• 2020-Coronavirus-Business-Resource-Guide

If you are a business owner or employee of a business that has been affected by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), check here for information about your next steps.

In partnership with the County of Sonoma and the Department of Health Services, the EDB has compiled a comprehensive list of local, state and government resources and benefits for businesses and employees affected by the emerging situation.  Resources listed below include potentially available funding for working capital for small business, public health information links, workforce resources and how to help employees affected by Coronavirus.

For additional information, visit the County of Sonoma’s website for the most up-to-date information about how to prepare and understand how our region is being impacted.

Affected Businesses


Payroll Protection Program

The program would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 % federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers remain employed, as well as help affected small businesses and our economy snap-back quicker after the crisis. PPP has a host of attractive features, such as forgiveness of up to 8 weeks of payroll based on employee retention and salary levels, no SBA fees, and at least six months of deferral with maximum deferrals of up to a year. Small businesses and other eligible entities will be able to apply if they were harmed by COVID-19 between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. This program would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, in order to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. Loans are available through June 30, 2020.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Economic Injury Grants

These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments.

Small Business Debt Relief

This program will provide immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504, and microloans. Under it, SBA will cover all loan payments on these SBA loans, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out loans within six months of the President signing the bill into law.



Disaster Funding

  • Businesses can begin applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance while we await a disaster declaration to release these funds.


  • Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and advertising credits to help small businesses during this time.
  • James Beard Foundation started a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage small businesses in need.
  • JPMorgan pledged $50 million in aid to small businesses and nonprofits.
  • Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans to business owners in need.
  • Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the company is providing $25 million in coronavirus relief for independent restaurant and nightlife businesses in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products and services.
  • Hello Alice is offering $10,000 Business for All Emergency Grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by Coronavirus, as part of their broader mission to ensure Business for All.  In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.

Business Expenses

  • California State Tax Deadline has been extended. This relief includes moving the various tax filing and payment deadlines that occur on March 15, 2020 through June, 15 2020 to June 15, 2020.  This includes: Partnerships and LLCs who are taxed as partnerships whose tax returns are due on March 15 now have a 90-day extension to file and pay by June 15.



  • "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce" List
  • Social Distancing Protocol - English
  • Protocolo de Distancia Social - Español
  • The Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe.  What employees are entitled to may be confusing.  The LWDA is trying to make it easier and spread awareness through a centralized source of information with regards to topics such as: paid sick leave, disability and unemployment insurance, workplace health and safety guidance and employer assistance.  Use the guidance on their website to determine what is best for you, your family and your workplace.
  • For assistance with layoffs and layoff mitigation, the Sonoma County Job Link Business Services hotline number is (707) 565-8079 and email is  This hotline and e-mail are staffed during the Shelter in Place.  Be aware that due to call volume, you may need to leave a message.  All calls Monday-Friday will be returned within 24 hours.
  • The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has listed basic information with relation to employee leave options, compensation and salary.
  • For information about job protection and employment discrimination, visit the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing website.
  • The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of resources for employers who anticipate a reduction of work hours or potential closure or layoffs as a result of Coronavirus.  Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of Coronavirus may also request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.  For question, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center at (888) 745-3886

    Employees of Affected Businesses


    • Sonoma County Job Link offers job seekers 18+ access to job search tools, career development services, labor market information and job referrals.  Inquire about FREE, PAID job training and individualized job search assistance.  During the Shelter in Place, Job Link staff are able to answer questions by phone about how to apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits.  The phone number is (707) 565-5550.
    • Local Broadband companies are here to help provide connectivity whether you are working remotely, participating in distance learning or looking for new career opportunities.  Some providers are offering complimentary or discounted services, to help you stay connected during Coronavirus.
      Internet Essentials from Comcast
      California Advanced Services Fund (CSAF) -Line Extension Program
    • is a one-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic


    • California State Tax Deadline has been extended. Individual filers whose tax returns are due on April 15 now have a 60-day extension to file and pay by June 15.
    • The California Restaurant Association Foundation has grants available from their Restaurants Care program for eligible restaurant employees affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
    • The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.  Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have demonstrated being financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment.


      The Employment Development Department provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by the Coronavirus in California. 
      • Sick or Quarantined:  If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to Coronavirus, you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.  DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible works who have full or partial loss of wages due to non-work-related illness.
      • Caregiving: If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family members with Coronavirus, you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.  PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member.
      • Reduced Work Hours: If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to Coronavirus, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.  UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own.
      • Layoff Alternatives: Partial claimsare for employees whose employers want to keep them when there is a lack of work.  A partial Unemployment Insurance claim can be used for any claimant who works less than their normal full-time hours, and whose employers want to keep them.  

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