Throughout the pandemic, businesses have adapted to changing guidance. Restrictions and requirements for businesses were eased when California moved Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Capacity limits and physical distancing requirements for businesses have ended. The statewide masking guidance changed on February 15. Under the new guidance, only unvaccinated indivudals will be required to wear masks in indoor public spaces such as businesses, however each establishment may choose to enforce their own universal indoor masking policy. Please continue reading for additional Business-specific resources.
Small Business COVID Funding Options
This link lists all funding options available in California and is regularly updated. Venturize is a free online resource hub for small business owners that offers unbiased education and resources to help bolster businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Labor and Workforce Development Agency
Addresses employees and unemployment insurance
Workforce Alliance of the North Bay (serving Marin County)
Maintains information for businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19
Marin Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Provides free business advising with experts and discounted workshops, including assistance to access SBA loans and all types of funding. They also assist with marketing, e-commerce, pivoting strategies, lease negotiations, social media, HR and more.
Sends weekly job openings via email to job seekers. Employers can list job openings for free.
Congressman Jared Huffman
Resources for small and medium sized businesses
Marin Economic Forum (MEF)
Maintains a database of private funding and technical assistance available to small businesses. MEF also has data and analysis of the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the Marin economy, including links to reports, webinars and other articles.
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBIZ)
Statewide office serving California businesses which includes all information regarding financial assistance and employment information
California Labor and Workforce Development Agency
Benefit and resource information for workers and employers.
State of California -- Financial Help for Businesses
Business owners who have been financially affected by COVID-19 can find information about filing for extensions, tax credits, and disaster loans/grants.
State of California -- Current Safety Measures
Current and past safety measures mandated by the State of California.
Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance and Resources
Workplace safety and health regulations, industry guidance, and safety standards.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Funding Assistance
SBA has multiple loan and assistance products for small businesses. The most important product is the Emergency Disaster Loan which can be a loan up to $2 million plus a grant of up to $10,000 for eligible small businesses.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA provides employers and employees with current COVID-19 requirements, guidance and tools.
Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)
The ERTC program is provided through the IRS and businesses may save thousands of dollars per qualified employee. We strongly recommend that you speak to a CPA to help your business maximize the use of ERTC.