Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 5/22/20:

From the County of San Diego:
What’s Allowed, Not Allowed in Restaurants, Stores – Restaurants and stores can now open to serve customers in person. However, they must follow specific guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here to see a detailed listing of changes now in effect.

  • Guidelines for dine-in restaurants – Before reopening, food businesses must fill and post the County Restaurant Operating Protocol. Additional guidance, posters and information for a safe reopening can be found on the page for restaurant operators website.
  • Retail Shopping – Customers are allowed in stores, including malls. Businesses that have not done so already need to complete a Safe Reopening Plan, post it at their entrance and discuss with their employees.

If you have questions regarding the local protocols or how your business will operate in a modified manner, please contact

Businesses Adapting to the New COVID-19 Framework – San Diego County Board Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, with funding by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz.), have partnered to educate, communicate, and assist San Diego County small business owners with navigating requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic as they reopen. Assistance includes free online training (live and recorded) and free one-on-one business advising (sign up here). Below are some examples of helpful on-demand or live webinars available:

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***The links to various providers is being made as a service to the public. However, the City is not a guarantor of the accuracy or completeness of the information provided by these companies and groups to you. You should always exercise care in taking the advice or following the recommendations of any individual or company offering financial, legal or like services.***

The San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program launched the COVID-19 Brief Legal Advice Clinic to help San Diego County small businesses cope with the pandemic.  Through this program, volunteer attorneys will provide remote consultations to eligible businesses and nonprofit organizations on legal issues arising out of the pandemic, including questions relating to employment law, commercial leases, insurance, contracts, bankruptcy/restructuring, applications for financial assistance, and more. Consultations will last up to 45 minutes and are provided free of charge.

The applications for small businesses and non-profits are now live online.

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  • Navigating Commercial Real Estate Relationships During COVID-19 - SDNEDC has partnered with a commercial broker, a property manager and a commercial building owner to walk through various options that operators and owners are talking about to reach a win-win on navigating through the crisis. If you need ideas on how to navigate the process sign up.  Tuesday, April 28th, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Register Here

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IBank Small Business Finance Center The current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting so many and IBank’s Small Business Finance Center is here to offer assistance on how to locate information, support and financing options.  One SBFC program is specifically designed for Disaster Relief and Governor Newsom announced that additional funding is now available in hopes of helping more small businesses overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19.

FIRST STEP: Find a participating lender in your area. This Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee program helps mitigate the risk taken on by traditional financial institutions by offering a guarantee of up to 95% on a loan. We have seven Financial Development Corporation (FDC) partners throughout the state that assist eligible businesses in securing that guarantee on a bank loan. The FDCs work directly with lenders to underwrite the loan. The lender sets the criteria and interest rate before the SBFC approves the loan guarantee. A list of participating lenders is coming soon at

Additionally, many local government agencies are offering assistance and resources as this has been officially declared a federal and state emergency. The IBank website ( has several links to resources offering disaster support, loans and more, including the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act can be found at

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  • Retail and Service Social Distancing Reminder Guide

  • Assistance for Small Businesses

    The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

    For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
    If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE
    If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
    The application for borrowers can be found HERE

  • QuickBooks Free webinar: Survival tips for small businesses during COVID-19 on 3/31/20. If your business relies upon in-person visits with clients and customers, this can be a particularly challenging time. Join this free webinar on Tuesday, March 31 at 10:00 AM PT to explore ways to work with clients.

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