Business Resources (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Links & Resources 

Reopening Guidance & Resources:

Stockton Healthy Pledge:

  • Have your business take the Stockton Healthy Pledge!  Let your customers and employees know you value their safety! 
    Visit StocktonHealthyPledge.com to learn more and to take the pledge.

State of California Guidance:

California is Open, With Some Restrictions
As of June 15, 2021 California retired its Blueprint for a Safer Economy. California’s economy is now fully open. Restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, and most everyday places are operating as normal – with no capacity limits or physical distancing required. However, everyone is still required to follow masking guidelines in select settings. Some restrictions also still exist for large events.

Masking is Still Required In Some Settings
EVERYONE, regardless of vaccination status, is still required to wear masks on public transportation (buses, trains, planes, etc.) and some other places (like hospitals and shelters)3 per CDC guidelines.

People who are not fully vaccinated must still wear masks in all indoor public settings (such as, but not limited to, the grocery store and the movie theater) and should wear masks in outdoor crowded settings when that region is experiencing high covid transmission.

Fully vaccinated people may go unmasked in most settings (except public transportation and places like hospitals and shelters). Workers must follow Cal/OSHA rules.

Read our full masking guidance.

Large Events are Subject to Some Restrictions

Beginning September 20, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required for indoor events with 1,000 or more attending. This new measure will help encourage more vaccinations and increase safety at events while ensuring businesses can thrive. For more info: https://bit.ly/NR21-256

See the full Beyond the Blueprint guidance.

Read the Beyond the Blueprint Q&A.

Employer policies and resources

It’s important that employees with COVID-19 know they should stay home. Your sick leave policies need to support that. Workers also need safe and reliable childcare options during the COVID-19 response. See information on:

General COVID-19 Information:

 

Text COVID19 to 211211 (and respond with your zip code) to receive information about COVID-19 in our community.

Coronavirus Rumor Control
Due to the large amount of speculation regarding COVID-19, this is a reminder to rely on OFFICIAL sources for accurate information. Help control the spread of rumors by sharing this page: fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

Coronavirus Testing:

For the latest updates on Testing Locations in San Joaquin County please visit:

www.sjready.org/events/covid19/testing.html 

Vaccine Information:

For the latest in San Joaquin County Vaccine Information please visit:

https://www.sjready.org/events/covid19/vaccines.html

 

Financial Assistance:

San Joaquin County Resources

  • San Joaquin County Small Business Assistance Grant – Round 4

    Application period September 1, 2021 — September 30, 2021.  Grants will be issued on a first come, first served basis while funding lasts.  Click here for more information.

  • San Joaquin County Family COVID Assistance Grant – Round 2

    Application period September 1, 2021 — September 30, 2021.  Grants will be issued on a first come, first served basis while funding lasts.  Household income must be at or below 100% of Area Median Income.  Click here for more information

  • San Joaquin County Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)
      – “Gap” financing assistance to business owners or entrepreneurs in San Joaquin County for working capital, equipment, leasehold improvements, and purchase of land and buildings to be used by the business.
      – Loans range from $25,000 to $1 million.
  • Emergency Business Support Fund (EBSF)
      – Loans to provide working capital for small businesses in San Joaquin County that have been impacted by the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
      – For-profit corporation, limited liability company, partnership, proprietorship, or other legal business entity located in San Joaquin County and in good standing with a workforce of 100 persons of less.
      – Must have two continuous years of operations prior to February 15, 2020.
      – Loans of up to $75,000, or four (4) months of Applicant’s demonstrated operating expenses, whichever is less.

Stockton Resources

  • City of Stockton Emergency Rental Assistance (Residential) 

    The City of Stockton’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, launched on March 15, 2021, is intended to provide housing stability for families and individuals facing economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. An application for rental assistance may be submitted by either an eligible household or landlord on behalf of an eligible household for 100% of all past due rent accrued from April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

    Eligible renters are also encouraged to apply for utility relief for the same time period.

  • Downtown Stockton Enterprise Loan Fund (DSELF)
      – Loans available to Downtown Stockton Businesses.
      – Loans available in amounts from $25,000- $65,000.

California State Resources

  • California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant
      – Round 8: Nonprofit cultural institutions only: Application window: Friday, August 27th EXTENDED through Thursday, September 30th.
      – Round 9: New Applicants and Waitlisted applicants from certain previous rounds.  Application window: Thursday, September 9th through Thursday, September 30th.
  • Small Business Relief Payment Tax Payment Plans for Sales and Use Tax
      – Small business taxpayers 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 only. All payment plans must be paid in full by April 30, 2022, to qualify for zero interest.
  • California Rebuilding Fund
      – Loan program for California small businesses- especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state.
      – Businesses that employed 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply.
      – Loans will need to be paid back over a 3- or 5-year term with a fixed annual interest rate that is currently 4.25%.
  • California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) Finance Programs
      – The state is allocating $50 million to the Small Business Finance Center at California’s IBank to mitigate barriers to capital for small businesses that may not qualify for federal funds (including businesses in low-wealth and immigrant communities.

Federal Resources

The newest federal stimulus package has renewed and expanded financial support for small businesses across sectors. Key changes include:
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness
    A borrower can apply for forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. Borrowers can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan. If borrowers do not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period, then PPP loan payments are no longer deferred, and borrowers will begin making loan payments to their PPP lender.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
      – Extended to December 31, 2021
      – Accepting applications from all qualified small businesses, including agricultural businesses and private non-profit organizations.
  • Targeted EIDL Advance
      – Targeted EIDL Advances are not loans; they are grants that do not require repayment.
      – Advance funds of up to $10,000 are available to applicants located in low-income communities who previously received an EIDL Advance for less than $10,000, or those who applied but received no funds due to lack of available funding.
      – Targeted EIDL Advance is an emergency grant that provides working capital to businesses and nonprofits located in a low-income community, that suffered a reduction in revenue of greater than 30%, and has 300 or fewer employees.
  • SBA Debt Relief
      – Provides debt relief for 7(a), 504, and microloans that were approved up to September 27, 2020, even if not fully disbursed.
      – Borrowers do not need to apply for this assistance. SBA will provide the assistance automatically.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Funding Programs

If you have a link for a resource or information you think should be included please email to Timm Quinn, tquinn@stocktomnchamber.org.