Small Business Roundtables

Welcome to the Small Business Roundtable Resource webpage.

We will be using this page to help the small business community stay informed on COVID-19 actions that impact small businesses, economic and workforce development activities, and other elements of inclusive communities.

Materials from the April 30, 2020, Conference Call

During the course of the conference call we will be referring to documents and links on this page and the JEDE COVID-19 Resource Page.

The April 2, 2020, AGENDA is availble for review.  The primary topics are related to the California's response to the coronavirus and COVID-19 epidemic.  Thee issues include:

  • What is the state's current technical assistance capacity to meet the needs of small businesses, workers, communities, and other economic development stakeholders?

  • What impact will the CARES Act have on technical assistance and program funding capacity?

  • What strategies are being deployed to ensure all areas of the state and population groups are being service?

  • Who is tracking and/or involved in delivering CARES Act funding and programs?

  • Who is working on recovery strategies and what ideas are being discussed?

  • How can the small business and economic and workforce development community remain connected? 

**Special thanks to CAMEO for hosting the conference call on their ZOOM system.

Partner Updates

  • The Small Business Advocate's web-page is a great jumping-off place for finding the right resources.

  • JEDE is tracking webinars and posting them in the JEDE COVID-19 Update.  If you have webinars you would like included, please email Ben at before 11:00 am in order to be listed in the next day's update.

  • CALED is developing a platform geared toward economic developers.  CALED is also looking for best practices, which can be shared with other areas of the state.  If you would like to contribute, is interested in hearing from you.

  • Recovery Strategies:

  • Small Business Majority has published the California Policy Agenda to address COVID-19, which includes recommendations for state, federal, and local officials.  This includes, among other recommendations:  ensuring access to continued and new forms of credit, providing immediate cash flow and small business resources, and ensuring fair and open markets.

  • REDF, a nonprofit advocating on issues relating to employment social enterprise, has published its COVID-19 policy recommendations.  These include, among other recommendations, increased income support for households, guarantees for state contractors, and deferral of business taxes.

  • The Economic Innovation Group has published a COVID-19 proposal focused on lower income communities, including those federally-designated as Opportunity Zones.

Other Materials for Meeting

  • For those tracking Governor Newsom's Executive Orders, we have the link.

  • The Legislative Analyst's Office released an economic prospective, which clearly states that small businesses are to be among the primary groups impacted by COVID-19.

  • California has a new webpage for those interested in just the highlights.  It is very user friendly, translates into many languages, and could be a good addition to your organization's own outreach.

  • Every County in California is authorized for the SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loans.  Many groups have been holding webinars explaining the program and how businesses can apply.  This is the most current SBA handout on the program.




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