The following state, federal and local resources and assistance is provided to assist businesses affected by COVID-19:
NEW California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program: A $5,000 to $25,000 grant is available to eligible small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The deadline to apply is January 13, 2021. Click here for more information.
City of Buena Park Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program: A $10,000 grant available to eligible Buena Park businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information
Second District Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program: A grant is available for eligible small businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. The funds are provided by the County of Orange Second Supervisorial District through the CARES Act. A $10,000 grant is available for businesses with 10 or less employees and a $20,000 grant is available for businesses with 11-100 employees. Click here for more information.
Fourth District Small Business Grant Provided by Supervisor Doug Chaffee: The Orange County Fourth District Small Business Grant Relief Program will help its Buena Park small businesses and non-profits experiencing financial losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 depending on need based on the new program.
Visit https://ociesmallbusiness.org/ocdistrict4/ for all requirements and guidelines.
Small Business Grants and Loans: The Small Business Administration (SBA) through the CARES Act is providing $10,000 emergency loan advance for immediate relief for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Funds will be made available within 3 days of a successful application and the loan advance will not have to be repaid. The SBA is also providing up to $2 million in emergency disaster assistance loans for businesses. Click here for a list of local banks participating in the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and other SBA loan programs.
Small Business Grants: Facebook has established Small Business Grants Program to assist businesses experiencing disruptions from COVID-19 with cash grants and ad credits.
Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program: The California Infrastructure and Economic Bank (Ibank) Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program offers loans to small businesses with 1-750 employees who do not qualify for federal funds. The loans could be used for operating costs, such as rent and payroll.
Paycheck Protection Program: This forgivable loan program is provided through the CARES Act for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll and certain other expenses. If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, The Small Business Administration (SBA) will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable. Click here for a list of local banks participating in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Payroll Tax Extension: Employers directly affected by the COVID-19 may request an extension from the Employment Development Department (EDD) of up to 60 days to file their state payroll reports and to deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.
Unemployment, Disability and Family Leave: The Employment Development Department (EDD) has programs to help both employers and employees deal with the costs of illness, caring for ill family members, shorter hours, and closures. The waiting period for the benefits has been waived for affected workers.
Work Sharing Program: Businesses can apply for the Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program through the Employment Development Department if reduced production or services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs as a result of COVID-19. The program helps businesses retain workers by reducing hours and wages and partially offsetting wage loos with UI benefits.
Workplace Health and Safety Guidance
Below is federal, state and local agencies providing vital COVID-19 information and updates on health and safety guidelines for the workplace:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention is the nation’s health protection federal agency providing updates and resources for the community.
- State of California Department of Industrial Relations (Cal/OSHA) provides guidance on protecting workers.
- Orange County Health Care Agency is the local agency responsible for disseminating information concerning Orange County’s public health.
There are free webinars, guidance and mentors available to help small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis.
- Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a variety of training courses and videos on financing, marketing, sales guidance and legal requirements for small businesses.
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help small businesses apply for relieve and provide guidance on available resources, cash flow concerns, workforce capacity, insurance coverage and more at no cost. SBDC also provides are variety of webinars and training.
Daily webinars are provided by the SBDC on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Payroll Protection Program, Disaster Bridge Loan, 7a Forgiveness, and other funding opportunities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ASK SBDC Daily Calls at 3 PM | Register here
- SCORE offers business mentoring and a variety of training webinars and classes by trained business experts.
Additional Resources to Help Small Businesses
- The Orange County Business Council (OCBC) provides important information impacting businesses, including updates, resources and guidance related to COVID-19. OCBC has created ReOpen OC Safely, a source for industry specific resources to prepare to safely reopen businesses as the county continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. To learn what steps your industry needs to take to reopen, Click Here.
- The California’s Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) provides has compiled helpful information for businesses affected by COVID-19. If you would like to talk to a specialist in GO-Biz’s Office of the Small Business Advocate, please contact the team.
- The California Small Business Development Center (California SBDC) Program created the COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide: https://www.norcalsbdc.org/sites/default/files/COVID%2019_Resources_CA-SBDC.pdf
- The North Orange County Chamber, serving Buena Park businesses, provides support and resources for businesses affected by COVID-19.