Our City CARES About Small Businesses

If you or someone you know owns a small business, the chances are very good that business has been drastically impacted by these last few months, and sometimes in irreparable ways. That’s why Tacoma Public Utilities is proud to announce last week’s launch of a relief program to support small businesses in Tacoma that have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses located within the city limits could qualify for up to $750 on utility charges incurred since March 17, 2020.

Tacoma Public Utilities is able to provide these funds as a component of the City of Tacoma’s Coronavirus Relief Funds. The Relief Funds were allocated to cities through the federal CARES act as part of Washington State’s response to COVID-19.

“Supporting our small business community is a priority at Tacoma Public Utilities,” said Jackie Flowers, Director of Utilities. “We understand these are challenging times for many business owners, and we appreciate our City leaders’ support in providing utility bill assistance funds from our CARES Act disbursement to help small businesses in Tacoma.”

We’ve all been affected in various ways by the economic impacts of the virus, and unfortunately small businesses are no exception. “We are pleased to use our City of Tacoma CARES Act funds to provide assistance to small businesses in our community for their utility bills,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Easing the financial pressures on our small business community will hopefully help alleviate some of the economic impacts of COVID-19.”

To qualify, small businesses need to have an open account with TPU, be located within the City of Tacoma, have 50 or less employees, and operate from a brick and mortar building with utility charges.

If you would like to apply to receive funds, be sure to submit your application to TPU by November 6, 2020, at MyTPU.org/SmallBizAssistance. You will need your account number and other basic information about your business to complete the application.

To find out more information about this utility bill assistance relief fund for small businesses, visit MyTPU.org/SmallBizAssistance.