JEDE COVID-19 Update for April 17, 2020

MAJOR COVID-19 ACTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

HOT LINES FOR FAST SERVICE FOR SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 CHALLENGES

  • Norcal SBDC Network:  Serving businesses located in Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Mateo, San Joaquin, Shasta, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, Yuba, Counties and the City and County of San Francisco.

  • Central California SBDC Network: Serving businesses located in Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, Mono, San Luis Obispo, San Benito, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne.

  • Los Angeles Regional SBDC Network:  Serving businesses located in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara Counties, and Ventura Counties.

  • Orange County Inland Empire SBDC Network:  Serving businesses located in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

  • San Diego & Imperial Regional Network:  Serving businesses located in Imperial and San Diego Counties.

ASSESSMENTS AND SURVEYS

PROGRAM GUIDANCE

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Grant Funding for Workforce Training to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals: The Employment Development Department announces the availability of Wagner-Peyser 10% Governor’s Discretionary funds for Program Year 2020-21.  Eligible proposals are to assist job-ready deaf and hard of hearing individuals in searching for, obtaining, and retaining unsubsidized employment and career advancement opportunities.  The Solicitation for Proposal is open to public agencies and private non-profit corporations. Individuals are not eligible to apply.  Proposals are due May 15, 2020.  https://www.edd.ca.gov/Jobs_and_Training/pubs/wsin19-42.pdf

  • Gant Funding for Farmworkers:  The US Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $91.8 million in grant funding to support the economic stability of farmworkers through the National Farmworker Jobs Program - Career Services and Training Grants and Housing Grants.  Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, state workforce agencies, workforce agencies of outlying areas, non-profits and Tribal organizations.  In addition to assisting farmworkers to access affordable housing, qualifying projects include workforce training to assist farmworkers and their dependents to acquire skills to either stabilize or advance in their agricultural jobs or obtain employment in new industries or occupations.

  • Save Small Business Fund:  The US Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a grant making initiative, Save Small Business Fund, capitalized by corporate and philanthropic partners.  The Save Small Business Fund will provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as they can. These are one-time supplemental cash grants for businesses that have 3-to-20 employees and operate in economically vulnerable communities. The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 12:00 PM PT/3:00 PM ET.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) launched an on-demand COVID-19 webinar series.  GO-Biz will use these webinars to provide updates from the Office of the Small Business Advocate, the Business Investment Services Unit, the International and Sustainable Freight and Goods Movement teams on resources, and other guidance and state actions taken to assist businesses.  Link to the first webinar:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAHT1HJyJUc&feature=youtu.be

  • Update from the Port of Los Angeles:  At the Port of Los Angeles, all terminals and gates are open.  Each day their website is updated with information on our activities during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Information includes the vessels in port, container terminal gate hours, the USNS Mercy, and void sailings https://www.portoflosangeles.org/covid-19  

    • 12 ships in port today: 7 container, 2 liquid bulk, 1 vehicle carrier, 1 cruise ship, and USNS Mercy.

    • The NCL Jewel is in port for fuel, ship stores and to transfer of some crew to chartered coach and air transport home.

    • Number of blank sailings are at: 2 for late April, 14 for May, 11 for June, and 3 for July.

    • Logistics Victory Los Angeles (LoVLA.org) is receiving a donation of 160,000 face shields from Apple Inc. (AAPL). Donated through Apple’s Giving program, the face shields will assist in L.A.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  COVID-19 caregivers in Southern California are running low on certain supplies, including isolation gowns, examination gloves, face shields, medical ventilators, N95 masks, and IV drip apparatus.

    • The Port of Los Angeles released another video message from Executive Director Gene Seroka describing the construction projects that continue to move forward and the anticipation of a stronger April.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q6BCkf3wdM

  • Update from Ontario Airport:  Ontario International Airport freight shipments surge by 22% in March 2020.  More than 70,000 tons of commercial cargo moved through the airport, up 12,600 tons from the same month in 2019. From January through March, Ontario handled 186,000 tons or freight, a 13% increase over the first three months of last year.  https://ajot.com/news/ontario-international-airport-freight-shipments-surge-by-22-in-march

  • Stopping Fraud:  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged a Rhode Island-based company and its owner with falsely claiming to be an approved lender for a federal coronavirus relief lending program and asked a federal court to immediately halt their misrepresentations.  The FTC’s complaint alleges that Ponte Investments, LLC, also doing business as SBA Loan Program and SBA Loan Program.com, and its owner John C. Ponte, have been falsely claiming an affiliation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and marketing themselves to small businesses as an approved lender under SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). According to the FTC, the defendants are neither affiliated with the SBA in any way, nor are they an SBA-authorized lender.  https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/sbacomplaint.pdf?utm_source=govdelivery

  • Immigrant Assistance Guide:  Governor Newsom released a new COVID-19 Immigrant Guide, which highlights the benefits and other assistance available to immigrants in California, including assistance that can be provided without regard to immigration status.  The COVID-19 Immigrant Guide was created in partnership with Listos California.  This guide builds on other activities of the state to support immigrant workers, including the $75 million in statewide disaster assistance funding announced previously and the $50 million committed by the philanthropic community through the California Immigrant Resilience Fund.

  • New Webpage Report Scams:  The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration announced a new website providing information concerning IRS-related coronavirus scams - https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/coronavirus.shtml. Taxpayers may also report potential coronavirus scams to TIGTA at: www.tips.tigta.gov

 

 

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