Corona Virus

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.

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

The COVID Business Resource Guide below outlines programs, guidelines, and tools to assist businesses as they begin to re-open safely.

ED WDD COVID Business Resource Guide Re Opening SB County Final

ED WDD COVID Business Resource Guide Re Opening SB County Final View PDF

COVID Compliant Business Partnership Flyer

COVID Compliant Business Partnership Flyer View PDF

ANNOUNCEMENT

INTRODUCING THE COVID-COMPLIANT BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

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 help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, San Bernardino County is implementing the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program.

This program has two components.

  1. Funding of $2,500 for eligible Small Businesses with 1-100 employees
  2. Support and Partnership for ALL eligible County businesses who wish to become a COVID Compliant Business Partner

This program will support 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 apply for the program.

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

Total funding available for this program is $30,000,000. Eligible businesses, per qualifying location, can receive up to $2,500. Deadline for Application: August 31, 2020

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

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH)

The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health are ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.

Our State and Federal partners are diligently working in partnership with counties to pursue Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Declaration with required documentation.

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.
  • Bank of America
    • Bank, Loan, Mortgage Relief
      • For consumer and small business deposit accounts, clients can request refunds of overdraft, insufficient funds, and monthly maintenance fees.
  • Citibank
    • Fee Waiver, Loan, Mortgage Relief
      • Waivers on monthly service fees, for both regular and small business customers.
      • Waived penalties for early CD withdrawal, for both regular and small business customers.
      • Some mortgage customers may be eligible for a hardship program through Cenlar FSB, the bank’s service provider. For assistance, call Cenlar FSB at 855-839-6253 (Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m. ET or Sat, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET).
  • U.S. Bank
    • Loan
      • Quick Loan (general business purpose): $5,000 to $250,000 with terms from 12 to 84 months at an interest rate 2% lower than the standard rate for which the business would qualify.
      • Cash Flow Manager (secured & unsecured): An on-demand line of credit of $10,000 to $250,000 at an interest rate 1% lower than the standard rate for which the business would qualify.
  • Wells Fargo
    • Repossessions/Foreclosures/Eviction, Fee Waiver, mortgage Relief
      • Wells Fargo is suspending residential property foreclosure sales, evictions, and involuntary automobile repossessions. The company also is offering fee waivers, payment deferrals, and other expanded assistance for credit card, auto, mortgage, small business and personal lending customers who contact the company.
  • Facebook
    • Facebook Small Business Grants Program
      • Offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

Labor and Workforce Resources:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

    • As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.
  • California Employment Development Department (EDD) Resources:
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    • As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. The provisions of the program once operational include:
    • Up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 31, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.
    • An additional $600 to each PUA weekly benefit amount you may be eligible to receive, as part of the separate CARES Act Pandemic Additional Compensation program. Only the weeks of a claim between March 29 and July 31 are eligible for the extra $600 payments.
  • Employers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for an extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.
  • California Labor and Workforce Development Agency's primary website for COVID-19, including information on support services for workers and interim guidelines for protecting workers.
  • Launch of OnwardCA: New platform connecting displaced California workers with more than 70,000 job opportunities in critical industries. Lead by Bitwise Industries and Kapor Center in partnership with LinkedIn, Salesforce, Mastercard.
  • Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave.
  • Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus:
    • Workplace safety and health regulations in California require employers to protect workers exposed to airborne infectious diseases such as the coronavirus. Cal/OSHA has posted guidance to help employers comply with these safety requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves.

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.
  • Charter/Spectrum Free Internet Service and Policies during COVID-19 Crisis
    • The website below and press release attached from Charter/Spectrum regarding their free internet for K-12 and college students for 60 days during the COVID-19 crisis.
      This also provides information on how Charter will handle accounts during the economic crisis—no turning off service or late fees for nonpayment, etc.
  • 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:

  • IE Community Foundation
    • Has created and coordinated platform for updates on resources, needs, and opportunities connected to the COVID-19 response, including immediate and longer-term impacts connected to community health, economic vitality, belonging, and equity for non-profits in the Inland Empire.
  • James Beard Foundation
  • Opportunity Fund
    • Small Business
      • Opportunity Fund is a US-based nonprofit organization that provides financing to underserved small-business owners.
  • Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
    • Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
      • National, state, and city resources available to restaurant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Sempra Energy Foundation
    • COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund
      • The Sempra Energy Foundation will provide grants ranging from $500 to $50,000 to small to medium-sized non-profit organizations serving people and families significantly affected by COVID-19.
  • Spanx
    • The Red Backpack Fund
      • The first round of applications were open from April 6 at 12 PM ET through April 12 at 11:59 PM ET. Final grant recipients will be notified by the week of May 11. Each month, additional applications will be accepted. The portal will open for applications again on May 4, June 1, July 6 and August 3.

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.
      • WASHINGTON, DC -- Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTCQB) wants to help ensure families are given options in these uncertain times in the case of job loss, a reduction in work hours, illness, or other issues. Fannie Mae wants to remind those impacted by COVID-19 of available mortgage assistance and relief options.
  • Freddie Mac
    • Enhanced Relief for Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19.
      • "MCLEAN, Va., March 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today announced it is taking numerous actions to protect those affected, either directly or indirectly, by the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19. Specifically, for its Single-Family business, the company announced a nationwide suspension of all foreclosure sales and evictions of borrowers living in homes owned by the company. It also announced a variety of additional mortgage relief options, including an expansion of its forbearance program, to incorporate additionally impacted borrowers. The company also reminded Servicers of its existing suite of mortgage relief options to assist borrowers, while also making additional disaster-related loan modifications available. These measures are effective immediately and apply to borrowers who are unable to make their mortgage payments due to a decline in income resulting from the impact of COVID-19, regardless of whether they have contracted the virus. "

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

***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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