COVID-19 Resources for Startups & small businesses

To help startups and small businesses in our region navigate the challenges presented by the coronavirus, we have updated news  and resources. 

If your business has been impacted by the coronavirus epidemic, you can find assistance and updates on this page. 

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GetVirtual gives local businesses affected by COVID-19 the tools to adapt to the virtual landscape and extend your business online. The program pairs local businesses seeking help with college students seeking experience. Students get college credit. Businesses get volunteer interns. GetVirtual uses basic commercial software products to provide the following services:
 
1. Website development or redesign using Wix, Squarespace or WordPress. We also provide research work to help identify and install any website plugins you may need for your website.
 
2. E-commerce using Shopify, Stripe, Square
 
3. Online marketing services to help with SEO, SEM, email and social marketing campaigns

News Releases

  • In response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on local businesses and residents, the City of Pacific Grove City Council has allocated $36,000 in one-time funds to assist eligible Pacific Grove businesses and $30,000 in one-time funds to assist eligible Pacific Grove tenants. The objectives of this program are:

    • To offer immediate financial assistance to small businesses located in the City of Pacific Grove to aid in maintaining their business and workforce; and
    • To offer immediate financial assistance to tenants residing in the City of Pacific Grove to aid in maintaining their permanent housing.

    For more information please visit: https://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/doing-business/small-business-and-rental-assistance

Governor Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, along with CalOSBA and GO-BIZ, are helping Californians #ShopSafeShopLocal to support small businesses and help all of our diverse neighborhoods thrive.

The launch of the new website, business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal, provides resources for small businesses and partners such as:
  • The City of Seaside has allocated funds for small business loans to provide relief for existing businesses within city limits. Businesses may use these funds to cover expenses like rent, payroll, and utilities. Repayment of the loan begins after the pandemic emergency is declared over. Loans are available for $5,000 or $2,500. Applicants will be asked to complete an Experian credit check after submitting their application.

    Interested applicants should click here to apply now.

    Email info@ci.seaside.ca.us with any questions.

 Monterey County Resources

Monterey Reopening Timeline

Monterey County Health Department's timeline for reopening businesses.

Cal Coastal SBDC

Small Business Development Center serving Monterey County.
  • Webinars
  • Federal Resources for small businesses
  • State Resources
Visit SBDC

County of Monterey Health Department

Latest information on Monterey's COVID-19 cases and the road to recovery.
News about coronavirus impact on business and resources to help businesses survive
Visit Health Deparment Website

 San Benito county resources

Cal Coastal SBDC

Small Business Development Center serving San Benito County.
  • Webinars
  • Local, state and federal resources to support small businesses
  • Business advisors
Visit SBDC

San Benito County Health and Human Services

Latest information and news on COVID-19 in San Benito County.

San Benito County Business Reopening

Industry guidance on business reopening in San Benito County.

Santa Cruz County Resources

Santa Cruz Health Services Agency

Latest news on COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz SBDC

Small Business Development Center serving Santa Cruz county.
  • Webinars
  • Federal Resources for small businesses
  • State Resources
Visit SBDC

Santa Cruz Works

Santa Cruz Works strives to make Santa Cruz County a great place to start, sustain, and grow your company.
News about coronavirus impact on business and resources to help businesses survive
Visit Santa Cruz Works

County of Monterey Health Department

Timely updates and guidance regarding the COVID-19 emergency
News about coronavirus impact on business and resources to help businesses survive
Visit Monterey Health Dept. Website

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

The USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Download PDF

Monterey County Emergency Microloan

Economic development tool designed to assist small businesses located within Monterey County, CA through the Economic Development Department's Small Business Revolving Loan Fund.
Download PDF

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

The USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Download PDF

Tax Relief for Businesses in California

iiED has prepared a downloadable PDF from publicly available sources to support regional businesses through the COVID-19 emergency.
Download PDF

March 19 stay at home order

Stay Home Except for Essential Needs

  • Please see the list of Essential Infrastructure Workers (PDF).
    • If your business is on the list of exempt sectors, it may still operate.
    • This list is subject to updates.
  • Your city or county may have additional guidance. Please check with your local government.
  • Contact GO-Biz with questions, the team can help you.
  • Follow the stay at home order issued by Governor Newsom.
  • Review the financial, technical, and workforce assistance resources on this page.

Please send GO-Biz an email that describes your business, the product or service, and any other important details. You can contact the Governors Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

Essential Resources

Business Planning, Counseling, and General Resources

Help Avoiding Layoffs

Workshare (help avoid layoffs)
Workforce Development Board

  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Disability and Unemployment Insurance
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Workers Compensation

For more information, visit the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency

Labor & Workforce Support for Businesses & Employees

Financial Assistance

Work with your financial institution to explore refinancing, deferred payments, and other appropriate tools for your situation.


SBA’s Disaster Loan Assistance—California is now eligible region for SBA Loan Assistance. For guidance filling out the form contact the Disaster Helpdesk from 8AM to 8PM EDT 7 days a week at 800-488-5323

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

US Bank Small Business Services

Bank of America

California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) (1-500 employees)

  • CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. Individual borrowers are limited to a maximum of $2.5 million enrolled over a 3-year period.
  • To contact the California State Treasurer’s Office:
    • Email CalCAP: HERE
    • Call: Call: 1-916-653-2995

Special loan programs designed to help businesses survive the COVID19 emergency.

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDLs) funds come directly from the U.S. Treasury. Applicants do not go through a bank to apply. Instead apply directly to SBA’s Disaster Assistance Program at: DisasterLoan.sba.gov

COVID resources for small businesses

  • California’s network of small business support centers help businesses figure out which loans are best for them, develop resiliency strategies, and find other resources. Click here to learn more.
  • The Office of the Small Business Advocate has also provided answers to a list of frequently asked questions to help support California’s small businesses. Click here to learn more.
  • If you need to talk to a specialist in GO-Biz’s Office of the Small Business Advocate directly, please contact the team.

California’s network of small business support centers help businesses figure out which loans are best for them, develop resiliency strategies, and find other resources. Please click this link to learn more.

 

Useful Business Data

Emerging data about online selling in the COVID emergency

SBA’s Disaster Loan Assistance—California is now eligible region for SBA Loan Assistance. For guidance filling out the form contact the Disaster Helpdesk from 8AM to 8PM EDT 7 days a week at 800-488-5323

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

US Bank Small Business Services

Bank of America

California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) (1-500 employees)

  • CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. Individual borrowers are limited to a maximum of $2.5 million enrolled over a 3-year period.
  • To contact the California State Treasurer’s Office:
    • Email CalCAP: HERE
    • Call: Call: 1-916-653-2995

Overview of the Venture Capital environment in the COVID19 emergency.

VC deal volume

 Regional Informational Websites

Cal Coastal SBDC

Small Business Development Center serving San Benito and Monterey counties
  • Webinars
  • Local, state and federal resources to support small businesses
  • Business advisors
Visit SBDC

Santa Cruz SBDC

Small Business Development Center serving Santa Cruz county
  • Webinars
  • Federal Resources for small businesses
  • State Resources
Visit SBDC

Santa Cruz Works

Santa Cruz Works strives to make Santa Cruz County a great place to start, sustain, and grow your company.
News about coronavirus impact on business and resources to help businesses survive
Visit Santa Cruz Works

Monterey

Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund
COVID-19 Relief Fund to help those affected by the impact of the Coronavirus in Monterey County.
Visit CFMC

Santa Cruz

Community Foundation Grants for Non-profits
Learn more about the COVID relief efforts, whether you are looking for assistance or to make a donation.
Visit CFSC

San Benito

Community Foundation Grants for Non-profits
The Community Foundation has activated the COVID-19 Relief Fund to distribute resources to local nonprofits.
Visit CFSB

state and National Informational Websites

SBA

Small business guidance and Loan reserves
Find assistance for small businesses and resources for emergency loans
Visit SBA

CMTC

Information for Manufacturers
Timely updates on loans, assistance & supply chain issues nationally and regionally
Visit CMTC

Federal Reserve Board

News on supervisory & regulatory actions
The Federal Reserve works to provide the nation with a stable monetary and financial system
Visit Fed

Financial Assistance for Small Businesses

iiED has prepared a downloadable PDF from publicly available sources to support regional businesses through the COVID-19 emergency.
Download PDF

Tax Relief for Businesses in California

iiED has prepared a downloadable PDF from publicly available sources to support regional businesses through the COVID-19 emergency.
Download PDF

COVID19.CA.GOV

Important alerts regarding the COVID emergency for the state of California
Information on symptoms, at risk populations and guidance for businesses
Visit COVID19.CA.GOV

CDC

Centers for Disease Control Updates
Here you will find guidance on symptoms and important statistics
Visit CDC