COVID-19 for Businesses
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
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 to underserved micro and small businesses throughout the state by early 2021. Non-profits would also be eligible for these grants.
The amount of grant funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000.
The First round of applications has ended. The Second Round opens on February 2, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. and closes February 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Start of approval notifications is February 11, 2021. Any applicants not awarded in Round 1, but eligible, will be automatically considered for the second round.
For more information on how to apply, please click on the link here.
Upland Small Business Support : Rent Recovery Program - Results
The City of Upland created the Upland Small Business Support: Rent Recovery Program (USBS:RRP) to assist restaurant and retail establishments in Upland that have been impacted by California’s shut-down orders. The USBS:RRP is funded in whole with limited federal CARES Act funding and made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant program. The application period has ended and all eligible businesses have been notified.
A livestream was held on January 14, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Tier 1 applicants (Priority Numbers 1-25) have until January 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) to submit all required documentation. If they are deemed ineligible, spaces will open up for Tier 2 applications. Tier 2 applicants will be activated sequentially in queue until all program funding is exhausted.
Paycheck Protection Program Q&A Session 1/26/2021
Join us for this free session where we dedicate a full hour to answering your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) questions!
Webinar session is at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
To register, please click here. Please see the attached flyer. If you have any questions, please call Mary at (909) 983-5005.
PROVIDING $30 MILLION IN SMALL BUSINESS FUNDING AND SUPPORTING ALL BUSINESSES WHO PARTNER
The COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program invests $30 million in supporting local businesses to ensure compliance with public health safety practices. 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:
- Original funding of $2,500 has now increased to $5,000 for eligible Small Businesses and Non-profits with 1-100 employees. Previous funding recipients that applied before October 31, 2020 will receive a check for the additional finding (except Short Term rental and Private Schools.
- Support and Partnership for ALL eligible County businesses who wish to become a COVID-Compliant Business Partner
Eligible businesses, per qualifying location, can receive up to $5,000. Applications are being accepted online at www.sbcovid19.com
Deadline for Application now extended to December 13, 2020 or until funding is exhausted, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reference flyer below. Learn more and apply to become a COVID-Compliant Business by clicking here.
Here are some of the recent revisions:
- In addition to the $5,000 provided to eligible participants, the County has increased outdoor funding from $1,200 to $2,500 per business to restaurants, retail stores, and service businesses that relocated their operations outdoors in response to State regulations.
- Previous funding recipients that applied before October 31, 2020 will receive a check for the additional funding.
- Eligible businesses may apply for both the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program and the Outdoor Operations Program under one application.
- Short Term Rentals (STRs) can receive support of $500 to offset basic costs of safety improvements and increased sanitization requirements. Any additional STR under the same owner would be eligible for an additional $250 each.
Support Upland Businesses! View the San Bernardino County COVID Business Compliance Partners at this link. Prior to receiving this designation, small businesses must demonstrate compliance with State/County public health orders, and incorporate safety and social distancing practices and measures in their business operations.
Temporary Outside Dining Permit Application and Regulations
The City of Upland has established an Outdoor Dining Program for Upland in response to COVID-19. Temporary outdoor dining shall be permitted until January 2, 2021. Please visit www.uplandca.gov/temporary-outdoor-dining-permit to obtain outdoor dining application and requirements. Please reference the Temporary Outside Dining Permit Application and Regulations document below:
Temporary Outdoor Merchandise Display Permit
The City of Upland is now allowing retail stores within the Historic Downtown area to temporarily display merchandise outdoors while the streets are closed. A Temporary Outdoor Merchandise Display application is required to be submitted and approved. Temporary outdoor displays of merchandise will be allowed until January 2, 2021. Please click on the PDF below to view the Temporary Outdoor Merchandise Display application and requirements.
Calling All Californians: Shop Safe Shop Local
The State of California has announced a new campaign Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal to encourage Californians to support all local small businesses in their communities, like the City of Upland, and help all of our diverse neighborhoods thrive.
We are proud to partner with the State of California in its campaign! The State has partnered with industry leaders and small business experts to provide California's small businesses with the tools and resources to help them adapt to the new marketplace and create in-person and online safe shopping experience for us all. Please visit the website link at https://business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal
Some of these resources include:
- Resources, discounts and offers from the State's partners to help businesses operate safely, such as a digital media toolkit https//business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal/calosba-media-toolkit
- Latest State industry guidance and County variances
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) through SafelyMakingCA.org, California's new PPE marketplace
Important Updates from the Governor
Industry Guidelines have been issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in conjunction with Cal/OSHA, to help workplaces operate and reopen safely. The goal is a safer environment for workers and customers. Businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon the Guidelines, but before reopening, all facilities must first perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
Industries that are currently allowed to resume full or modified operations, if they're permitted to open per County health rules, can be found on the industry guidance website. Stage 2 expansion will be phased in gradually. Some communities may move through Stage 2 faster if they are able to show greater progress. Counties that have met the readiness criteria and worked with the CDPH can open more workplaces as outlined on the County Variance Page.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announces new sectors that can reopen with modifications Statewide. See attached CDPH News Release.
Did you know that advertising on the Shop Upland App is available to ALL Upland businesses? Click here to learn more about advertising your business to Upland residents and beyond with the Shop Upland app!
- Temporary signs may be placed in the right-of-way and landscape areas of private property in the areas immediately adjacent to the business or shopping center.
- Signs must be free-standing and be in the form of an A-Frame sign or a Banner affixed to the ground but cannot be attached to any existing structure, tree or parking lot light standard, etc.
- A business may place one A-Frame sign or one Banner not to exceed 24 square feet per side or 4 feet in height on each street frontage.
- Signs shall not be placed to create a hazard for pedestrians or drivers, including line-of-sight obstructions within 20 feet of a corner radius.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY NEWS RELEASES AND COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER ORDERS. Important news, resources and health officer orders in our battle against COVID-19. Click here to read the San Bernardino County Health Officer Orders and News Releases
Guidance for Public Gatherings. Information for businesses in regard to recommendations for business operations responsive to the guidelines from the California Department of Public Health can be found here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx, specifically guidance as it relates to gatherings and social distancing.
Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Funding Options. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering funding options to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for SBA Disaster Assistance to CA Small Businesses Economically Impacted by COVID-19
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) outbreak. Please click here to access the State’s GO-Biz site: https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) has prepared a page on their website with great information on Federal, State and local resources to assist businesses hit hard by the Coronavirus COVID-19. Please click on the link here: https://caled.org/economic-development-resources-for-the-novel-coronavirus-and-covid-19/
San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency has created a page that highlights the current business relief programs available to businesses, including everything from SBA loan programs to utility programs. Please click on the link here: https://www.selectsbcounty.com/major-initiatives/covid-19
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - For COVID-19 business resources, and how SBDC can help your business, please click here: https://inlandempiresbdc.org/resource/covid-19/ If you have any questions, please call Mary at the SBDC at (909) 983-5005.
To report price gouging in San Bernardino County call the Attorney General’s Office at 800-952-5225.
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