The following state, federal and local resources and assistance is provided to assist businesses affected by COVID-19:
Small Business Administration Loans and Grants: Apply for various loans and grants through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Below are loans and grants available for businesses that have been affected by COVID-19:
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Click here for program details and a list of local banks participating in the EIDL and other SBA loan programs.
- Shuttered Venue Operator Grant: This grant provides emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19. Eligible entities include: live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, zoos and aquariums, etc. Click here for a complete list of eligible entities and program details.
- Paycheck Protection Program (Round 2): This forgivable loan program is provided through the CARES Act for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll and certain other expenses. The loans may be used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, utilities, etc. Please click here for program details. Click here for a list of local banks participating in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Deadline to apply is May 31, 2021.
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.
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 Development Center (SBDC) can help your small businesses succeed. The SBDC provides FREE business assistance to help you apply for loans, business planning, marketing assistance, cash flow concerns, guidance on available resources, etc.
Set-up an appointment today and take advantage of the FREE services offered by the SBDC by calling (800) 616-7232 or email Mike Daniel, OC SBDC Regional Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The SBDC also provides a variety of FREE webinars and training.
Daily webinars are provided by the SBDC on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Payroll Protection Program, and other funding opportunities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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- Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a variety of training courses and videos on financing, marketing, sales guidance and legal requirements for small businesses.
Daily Zoom webinars are hosted by the SBA on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), Payroll Protection Program and other programs.
- 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.