Here is a variety of National, State and Local resources and relief options that focus on assisting the small business community during this unprecedented crisis. Visit our Business Recovery & Reopening section to help you plan, prepare and fund your business' reopening.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has developed the following temporary programs, in addition to traditional SBA funding programs, to assist in overcoming the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Main Street Lending Program is designed to help credit flow with medium and small sized businesses that were in good financial condition, but now need loans to help recover and adapt to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information or to apply, click here.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act reimburses small to midsize employers through two refundable payroll tax credit programs designed to fully reimburse employers for the cost of providing COVID-19 leave to employees.
Treasury, IRS and Labor has launched the Employee Retention Credit that is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is available for businesses financially impacted by COVID-19.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Starting February 24 through March 10, 2021, businesses with fewer than 20 employees and who are sole proprietors will have an exclusive loan application period to obtain access to financial assistance. President Biden has also announced additional program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable.
PPP Loan Forgiveness applications are also available for businesses that have met the eligibility guidelines. For more information about the PPP, Loan Forgiveness or to apply for the programs, click here.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting new applications for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. Small businesses including agricultural businesses and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply.
The SBA is also preparing to accept applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant for eligible businesses impacted by the COVI-19 pandemic. For more information on funding guidelines and eligible businesses, click here.
For latest resources, guidance and insights to protect and assist American businesses, workers and families, visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Join the webinars being offered to employers discussing their most pressing business problems, solutions and support.
On February 23, 2021 Governor Newsom signed legislation that provides an additional 2.1 billion to the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Eligible small businesses can receive grants up to $25,000 to help alleviate the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new legislation also allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions. Grant application acceptance periods have yet to be announced. For more information on this program including eligibility guidelines, click here.
The State of California expanded its business support by providing temporary tax relief for eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. The credit is equal to $1,000 per qualified employee, up to $100,000 for each small business employer. The application is currently available now and can be accesses at the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. A full list of existing state support for businesses can be found here.
The State also allocated an additional $12.5 million to the California Rebuilding Fund. The fund makes available $25 million to help impacted small businesses rebuild from the economic crisis. To receive information on the California Rebuilding Fund for small businesses/borrowers when available, click here.
Visit CalChamber Advocacy as they continue to provide more information on Federal, State and Local resources.
The State of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) offers the Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program as an alternative to layoffs should a business see reduction in production or services.
The California State Treasurer's office has monthly newsletters you can subscribe to as well as a resource page to keep you up to date with the latest COVID-19 information.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) lists resources with links to helpful information for employers and their employees as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants, loans and other funding opportunities are also posted on the site.
The Small Business Finance Center has allocated funds to its Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program to help eliminate barriers to capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds, including low wealth and undocumented immigrant communities.
A summary of Benefits for Worker’s Impacted by COVID-19 is available from the Labor & Workforce Development Agency as well as resources for employers and workers. In addition, business owners experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension from EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. For questions, employers may contact the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.
Inland Empire Small Business Development Center provides strategies and resources on how to keep your business operations compliant and healthy during this pandemic and provides video guidance on step-by-step assistance for completing various U.S. Small Business Administration forms. Free webinars are available that cover a number of topics and webinar series designed to help business owners adapt to the challenges of COVID-19
The San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency has highlighted current initiatives that are geared to assist all business industries and sectors. They also offer quick and easy-to-read fact sheets about incentives and resources available to businesses in the County of San Bernardino.
The Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce has proactively put together a list of webinars being offered by various agencies, including the joint partner webinar being held between the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board and the California Employers Association. These webinars are FREE, below are dates and times of upcoming events.
Check back for future events.
During this health crisis, the City of Victorville’s Economic Development Department is your local connection to resources for financial relief, education, new business practices, and much more due to the COVID-19 pandemic! Contact us at (760) 955-5032, or Opportunities@victorvilleca.gov.
COVID-19 Utility Relief
Our utility partners have established temporary utility relief programs for our business community. Download the list to see relief programs offered by Southern California Edison, Southwest Gas, the Victorville Water District, Frontier Communications and Spectrum.
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