Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 7/27/20:

State Updates
Outdoor Service Guidance for Establishments – Effective July 20, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued guidelines for how barbering and cosmetology services can be offered safely outside. These guidelines allow the OPTION for services to be done outside and does not require outdoor services.

The Department of Consumer Affairs and the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology have also issued information regarding outside services. The Board has also provided a checklist for operating outside. Please review all of this information prior to starting any outdoor services.

Employer playbook for reopening safely – Governor Newsom announced new supports for California’s workforce, including preventative measures, employer education and long-lasting worker protections. Read the Employer Playbook, which provides guidance for employers to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 7/1/20:

  • Effective 7/1/20, the County issued a new Public Health Order which requires bars, breweries, and wineries to serve a meal from a licensed food permitted source with alcoholic beverages.  The County has streamlined the process and made it easier to meet this requirement.  Please review the County DEH Food Q&A for more information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 6/18/20:

***PPP IS CLOSING ON JUNE 30, 2020. It is the last day for an application to be submitted electronically.***

PPP has been revised to extend the PPP for 24 weeks, the loan has been extended for 5 years, and the funds can be allocated 60% payroll and 40% rent, utilities and other expenses. We are encouraging Self-Employed to apply for PUA and PPP that will give them an additional 26 weeks of payroll. Make sure you keep excellent records once the money hits your bank account the 26 weeks will begin. Don’t worry about the recovery portion now. Here is the registration link for the On Demand PPP Recovery.

EIDL IS BACK AND OPEN TO ALL BUSINESS TYPES AND NON-PROFITS UNTIL THE MONEY RUNS OUT. We are encouraging ALL Non Profit and Small businesses and self-employed who have not applied to apply here.  There will be a grant of $1,000 per employee including owner up to 10 employees per business whether they get a loan offer or not. They are not obligated to accept the loan offer if they get it.  Small businesses are getting checks automatically deposited to their account for the loan and the grant.

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Small Business Development Center - Connecting with Capital June Webinars

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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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Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 3/31/20:

  • 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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