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 information regarding the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Program please click here.

For questions related to economic development in Huntington Beach, please contact Economic Development Project Manager, Robert Ramirez in the City’s Office of Business Development at (714) 887-3731 or robert.ramirez@surfcity-hb.org.

For more detailed information regarding these and other resources, please visit: http://www.hbbiz.com/services/covid-19-business-resources

 

Grants for your Business

Visit OneHB.org for more information on Micro Grants up to $5000.00 for your business.

Visit SafeDineOC.com for $1,000 grants.  The County of Orange is supporting local restaurants that are reopening safely. Apply for a $1,000 grant to reimburse you for masks, employee training, site reconfiguration, cleaning supplies, and more.

 

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 or go to their calendar to request a virtual consultation

GO-Biz also provides virtual consultations.  Please visit their website for more information.

Financial Relief

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): 

**UPDATED 06/15/2020* Information Directly from the SBA ***

Now Accepting New Applications for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance

Eligible small businesses and agricultural businesses may apply for the Loan Advance APPLY HERE.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. 

SBA resumed processing EIDL applications that were submitted before the portal stopped accepting new applications on April 15 and will be processing those applications on a first-come, first-served basis. On June 15, SBA began accepting new EIDL and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility for agricultural businesses is made possible as a result of additional funding appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.

** END OF NEW UPDATED INFORMATION 06/15/2020 **

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 interest rates of 3.75% for small businesses or 2.75% for non-profits.  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 Day: Federal and California tax filing/payment deadlines have been extended to July 15, 2020.

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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Dine-in restaurants
Wineries and tasting rooms
Movie theaters
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Zoos and museums
Cardrooms

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Protests
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Keeping Our Community Safe & Informed

City Services Call Center 

Available Monday through Friday 9am-5pm: 

(714) 536-5511

 Address:

2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
USA

The City of Huntington Beach is committed to keeping our community and visitors informed of current events in our community. The purpose of this page is to foster transparency and increase the sharing of information. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Huntington Beach will make every effort to to update this page when updates are received from our local, state and federal partners.

Postponed/Canceled Events

The following events in the City of Huntington Beach have been postponed or cancelled. The City is actively working with event promoters to hold these events in the future.

CANCELLED

August 24-September 13 – US Open

September 5 – 6 – Civil War Days

September 18 – 20 – Great Pacific Airshow

October 1-4 – AVP

POSTPONED

May 9-10 – Sunset Beach Art Festival

Weekly Surf City Nights

RESCHEDULED

September 12 – Cruise in Car Show

October 11 – Cars and Copters

If you are a senior and in need of assistance, please call (714) 536-5600

Who Is Considered Higher Risk?

Older Adults (People aged 65 and older)
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung Disease

Watch for symptons & What Should You Do?

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
  • If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • If you feel like you are developing symptoms.
  • Stay home and call your doctor
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home.  Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed.

What can you do if you have a family member or friend who is at higher risk?

  • Ensure that they have enough supplies on hand and offer to help them get more if needed.
  • Know what medications they are taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Communicate regularly with neighbors, friends, and family to support them.
  • Be cognizant of people visiting their home and inform them what to do to stay safe.
    • Stay home
    • Avoid touching high traffic surfaces in public places.
    • Social distancing
  • If you are feeling ill please avoid visiting.

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