Amazon is creating a relief fund to help small businesses in Seattle

Mar 12 2020, 4:35 pm

If you are an eligible small business in or around an Amazon-occupied building in Seattle or Bellevue, Amazon is ready to help you during this time of need.

The large company understands that small businesses are a critical part of the Seattle economy and is trying to help comfort those in need as they face the economic challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing.

Along with continuing to pay all 10,000+ hourly staff at Amazon, the company announced in a statement today that they are building a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants to local small businesses in need of assistance during the pandemic.

The relief fund is intended for businesses with fewer than 50 employees, less than $7 million in annual revenue, or shops reliant on foot-traffic that are located within a few blocks of the Regrade and South Lake Union office buildings.

“As we all adapt to the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, we know that we have an important role to play in keeping our employees and residents safe and healthy, and in supporting the local businesses that are our neighbors. This is a difficult time in our city, and we will continue to try to work with our community to get through it together,” the company said in its statement.