FULFILLMENT & SHIPPING Logistics
FulfillNow – Keep your business sustained through affordable shipping, fulfillment, and delivery with FulfillNow. FulfillNow is offering Seattle Good members a discount for a limited time, including no storage fees, no set-up fees, no monthly fees, and no minimums. See the details for that offer here.
Delvy provides an alternative delivery option to Seattle businesses that may be frustrated with the cost and/or lack of service provided by established major delivery companies. Services include same day delivery services, as well as regular delivery solutions, and the area of service ranges as far south as King County Airport and as far north as N 145th St. They offer a flat rate of $9.50 for every unique order (flat rate may vary for businesses located on the borders of the area of service). Delvy is currently offering their first 2 deliveries on the house to encourage every business to try their service without any financial obligation. Those businesses that wish to find out more information about their service can get in touch with them via email: su.yvled@seireviled.
Sendle is the first 100% Carbon-neutral shipping service, complete with compostable mailers. Sendle has competitive pricing, is a certified B Corp, and is great for small and medium businesses – Sign up for an account through this link to access premium rates.
Evergreen Packaging offers cartons, paperboard, paper, and other sustainably-sourced fiber products. They also offer equipment & parts services.
EcoEnclose offers mailers, boxes, tape, bags, packing tissue, and plenty more, all clearly noted as compostable, recyclable, upcycled, or biodegradable. They even offer free sample kits.
AllPak Container has boxes, palettes, pop displays, totes, customizable items, and much more. A tier 3 champion level EnviroStars and Renton based company.
Trojan Litho offers performance consumer packaging, with Forestry Stewardship Council products available. Renton based company used worldwide.
Biomass Packaging has bags, office & shipping supplies, cleaning & janitorial supplies, food & table service, and custom printed items, all made from plant based materials.
GENERAL RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Resource Guide that provides business checklists, example policies, and resources related to COVID-19, updated regularly.
Resource Roundup Blog – The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is committed to keeping you updated through these challenging and unprecedented times. This weekly blog provided news and information about new policies and resources available from the City of Seattle, the State of Washington, the federal government, and our philanthropic partners. This blog is no longer regularly updated, but there’s still a wealth of information available.
Highlights from the Resource Roundup Blog include:
- City of Seattle Food Assistance
- King County Cultural Relief Fund & Public Health Guidance
- WA State Protection for Renters
Small Business COVID-19 response Bi-Weekly Webinars: Seattle Office of Economic Development – These webinars were put on by the Office of Economic Development’s Small Business COVID-19 response. These occurred bi-weekly on Wednesday mornings from 11 – 12 pm. Recordings of past webinars along with Q&A have been posted on their blog.
The Port of Seattle presents its second annual Business Accelerator Program launching this fall.Through the program, women-and minority-owned business enterprises (WMBE) and small businesses will build lasting relationships with industry and agency representatives, while preparing for contracting opportunities at the Port and beyond.
Communities Rise offer two avenues of assistance for low income small business owners: their Small Business Legal Clinic (for low income Washington state business owners who have short questions for an attorney) and full representation services. To be eligible of r free legal services, business owners must demonstrate the following:
- The business is registered in Washington state;
- Is unable to pay for legal fees without significant impairment to operations;
- Owner(s) household income is below 80% of the King County HUD guidelines; (all owners must qualify if more than one)
- Seeks legal assistance on a business or organizational matter
More information available here.
Washington State Department of Commerce has launched SmartWA Resource Portal to help small businesses locate financial and technical assistance, such as flex funding, various grants and loans, and discounted products or services as they are in the process of reopening. This website also provides resources for public health guidance that will best allow for employees and customers to safely return to in-person shopping. In addition, this website consolidates information on business associations and chambers which specifically serve the needs of marginalized communities.
Washington State Department of Commerce also launched a new SmartWA business decision support system and COVID-19 dashboard. SmartWA uses numerous data sources and artificial intelligence to provide small businesses most impacted by the pandemic with real-time outlooks about public health, economic, and community conditions by county and industry. The decision support system features an interactive simulator that provide industry-specific predictions about which safety protocols are most likely to increase customer traffic in specific sectors.
The state Economic Resiliency Team (ERT) started a Business Response Center to answer general business inquiries around financial help or other business assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We have a whole team of people from the Department of Commerce, the Joint Information Center and volunteers from throughout state government, who are taking in those questions, creating FAQs, and getting back to people answering their concerns,” said state Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown.
Businesses with questions can fill out a form here to get information related to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Reopening Guidebook/Business Assistance– Governor’s Office: Resources include: Financial, Export, Employer & Worker, and Insurance assistance
WA State Department of Revenue– General Business Relief Resources during crisis, regularly updated.
Free Legal Support on Lease Amendments – Communities Rise COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic: Client Intake Form
Resources for Manufacturers from Impact WA – Tools and information on PPE, how to protect your workforce, Financial Guidance, and more!
Salesforce – One app for all your sales needs: track customer information, track sales, and metrics gauging the health of your business. Offering small businesses 14 days free.
Small Business Resiliency Assistance from Startup WA, for business owners from culturally and historically disadvantaged communities. Culturally relevant assistance helps you navigate local policies, plan for recovery, and support your workforces.
Free and discounted remote working tools during COVID-19– Notion brings you tools that include sales, marketing, hiring, collaborative working, finance, customer support, security, and more!
COVID-19 Handbook for Creatives – a regularly updated resource hub for people in the creative industry, by King County.
ICIC’s Small Business Resource Center for COVID-19 has many resources for small businesses, sorted into useful categories.
Federal Resources for U.S. Small Businesses – official federal resource website for U.S. small businesses affected by COVID-19
Complete Guide to Cyber Risk Management for Small Businesses, by Juiced Systems.
SBA Cybersecurity Guide: Cyber attacks are a growing concern for small businesses. Learn about the threats and how to protect yourself.
Many small businesses and property owners are securing their business to stay at home. Following are some tips on securing your business and property:
RESTAURANT, BAR & FOOD PRODUCER RESOURCES
City of Seattle Support Seattle Small Biz Takeout & Delivery Map: If you’d like to be added to the GIS map or update your information, email vog.elttaes@zibllamstroppus, there is a short survey as part of the vetting process.
Open Air and Outdoor Seating Guidance by the Governor’s Office details how your business can accommodate guests outdoors
Temporary Outdoor Café, Merchandise Display, Vending, and Street Closure Permits – Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)’s guide to streamlined, free temporary permits for outdoor cafes, retail merchandise displays, food trucks, and vending carts that are valid through October 31, 2021.
King County COVID-19 posters for restaurants and grocery stores
Open Table – Restaurant Preparedness Resource Center
Full Service Worker’s Alliance – Composed from individuals actively working in all roles in the full service restaurant industry. The FSWA is determined to bring workers and employers together with Legislators to stand up and protect Full Service Restaurant culture.
Save Local Restaurants – The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) was formed to save the local restaurants affected by COVID-19. IRC is founded on the simple belief that there is power to affect legislative change if people unite our voice.
Farmers Guide to Direct Sales Software Platforms: While markets, restaurants, and other food distribution channels close or reduce operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, farms across the country have expressed interest in using software platforms that support direct sales to consumers in their communities. This publication highlights product options and sales models that farmers may find helpful. Put together by the SGBN.
Food Safety And Processing Help Desk
Impact Washington’s highly experienced food processing specialists offer value-driven solutions and training to assist food manufacturers become regulation complaint, implement lean training programs develop growth strategies that help transform their business into an agile and increasingly profitable enterprise.
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