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California Launches New Campaign to Support Small Businesses

The State launched a new website to support small businesses in their efforts to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal/

The website includes links to:

  • Free consulting, in 31 different languages, from California’s network of small business centers
  • Resources and offers from partner organizations to help businesses operate safely and build a digital footprint
  • Latest state industry guidance and county variances
  • Access to providers to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) through www.SafelyMakingCA.org, California’s new PPE marketplace
  • A free digital media toolkit for small businesses

The State is also launching a month-long campaign called “Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal.” The campaign focuses on all Californians – workers, consumers, and business owners – to follow public health guidelines and shop safe and local to help all California’s small businesses survive and thrive.

$10,000 Grants Are Available From The City of Tustin To Business Impacted From COVID-19.

AJ strongly recommends Tustin businesses impacted by COVID-19 to apply for this grant program offered by the City Of Tustin. Grants are not guaranteed and awarded by lottery. Information from the City of Tustin below:

The City of Tustin Commences Small Business Emergency Grant Program

The City of Tustin has partnered with the Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (OCIE-SBDC) to develop a Small Business Emergency Grant Program to provide vital economic support to small businesses needing assistance in overcoming the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19.

Small businesses negatively affected by COVID-19, with 20 or less employees, may be eligible to receive a working capital grant of up to $10,000.  The grant may be used for business operating expenses such as rent/lease payments, mortgage payments, utility expenses, inventory, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations.  

Funding for the program is provided by the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act received through a Disbursement Agreement from the County of Orange to the City of Tustin.  To launch the program, the City will initially release $750,000 of these grant funds, followed by additional releases through the end of this year.

The City of Tustin and the OCIE-SBDC will conduct three webinars, prior to the opening of the application period for the Small Business Emergency Grant Program and will outline the program, the application, and additional documents needed to respond. The webinars will be conducted in English and Spanish.

June 10 at 11:00 am- In English

June 10 at 12:00 pm- in Spanish

June 11 at 11:00 am- Q & A in both English and Spanish

To attend one of the Webinars please register here: Register for Webinar Here.

The Small Business Emergency Grant Program application period opens Friday, June 12 at 9:00 am and closes Thursday, June 18 at 5:00 pm.

For more information on the Tustin Small Business Emergency Grant Program, please visit Tustin Small Business Emergency Grant Program or contact the City of Tustin Economic Development Department at (714) 537- 3117 or by email at econdev@tustinca.org

ELIGIBILITY – BUSINESS MUSTS
• Be for-profit and physically located in commerical or
industrial space in Tustin
• Have an active business license for 6 months
• Have 20 or fewer employees, including the owner
• Must be able to submit proper documentation and
show a loss of income due to coronavirus and demonstrate
that the grant will be used for operational needs
• Must have not received EIDL or PPP
• Must be in good standing with the city, unless effected
by COVID-19

GRANTS AWARDED BY LOTTERY
NEED HELP?
CONTACT THE SBDC
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can
help you with your application and help awardees
with additional funding requirements- at no cost.
Contact Us at 1-800-616-7232 or visit us online to
book an appointment: ociesmallbusiness.org.
Business awardees will be selected by lottery of all eligible
applicants once the application window has closed

County Health Order – Business Webinar

From the Orange County Health Agency:

Prior to opening, businesses must ensure that they have performed the five (5) requirements below and continue to do so after opening.  Guidance most relevant to your business can be found on the State website (link).  It is very important to note that per the new County Health Order, businesses must attest to the fact that they have met all of the below requirements and have posted the attestation on the entrance to the business.

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  • Implement individual control measures and screenings
  • Implement disinfecting protocols
  • Implement physical distancing guidelines

The County has advised that they are planning to hold webinars to help explain the new orders and answer questions.  We will forward links when we get them. In the meantime, if businesses have questions that they would like asked at a webinar, please contact Rachel Selleck at the Orange County Health Care Agency via email at rselleck@ochca.com

The communication sent to you Saturday from the City has the new County Health order included as an attachment, as well as other guidance information related to moving to Stage 2.

NEW COUNTY GUIDANCE – RE-OPENING BUSINESSES

Prior to opening, businesses must ensure that they have performed the five (5) requirements below and continue to do so after opening.  Guidance most relevant to your business can be found on the State website (link).  It is very important to note that per the new County Health Order, businesses must attest to the fact that they have met all of the below requirements and have posted the attestation on the entrance to the business.

  • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  • Implement individual control measures and screenings
  • Implement disinfecting protocols
  • Implement physical distancing guidelines

The County has advised that they are planning to hold webinars to help explain the new orders and answer questions.  We will forward links when we get them. In the meantime, if businesses have questions that they would like asked at a webinar, please contact Rachel Selleck at the Orange County Health Care Agency via email at rselleck@ochca.com

The communication sent to you Saturday from the City has the new County Health order included as an attachment, as well as other guidance information related to moving to Stage 2.

Orange County COVID-19 Update

Orange County has received State approval on its variance application to move into “Stage 2B.”

According to the County, the following businesses may re-open with the proper safety precaution adaptations:

  • In-person dining reservations
  • Retail shopping with social distancing and curbside pickup
  • Manufacturing
  • Offices (when telework not possible)
  • Outdoor Museums
  • Limited Services

It is important to note that these industries must adhere to the guidance put out by the State, which can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/ and here: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/. Adherence to this guidance will ensure that our community stays safe and these industries can remain open.

The linked attached press release from the County gives more information about the approval from the State,  specific links to industry health and safety guidance, and other information critical for the re-opening of these industries.

Also attached to this email is a new County Health Order that gives new guidance on individuals with or exposed to COVID-19, a requirement for cloth face coverings, as well as information for businesses as they re-open.

We will continue to share real time information related to the re-opening stages and guidelines as more news becomes available.

COVID-19 EIDL Webinar

Are you a small business owner who has been denied for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan? The SBDC is hosting a webinar to as they discuss your options for funding and how to apply for reconsideration. You will have the opportunity to ask your EIDL reconsideration questions at the end of the presentation.
The link is below:
https://fullerton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AQhw0V38RKextONdlMHZYQ

$700,000 Grant For Small Businesses

From the City of Tustin.

The County is making $10,000 grants available to OC small businesses to help mitigate layoffs and adhere to State and County guidance on reopening when allowed.

The attached press release gives more information about the program and how to apply for it. Applications open May 21st at 9AM, and will close on May 28th at 5PM or until 170 applications are received.

We encourage you to apply and will forward other opportunities as they become available.

The link: oconestop.com/covid-19-layoff-aversion-program