Whatcom SBDC

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Application Closes: Monday, April 26, 2021
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The Washington State Department of Agriculture will be providing COVID-19 recovery grants for certain sectors of the agriculture industry to bolster the health and diversity of Washington’s economy by supporting disproportionately impacted and previously underserved agricultural sectors.


Application Opening the Week of April 19th 

To ensure a stable, functional and flexible child care system that supports providers and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is providing direct support to licensed child care providers to offset increased costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure child care services are available to families.

If you have questions about the application, the timeline of the grant or other questions specific to the grant, email dcyf.covidgrantinfo@dcyf.wa.gov.

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The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

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The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. The WWU Small Business Development Center of Whatcom County is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the City of Bellingham, the Port of Bellingham, Whatcom County and the City of Blaine.

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“The SBDC will work with you at whatever level you are at. If you’re pretty far along in the planning process, as we were, they will make what you are putting together really work effectively. It was amazing, they made this happen for us.”

Betsy O’Donovan
Co-Owner, Bellingham Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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"As a new business owner, I felt comfortable being naive in asking questions, and at the same time felt confident that the support I got was trustworthy, because of the hands on approach and explanation. The SBDC can assist with anything relating to start-up, they will ask questions and ensure that you are on track."

Tony Luciano
Owner, Stones Throw Brewing
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"My favorite part of working with the SBDC is being able to talk through issues that arise within my business and create solutions that not only eradicate my concerns but create a healthier business, streamline systems and boost moral."

Andi Vann
Owner, Pure Bliss Desserts

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The “Safer. Stronger. Together.” campaign supports our local businesses to reopen safely. The campaign brings businesses together to learn and problem-solve the best ways to follow public health guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Participating businesses have pledged to follow health and safety guidelines, so you know they are doing their part to keep you safe.

You can find campaign materials, additional resources, and more information at