COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic

The Communities Rise COVID-19 legal clinics are an opportunity for Washington State entrepreneurs, small businesses, community organizations, and nonprofits who have suffered adversely from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and cannot afford legal services to receive free legal advice during a 60-minute remote consultation with a volunteer attorney. This clinic is intended for small businesses and nonprofits that cannot afford legal services. To be eligible for pro bono legal services through this clinic, businesses must have less than $2 million in annual revenues or have a significant reduction in revenue, and must have a compelling reason for why they cannot afford legal services.

COVID-19 Client Intake Form


Client COVID Clinic flyer
Chinese Client COVID Clinic flyer
SPANISH2 COVID- 19 Communities Rise Clinic
Somali Client COVID Clinic flyer

WA State Patrol DEI Contract – Request for Proposal (RFP)

The RFP was released and posted Friday, November 6.  The RFP document is also available on the WSP website at this link under the tab “Current Requests for Proposals (RFPs)”:

The solicitation is an Open Competitive process.
The WSP has the lead in the procurement, but has worked very closely with the Department of Enterprise Services and the Office of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises.
The contract will give preference points to Small Businesses and to Veteran Owned businesses.
The contract will also give preference to vendors who comply with Governor’s Executive Order 18-03 (Worker’s Rights).

The general schedule is as follows:
November 6:  Release/post RFP
November 6-17:  Outreach to Minority, Women, and Veteran owned, and Small businesses
November 17:  Pre-Bid conference
November 25:  Issue addendum based on questions and Pre-Bid
November 30:  Letters of Intend Due (optional)
December 10:  Proposals Due
December 30:  Anticipated announcement of Apparent Successful Bidder
January 15, 2021:  Anticipated Contract Award
May 1:  Report/Recruiting Plan delivered


Message from our Council President

Please enjoy this quick message from Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of the NWMMSDC. We hope everyone is staying healthy and following the new safety guidelines amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Remember, the Council is here to serve you, our stakeholders! Do not hesitate to give us a call, our team is available to answer any questions.

Updates from our Community Partner: Challenge Seattle

Key Coronavirus followups from our community partner, Challenge Seattle:

  1. SHELTER IN PLACE RUMOR – We heard clearly from the city of Seattle, King County, and Department of Commerce that there are no plans at this time to issue additional orders relating to more restrictions or to shelter in place. Please help calm the public about this concern.
  2. MASKS – Thank you to Costco and Microsoft for sourcing a combined 140,000 masks for use by our health care workers and responders. If anyone has a surplus of N-95 masks or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) or has the ability to help source PPEs – please let us know. There is a critical need.
    • Secretary Lisa Brown shared the Governor’s announcement regarding measures that the state is taking today to address the economic impacts of the crisis, including assistance for renters, workers, and businesses. Read more here.
    • In response to the business community’s request to simplify navigating the state’s COVID response, the state has created a one-stop-shop portal– Specific information for businesses and workers is here.
  1. UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE – an urgent ask of the business community is to communicate to our Federal Delegation the need for federal action to provide states more flexibility on the provision of unemployment insurance benefits. This flexibility would allow our state to expand eligibility as well as the amount available to unemployed workers. The Seattle Metro Chamber is organizing a sign-on letter. We will circulate the letter via our business association partners as soon as it is available.
  2. SCHOOLS – We heard from Superintendent Reykdal that the state is working to address key barriers for certain student populations so that districts can begin offering on-line learning next week. He also mentioned two specific needs that they are struggling with:
    • Food Security. While districts have set up systems for delivering breakfast and lunches, concerns are growing about dinner and weekend meals for students and their families who quality for free and reduced-priced meals.
    • Childcare: Districts are struggling with how to meet the Governor’s directive to provide childcare for first responders, health care workers, and others who are essential to the state’s response to COVID-19. If you have ideas on either of these fronts, please let us know.
  1. PHILANTROPY – Thank you for the outpouring of generosity in the last several weeks. To aid donors who want to ensure that dollars flow quickly to where they are most needed, we have assembled a consolidated #WeGotThisWA list posted here on the Seattle Metro Chamber’s site.

**PLEASE NOTE, the situation on the ground is fluid and needs will evolve, especially as federal funding becomes available. Our goal is to update this list regularly so that we continue to identify the gaps between the need and available government resources, ensuring private dollars can flow effectively and efficiently to fill the gaps. Additionally, we recognize that the current list is Seattle-King County centric and does not cover all of the needs in the community. We are working with partners to understand the most effective channels to get help where it is needed across the state.

Please share this #WeGotThisWA List with your networks who may be in a position to donate – including your employees and customers who may want to help. Here is the link.