COVID-19 Resources

We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, customers, and associates very seriously. Like you, we’re closely monitoring the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please bookmark this page, and check back regularly for updates.
 
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant
 
City of La Verne Business Grant
 
Los Angels County’s Temporary Eviction Moratorium
  • The Los Angeles County Temporary Eviction Moratorium (“Moratorium”), effective March 4, 2020
    through February 28, 2021*, implements a Countywide ban on evictions for residential and commercial
    tenants. Read Full Text Here
 
 
FREE PPE for LA County Small Businesses

The Los Angeles SBDC has launched a new PPE giveaway program called PPE Unite™ that will provide free Personal Protective Equipment to LA small businesses.

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees can apply to receive a one-month supply of face masks, hand sanitizer, and face shields through the PPE Unite™ distribution program.

These supplies are offered on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay – sign up today!

State Resources: 

•    California Office of the Small Business Advocate – CalOSBA, which administered this grant program, serves as the voice of small business and offers information and direct support to help you better navigate resources and programs available to start, manage, and grow your business. Get assistance and/or stay connected HERE.

•    Small Business Center Network – California supports a network of small business technical assistance centers that provide free one-on-one consulting and no-cost or low-cost trainings to help businesses get funded, enter new markets, strengthen operations, build resiliency and more. Get help adapting to the new marketplace with digital tools, finding loans and other grant programs, or learning how to improve your operations. With over 30 languages available, click HERE to find your local advisors today.

•    California Rebuilding Fund – The State invested in the California Rebuilding Fund to help impacted and underserved small businesses who have had difficulties accessing capital rebuild from the economic crisis and keep local economies strong. The Fund is an innovative public-private partnership that provides free support and services and affordable loans to small businesses as they navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Visit CALoanFund.org for information and to apply. 

•    Small Business Loans – The State of California also supports loans to small businesses through a network of lenders at IBank and the Treasurer’s Office as follows: 

  •     Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program: The State of California has allocated $50 million to the Small Business Finance Center at California’s IBank to support small business access to capital for those small businesses (1-750 employees) that may not qualify for federal funds (including businesses in low-wealth and immigrant communities). Click HERE for more information. Loans up to $50,000 are prioritized for underserved businesses. Find a participating lender HERE. To access the program, visit above link or contact IBank at: IBank@IBank.ca.gov 
  •     Small Business Loan Guarantee Program: IBank’s Small Business Finance Center features a loan guarantee program that encourages lenders to provide funds to small businesses and encourages investment in low- to moderate-income communities. Click HERE for more information. 
  •     California Treasurer’s Office has a small business loan program with special disaster assistance that is used by CDFIs, banks and other lenders. CalCAP’s Covid-19 considerations are HERE. To apply, find a lender at: http://go.pardot.com/e/748173/cfa-calcap-sb-institutions-pdf/9z5qj/307563299?h=aavLxkUfj6ldUudQgaU-ByrD5_a6odUXouRqCN0ZccI 

Guidelines and Resources for Re-Opening:

U.S. Department of Labor:

State of California:

Los Angeles County:

Center for Disease Control (CDC):

Cal/OSHA

World Health Organization:

US Chamber of Commerce

  • Coronavirus Customizable Flyer   This is a flyer you can customize and post to inform your employees ad customers about the steps your are taking to protect against the spread of COVID-19

AICPA, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

 

Here is a list of services that may help you and your business:

Small Business Administration (SBA):

Relief Options and Additional Resources:

  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans
  • SBA Debt Relief

Coronavirus.gov:

The Federal government is helping small businesses bridge the economic emergency by giving them funds to keep employees on payroll.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Economic Impact Payment:

The IRS has established a special web page to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. It includes:

  • FAQs
  • Guidance
  • Tax Help
  • Corona Virus Tax Relief deadline to file and pay federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020.

U.S. Department of Treasury:

  • Resources explaining CARES Act
  • Gives general overview for Paycheck Protection Program
  • Borrower application form

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

Resources for those having trouble paying your bills or meeting financial obligations such as:

  • Student loans
  • Credit cards
  • Auto loans
  • Mortgage

State of California Temporary Emergency Rules

State Resources: 

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

Effective April 2, 2020, small business taxpayers, those with less than $5 million in taxable annual sales, can take advantage of a 12-month, interest-free, payment plan for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability.

OnwardCA:

One-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • OnwardCA.org lists job resources by state and county.
  • Website users supply their contact information, state whether they want full or part-time work, day or night work, and choose their preferred industry to be matched with a nearby employer.

Labor & Workforce Development Agency:

In the face of the COVID-19, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency aims to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. They provide:

  • Support Services for Workers
  • Rights and Protections for Workers
  • Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Workers’ Compensation

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz):

Go-Biz offers information for employers, employees, and all California as it relates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • S. Small Business Administration guidance and resource
  • CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) finance programs
  • California Capital Access Program (CalCap) (1-500 Employees)
  • Cal-OSBA – Small Business Assistance & Resources

Small Business Finance Center (SBFC): 

The SBFC has several programs to support small business, including a Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee, a Jump Start Loan Program and more.

  • California Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program – COVID-19

Local Resources:

  • L.A. County Resources to Help Your Business Through a Public Health Emergency
  • The SBDC can help your business prepare and recover
  • Small Business Majority has daily updates to this page with useful information about the ways small businesses can prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.
  • Southern California Edison announced that it is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees by request, effective immediately, for residential and business customers impacted by the current COVID-19 emergency restrictions.
  • Spectrum Internet We won’t terminate service for 60 days for residential or small business customers who face difficult economic circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, we won’t charge late fees for those customers facing difficult economic circumstances related to the pandemic.
  • The Gas Company As a reminder, we also suspended service disconnections until further notice. This means no customer will have their natural gas turned off due to non-payment. For our Small Business Customers, we are waiving late payment fees.
  • Reduce Waste Pick Up Service Contact Information (Waste Management)

Protecting your business while you are safer at home:

In an abundance of caution, here are some suggestions to protect your business while you are safer at home:
Update your contact information with your alarm company, make sure they have a number that can be reached in the middle of the night.
• Make sure your lights are working, including outdoor lighting
• Remove cash registers and other valuable items from the building if possible
Our La Verne Police Department will remain on patrol during this time, And as always, if you see something, say something!

If you are conducting business in any capacity at this time, please let us know what we can promote to the community for you. We’re scanning social media and websites for information to share, but we need your assistance. Please tag @ShopLaVerne in all your posts.

Our office will not be open to the public until the County prohibitions are lifted however we will be available via phone and email during our regular business hours. We will continue to send updates as we receive them, check our website and Facebook Page for the most current information.

Please let us know if you have any questions and please know that your Chamber is here to help in any way possible.

 

 

La Verne Chamber of Commerce

2332 D Street, Unit E

La Verne, CA 91750

(909) 593-5265

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