Small Business Assistance

Loans, grants, and resources to help you keep your doors open short-term and adjust the way you operate to make your business more resilient long-term.

COVID-19 Small Business Resources

List of resources available from the State of Washington Department of Commerce.

City of Pullman Economic Development Office
COVID-19 business resources, updates, and other information to help Pullman businesses navigate the new environment. Contact Jennifer Hackman at 509-338-3168.

Small Business Development Center
Information on loan programs available, expert one-on-one business counseling, and online resources for dealing with the new COVID-19 business environment, including webinars with industry-specific guidance for how to pivot the way you do business to be successful in the pandemic era. Contact Aziz Makhani at 509-335-8081 or for assistance and more information on aid available.

Small Business Association Funding
Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. This includes Economic Injury Relief, Guidance and Relief Options.

UPDATE 1/11/2021: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans will open starting TODAY, Monday, January 11th. This is a tiered opening–not all banks will be able to begin taking applications right away. Information on the loan program and applications can be found at

A list of lenders can also be found at

Palouse Regional Small Business Recovery Fund
The Partnership for Economic Prosperity in cooperation with the Pullman and Moscow Chambers of Commerce, local businesses, and generous community members has established an Area of Interest Fund with the Innovia Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization that ignites generosity that transforms lives and communities. This partnership enables our ability to provide charitable contributions for small business relief resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact Gina Taruscio,

Chambers of Commerce also offer assistance, contact your local Chamber to inquire about services available:

Pullman Chamber of Commerce:

Colfax Chamber of Commerce:

Palouse Chamber of Commerce:

Rosalia Chamber of Commerce:

Tekoa Chamber of Commerce:

Entrepreneur Academy (coming November 2020)
As Washington begins to recover economically, more and more residents will think about starting their own business. To assist you, we’ve created the Entrepreneur Academy, a free series of instructional videos, workbooks, assignments, quizzes and resources to help you navigate all the steps you need to take to start a successful business. It’s like having your very own team of mentors and experts to help you get started.

Profiles in Resilience
Recordings of free webinars featuring locally owned businesses:

Rural LISC
As part of their continuing commitment to elevate the impact in rural America, OneLISC is inviting small business owners in rural locations across the country to apply for the LISC-Lowe’s Rural Relief Small Business Grants program. 
Applications are being accepted in “rounds.” You must submit a new application each time in order to be considered for funding. The next round opens on Monday, September 28th. To find out more about who is eligible, to sign up for updates, and to apply, please visit the LISC website

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

This National SBDC site (SBDCNet) maintain loads of Biz and Marketing Plans, Industry Reports and other useful resources. SBDCNet also performs secondary market research for SBDC clients nationally free of charge when we submit them. There is a separate portal for advisors that allows us to submit the research requests.

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