COVID-19

Our priority is to ensure that you and your business continue to be successful and get all the help you need in these crucial circumstances. The SBDC is here to help you and guide you back on the right path to success. Below we have provided various resources to help you and your business through the coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, contact 1-800-616-7232.

Services

Virtual Business Consulting

Do you have questions about COVID-19, or do you need help with the resources provided? Make a virtual consultation appointment with one of our business experts today. Our consultants are here to help you with whatever you need, and these virtual consulting sessions are at no cost to you. Our expert consultants will guide you through every application, resource, and question you have to help your business prepare and recover. Sign up for our virtual consulting services or call us at 1-800-616-SBDC (7232).

Webinars

COVID-19: Strategies for Tech Startups  Webinar

March 26, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Have your most common and important questions answered! Sign up for our COVID-19 Webinar Panel Discussion with expert consultants to learn essential strategies for tech startups during the COVID-19 crisis.

CA Entrepreneurship Task Force Webinar

Friday, March 27, 2020 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE SESSION WITH SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS

The Go-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF) is launching a new online learning series! The webinar is designed to connect small businesses to resources and share challenges and opportunities for small businesses to help improve cash flow and revenues, pivot, and adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19.

Join Go-Biz Entrepreneurship Task Force on Friday for the first session to Connect to Small Businesses Resources featuring:

  • Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair
  • Nely Galan, Founder, Galan Entertainment
  • Isabel Guzman, Director, CA Small Business Advocate
  • Mike Daniel, Regional Director, OCIE SBDC
  • Mark Herbert, Vice President, Small Business Majority

Space is limited, so register fast.

My Store Front Is Closed? How Do I Sell My Goods Online? Webinar

Session 1: Monday, March 30, 2020
Session 2: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
10:00 an – 11:00 am

What are your options if you have to close your storefront? Tune into this 2 part series for emergency support for retailers, stores, and product-based businesses to help you navigate and activate e-commerce opportunities and change your marketing approach quickly. We will focus on immediate solutions business owners can implement to leverage online sales to survive the current COVID-19 pandemic.

What You Can Expect from This Series:

You can expect to quickly asses your current options for online sales and to start reaching clients and selling online.

Session 1: E-Commerce – Monday,  March 30, 2020

  1. Brand e-commerce website
  2. Getting set up on Etsy
  3. Leveraging eBay
  4. Packaging, Shipping, and Delivering
  • How to pack and ship your products- USPS, UPS, or DHL
  • Third-party shipping vs. direct
  • Setting shipping rates vs. flat rate
  • Insurance and tracking

Session 2: Social Commerce – Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  1. Facebook Marketplace
  2. Instagram Selling
  3. Craigslist
  4. Nextdoor
  5. Groupon

SBDC Resources

COVID-19 Employer Resource Guide – Download The Latest News and Resources

The Latest News and Resources for Your Business

Learn about the most up to date information and FAQs about the Employment Development Department (EDD) resources, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, our SBDC Finance Center, how we can help, and so much more! Download Now

 

COVID-19 Video Guides

View regularly updated video guides that show step by step how to complete all the SBA forms needed for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and other topics like driving sales online. Check em’ out here.

Due to the current environment, the SBDC is postponing and canceling all of our in-person events, for the time being. However, we will substitute them for virtual programs. This is our way of helping your business survive and thrive regardless of the circumstances. Make sure to be on the lookout for these events – all at no cost to you.

 

More Resources

Tax Assistance

Need payroll assistance as a result of COVID-19? The Employment Development Department (EDD) is providing payroll assistance for employers who are facing hardships due to the coronavirus. Employers can now request a 60-day extension to file and pay their payroll reports and taxes. For more information, look at our downloadable resources down below or call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1-888-745-3886 (toll-free).

Loans  

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a U.S. government agency that supports entrepreneurs and small businesses in various ways. Due to the current situation, they are offering up to $2M in disaster loans for small businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic. The loan will help reduce some of the economic injury caused by COVID-19.

The state of California’s CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank’s (IBANK)  Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP) is also accepting applications for small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

Employee Protection

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided information on how employees can stay safe and healthy during this crisis. Their website describes how employees can financially help and protect themselves in a constantly changing work environment. Below, employers can download the OSHA guide on how to prepare workplaces for COVID-19.

Employers may also have the option of applying for the Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program implemented from the EDD. Employees whose hours and wages have been reduced will receive unemployment insurance benefits and help them keep their jobs while lowering their risk for financial strain. Employers will be able to keep their current employees and decrease the need to layoff workers.

Downloadable Tools

Loan Packaging Funding Checklist

A checklist of required documents to submit to our lending partners.

SBDC Projection Model Template

This spreadsheet is for start-up businesses to use for projections.