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“Working Washington Grants” Application Opens August 17

SEATTLE – Gov. Jay Inslee welcomed Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, to Seattle to discuss relief programs and contracting opportunities for small businesses. SBA programs like the Paycheck Protection Program and Restaurant Revitalization Fund as well as state programs like Working Washington Grants helped keep the lights on at many small enterprises.

The next application round for $70 million in Working Washington Grants will open on Aug. 17 for small businesses affected by the pandemic. Inslee and Guzman met at The London Plane restaurant, itself a beneficiary of Working Washington Grants.

Inslee and Guzman also visited the site of the WSDOT SR 520 Montlake Project to showcase bridge and road improvement projects that will benefit from state and federal infrastructure packages. The state’s recently-passed Move Ahead Washington transportation package and the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will invest billions in transportation improvements statewide, creating contracting opportunities for small businesses.