Business Member Resources

The application portal for the Paycheck Protection Program and Restaurant Revitalization Fund is closed.

If your organization is eligible, applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans program are still being accepted.

Certain businesses and nonprofits are also eligible for the Employee Retention Tax Credit through the end of the year.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant - SBA

SVOG slated to open April 8. 

More info: https://www.svograntportal.sba.gov/s/

Coming soon! SBA will launch the Community Navigator Pilot Program, a $100 million grant program enacted through the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide counseling, networking and the assistance needed during this time of economic recovery to the nation’s smallest businesses. The program will target small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans.

The SBA will engage with states, local governments, SBA resource partners, Community Financial Institutions (CFIs), and other organizations in directed outreach efforts. These partners and people in the community are key to this pilot program as they will serve as a two-way information stream, enabling enterprising business owners to receive the help needed from the SBA.

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New Opportunities

Upcoming: Small Business CA Grant Relief Program

Competitive funding rounds will be conducted by CalOSBA’s selected intermediary, Lendistry. Additional information and eligibility criteria for all rounds can be found at CAReliefGrant.com.

Round 6: opens Wednesday, April 28th at 9am through Tuesday, May 4th at 5:00pm

  • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and/or non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria
  • Eligible grant award: $5,000 - $25,000
  • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants will need to apply at CAReliefGrant.com

The Barstool Fund

If you are a small business owner in need of help due to the impacts of COVID, you can submit your application at: TheBarstoolFund.com/apply

Note: You still have to be paying your employees to qualify for The Barstool Fund

If you are able to help, you can make a tax deductible contribution to support small businesses by clicking “Contribute to the Fund" on The Barstool home page. You can also support small businesses by purchasing one of their shirts. 100% of the net proceeds will go towards supporting small businesses.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million.

$2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Who can apply: Live venue operators or promoters, Theatrical producers, Live performing arts organization operators, Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria, Motion picture theater operators, Talent representatives.

Other requirements of note:
Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020
Venue or promoter must not have received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020

The SBA is not accepting applications just yet but you can read more about the program here.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is OPEN

The Paycheck Protection Program provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The SBA also offers additional Coronavirus relief.

SBA is currently offering:

Guidance & Facts Sheets:
First Draw Loans and Second Draw Loans guidance from US Treasury & SBA
PPP fact sheet from US Travel

California Rebuilding Fund Recovery Loans

  • Businesses who employed 50 or less full-time equivalent employees and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 are eligible to apply.
  • Not associated with the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or any other SBA program; the loans are not forgivable in part or whole.
  • Learn more and apply

NEW: SMALL BUSINESS CA GRANT RELIEF PROGRAM

Four New Funding Rounds Announced

California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced on Wednesday, March 3 (read press release) four new funding rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program following Governor Gavin Newsom signing into law a comprehensive package of immediate actions that speeds much-needed relief to individuals, families, and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship due to COVID-19.

 Additional preliminary data can be found here. Additional information can be found at CAReliefGrant.com.

New Funding Rounds:

Round 6: Date to be announced soon

  • Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and/or non-profits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria found at CAReliefGrant.com
  • Eligible grant award: $5,000 - $25,000
  • Details: Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants will need to apply at CAReliefGrant.com

Reminder: LICENSE FEE WAVIERS


Information from https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/, outlined below:

California and the federal government are providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19. This includes:

Employer policies and resources

As California reopens, every business will need to create a safer, low-risk environment. If you own or manage a business, follow the employer playbook to help plan and prepare your business for reopening. And follow the industry-specific guidance that applies to your business to protect your workers and customers.

As workplaces reopen, employees will need both childcare support and workplace flexibility. It’s also important that employees with COVID-19 know they should stay home. Your sick leave policies need to support that. See more information on:

Financial assistance

Federal programs

The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting new applications to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from all eligible businesses. Visit U.S. SBA’s Disaster Loan Applications website for more information. The U.S. SBA will continue to process EIDL Loan applications already submitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Small businesses may get reimbursed for paid leave costs related to COVID-19. This funding is available for businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Employers can receive a credit for wages paid for such leave between April 1 and December 31, 2020. Visit Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for more information. Also check frequently asked questions about tax credit reimbursement for paid leave.

Financial and technical assistance for small businesses 

Labor and workforce support for businesses

COVID-19 RETURN TO WORK POLICY

Island Businesses Encouraged to Adopt

Workforce Policy Regarding COVID-19 and Travel

At the recommendation of Avalon Mayor Ann Marshall, Catalina Island Businesses are encouraged to adopt a COVID-19 related return to work policy regarding out of area/country travel, that will protect fellow workers and the community as a whole from pandemic spread. Click here to find the City of Avalon's recently implemented policy from which you may implement similar protections in your place of business. Note that the policy shared here may not be in compliance with the ever changing and evolving best practices and/or OSHA rules.