Washington law prevents tasting rooms from qualifying for federal aid

A congressional delegation sent a letter to Small Business Administration petitioning for a change.

GIG HARBOR, Wash. — A Washington state law is preventing certain businesses from qualifying for federal financial aid aimed to help them.

According to U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-District 6), tasting rooms for distilleries, wineries, and breweries are unable to qualify for grant funding made available by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The SBA funding requires at least 33% of a tasting room’s profits come from on-site sales such as tastings, cocktails, or food.

But Kilmer said Washington state law prohibits those businesses from making more than

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