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.
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.