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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Important Updates from the Governor

On March 30, Governor Newsom signed an executive order providing relief to California small businesses. Read more here. On March 27, Governor Newsom issued a statement on the federal supplemental stimulus bill. Read more here. Additional resources can be found in the Financial and Technical Assistance for Small Business section below.

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Stay Home Except for Essential Needs

On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order identifies certain services as essential. These services can continue to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

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Stay Home Except for Essential Needs

On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order identifies certain services as essential. These services can continue to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Is my business considered essential or non-essential?
  • Please see the list of Essential Infrastructure Workers (PDF).
    • If your business is on the list of exempt sectors, it may still operate.
    • This list is subject to updates.
  • Your city or county may have additional guidance. Please check with your local government.
My business is not classified as essential. What should I do?
  • Contact GO-Biz with questions, the team can help you.
  • Follow the stay at home order issued by Governor Newsom.
  • Review the financial, technical, and workforce assistance resources on this page.
 
My business offers a product or service that can help during this crisis. Who should I contact?
  • Please send GO-Biz an email that describes your business, the product or service, and any other important details. You can contact us here.
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Financial and Technical Assistance for Small Business

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

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Financial and Technical Assistance for Small Business

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

Small Business Technical Assistance
  • California’s network of small business support centers help businesses figure out which loans are best for them, develop resiliency strategies, and find other resources. Click here to learn more.
  • The Office of the Small Business Advocate has also provided answers to a list of frequently asked questions to help support California’s small businesses. Click here to learn more.
  • If you need to talk to a specialist in GO-Biz’s Office of the Small Business Advocate directly, please contact the team.
U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
  • Paycheck Protection Program will offer cash-flow assistance with a 100% federally guaranteed loan to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. These loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain or restore payroll. SBA guidelines are pending publication, but the program will be available through SBA’s 7(a) lenders. Match to your lender HERE.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are available to the entire state of California and now include an Emergency Economic Injury Grant of up to $10,000 within three days of applying for EIDL. To apply directly online, go to the SBA Website HERE.
  • Small Business Debt Relief – if you are a current borrower under SBA 7(a) not through PPP, 504 loan program or a microloan, you are eligible for debt relief and SBA will cover all loan payments for 6 months. View all of SBA’s programs HERE.
California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) (1-500 employees)
CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) Finance Programs (1-750 employees)
  • Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program: This disaster program provides loan guarantees of up to $1 million for small business borrowers in declared disaster areas.
  • Jump Start Loan Program: This program offers loans from $500 to $10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in declared disaster and emergency areas.
  • To contact IBank:
    • Email IBank: HERE
    • Call: 1-916-341-6600
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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.