Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has compiled helpful information for employers, employees, and all Californians as it relates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For a complete list of resources, please visit the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website.

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Blueprint for a Safer Economy

California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays.

Counties must address COVID-19 in all communities to open further, including making sure the positivity rate in certain neighborhoods (health equity metric) does not significantly lag behind overall county positivity rates. These efforts need cross-sector and broad partnerships to succeed. The health equity metric is only used to decide whether a county can move to a less restrictive tier. Learn more about this focus on equity.

Get Digital California

Get Digital CA! is an e-commerce initiative to promote accelerators and intensive trainings to build the skills necessary to compete in an online marketplace and drive Californians to support small businesses through online festivals. Learn more.

SafelyMakingCA.org

Governor Newsom announced a new partnership between the State of California, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA), and Autodesk. This partnership has created the “Safely Making California” Marketplace to help fill a critical gap for all sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will connect CMTA member manufacturers and other manufacturers to employers who have the need to purchase non-medical grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Visit the website by clicking here.

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Resources for Small Businesses and Start-Ups

Resources are available throughout California for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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Resources for Small Businesses and Start-Ups

Resources are available throughout California for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program

On 2/23, Governor Newsom signed Legislation to provide an additional $2.075B for competitive grants up to $25,000 for eligible small businesses – a four-fold increase to the original $500 million grant program. This new allocation includes a special program allotment of $50M for non-profit cultural institutions. CalOSBA is working diligently to roll out this new funding as soon as possible over the next few weeks. Visit CAReliefGrant.com for more eligibility, criteria, and updates.

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program provides micro grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions. The initial $500 million program was delivered in two rounds. Round 2 applications closed on February 8, 2021, and selection notifications were emailed February 11, 2021 through February 18, 2021 and funds are disbursed over a 45-day verification period. Waitlist notifications were emailed starting February 22, 2021.

Waitlisted applicants are preliminarily determined to meet the eligibility requirements for the grant and are in line for potential selection in future rounds assuming further eligibility validation. Please visit CAReliefGrant.com for updates.

Preliminary Data as of 2/19/2021

U.S. Small Business Administration Guidance and Resources

SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw PPP Loans the week of January 11, 2021. For more information on PPP First Draw Loans or Second Draw Loans, click here. If your business received a PPP loan, once your business is ready to pursue loan forgiveness, after funds have been expended, please review the Loan Forgiveness Application and consult with one of our centers, or your accountant, for assistance. Visit this webpage for loan forgiveness application instructions for borrowers, including instructions on what must be submitted to the lender directly.

COVID-19 Targeted EIDL Advance was signed into law on December 27, 2020, as part of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act. The Targeted EIDL Advance provides businesses located in low-income communities with additional funds to ensure small business continuity, adaptation, and resiliency.

Advance funds of up to $10,000 will be available to applicants located in low-income communities who previously received an EIDL Advance for less than $10,000, or those who applied but received no funds due to lack of available program funding. 

Applicants do not need to take any action at this time. SBA will reach out to those who qualify.

SBA will first reach out to EIDL applications that already received a partial EIDL Advance (between $1,000 – $9,000). Applicants will be contacted directly by SBA via email in the coming weeks with instructions to determine eligibility and submit documentation.

All communications from SBA will be sent from an official government email with an @sba.gov ending. Please do not send sensitive information via email to any address that does not end in @sba.gov.

CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) Finance Programs
  • The State of California is allocating $50 million to the Small Business Finance Center at California’s IBank to mitigate barriers to capital for those small businesses (1-750 employees) that may not qualify for federal funds (including businesses in low-wealth and immigrant communities). The $50 million allocation will be used to recapitalize the IBank Small Business Loan Guarantee Program.
  • To contact IBank use email found HERE
California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) (1-500 employees)
CalOSBA - Small Business Assistance & Resources
  • California’s network of small business centers help businesses figure out which loans are best for them, develop resiliency strategies, and find other resources. Click here to find the center nearest you.
  • If you need to talk to a specialist in GO-Biz’s Office of the Small Business Advocate directly, please contact the team.
California Entrepreneurship Task Force
  • The California Entrepreneurship Task Force has launched a series of Rapid Response Virtual Sessions to engage with fellow small business owners and entrepreneurs across our state. More details HERE.
External Partner Resources
  • Connect with advisors in your local community through our partner centers.
  • Get started and determine which financial relief program you may be eligible for through the U.S. Digital Response free tool, here.
  • Find out about training and other inspirational resources at California Entrepreneurship Task Force member Nely Galán’s Becoming Self Made site.
  • Click here for a list of free or discounted technology tools for small businesses.
  • Hello Alice has a dedicated site of public, private, state and national resources at Covid19BusinessCenter.com, including emergency $10,000 grants and a community to help you. For a growth and resiliency grant, click on Business For All here.
  • Explore crowd-funded 0% interest loans of up to $15,000, and access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility, check out Kiva.
  • Check Venturize.org to get Small Business Majority’s daily updates on funding opportunities, policy developments and educational webinars.
  • Visit a virtual office hour with California Small Enterprise Task Force (CASE Force) to access live support from lawyers and financial professionals to locate resources for small businesses.
  • Bet Tzedek offers small business owners in Los Angeles free legal assistance to address problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Your Actions Save Lives

If you have coronavirus symptoms or are at high risk for serious illness, it’s especially important to stay home and avoid in-person contact with others. Learn more.

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Your Actions Save Lives

If you have coronavirus symptoms or are at high risk for serious illness, it’s especially important to stay home and avoid in-person contact with others. Learn more.

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Labor and Workforce Support for Businesses and Employees

Resources for employers and workers can be found at the California Department of Labor and Workforce Agency – Coronavirus Resources website.

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Labor and Workforce Support for Businesses and Employees

Resources for employers and workers can be found at the California Department of Labor and Workforce Agency – Coronavirus Resources website.

Summary of programs for workers:

  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Disability and Unemployment Insurance
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Workers Compensation

Employer resources:

Summary of programs for workers:

  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Disability and Unemployment Insurance
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Workers Compensation

Employer resources:

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Business Taxes

State and federal tax filing deadlines have been extended. As shared by the State Franchise Tax Board, tax file and pay deadlines have been extended to July 15, 2020.

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Business Taxes

State and federal tax filing deadlines have been extended. As shared by the State Franchise Tax Board, tax file and pay deadlines have been extended to July 15, 2020.