COVID-19 Business Resources

Tools to Help Businesses Recover from COVID-19

The City of Huntington Beach has compiled a list of resources to assist local businesses experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 situation.

For questions related to economic development:

Contact Economic Development Project Manager, Robert Ramirez at (714) 887-3731 or robert.ramirez@surfcity-hb.org.

Grants and Resources for your Business

1.  OneHB Business Support

This program provides $5,000 micro-grants to certain small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  The grants are community driven by direct donations or sales of OneHB merchandise and apparel!

2.  SafeDineOC

This County-funded program provides $1,000 grants to help local restaurants reopen safely. Grants may be used to reimburse restaurant owners for PPE, employee training, site reconfiguration, and more.

3.  Back2Business Initiative

The County of Orange is providing 1,000 OC businesses with free access to 3D Event Designer’s floor plan software through December 31, 2020 to be able to quickly create efficient layouts, maximizing utilization while meeting new and changing social distancing requirements.

4.  Additional Business Resources

Click on the link above to access various other business resources to support you during COVID-19.

Technical Assistance

The Small Business Development Center of Orange County offers free virtual consultations for businesses to prepare for and recover from disruptions caused by COVID-19.  Call (800) 616-SBDC or visit their website to request a virtual consultation.

Federal COVID-19 Relief

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL):  

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest loans to qualified small businesses suffering economic injury from COVID-19.   Applicants may request loans of up to $2M at low interest rates.  Loans may be used to pay operating expenses and fixed debts that cannot be paid due to COVID-19 disruptions.  Eligibility requirements and applications are available on the SBA website or by phone at (800) 659-2955.

iBank’s Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP):  The DRLGP can help businesses secure up to a 95% guarantee (maximum $1 million) on a bank loan through its partner, Financial Development Corporations (FDC).  Eligible applicants include small businesses and non-profit borrowers who suffered economic losses caused by COVID-19.  Loans may be used for working capital, inventory, and other expenses.  To apply, contact a participating FDC listed on this website or call iBank at (916) 341-6600 for assistance.

For Employers

Tax Assistance: If your business is directly affected by COVID-19, you can request up to a 60-day extension to file your state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. The written request for extension, noting the impact of COVID-19, must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.

Paid Sick Leave: Businesses with fewer than 500 employees must provide employees with up to 80 hours of paid sick leave if they cannot work due to quarantine; isolation; symptoms of COVID-19; caring for some experiencing any of the aforementioned; and/or caring for children in schools that are closed. Employers will receive tax credits to offset the costs of providing this paid leave.

UI Work Sharing Program: If COVID-19 has impacted your business, you can avoid potential layoffs by participating in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program. This program allows you to retain your workers by reducing their hours no more than 60 percent and partially offsetting the wage loss with UI benefits. This helps you avoid the cost of recruiting/hiring new workers and helps your workers keep their jobs. For more info, call the EDD Special Claims Office at (916) 464-3343.

Unemployment: Laid off employees can file for unemployment benefits through the Employment Development Department (EDD). To file a claim, visit the EDD website or call (800) 300-5616.

Other Resources

Several economic development agencies have compiled useful resource information for businesses affected by COVID-19.  Continue to check back regularly for the latest updates.

For a list of comprehensive resources, click here.

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