Small Business Resources

GSI and many community partners have created the InlandBizStrong tool for businesses to navigate resources available to them. Additionally, GSI's new sector survey will use industry sector feedback to help develop local best practices for our region's needs.

City Offers Utility Assistance for Businesses

Businesses can seek a deferral of one to three months of City charges for water, sewer, stormwater and garbage with an agreement to pay those charges over six to 12 months without interest. Specific terms would be tailored for each business seeking a deferral. Assistance is available immediately. Businesses can begin the process by filling out a simple online form. For more information on City utility bills and payment options, please call 3-1-1.

Business Resilience Loan Program Now Taking Applications

The City of Spokane's Community, Housing, and Human Services Board is investing funds to help small businesses stay resilient in the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding, which comes from federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars, will provide eligible Spokane businesses with access to affordable loans through a partnership with non-bank community lender Craft3. Learn more on the Business Resilience Loan Program page.

Financial Helpline

As part of the regional effort to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19, the City of Spokane is partnering with Spokane Public Library to provide a Financial Helpline for all businesses and individuals countywide trying to access COVID-19 financial recovery programs.

Spokane Public Library staff operate as "Resource Navigators" to take calls and work one-on-one with callers to connect them with local, regional, state and federal resources for assistance. This resource is available for any business or individual in Spokane County. Businesses and citizens can learn what programs are available to access based on their situation. Please call (509) 625-6650 for help!


The City has started the #OrderUpSpokane campaign to encourage people to order take out from their favorite restaurants. 10-minute parking zones near restaurants in the City core will allow citizens and delivery drivers to efficiently pick up to-go orders. Choose from these great lists!

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Contact Teri Stripes,
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