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The  Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to work closely with other Bay Area health departments, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the Coronavirus.

The COVID-19 Resource Hotline number is (707) 565-4667 and is being monitored Monday-Friday.

FINANCING

    COVID-19 funding options search
    A resource of private funding options to help small businesses.

    Grants

    CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

    On November 30th, 2020, the State of California announced the allocation of funds for COVID-19 Relief Grant for Small Businesses. The Office of the Small Business Advocate announced new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Grants of up to $25,000 will be distributed to underserved micro and small businesses throughout the State of California. Please note, this is NOT a first come first serve grant. For more information:  California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program.

    Loans

    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.

      IBank-Logo-120x120California Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (via IBank). $50 million in state funding, providing potential capital for individuals who may not qualify for federal funds.

      CalCAP-Logo-120x120The  California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) for Small Business encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may eligible for this program. CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. Loans are available up to $5 million.

      California-rebuilding-fund-Logo-200The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program to support California’s small businesses—especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state. Businesses who employed 50 or less full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply. The loans are flexible, transparent and are designed to help businesses access the capital and advisory services they need to get through these challenging economic times.

      Tax Relief

      Main Street Small Business Tax Credit II

      Allows a small business hiring credit against California state income taxes or sales and use taxes.

      • Eligible businesses must have 500 or fewer employees as of Dec. 31, 2020, and
      • Suffered a 20% decrease or more in income tax gross receipts

    WORKFORCE

      Personal Protective Equipment

      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  joblinkbusinessgroup@schsd.org. 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.

      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 1 (888) 745-3886. 

    INDUSTRY

    Contact Information

    Lauren Cartwright

    Business Retention and Expansion Program Manager

    Economic Development Board

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    Marcos J. Suarez

    Asistencia a Negocios en Español

    Economic Development Board
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    Christine Palmer

    Business Development Program Manager

    Economic Development Board

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    141 Stony Circle, Suite 130
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401