Employer/Employee Resources

Explore resources for employers and their employees to navigate coronavirus-related business closures. Visit the Financial Support page for information on available funding opportunities and Health + Public Services for additional resources.



EnviroStars for your Greening Business

Washington’s Green Business resource, EnviroStars, is a one-stop shop for businesses to access environmental assistance and gain recognition for being green. Not only can you save money through rebates and resources, but you can take steps to save the planet!

For more information or to apply, visit https://envirostars.org/

We’re here to help at envirostars@cityoftacoma.org

City of Tacoma – EnviroStars 

City of Tacoma Permitting Support

As the City of Tacoma is continuing its phased reopening of City buildings, Planning and Development Services is now open for in-person walk-in customers and appointments Monday through Thursday between 9 AM and 1 PM. Services available during these hours include dropping off permit documents; making payments by check, cash, or credit card in-person; or discussing general development questions at the Tacoma Municipal Building (747 Market Street, 3rd Floor, Tacoma, WA 98402).

• Walk-in services such as over-the-counter reviews will not be offered during this reopening phase and customers are urged to schedule a virtual counter meeting for this service. To schedule a virtual counter meeting, CLICK HERE.• To schedule an appointment CLICK HERE or call 253.591.5030. If you need to meet with review staff virtually and are unable to do so from your place of residence or business, you can schedule an appointment with our permit specialist and we will help you connect with the desired staff member using our support kiosk.• You can visit us 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week to apply for permits, check permit status, schedule inspections and pay for permits at tacomapermits.org or aca-prod.accela.com/tacoma.

Virtual Counter MeetingsWe continue to offer virtual counter meetings to meet with review staff regarding residential development, commercial building permits, land use, and application services. Scheduling of appointments and availability can be found HERE.

Planning and Development Services offers easy management of inspections through text.

Schedule, reschedule, cancel and obtain results for your inspections 24/7 through our new automated text option.

To get started on managing inspections, follow these easy steps:

1. You will need your permit number. This can be found in your online Tacoma Permits account or on documentation when your permit is issued.

2. From your smartphone, simply start a text to 844-475-1480 with one of the following commands:

“SCHEDULE” to schedule an inspection“CANCEL” to cancel an inspection“RESCHEDULE” to reschedule an inspection“RESULTS” to obtain inspection results

3. Continue following the interactive prompts for entering your permit number, inspection code, and other details until you reach the confirmation process. After you submit your confirmation, you will receive back a message confirming your inspection type, permit number, and date of inspection. Additional information will be provided to prepare you for the upcoming inspection.

Please remember you must schedule your inspection by 3pm to receive next business day service.

For customers who schedule inspections often with Planning and Development Services, there are express commands you can use. Find more information here.

See our website for full details and instructions on this new service along with additional ways to manage inspections through phone and online.


Pierce County Professional Services Providers Roster RFQ Now Open

Professional services providers have the opportunity to be on a list of qualified professional services providers who will be matched with Pierce County businesses

The Pierce County Council has allocated American Rescue Plan Act funding for grants to assist businesses with their professional services needs such as: bookkeeping, tax advice, graphic design, web design, marketing strategies, and legal advice.

Professional services providers interested to be on the list need to submit a bid with some basic information regarding your business. To submit a bid:

  1. “Log In” or Register” their business if the business has not already registered on the Pierce County Solicitation Portal;
  2. Once logged in to the Pierce County Solicitation Portal  go to “Bids” and select Bid Number 21-145: Professional Services for Pierce County Businesses – Roster;
  3. Complete and submit your bid.

Questions? Contact us at 253.798.6150 or send an email.

Employers:  For information on Working Washington Grants #5, please see MakeItTacoma.com Financial Resources page under Washington State.

Washington Creatives Academy

The Washington Department of Commerce has launched its new Creatives Academy, the third in a series of self-directed educational academies for small business owners. Designed to teach the essential skills needed to turn a creative pursuit into a successful small business, the academy contains 11 tracks. Lessons range from developing a business mindset and accessing capital to finding customers, creating winning pitches and negotiating terms.

The Creatives Academy lessons are available at MyStartup365.com. It joins two other academies on the state’s small business resource site, the Entrepreneur Academy and Restart Academy. A smaller series covers Mastering Financials. All of the training materials are free of charge and do not require registration.

“The creative sector is an essential part of Washington’s economy, employing nearly 400,000 workers,” said Lisa Brown, Commerce Director. “As I travel around the state, I am continually impressed with the tremendous talent we have in Washington, from artisans and musicians at community festivals to those exploring their passion for craft brewing, dance, coding or 3D printing. There is so much untapped potential in the creative sector.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are more than 250 specific creative occupations, including artists, performers, musicians, technicians, video game designers, 3D designers and modelers, projection mapping artists and sound designers. To ensure that the sector is appropriately resourced, Commerce is also hiring a Creative Economy sector lead to oversee development of a comprehensive strategic plan that will open new opportunities in the industry, especially in rural and underserved parts of the state.

“Creatives are really good at bringing a new idea to life, but the nuts and bolts of running a business and monetizing their work can be somewhat mystifying,” said Robb Zerr, Senior Managing Director at the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness. “The Creatives Academy was designed from the ground up to lift that veil of mystery and teach the practical skills needed to own and operate a successful creative enterprise.”

Learn more about all of Commerce’s small business services and assistance programs.

Washington State Small Business Liaison Team

A cross-sector team working to make Washington the best place to do business. The team includes 27 agencies participating in subgroups that focus on outreach programs, soliciting ideas for regulatory improvement, and developing new business tools. Download the liaison contact list.

Washington State Department of Commerce Economic Resiliency Team (ERT) Business Response Center.

Business owners and operators may obtain answers to general business inquiries regarding financial assistance, return to work or other business questions related to recovery efforts. ASK YOUR QUESTION HERE.

Governor Jay Inslee’s Office

The Governor’s proclamations page can be found here. ​

Washington Health Benefit Exchange

One in four Washingtonians get health and dental coverage through the Washington Healthplanfinder at wahealthplanfinder.org or the mobile app WAPlanfinder. Individuals can receive free help applying from an expert in their community at wahealthplanfinder.org/find-expert-advice.html.

Washington State Employment Security Department

ESD needs employer assistance regarding unemployment insurance fraud

The State Employment Security Department has advised companies and organizations to check their records carefully to ensure that the list of furloughed/laid off staff is accurate regarding unemployment insurance claims.
To report unemployment insurance fraud, call 1-800-246-9763 or access https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/unemployment-benefits-fraud

Washington Department of Labor and Industries

  • Paid sick leave
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Workplace safety and health
  • Stay informed

Veterans Small Business Certification Program

SBA is now accepting applications for the Veteran Small Business Certification program. Through this new program, certified veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses can compete for set-aside government contracts. The program will be SBA‘s primary certification vehicle for all veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, important classifications that enable those businesses to qualify for sole-source and set-aside federal contracting awards.

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SBA Provides Small Business Cybersecurity Guidance

Cyber incidents have surged among small businesses that often do not have the resources to stay safe online. Protect your small business by securing networks, using antivirus software and backing up sensitive data. Get more tips and learn about cybersecurity threats and how to protect your small business.

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SBA Small Business Lender Matching

Looking for capital for your small business? Lender Match connects small businesses with SBA-approved lenders, community development organizations, and micro-lending institutions.

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Employer Provided Vaccine Clinic Resources: Covid 19 & Flu Vaccinations

Eligible businesses that allow employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine can receive a tax credit. Partner with a vaccine provider to host an on-site vaccination clinic.

Find a vaccine provider

Federal Website for Up to Date Covid 19 Information



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