Business Resources (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Links & Resources 

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:

CDPH Issues new Isolation and Quarantine Q&A, June 20, 2022.  
Click Here to read the full Q&A

CDPH Issues Revised Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public June 8, 2022

Updates as of June 8, 2022: 

  • Added fully vaccinated and booster-eligible but not boosted to list of individuals recommended for quarantine or work exclusion in high-risk settings.
  • Included link to AFL 22-13 for guidance on quarantine for residents of Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Click here for full guidance

CDPH Updates Guidance for the Use of Face Masks February 28, 2022

  • Effective March 1, 2022 , the requirement that unvaccinated individuals mask in indoor public settings will move to a strong recommendation  that all persons, regardless of vaccine status, continue indoor masking. 

  • Universal masking shall remain required in specified high-risk settings.

  • After March 11, 2022, the universal masking requirement for K-12 and Childcare settings will terminate.   CDPH strongly recommends that individuals in these settings continue to mask in indoor settings when the universal masking requirement lifts.

For detailed guidance from the California Department of Public Health click here.

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:

Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors (Including Guidance for Mega Events)

This guidance goes into effect on April 1, 2022. 

  • Effective April 1, 2022, requirements for vaccine verification or proof of negative test for Indoor Mega Events will be lifted and move to a strong recommendation.

Click here for full guidance

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 Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant (MBCRG) Program
    One time grant of $5000, ($2500 from the California Office of the Small Business Advocate, and $2500 from San Joaquin County.)  Application period April 1 – 30, 2022.
    Grants are for qualified microbusinesses in San Joaquin County that have incurred harm due to the COVID-19 pandemic as evidenced by a 10% decrease in gross revenues.
    For more info and to apply click here.

  • 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

  • CalOSBA Grants to Expand Small Business Assistance in California
    The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) today announced grant awards to technical assistance and grantmaking partners of the California Dream Fund Program. The California Dream Fund Program is a one-time $35 Million grant program that will provide microgrants to seed entrepreneurship and small business creation in California.

    To qualify for the Dream Fund program, small startup businesses must complete a rigorous training and consulting program with one of seventeen technical assistance centers selected from CalOSBA’s Technical Assistance Expansion Program (TAEP) network. Businesses that complete the program and qualify for the grant will be eligible to receive a microgrant of up to $10,000. Lendistry has been selected to administer the grantmaking process.  

  • 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

National Resources:

Resources For Business:

The Value of Chambers of Commerce for Businesses (guide)
This guide explores the business value and ROI of joining a chamber of commerce. Small business owners and entrepreneurs often overlook chambers of commerce out of unfamiliarity or a lack of understanding. However, this guide provides a useful introduction to the benefits of joining a chapter an organization, the fees and choices available to business owners, and how to become a chamber member.

Local Resources:

State Resources:

National Resources:

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