COVID-19 Resources for Business

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are far reaching. Although at its center it is a personal and public health issue, nearly every part of society is being disrupted in an effort to slow the spread and save lives. The Economic Development Office of the City of University Place remains active as a resource for businesses during this emergency.

This page will be updated as new information is released. We want to keep you informed and provide you with links to resources for your business during this emergency. Please check back often.

Information You Can Use

  • Washington State Department of Commerce has announced Round 3 of Working Washington Small Business Grants. Apply for up to $20,000 in emergency funding.
  • To provide financial support to main street retail, arts and culture businesses and other qualifying businesses impacted by recently modified COVID-19 restrictions, Pierce County has created a grant program to offset the costs of business disruption.  Subject to available funds and eligibility requirements, businesses may receive a need-based grant of up to $10,000.  Apply by December 11 at 5 p.m.
  • Pierce County Council expands support to help more local businesses. The program provides mortgage and rent assistance to businesses who meet qualifications.View the Pierce County COVID-19 Commercial Rent and Mortgage Payment Assistance Program page to find out more and to apply.
  • University Place Business Relief Program grants application period is closed.  
  • Wear a Mask. On June 26, Washington State Governor Inslee issued a statewide order requiring that individuals wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This order also requires that you wear a face mask outdoors if you are unable to maintain a social distance of six-feet from another person.
  • Applying for PPP Loan forgiveness: The application form and instructions that will be used to apply for forgiveness of PPP loans is now available.
  • Track the Numbers: The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has put together an excellent dashboard for those desiring the track the numbers related to COVID-19 locally.  A most recent view of this site shows that there has been a total of 58 cases and 1 death in University Place related to COVID-19.
  • Washington State Phased Re-opening Plan: View Governor Inslee's phased re-opening plan for Washington State.
  • Pierce County "Emergency Small Business Relief" Loans: On April 21, the Pierce County Council expanded their loan program to be available to Pierce County businesses located in incorporated areas. These loans are for businesses with up to 20 employees.
  • The City's Planning and Development Services Department is up and running. However, most interactions will be done through email and phone. Please Do NOT come to City Hall for assistance. Please check the Planning and Development Services webpage or call 253.460.5406.
  • Tacoma Public Utilities is offering extensions for payments, but they must be requested.
  • Check out the Business Info Series on the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce or the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County websites.
  • The Employment Security Department is fielding a massive volume of phone calls at the current time. Check out these Key Steps to help your employees. Their website provides the information you are seeking in many cases.

Archive of ED UPDates

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Questions? Contact Becky Metcalf, Economic Development Project Assistant.