Immediate Relief for California Businesses

California and the federal government are providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19. Read more

Small Business Relief Grant

The Governor announced the creation of a $500 million COVID Relief Grant. The following business can qualify for a Grant  up to $25,000

• Small Businesses
• Non-Profits
• Cultural Institutions

Applications for Round 2 Open February 2, 2020
Close February 8, 2021

Applications for Round 1 CLOSED January 13th, 2021
• Start of Approval Notifications January 15, 2021 

Program & Application Guide

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California Rebuilding Fund Loan

Businesses that have 50 or less full time equivalent employees and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply for a California Rebuilding Fund Loan. Businesses will fill out a pre-application to be matched with a participating lender.

• If you need assistance with filling out the pre-application you can sign up with Valley Sierra SBDC to get assistance.



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SBA Debt Relief

The SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for the following loans. Business owners who have received the following loans do not need to apply for assistance to receive the 6 months of payments from SBA.

• 7(a)
• 504
• Microloans

*This relief is not available for PPP or EIDL Loans

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Relief & Extensions for Filing Returns

Businesses will see an automatic 3-month extension for taxpayers with less than $1 million in sales tax. Additionally interest and penalties will not accrue on return amounts due, as long as payments are made and returns are filed within three months of original due date.

• 99.6% of businesses qualify for extensions



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INFORMATION AND BENEFITS FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

Federal Assistance for Business

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Guide to COVID-19 Loans and Forms

Disaster Loan Assistance for Agricultural Businesses                                                                        leer en español
Application
Agricultural businesses include businesses engaged in the legal production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries. Eligible agricultural businesses must have 500 or fewer employees.

Disaster Loan Assistance                                                                                                                                   leer en español
This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Extended to December 31, 2021.
Application
FAQ's

Paycheck Protection Program- Resumes January 11, 2021                                                          leer en español
An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Paycheck Protection Program is currently accepting First Draw PPP loan applications.  
Application
Second Draw PPP Loans
SBA will begin applications for eligible business that have already received a PPP Loan to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan on January 13, 2021.
Application for Second Draw PPP Loans
FAQ's   

INFORMATION AND BENEFITS FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

Assistance for Business

COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES
California Restaurant Association Resources 
Relief for California Restaurants 

COVID-19 Survival Guide for Business
America's Small Business Development Center of California (SBDC)

Resources to help employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus                                                          leer en español
Workplace Safety, Wages & Leave, Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities, Dislocated Workers & more U.S. Department of Labor

Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019                                                                       leer en español
Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Small Business Advising and Mentoring
Pacific Community Ventures

FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS
Small Business Finance Center (SBFC)                                                                                                                 leer en español
IBank State of California, businesses must first apply for SBA loans and be denied or ineligible in order to apply for IBank. 

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act         
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

An Independent Contractor's Guide to CARES Act Relief                                                                        leer en español
If you are an independent contractor or self-employed individual, you may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans/grants, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and/or Unemployment Compensation for losses of income related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Work Sharing Program                                                                                                                                                  leer en español
Employment Development Department (EDD)
Application


Tax Relief                                                                                                                                                                                 leer en español
State of California