COVID-19 Business Quick Links
The State of California has created a comprehensive website with COVID-19 information for the general public and employers. As California reopens, every business will need to create a safer, low-risk environment. Read the State industry-specific guidance.
GO-Biz (Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development) provides multiple state resources for California businesses.
Alameda County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service that can provide information about pro bono legal programs in the area and can match clients with attorneys for a $40 non-refundable referral fee. Depending on income and the type of legal assistance needed, some clients may be eligible for reduced rates.
Alameda County Department of Environmental Health provides COVID-19 guidance for food facilities as well as links to guidance for cleaning and disinfection.
Alameda County Public Health Department provides a COVID-19 dashboard and information on the Shelter in Place Health Order.
Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector issued their "COVID‐19 Related Delinquent Property Tax Penalty & Interest Waiver Policy” in order to help taxpayers determine if they qualify for a waiver of delinquent penalties, interest, or costs related to the second installment payment of delinquent taxes paid after April 10th. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Alameda County Workforce Development Board provides Rapid Response assistance to businesses considering layoffs.
Amazon Small Business Academy provides information for successful selling on Amazon stores.
American Express "Shop Small" Program provides free resources and materials including graphics to help promote small businesses.
Anewamerica Women’s Business Center is a trusted SBA partner and can help women entrepreneurs in the Bay Area with an SBA loan application and offer other valuable resources and advice.
Association of Manufacturers Bay Area provides a list of resources to assist manufacturing companies.
California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) provides self-employed, entrepreneurs and micro-businesses with small business financing, technical assistance and business management training. CAMEO, in partnership with Legal Aid at Work, also offers a legal clinic to assist self-employed workers in California to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
State of California provides a number of programs and services
California Employers Association offers guidance to employers on human resources compliance issues.
California Manufacturers & Technology Association offers guidance to manufacturing employers regarding OSHA, Cal/OSHA, EPA, and CDC COVID-19 compliance.
California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) offers resources and an assistance program to support California small and medium-sized manufacturers (up to 500 employees).
CARES Act Resources:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce CARES Act Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had information about Coronavirus.
Dublin offers the Small Business Recovery Boost Grant Program and Temporary Use Permit for restaurants, retail & fitness establishments to temporarily
utilize outdoor spaces.
Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) provides information for building/property managers regarding how to safely flush your water system after a shutdown.
East Bay Clean Energy has implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment for both residential and commercial customers.
East Bay Community Foundation provided one-time general operating grants to nonprofit organizations that provide critical services around economic security to the most vulnerable populations in the East Bay.
East Bay Economic Development Alliance provides guides and resources for businesses in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
East Bay SCORE is a trusted SBA partner and can help business owners (in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano counties) with an SBA loan application and offer other valuable resources and advice.
eBay Up & Running Program offers a free basic online storefront for three months to impacted businesses that do not currently sell online.
Federal Government offers a number of programs and services.
GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund provides matching grants of $500 to eligible businesses through the Small Business Relief Initiative created by GoFundMe, Yelp and Intuit QuickBooks.
Google Resources provides guides and resources for businesses.
Great Plates Delivered is a program established by the State and administered locally by Alameda County to help ensure older Californians (that are not eligible for other nutrition programs) have access to healthy meals.
ICA Fund Good Jobs is offering zero-interest loans for small Bay Area companies through their Rapid Response Liquidity Fund.
Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV) provides a resource guide for local businesses; also has launched #TRIVALLEYTogether to bring regional businesses and community members together to help donate technology, donate medical supplies and cash to support the most vulnerable population. ITV has also compiled a list of Bay Area Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) vendors.
Intuit Aid Assist offers a free online tax credits estimator tool to help business owners understand tax credits they may be eligible for.
Kaiser Permanente created a "Return to Work Playbook" with useful tools for employers on workplace safety and supporting employees.
Kiva offers non-governmental crowd-sourced 0% interest small business loans.
Legal Resources These organizations may be able to provide legal assistance or referrals:
- UC Berkeley Law Community Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to survive the COVID-19 pandemic to small businesses that cannot afford an attorney.
- Alameda County Small Business Development Center offers free business counseling, including referrals for legal guidance. They are also offering weekly virtual office hours staffed by expert lawyers so that small businesses have a place to get specific questions answered as well as a weekly webinar (password:baseforce).
- Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service can provide information about local pro bono legal programs.
National Association of Manufacturers provides information to manufacturers.
Northern California Financial Development Corporation (Nor-Cal FDC) offers a loan guarantee program for small businesses and participates in California IBANK's Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program.
Open for Business Hub lists technology companies that are helping small businesses by enabling remote work during this time.
Pacific Community Ventures provides resources for small businesses.
PG&E has implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment for both residential and commercial customers.
PostMates Small Business Relief Pilot is a program that temporarily waives commission fees for businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Professional Beauty Association (PBA) COVID-19 Relief Fund is offering $500 grants to licensed beauty professionals.
Safely Making California Marketplace is a website hosted by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association that lists manufacturers of non-medical grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, sanitizers, gowns, face shields, plexiglass partitions and wipes.
SF Made (COVID-19 Impact Resources for Manufacturers) provides resources and tips for Bay Area manufacturers. Note: references on their website to “City” mean the City of San Francisco.
Shopify is offering an extended 90-day free trial; Also enabling physical and digital gift cards for new and existing clients.
Shopify Capital program offers non-governmental loans to small business clients.
Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans and other programs to eligible small businesses.
Small Business Relief Initiative Fund offers non-governmental grants. (Sponsored by Yelp, GoFundMe and Intuit QuickBooks.)
Small Business Majority provides tips and resources for small businesses on the national level.
Stop Waste administers the Alameda County Reusable Bag Ordinance including inspections, enforcements and bag charge requirements. As of June 18, 2020, customers in Alameda County can resume bringing their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items from home if they do not require handling by store employees. Under the 6/18/2020 order, customers can place their reusable bags in carts and/or baskets, but must bag their own groceries.
Tax Filing Relief for Businesses:
Federal income tax filing and payment
State income tax filing and payment
Request a time extension for state payroll taxes
Tri-Valley Career Center has small business assistance information for employers and unemployment information/job seeking information for workers.
Vagaro is offering an extended free trial for new clients plus monthly discounts, marketing tools, online shopping cart resources and other resources for existing clients.
Veterans Business Outreach Center is a trusted SBA partner and can help California business owners with an SBA loan application and offer other valuable resources and advice.
Visit Tri-Valley (VTV) is providing resources to support Tri-Valley businesses with new webpages that provide small business listings, updates and special offers. They also created a #TriValleyToGo campaign to support local businesses and offer information to support hospitality industry businesses on their Partners webpage.
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund through Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
Working Solutions offers microloans, consulting and other resources for Bay Area business owners with a focus on start-up and early-stage financing; Working Solutions is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and participates in California IBANK's Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program.
World Central Kitchen coordinates #ChefsForAmerica, a non-governmental meal delivery program that supports small, independent restaurants.
Yelp Resource Hub provides guides and resources for businesses
SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan Assistance - Webinars, Videos and Slidedecks:
Watch the Walkthrough for SBA Economic Injury Loan Online Application video from SBA
Download the How to apply for a SBA Disaster Loan slide deck from CAMEO
Watch the CAMEO Webinar with SBA Office of Disaster Assistance (recorded 3/19/20)
Watch the Guide to Economic Injury Loans webinar from SBA Region IX (registration required)
SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan Assistance - Partners to assist with loan applications:
Veteran Launch: Provides SBA Small Business loans to qualified California small businesses owned by veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families who are unable to obtain a bank loan.
Watch the COVID-19 Coping Strategies and Insights webinar hosted by Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (recorded 3/27/2020)
Visit Norcal SBDC’s calendar for a list of upcoming webinars.