Tulare County provides support to small businesses in the form of grants up to $5,000 for reimbursement of eligible COVID-19 operating expenses and to cover future expenses related to implementing COVID-19 health and safety measures within the business.
The Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County (WIB) administers the program. County officials estimate that up to 300 businesses per district could benefit from this funding as the $7.5 million is being distributed evenly between county supervisorial districts.
Eligible businesses include for-profit and non-profit businesses with 20 full-time employees or less, as well as independent contractors. Applicants must attest to a loss of net revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the business for which the applicant is seeking funding is the primary source of income, be physically located in Tulare County with a demonstrated economic need, and prove they have been in operation prior to March 2020.
Grant funding may be used to cover businesses expenses incurred between March 19-September 30, 2020, such as:
•Cleaning and disinfectant supplies
•Personal protective equipment
•Social distancing re-configuration
•Costs associated with limiting cash-handling.
Businesses not eligible to apply are those that have received disaster relief funding such as Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Economic Disaster Relief Loan, or a loan from an incorporated city in Tulare County.
To ensure the safety of our community and to help navigate the new normal, Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency has created this playbook. This comprehensive guide includes many of the recommendations and developed guidelines from the CDC and other federal, state, and local agencies. This resource will act as a living document, which we will update as this fluid situation changes.
Businesses looking to reopen are encouraged to review the latest industry guidance documents that are relevant to your workplace, prepare a plan based on the guidance for your industry, and put it into action prior to reopening.
Guidelines to Prepare your Business and Employees for the Effects of COVID-19
During an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current outbreak of COVID-19, small business owners must prepare for disruption in their business as well as prepare to protect their employees’ health and safety in the workplace. CDC provides the latest guidance for businesses to follow online at CDC Business Page.
In April 2020, Governor Newsom, through Executive Order, allowed taxpayers to apply for penalty and interest relief for 90 days for any taxpayer reporting less than $1 million in sales on their tax return. Through November 22nd, some 9,287 plans with almost $149 million in tax relief have taken advantage of this program.
The Governor is directing the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to do the following:
Provide an automatic three-month extension for taxpayers filing less than $1 million in sales tax on the return and extend the availability existing interest and penalty free payment agreements to companies (with up to $5 million in taxable sales)
Broaden opportunities for more businesses to enter into interest-free payment arrangements.
Expand interest-free payment options for larger businesses particularly affected by significant restrictions on operations based on COVID-19 transmissions.
$500 Million for New COVID Relief Grant for Small Business
The Governor announced the creation of a $500 million COVID Relief Grant administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development for small businesses that have been impacted by COVID and the health and safety restrictions. Funds would be awarded to selected intermediaries with established networks of Community Development Financial Institutions to distribute relief through grants of up to $25,000 to underserved micro and small businesses throughout the state by early 2021. Non-profits would also be eligible for these grants. CalOSBA is establishing the program and will make it available to small businesses as soon as possible - for updates on availability visit here.
Increase Funding for the California Rebuilding Fund by $12.5 million.
Last week, the Governor announced the opening of the California Rebuilding Fund which makes available $25 million to help impacted small businesses rebuild from the economic crisis and keep local economies strong. This program is built to be a resource in the market for the next year as businesses pivot and recover.
An increase of $12.5 million would allow the Fund to be fully capitalized. The additional funding will help the 3rd 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.
A full list of existing state support for businesses can be found here.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has compiled helpful information for employers, employees, and all Californians as it relates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Californians can access the California Go Biz Coronavirus Resources page for newsletters, program instruction videos, weekly webinars, latest updates and more information related to business and economic development.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a variety of relief options and additional resources for business owners to help overcome challenges created by this health crisis. SBA is offering multiple funding options for those seeking relief made possible by the CARES Act, which contains relief funding for American workers and small businesses.
Visit the SBA website for funding options and more information.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is marshalling its full resources to assist companies and businesses continue to operate and keep paychecks flowing to American workers. The Chamber of Commerce has created an array of resources and guidance for business owners. Visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website for information regarding Emergency Loan programs, Economic Injury Disaster Load Programs, and other relief programs for businesses and independent contractors.