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Business Resources 

REOPEN OC SAFELY: OCBC has created ReOpen OC Safely, a webpage to help businesses prepare to safely reopen as the county continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Check it out: Click Here. H/t Anaheim Chamber, Greater Irvine Chamber, Santa Ana Chamber, and North Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

BUSINESSES: START PREPARING YOUR OWN DRAFT REOPENING PLANS.  Consider social distancing; cleanliness and sanitation; screening and prevention; touchless transactions; and employee training and tools. The state will develop guidelines over the next few weeks, but one size does not fit all. If you need assistance with ideas or resources, stay connected to OCBC.

NEW SBA PORTAL SBA has launched a new lending portal to navigate its many funding resources. Access it here.  

FREE TECH FOR SMALL BIZ: GO-Biz is maintaining a website that lists free and low-cost tech to support small businesses. Access it here

REMOTE EMPLOYEES: Teams working at home? Check out this guide for leading your team remotely.

INSURANCE REFUNDS: Some insurance companies offer refunds for services that cannot be rendered. Access the list here.

INSURANCE FAQS: Info on biz interruption insurance and other issues affecting CA small businesses. 

UPDATED ESSENTIAL WORKERS GUIDANCE: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released an updated Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Access it here.

WORKING FROM HOME: 50 Must-Have Remote Tools and Resources.

SMALL BUSINESSES: SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 Million in small business help. And, the Feds have cut interest rates to zero and launched $700 billion in quantitative easing. 

WEBINAR: Families First COVID-19 Response Act: What Employers Need to Know via CalChamber. 

EMPLOYERS experiencing a slowdown in business may qualify for the UI Work Sharing Program  or a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.

EMPLOYEES: How to know if you qualify for Paid Family Leave (PFL), Disability Insurance, accrued paid sick leave, and more. 

ZOOM WEBINARS: Best Practices for Working from Home with Zoom, and Best Practices for Hosting Digital Events. Access webinars by clicking each link above.

CALED: Economic Development Resources to help you – from funding to support to health – a “one-stop-shop” of info.

CA TREASURER: Treasurer Fiona Ma’s helpful guide for small businesses to find assistance through COVID-19.

I-9 REQUIREMENTS: The DHS has relaxed Form I-9 review requirements; Read More.

Covid19.ca.gov -The one-stop shop website for all state resources pertaining to COVID-19 which includes: education services, information on employment and taxes, health care resources as well as latest diagnosis and death counts.

Business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/ – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

SBA.gov/coronavirus/ – The Small Business Administration’s website that highlights available SBA resources and services including disaster loan assistance.

IRS.gov/coronavirus – The Internal Revenue’s website which highlights steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus; including information on the new tax payment deadline of July 15.

Emergency business resources from Greater Irvine Chamber

BEWARE OF ONLINE SCAMS: During times of crisis, fraud attempts unfortunately tend to increase. Protect against online scams with these tips from U.S. Bank.

CRISIS PREPAREDNESS: Is your disaster plan updated with plans for COVID-19? Don’t worry – check out these preparedness tips from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

CONSUMER FRAUD: Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 outbreak for financial gain through procurement and consumer fraud; Learn More.

PREVENT ZOOMBOMBING with this guidance from UCI TechPrep.

CSUF ECONOMIC FORECAST and analyses at the national and local levels, featuring director Anil Puri and associate professor Mira Farka, Ph.D. Live Zoom event hosted by CSUF Mihaylo College of Business & Economic Analysis. Register Here.

IDEA HALL CHAMPIONS BUSINESS: Idea Hall proactively creates digital experiences and communications to keep business running during this challenging time. Get a free consultation on how to pivot your communications or if you just need an outsourced marketing partner to support your team. Contact Rebecca@ideahall.com

Legislative Updates

CA GUIDELINES FOR BUSINESSES released by Gov. Newsom – with specific guidance for industries – as the state moves into the second phase of the CA Resilience Roadmap. To get started, look here: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/. Find your industry sector and note the guidelines. 

BIZ FEEDBACK NEEDED:  Gov. Newsom seeks guidance on reopening the economy for industry sectors. Provide your feedback here.

FED RETURN TO WORK PLAN:  President Trump released guidelines for a return to work in parts of the U.S. where COVID-19 cases are in decline. Read More.

EXPANDED WORKERS’ COMP BENEFITS for those who contract COVID-19 during stay-at-home orders announced by Gov. Newsom. Benefits will be available for diagnosed workers working outside their homes. Presumption will be workers contracted the virus at work; employers will have chance to rebut. 

STIMULUS TRACKING: New IRS website allows tracking of coronavirus stimulus payments, and update of direct deposit info.

PAID SICK LEAVE: Governor Newsom today signed an executive order providing paid sick leave benefits for food sector workers impacted by COVID-19, plus additional protections for workers and consumers. Read More.

ECONOMIC REVIVAL: President Trump has announced the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups, who will work together to chart the path forward to the future of American prosperity. Read More.

BIZ RETURN TO WORK PLAN: U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers a business perspective for a national return to work, including essential resources, resolution of regulatory and liability issues, and other support. Read More

GOV’S RETURN TO WORK PLAN:  Governor Newsom outlined six criteria the State will utilize to determine if California’s stay-at-home order can be lifted, including: access to widespread testing; prevention strategies for vulnerable populations; the resiliency of hospitals; the development of treatments or a cure; the capacity of businesses and schools to practice physical distancing; and the ability to reinstitute restrictions, including a stay-at-home order, when necessary. This is the first guidance from the Governor regarding what conditions must be met to reopen for business. Read More

CA SMALL BIZ PAGE: CA launched a new Small Business and Employer website, with links to resources for accessing capital and updates on tax requirements.

UPDATED ESSENTIAL WORKERS GUIDANCE: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released an updated Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Access it here.

REAL ID DELAYEDTrump has announced a delayed deadline to acquire a Real ID to travel due to coronavirus.

STAY AT HOME: The latest updates on the Governor’s order for all Californians to stay at home except for essential needs.

CA STATE UPDATES: California has launched a one-stop shop website for COVID-19 resources. Check it out here. 

CARES ACT FOR SMALL BIZ: Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help keep workers employed in the CARES Act. Check out the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s guide and checklist to help small businesses through the process. 

#COVID19 TOOLKIT: Take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with this handy toolkit of shareable resources, graphics and more. 

US DELAYS APRIL 15 TAX PAYMENTS: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that his department was pushing back the April 15 deadline to pay taxes owed, giving individuals and many businesses 90 extra days to send checks to the government.

HR 6201: California House Legislature passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201), offering $1 billion in food aid and extend sick leave for workers. 

STUDENT LOAN SUSPENSION: Trump suspends student loan paymentsMore info for students, borrowers and parents here.

EVICTION HALT: Newsom issues order allowing eviction halt during coronavirus pandemic.

FAMILY FIRST ACT: How the recently-passed law providing additional emergency support  services will actually work.

 $2 TRILLION RELIEF PACKAGE: The biggest relief package in American history.

PAID LEAVE GUIDANCE: U.S. Department Of Labor published guidance explaining paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response act.

DISASTER DECLARATION: CA secures Presidential major disaster declaration to support State’s COVID-19 emergency response.

STUDENT LOAN SUSPENSION: Trump suspends student loan paymentsMore info for students, borrowers and parents here.

NATIONAL GUARD: Governor Newsom has deployed the National Guard to assist at food banks

CA EMERGENCY RESPONSE: The California Legislature approved $500 million in emergency response for COVID-19. The Governor can increase that spending to $50 billion with 3 days’ notice to lawmakers.

90-DAY FORECLOSURE HALT: Major financial institutions have agreed to a 90-day freeze on evicting California residents who are behind on their mortgages, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

NO STANDARDIZED TESTING:  Newsom has issued an order to waive this year’s statewide testing, pending federal approval, for California’s more than 6 million students in K-12 schools.

OIL PRICE BOOST: US seeks $3 billion to boost oil producers as prices plunge.

OC Community

 

Boeing assists with COVID-19 recovery & relief efforts

California Bank Trust: Update and Resources for Customers      

California State University Fullerton COVID-19 Resource Page 

CalOptima COVID-19 Resources

CalTrans Resources for Small BusinessMore

Chapman COVID-19 Resources Page

CHOC Children’s COVID-19 Resources

 

FOR PARENTS: (via CHOC Children’s)

 

City of Mission Viejo Business Resources / COVID-19 Resources

City of Santa Ana’s Economic Development business support page on COVID-19

Creative Future Resources for Creative Professionals

Coast Community College COVID-19 Resources Page

Disneyland: A Letter from Disneyland Resort President, Rebecca Campbell

 
 
 
 
 
 

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