COVID-19 Information and Resources

Businesses | Economic data | Health | Housing/Rent Assistance | Local governments | Nonprofits

Due to the pandemic, Commerce’s Olympia headquarters will remain shuttered through at least June 2021. Team members are available to assist you via phone and email.

The Department of Commerce is the one agency in state government that touches every aspect of community and economic development: planning, infrastructure, energy, public facilities, housing, public safety and crime victims, international trade, business services and more. We work with local governments, tribes, businesses and civic leaders throughout the state to strengthen communities so all residents may thrive and prosper.

Economic Recovery Dashboard

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Regional, demographic and industry sector metrics that help state and local leaders chart a path to an equitable economic recovery.
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Summary of Commerce’s COVID response efforts

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Commerce has played a central role in delivering aid and support to businesses, local government, Tribes, nonprofits and struggling households.
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Business Resiliency Network

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Culturally and linguistically relevant assistance for historically underserved business owners and organizations affected by COVID-19.
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Housing/rent assistance

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Emergency housing grants including rent assistance. Assistance is provided through local housing providers in your community.
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News Releases

State teams with Premera Blue Cross to invest $2.24 million to increase rural mental health crisis care capacity

Unique public-private partnership funds capital grants that will create more options for people to get multiple levels of crisis stabilization care locally in communities throughout the state OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $2.24 million in capital grants to three behavioral health care providers across the state. Funding is provided through an innovative partnership with Premera Blue Cross – the first of its kind in

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News Releases

Commerce launches new round of free online business trainings, including first evening class

ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition adds three new session dates targeted to established small businesses looking to grow in wake of COVID OLYMPIA, WA – ScaleUp: The Rebuild Edition, a partnership between the Washington State Department of Commerce and Thurston Economic Development Council, has scheduled three new tracks for small businesses interested in achieving significant growth in the wake of COVID. The online courses are once a week for eight weeks.

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News Releases

State partners with BECU Foundation to expand funding and resources to historically underserved and hard-to-reach small businesses

Partnership adds a dozen new organizations statewide providing outreach and technical assistance in nearly 40 languages to small business owners affected by COVID-19 OLYMPIA, Wash. – The needs of small business owners trying to recover from the pandemic are vast and varied. While many business owners have connections and resources that help them tap into government and philanthropic aid programs, significant barriers exist that prevent many others from accessing those

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