COVID-19

The Economic Development Department is working to provide businesses with up-to-date information.

We are here to connect you with the local, state and federal resources.

The County of San Bernardino continues to monitor COVID-19 conditions and recognizes that the increase in new cases nationwide and the declaration of a local public health emergency may have impacted you and your business. We want to provide you with resources and information to help you navigate this pandemic and do all we can to serve you.

ANNOUNCEMENT

CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESSES SUPPORT PROGRAMS

  • California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program
    • The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is now closed. On
      May 13th, Governor Newsom announced a plan to expand the program to a
      total of $4 Billion. Sign up for Program and CalOSBA updates here.
  • Increase Funding for the CA Rebuilding Fund by $12.5 Million
    • Program consists of $25 million to help impacted small businesses rebuild from the economic crisis and keep local economies strong.
    • The Governor has increased funding by $12.5 million which will help the third party administrator of the fund raise $125 million to make more low-interest loans to small businesses with less access to loans from traditional banking institutions.
    • For more information, please Click Here
    • All interested small business owners can apply for a loan at www.CALoanFund.org
  • Main Street Hiring Tax Credit

A full list of existing state supports for businesses can be found here.

THE COVID-COMPLIANT BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Thank you for your interest and partnership. The application process for the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program is now closed and we are no longer taking applications. If you have any questions, please contact us at 909-387-4460 or info@selectsbcounty.com.

THE COVID-COMPLIANT BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The County of San Bernardino is committed to rebuilding and sustaining a high quality of life for its residents and businesses.

To support our local small businesses and ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, San Bernardino County has implemented the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program.

Program Purpose

This program was instrumental in supporting our local small businesses by reimbursing and/or offsetting costs and impacts directly related to complying with COVID-19 related business protocols and providing support to all eligible County businesses who applied for the program.

Prior to receiving funding, San Bernardino County small businesses were required to demonstrate compliance with State/County public health orders, and incorporate safety and social distancing practices and measures in their business operations.

A total of $30,000,000 was available for eligible businesses.

Please visit https://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/ for more information.

COVID Compliant Business Partnership Informational Video

The Economic Recovery Toolkit below outlines programs, guidelines, and tools to assist businesses as they begin to re-open safely.

Economic Recovery Toolkit

Economic Recovery Toolkit View PDF

New Eat Local WebMap

San Bernardino County is home to many restaurants and various dining experiences. In an effort to support our local economy, the Economic Development team has created an interactive map to showcase various local restaurants.

Eat Local WebMap!

The Economic Development team has made every effort to ensure that as many restaurants have been represented as possible. If your establishment has not been included please fill out the survey below:

Eat Local Survey

Please see the links below to stay updated on all new information.

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH)

Please continue to check these resources and current State guidance as they continue to evolve:

Financial and Technical Assistance Business Resources:

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Paycheck Protection Program: Designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks, and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance: In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans: This loan enables small businesses who currently have relationships with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
  • SBA Debt Relief: The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Treasury Loan Application Form: This application form is for loans from the U.S. Department of Treasury to eligible businesses that are critical to maintaining National Security.
    • A business-critical to maintaining national security is one that, unless otherwise approved as set forth below, is at the time of the business’s application:
      • (1) performing under a “DX”-priority rated contract or order under the Defense Priorities and Allocations System regulations (15 CFR part 700); or
      • (2) operating under a valid top-secret facility security clearance under the National Industrial Security Program regulations (32 CFR part 2004).
        • Applicants that do not satisfy either of these two criteria may be considered for loans if, based on a recommendation and certification by the Secretary of Defense or the Director of National Intelligence that the applicant business is critical to maintaining national security, the Secretary of the Treasury determines that the applicant business is critical to maintaining national security. Businesses that do not meet these criteria may nonetheless be eligible for assistance under other CARES Act programs.
  • The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is announcing relief provisions for exporters and financial institutions located throughout the United States that may have been affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
  • GO-Biz main COVID-19 resource webpage with links to the IBank, Small Business Advocate, State Treasurer, Labor and Workforce Agency, Franchise Tax Board, and Department of Tax and Fee Management.
  • IBank: $50 million to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank for loan guarantees to small businesses to help eliminate barriers to capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds, including low wealth and undocumented immigrant communities.
  • California Treasurers Office: California Capital Access Program (CalCAP)
    • The California Capital Access Program for Small Business encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may receive more favorable loan terms from a lender if your loan is enrolled in the CalCAP Loan Loss Reserve Program. This program helps communities by providing financing to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy. CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program that may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. With CalCAP portfolio support, a lender may be more comfortable underwriting small business loans.
  • The California Film Commission: Film & Tax Credit Program 3.0
    • The California Film Commission will allocate $330 million per year from July 2020 through June 2025 as part of an extended Program 3.0 Film and TV Tax Credit Program.

Labor and Workforce Resources:

Business and Resident Tax Resources:

Utility Partner Resources:

  • SCE will help customers with their bills by suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees for business and residential customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Southern California Gas is committed to helping customers experiencing hardships, including from the Coronavirus. If in need of assistance, SoCal Gas encourage’s customers to call them at 1800-427-2200. If you're experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, SoCal Gas is supporting our residential and small business customers.
  • Southwest Gas is committed to providing safe and reliable service to our customers. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwest Gas are immediately starting a temporary moratorium on natural gas disconnections for nonpayment that is in effect until further notice. They understand these are trying times for many of our customers and want to ensure that they focus on the well-being of their families without having to worry about the disruption of service. Southwest Gas will also offer flexible payment options for customers experiencing financial hardships due to this issue. Customers can manage their accounts and payment options through MyAccount on swgas.com or via the Southwest Gas mobile app.
  • AT&T
    • AT&T Low-cost Internet Service with 2 Free Months and No Overages during COVID-19 Crisis.
  • CPUC COVID-19 Resource Website
    • CPUC COVID-19 resource website with updates for utilities, water, and other Internet Providers throughout the State.
    • CPUC site will be updated regularly as they get information.

Non-profit Funding Resources:

Other Resources:

  • Relief Link - County of San Bernardino COVID-19 Medical Supply
    • Please consider supporting trusted organizations that are providing relief supplies and services to communities in need.
  • State of California COVID-19 Medical Supply
    • How to donate critical medical supplies to the front lines of California’s fight against COVID-19. The website will allow individuals and companies to give, sell, or offer to manufacture 13 of the most essential medical supplies, including ventilators, N95 respirators, and testing materials.
  • Fannie Mae
    • Assistance Options for Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19.
  • Freddie Mac
    • Enhanced Relief for Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19.

Helpful Downloads

20 38 05 04 20 EIDL reopening 002

20 38 05 04 20 EIDL reopening 002 View PDF

Final COVID 19 Business Relief Program Letter 4 24 20

Final COVID 19 Business Relief Program Letter 4 24 20 View PDF

SB County COVID 19 Small Business Loans Apr 2020

SB County COVID 19 Small Business Loans Apr 2020 View PDF

Job Seeker COVID 19 Quick Links 4 7 2020

Job Seeker COVID 19 Quick Links 4 7 2020 View PDF

Employer COVID 19 Quick Links 3 24 2020

Employer COVID 19 Quick Links 3 24 2020 View PDF

CA 16332 Fact Sheet COVID Gov Cert EIDL

CA 16332 Fact Sheet COVID Gov Cert EIDL View PDF

HANDOUT SBA Disaster Assistance Resources for Businesses

HANDOUT SBA Disaster Assistance Resources for Businesses View PDF

CA 16332 Spanish Fact Sheet COVID Gov Cert EIDL

CA 16332 Spanish Fact Sheet COVID Gov Cert EIDL View PDF

Notice 5000 20004

Notice 5000 20004 View PDF

20 27 03 22 20 SBA Disaster Loans Deferment Final 002

20 27 03 22 20 SBA Disaster Loans Deferment Final 002 View PDF

Cal OSHA COVID 19 Workplace Safety Regulations

Cal OSHA COVID 19 Workplace Safety Regulations View PDF

***This information is provided as a professional courtesy to our valued business community. Please review the links provided and the terms and conditions of each individual program directly from the program administrator for the most accurate information as these programs are subject to change. Because the County is providing this listing of resources as a courtesy, nothing set forth on this page should be deemed as a guaranty of eligibility or availability, it is up to individuals to confirm program requirements. The listing of private resources should not be interpreted as an endorsement of those companies or the programs offered.***

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