COVID-19 Resources

Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, who chairs the Assembly Committee on Jobs, asked committee staff to develop and maintain a webpage to provide small businesses, entrepreneurs, workers, and economic and workforce development professionals with the resources they may need in responding to COVID-19 challenges. 

Federal and State Government Resources

Guidelines for Re-Opening

The State is currently operating under the "Beyond the Blueprint".

Resources to Help Businesses Re-Open and Recover

  • California has launched a new Small Business and Employer page for the main state COVID-19-disaster page.  On this page, there are links to a wide range of resources including information on accessing capital and updates on tax requirements. 

  • The California Office of the Small Business Advocate is available to help businesses identify resources and obtain answers to key questions (to the extent known).  They created a very user friendly page, "How We Can Help," and continue to update a helpful FAQ for small businesses.

  • Need help identifying and accessing resources and what to talk with someone directly?  Checkout this California TA Providers Guide to connect to over 70 state- and federally-funded business assistance centers.  Small businesses and nonprofits can access free one-on-one business and management counseling and training through these centers, including information on how to access capital.   

  • GO-Biz is hosting a COVID-19 resource webpage with links to the IBank, Labor and Workforce Agency, Franchise Tax Board, and Department of Tax and Fee Managementhttps://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019

  • USDA Rural Development has launched a COVID-19 resource page.  Broad range of resources from affordable housing, business development, to utilities.  This document summarizes USDA Rural Development program changes to help rural businesses during the pandemic. 

  • The US Small Business Administration has a resource page, which includes guidance for businesses and employers, information about small business funding options, and government contracting opportunities.  This contracting guidebook assists small businesses with existing federal contracts who have been impacted by COVID-19.

  • Independent contractors and other self-employed individuals may be eligible for payments under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a new program funded through the federal CARES Act.  Under the program, unemployed business owners, self-employed individuals, independent contractors, individuals with limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state Unemployment Insurance benefits and who are out of business or whose services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic may apply for benefits through this portal.  You can receive free assistance in completing your PUA application by contacting CAMEO.

  • COVID-19 Medical Supply Donations:  Individuals, businesses, and nonprofits who are interested in producing medical supplies can connect with the state through this site:  https://covid19supplies.ca.gov/

Special State and Federal Tax Filing and Other Provisions

Accessing Capital - Public and Private Financial Resources

State Programs:  California’s Small Business Finance Center provides small businesses access to a range of financial products, including the Small Business Loan Guarantee (guarantee through private lenders) and the Farm Loans (direct loans to businesses).  California also offers a loss reserve-style credit enhancement program, the California Capital Access Program, to encourage private lenders to provide small business loans.  On April 2, 2020, Governor Newsom activated the California Disaster Loan Guarantee Program.   In November 2020, the state launched the California Rebuilding Fund, which offers blended loans through a statewide network of commnity development financial institutions.

Federal Programs:  The federal Small Business Administration has activated its Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which offers low interest loans with a deferred initial repayment date of next year, as well as a range of other disaster and non-disaster loan programs.  The Paycheck Protection Program is Closed, but the program is still processing applications for loan forgiveness.  Businesses can still take advances of refundable employee retention tax credits designed to encourage businesses to retain workers during the COVID-19 emergency. 

SBA made loan payments for certain borrowers of SBA 7(a), 504, and Microloans up until September 27, 2020.  The Economic Aid Act also provided authority to the SBA to make similar payments beginning February 2021.  The level of this new assistance varies based on when the loan was approved.  In addition, many current boworrers of SBA Serviced Disaster (Home and Business) Loans that were in service on March 1, 2020, may receive automatic deferments through March, 31, 2021.  An overview of these programs, including fact sheets, is also located on the Program Details webpage.

Businesses located in rural communities may also be assisted by USDA Rural Development.  For a searchable database of programs available in California, use this link:  California | Rural Development (usda.gov)

Existing Loans with Private Lenders:  State and federal regulators of financial institutions have issued a special directive to lenders to work constructively with businesses in modifying existing loans.  This directive, issued on March 20, 2020, can be accessed at:  https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/bcreg20200322a.htm

Local and Other Financial Resources:  The California State Treasurer is tracking small business financial resources offered by local governments, foundations and other nonprofits, and corporations on this Google Doc.  It is updated regularly.

Employer Guidance from California Labor Agency and Related Departments

Employer Guidance from the Federal Government

  • The federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance for businesses and employers here.

  • The federal Small Business Administration is providing guidance and consistently updating information about loans, contracting opportunities, and other resources available here.

Resources Available to Employees

   

 

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