Businesses and Workers

Information & Resources

We recognize the tremendous impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and related directives are having on local businesses and their employees.  This page contains information and resources in an effort to provide support.  Things develop and change very quickly - we will do our best to keep you updated and informed.   

Clark County in Phase 2 - June 5 Update

Clark County has been approved to move to Phase 2 of Safe Start Washington’s reopening plan. See the details here. Businesses approved to reopen in Phase 2 must follow industry-specific guidance issued by the Governor. Businesses and industries eligible to reopen in Phase 2 include hair and nail salons, barbershops, real estate, pet grooming and new construction, among others. Retail stores can open for in-store purchases and restaurants can resume dine-in services with limitations on the number of diners.

Proactive Steps to Manage Inactive Private Water Systems & Building Plumbing

Building and business closures that continue for weeks or months generally result in reduced water usage, which can potentially lead to stagnant water inside building plumbing.

If your business location has been closed to the public or had had reduced staffing levels due to COVID-19 related orders, we recommend proactive steps to protect public and employee and employee health by following state and federal guidelines for addressing water quality in plumbing systems. 

Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Resource Guidance provides online, detailed procedures for maintaining building water systems under low use, as well as starting up building water systems after closures and sustained low use. These procedures include, among a variety of other actions depending upon the facility, flushing the entire water system to replace all water. A helpful information guide and checklist are also available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

General Business and Return to Work Inquiries

This WA State form is designed for business owners and operators to get answers to general business inquiries around financial helps, return to work, or other business assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.  


WA State Small Business Liaison Team 

Liaisons from Employment Security Department (ESD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Revenue (DOR), Department of Labor & Industry (L&I), Department of Enterprise Services (DES) and the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA).

Small Business Liaison Team

Small Business Administration 

Payroll Protection Program

Disaster Loan Assistance

CREDC (Columbia River Economic Development Council)

Employment Security Department

Department of Labor & Industries

Department of Revenue

Department of Licensing

Department of Commerce