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 April 2, Governor Newsom announced support for California’s small businesses, the backbone of the state economy and the heart of communities and main streets across California. Click here to read more. A new portal to connect hardworking Californians to job opportunities was also announced, called OnwardCA.org.

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Financial and Technical Assistance for Small Business

Resources are available throughout California for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here for a list of free or discounted technology tools for small businesses.

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Financial and Technical Assistance for Small Business

Resources are available throughout California for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here for a list of free or discounted technology tools for small businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration Guidance and Resources
  • The U.S. SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is a direct loan by the SBA for up to $2 million at a rate of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. California businesses have access to this program at SBA.gov.
    • Now, applicants can get an Advance on that Economic Injury Disaster Loan of up to $10,000 within 3 days of a successful application. Any advance money received does not have to be repaid.
    • To apply directly online, go to the SBA Website HERE.
    • US SBA 24hr Customer Service Center at: 1-800-659-2955 / 1-800-877-8339 (TTY), or you can contact the SBA by email HERE.
  • Small businesses can also apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. The program opened Friday April 3rd. This is a 100% guaranteed loan for employers who maintain payroll. The maximum loan amount is calculated on past year’s payroll up to $10 million. The loan is forgivable on allowable expenses which include payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utilities, but at least 75% has to be for payroll. Your payments will be deferred for 6 months. Details can be found HERE.
    • Businesses can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. Reach out to your lender or find a small business center to help you HERE.
  • Small Business Debt Relief – if you are a current borrower under SBA 7(a), 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.
  • For helpful FAQs, click HERE.
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)
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.
  • If you need to talk to a specialist in GO-Biz’s Office of the Small Business Advocate directly, please contact the team.
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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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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.