Sponsor spotlight: Business Continuity Planning During a Pandemic

By Randy Fredlund, Peoples Bank As the spread of COVID-19 and measures to contain it bring drastic changes to workplaces across our area, businesses must find a way to continue delivering their services while ensuring the health and safety of employees and customers. Companies looking for guidance on Business Continuity Planning (BCP) may turn to…

Sponsor spotlight: Key coronavirus tax changes — what every taxpayer should know

In addition to filing delays and stimulus payments, the IRS is implementing many changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the major topics that could affect you and your family. Early distribution penalty waived The 10% early distribution penalty on up to $100,000 of retirement withdrawals for coronavirus-related reasons is waived…

Commentary: Addressing the economic impacts of COVID-19

From my vantage here in Everett, the public health emergency of the COVID-19 crisis is all around. Snohomish County has the second highest number of cases in the state. Just north in Skagit County, more than 22 percent of people tested for COVID-19 have tested positive, more than twice the statewide average. In San Juan…

Inslee announces emergency grant to help small businesses

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday announced a new program aimed at helping small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) program is being offered by the Washington State Department of Commerce to provide a limited number of businesses with emergency funds of up to $10,000. Businesses eligible for the…

In Lynnwood history: Three years ago, Wight’s announced it was closing its doors

On April 5, 2017, Lynnwood institution Wight’s Home and Garden announced it was closing its doors after 54 years. Senior Services of Snohomish County (now Homage) said it was buying the property, located at 5026 196th St. S.W. Lynnwood. Over the years, Wight’s expanded its nursery area to include outdoor furniture, home decorations, gifts, collectibles,…

Reminder: Add a business, nonprofit to our ‘Support Local’ directory

  Run a business or non-profit and want to get the word out about ways customers can support you during the COVID-19 outbreak? Maybe you’re shut down under the governor’s orders and could use donations to help you pay your rent? Or are promoting the pre-purchase of your goods or services — thus providing a…

Help for Lynnwood businesses, nonprofits impacted by COVID-19

Recognizing the significant impact COVID-19 regulations are having on Lynnwood residents and businesses, the City of Lynnwood has compiled a list of resources on the city website aimed at helping local businesses and nonprofits. (Click on the ‘Resources for Local Businesses’ section for more information.) The city notes that Lynnwood still has many businesses operating…

Lynnwood gun shop struggles to keep up with COVID-19-induced sales surge

“Business has been insane,” said an exasperated but smiling Tiffany Teasdale, owner of Lynnwood Gun and Ammunition. “Before the COVID-19 crisis, on a good day we’d have maybe 15 sales. Now we’re racking up 150 and more each day. I’ve had to hire additional staff, and just keeping inventory in the store is a real…

Unprecedented rise in initial state unemployment claims continues for second week in a row

New claims for unemployment benefits soared to a record 181,975 for the week of March 22-28, according to the Employment Security Department (ESD). This represents a 3,513% increase year over year, and a 41% increase over the previous week. By comparison, this is seven times the peak week during the 2008/2009 recession which was 26,075 weekly initial claims….

Beware of scams related to federal stimulus payments

The Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday sent out an alert noting that the federal government is seeing an increase in scams related to federal stimulus payments, including phone calls, text messages and emails phishing for information. According to the chamber, the messaging includes variations of language such as “in order to receive your/your client’s stimulus payment via direct…

Sponsor spotlight: New coronavirus law requires small business to provide paid leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a new law passed in late March that offers COVID-19 assistance for both employees and employers. This new law provides businesses with fewer than 500 employees the funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. Here…

State unemployment insurance applications increased 843 percent over previous week

The Washington State Employment Security Department reported Thursday that it saw 133,464 new claims for unemployment benefits for the week of March 15-21, an increase of 119,310 claims — or a 843% — over the previous week. “This data shows the enormity of the situation unfolding in our state,” said Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine. “The velocity and…

State launches web form to clarify essential businesses under governor’s stay-at-home order

Washington State today launched an online form so businesses can get clarification or submit a request for inclusion as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation. The proclamation goes into effect at midnight tonight, closing non-essential businesses for the next two weeks. State officials continue to emphasize that the state COVID-19 web…

MLT restaurant fundraiser focuses on hot meals for area senior citizens

Mountlake Terrace’s 44th Street Sliders said that between now and March 31, it will donate a hot meal to senior citizens for every meal purchased at the restaurant. “With your help, I want to keep my team members employed a social distance and provide 1,500 meals to seniors citizens in South Snohomish County in the…

Goodwill, TJ Maxx and related stores announce temporary closures

In addition to the closure of many other major retail chains announced earlier this week, two other stores said Thursday they are suspending operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. All Seattle-area Goodwill stores — including those in Edmonds and Lynnwood — will be closed from March 19 until at least April 2. And the CEO…

Area grocery stores adapting to COVID-19 challenges

Welcome to grocery store shopping in the age of COVID-19. What used to be a simple trip to the store is now preceded by a list of worries including whether the items on your list will still be on the shelves, and if you’ll be limited in how much you can purchase. Once you get…

Federal disaster assistance loans available to state small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday it is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Washington small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in many Washington counties, including Snohomish County. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions…

Inaugural breakfast in Lynnwood April 21 for SnoCo Women in Business

  A new organization, SnoCo Women in Business, is holding its an inaugural breakfast Tuesday, April 21 in Lynnwood. Open to all Snohomish County residents — women and men — the goal is to provide “a unified community for collaboration, education and empowerment supporting the business success of women.” The event will be at SERVPRO…