The Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce will continue to act as a hub of resources and information for Santa Ana businesses and community members during the CoVID-19 Pandemic. Please leverage this resource guide to help you, your families and businesses through this dynamic situation. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and will keep you informed of future updates.
► The Small Business Development Center has made available several resources in a Google Public Drive. Click here for access.
►Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) -As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. For more information, please click here.
►SBA Express Bridge Loan - Allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan. If qualified you will get up to $25,000 and the loan will be repaid in full or in part by proceeds from the EIDL loan. Click here for more information on SBA Express Bridge Loans.
►The State of California Employment Development Department provides Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave Benefits. Visit Coronavirus 2019 FAQs for answers to specific questions you may have about COVID-19 and what programs and benefits may be available to you.
►Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. For more information, refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (De 87144RRB PDF) or contact your local America's Job Center of California.
►If layoffs are necessary, the Santa Ana WORK Center will connect our community’s job seekers to the resources, skills and opportunities they need to find jobs.
Get Working Capital
►The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
►Wells Fargo Launches Paycheck Protection Program Application Tool for customers. The program will lend you 2.5 your monthly payroll and it will turn into grant 8 weeks after loan is disbursed assuming loan is used to cover operating costs and no employees are laid off and no change to their compensation.
►California IBank has a Small Business Loan Guarantee Program for guarantees currently up to $1 million and a micro lending program for loans up to $10,000 with accommodations for disasters. The program is run with Financial Development Corporation partners.
Small Business Grants
►Yelp created a $25 million fund to provide relief to independently owned restaurant and nightlife businesses and franchisees with fewer than five locations in the form of waived advertising fees and free advertising, products, and services during this period.
►Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund is offering grants to small businesses to help during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
►The Santa Ana Small Business Incentive Program that offers a grant up to $5,000 for businesses with 5 or less employees has waived the “new business” criteria to make it a bit more accessible to businesses.
►Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. Not only can this grant help you with your business monthly expenses, but also help you attract more customers with ad credits.
►Google is donating 800 million plus to support small businesses and crisis response.
►The California Entrepreneurship Task Force hosted the second rapid response session, titled “Meeting the Moment,” for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar is 1 hour long.
►Shifting training delivery from in-person to virtual instructor led isn’t as easy as sharing a link and reviewing a presentation deck. Dale Carnegie of Orange County is offering a Virtual Train the Trainer Certificate Program that will convert your in-person training activities to an online format. Call them directly to register for program.
►The Small Business Majority is compiling relevant tips and resources and information on new funding opportunities and policy developments your business that we are sharing on our website and through online presentations.
► The Better Business Bureau has published a series of webinars to help small business deal with CoVid-19.
Small Business Resources
►Constant Contact is introducing Small Business Support Kits which are industry specific to help small businesses adapt their marketing practices during the CoVID-19 Pandemic.
► Employers can minimize or eliminate the need for layoffs by applying for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs.
►Orange County Small Business Development Center offers free business workshops, consulting services, and resources for businesses including access to grants and loans.
►Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.
►Research indicates that 43% of businesses never re-open after a disaster, and 25% of business that do, fail within a year. This self-assessment, and all of its resources, is designed to provide the most effective ways to increase your ability to survive.
►BBB remains operational and focused on serving the business community and consumers throughout the Coronavirus crisis.
►Our Member Directory contains the contact information of tax, legal, real estate, and financial professionals that can guide you during these difficult times.
►The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has developed a Small Business Tool Kit to help during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
►The Small Business Development Center has made available several resources in a Google Public Drive. Click here for access.
►Jobzmall is giving unlimited job posting and enterprise tools for free to Santa Ana Chamber members over the next 3 months. You can do this by going to this link or emailing their Head of Community, Aida Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
►CMIT Solutions of Anaheim West provide 2 hours of free remote support from our technicians (priced at $135 an hour during regular times) to all the members of Santa Ana Chamber, who may be in need. These are the members who may be facing technology challenges say in working from home, connecting remotely and securely to their companies’ network, worrying about security of their data etc. and need technical support.
►Legal Shield/ID Shield give Small Business Owners, Big Business resources on a Small Business Budget. Please see how we can help all Business Owners with less than 100 employees, for profit and not publicly traded. Please click here for a video on how we can help. These plans are available as a Member Benefit through the Chamber. It also, helps the Chamber because I give a portion of my commissions to the Chamber. The link to the Chamber Website is here.
For the most current and updated City of Santa Ana information, please see the City of Santa Ana’s Economic Development business support page on CoVID-19.
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The Santa Ana Chamber has created an open line of communication where you can get your business's most pressing questions answered. Please contact the Chamber at (714) 541-5353 or through our website and we will connect you to the appropriate resources for your business.
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