommerce solution that allows you to get up and running quickly. Sell anywhere: Your Ecwid site, your own website, social media, Amazon, Ebay, even in-person. They even have a free-forever plan.

Paypal.Me

The abosolute fastest way to get paid online. With Paypal.me, you get your own link that you can send to clients (or family or friends who owe you for dinner). It’s that easy. Send the link, get paid. Done & done.

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.

Stand For Small

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

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.”

Creative Market

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Creative Market is the world’s marketplace for design. Bring your creative projects to life with ready-to-use design assets from independent creators. Sign up to get weekly free graphics and fonts!

Zoom

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

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.

Square

Square is an online payment processor and so much more. Take payments in person, online, or on your website. Send an invoice, set up an ecommmerce site, sell photos online. They also have point of sale systems specifically for retail, restaurants, hardware, and appointments.

Business Resources

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  • Business Funding
  • Business Planning
  • Continuity Planning
  • Downloads
  • Financial Management
  • Health Insurance
  • Organizations
  • Staff Management
  • Working Remotely

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.

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.

Accounting Coach

Learn Accounting & Bookkeeping for free.

Ready to Reopen

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

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.

Stand For Small

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

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.

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)

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.

Remote Work Policy

This Employee remote work policy template is ready to be tailored to your company’s needs and should be considered a starting point for setting up your employment policies.

Business Training

Upcoming live webinars and events will be announced here.

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  • Guides
  • Marketing Skills
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