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.
A resource of private funding options to help small businesses.
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.
- COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application
- Committee on Small Business: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans FAQ
$50 million in state funding, providing potential capital for individuals who may not qualify for federal funds.
The 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.
The 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
COVID-19 has significantly impacted Sonoma County's business community. We understand that each industry has been impacted differently and are working with our partners to provide guidance and resources to your respective business during this time.
Restaurants & Hospitality
- Sonoma County Tourism Coronavirus Toolkit
- California Hotel & Restaurant Association COVID-19 Resources
- Guidelines for Temporary Tents, Canopies and Membrane Structures for Outdoor Business Operations
Agriculture, Wine & Cannabis
- COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Agricultural Employers and Employees
- Meat and Poultry Processing Guidelines for Workers and Employers