COVID-19 and San Diego’s Economy

Updated March 9, 2021 at 9:00 am

We’ve put together this COVID-19 resources page to provide guidance and support for San Diego businesses and residents.

Please review the San Diego County website for further guidelines.

San Diego’s Reopening Reference Guides

San Diego Regional EDC convened a broad coalition to develop reference guides to help local businesses reopen. These guides have been tested in focus groups, and align with local, state and national guidance. EDC recognizes that in order to get to a point where reopening guides such as these are useful, other issues, like childcare, must be addressed first. Download the guides below.

If you are an organization that would like to distribute to your vendors or membership, please contact Heather Dewis at hd@sandiegobusiness.org for access to a white-labeled version.

Reopening Reference Guide: General

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Reopening Reference Guide: Restaurants

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Reopening Reference Guide: Retail

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Reopening Reference Guide: General

This document is meant as a guide for navigating the world of COVID-19 regulations and recommendations for re-opening businesses put forth by public authorities and business experts. This guide attempts to consolidate and streamline the business owner’s research process and is not meant as an exhaustive list of resources. We do not offer recommendations on the sufficiency, adequacy or effectiveness on the measures therein. You can derive no rights or make decisions based on this material.

This guide focuses on health protocols and business advice for small and medium sized business owners.
Covid-19 poses many other critical challenges for society, like unemployment, child care, and mental health, that also deserve diligent attention and intervention.

Download the general guide here.

Specific guidelines put forth by the County of San Diego can be found here, including:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Open. Sales of food, drink or alcohol allowed. Campgrounds can open.
  • Hotels and lodging: Open.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Gyms and fitness centers. Outdoor only
  • Places of worship. Outdoor only
  • Political expression: Outdoor only.
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services (includes nail salons, tattoo, piercing, tanning)
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums. Outdoor only
  • Movie theaters (except drive-in). Outdoor only
  • Family entertainment centers. Outdoor only. Includes kart racing, mini golf, batting cages.
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering. Outdoor only
  • Limited services. Open
  • Entertainment production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operate without live audiences.

Reopening Reference Guide: Restaurants

This document is meant as a guide for navigating the world of COVID-19 regulations and recommendations for re-opening businesses put forth by public authorities and business experts. This guide attempts to consolidate and streamline the business owner’s research process and is not meant as an exhaustive list of resources. We do not offer recommendations on the sufficiency, adequacy or effectiveness on the measures therein. You can derive no rights or make decisions based on this material.

This guide focuses on health protocols and business advice for small and medium sized business owners.
Covid-19 poses many other critical challenges for society, like unemployment, child care, and mental health, that also deserve diligent attention and intervention.

Download restaurant guide here.

Specific guidelines put forth by the County of San Diego can be found here.

  • Restaurants: Open for outdoor service, 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Can have live entertainment. Takeout or delivery allowed 24 hours.
  • Wineries. Outdoor only. Live entertainment allowed.
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries that serve food. Outdoor only, operate as restaurant.

    Reopening Reference Guide: Retail

    This document is meant as a guide for navigating the world of COVID-19 regulations and recommendations for re-opening businesses put forth by public authorities and business experts. This guide attempts to consolidate and streamline the business owner’s research process and is not meant as an exhaustive list of resources. We do not offer recommendations on the sufficiency, adequacy or effectiveness on the measures therein. You can derive no rights or make decisions based on this material.

    This guide focuses on health protocols and business advice for small and medium sized business owners.
    COVID-19 poses many other critical challenges for society, like unemployment, child care, and mental health, that also deserve diligent attention and intervention.

    Download the retail guide here.

    Specific guidelines put forth by the County of San Diego can be found here.

    • Retail: Indoor operation at 25% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
    • Shopping centers: Allow indoor access at 25% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. No food courts.
    • Grocery stores. Stand-alone grocery stores where principal business activity is sale of food may operate at 50% capacity. Special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.

    COVID-19 Resources for Companies

    Non-essential businesses must follow ‘shelter in place’ orders. Employees that have the capabilities to work remotely may still do so. Please head to the Centers for Disease Control for additional information.

    The following resources require action. If you would like to request EDC assistance, please use this form. Once we receive your responses, we will make every effort to reach out to you within 24 hours.

    Request EDC assistance

    COVID-19 Resources for Companies

    Non-essential businesses must follow ‘shelter in place’ orders. Employees that have the capabilities to work remotely may still do so. Please head to the Centers for Disease Control for additional information.

    The following resources require action. If you would like to request EDC assistance, please use this form. Once we receive your responses, we will make every effort to reach out to you within 24 hours.

    Request EDC assistance

    For Small Businesses:Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Grant

    • Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Grant
      The City of San Diego is offering grants up to $3,000 to businesses constructing outdoor decks and platforms compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. As much as an additional $2,000–for a maximum grant of $5,000–will be available for businesses located in low- and moderate-income areas (LMA) or owned by a sole proprietor or majority group who meets federal low- and moderate-income (LMI) requirements. Apply now.
    • CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund
      The CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund (CARES Act RLF) will provide economic assistance to City of San Diego or City of Chula Vista businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The loans of between $25,000 and $95,000 will help entrepreneurs adapt their business models to operating under pandemic restrictions, to promote economic resiliency, and to support the retention/creation of jobs. Apply now.
    • City of Carlsbad Small Business Loan: The City of Carlsbad has dedicated a minimum of $4.4 million to develop a business loan program. There are two loan types for Carlsbad small businesses. The first are small business microloans of between $5,000-$10,000 for businesses with $2 million or less in gross revenue or 15 or fewer employees. The second are small business recovery loans of between $10,000-$25,000 for businesses with $3 million or less in gross revenue and 50 or fewer employees. Both loans types include scaled interest rates depending on how quickly the loan can be repaid. Neither loan type is forgivable. Apply now.
    • Poway Assistance Recovery Loan (PEARL) Program: The City of Poway has committed up to $2 million in one-time funds to the PEARL Program, offering loan amounts ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses in Poway, with no interest due until 90-days after the local state of emergency has ended. Apply now.
    • Oceanside Small Business Grants: This program will support independently owned businesses engaged in retail sales and consumer/business services located in Oceanside that have been mandated to close or significantly alter their business activity due to COVID-19. Apply now.
    • San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP): The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) provides low-interest and no-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery. The nonprofit loan pool has new expanded eligibility: annual maximum revenue has increased to $25M, and the maximum loan amount has increased to $500,000.
    • Accion: Accion serving Southern California offers COVID-19 low-interest relief loans and support services for small businesses and diverse founders. Apply now.

    For All Businesses:

    • Innovate78: Companies in Oceanside, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, and Escondido can access resources, support, networks, and more.
    • San Diego Gas & Electric: SDG&E is offering financial support to their business customers.
    • San Diego Workforce Partnership Assistance: If your business is in the process of laying off or furloughing employees, you are encouraged to submit a layoff notice through the San Diego Workforce Partnership. The Partnership also offers a variety of support services to help avoid layoffs.
    • Women’s Empowerment Loan Fund (WELF): Catalyst San Diego and the International Rescue Committee are providing low cost loans to BIPOC woman-owned businesses in San Diego County. Loans range from $5,000 – $25,000 and the program includes expert coaching and assistance from the International Rescue Committee. Applications are currently open.

    For Non-Profits:

    • San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP): The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program (SBNLP) provides low-interest and no-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations and aid in the region’s economic recovery. The nonprofit loan pool has new expanded eligibility: annual maximum revenue has increased to $25M, and the maximum loan amount has increased to $500,000.

    If you are a business owner, an independent contractor, self-employed, or generally not eligible for regular state UI benefits, but you are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic, please see the Resources for Individuals Experiencing Impacts to Employment or Wages section of this page.

    For Small Businesses:

    • Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP): CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK) is issuing guarantees up to 95% on loans up to $1 million through its partner Financial Development Corporations to help small business borrowers who were impacted by, and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital. Small businesses, including agriculture-related enterprises and non-profits that have suffered an economic loss and/or physical damage may apply. Access to IBANK’s Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program can be made through its partner Financial Development Corporations (FDCs). The local FDC is CDC Small Business Finance.
    • California Capital Assistance Program for Small Businesses: CalCAP SB encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion, or working capital, you may receive more favorable loan terms from a lender if your loan is enrolled in the CalCAP Loan Loss Reserve Program. This program helps communities by providing financing to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy. Loans are available up to $5 million. CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program, which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. CalCAP lenders within San Diego County include CDC Small Business Finance in Point Loma and First Choice Bank in Chula Vista.
    • Technology Support from GO-BIZ: GO-BIZ is offering a plethora of free or discounted technology tools to help small businesses including productivity tools, anti-malware, and personal computer protection.
    • Employment Training Panel: The Employment Training Panel’s Small Business Program reimburses some training costs for small businesses with 100 or fewer employees. The program covers between eight to 200 hours of instruction for both small business owners and their employees. This covers re-training to adjust and shift with COVID-19 regulations. Apply now.

    For All Businesses:

    • Work Sharing Program: Employers can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing program as a temporary alternative to layoffs if the business’s production or services have been reduced.
    • Rapid Response Services for Businesses: This is a proactive, business focused program designed to assist companies facing potential layoffs or plant closures. Rapid Response teams provide early intervention assistance to help avert potential layoffs, and immediate onsite services to assist workers facing job losses. Services are tailored to each company based on the needs of the affected employees. These services are carried out by state and local workforce development agencies in partnership with America’s Job Center of California network.

    For more, visit California State Treasurer Fiona Ma’s resource page.

    For Small Businesses:

    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): The U.S. Small Business Administration’s EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses and non-profits survive until normal operations resume after a disaster.
    • Express Bridge Loan (EBL): The program enables small businesses that currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express lender to access a streamlined emergency loan of up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes.
    • Employee Retention Tax Credit: Companies may now receive a credit against employment taxes for up to 70 percent on $10,000 in wages per quarter (or a maximum $14,000 per employee through June 30). Employers that experienced a decline of more than 20 percent in gross receipts may apply. For more information, visit the IRS website.

    For All Businesses:

    • Main Street Loan Program: Businesses with 15,000 employees or less, or with revenue of $5 billion or less are qualified to apply. The program is designed to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, but now need loans to help maintain their operations until they have recovered from, or adapted to, the impacts of the pandemic. Loans originated under the program have several features that will help businesses facing challenges. The program offers 5-year loans, with floating rates, and principal and interest payments deferred to assist businesses facing temporary cash flow interruptions. The loans range in size from $250,000 to $300 million to support a broad set of employers. Businesses should apply through their current lender. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has provided this resource for business owners to learn more about the program.
    • Employee Retention Tax Credit: Companies may now receive a credit against employment taxes for up to 70 percent on $10,000 in wages per quarter (or a maximum $14,000 per employee through June 30). Employers that experienced a decline of more than 20 percent in gross receipts may apply. For more information, visit the IRS website.

    For Exporting Businesses:

    • Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM): EXIM is providing a variety of services to multi-national businesses experiencing economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. EXIM is committed to fully supporting the U.S. exporting community during the crisis and will update their web page with response activities. They have also been sharing updates via their twitter feed.
    • Contact Sandra Donzella (Sandra.donzella@exim.gov) for further assistance regarding programs of Export-Import Bank of the United States.

    For Non-Profits:

    • Employee Retention Tax Credit: Companies may now receive a credit against employment taxes for up to 70 percent on $10,000 in wages per quarter (or a maximum $14,000 per employee through June 30). Employers that experienced a decline of more than 20 percent in gross receipts may apply. For more information, visit the IRS website.

    • Voice of San Diego Local Boost: Voice of San Diego has initiated a project to underwrite sponsorship/marketing packages on VOSD platforms for local small businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 25 employees.
    • Crisis Communication Assistance: The KCD PR team is offering pro-bono crisis communications support to small businesses & non-profits.
    • Business Consulting: The Chairman’s Roundtable is offering pro-bono business consulting to small businesses and non-profits.
    • Business Recovery Assistance: The UC San Diego Rady School of Management is using its resources to provide pro-bono support to local businesses.
    • GoSite, a complete digital software suite provider, is offering free services to small businesses.
    • iBank California Rebuilding Fund: The California Rebuilding Fund will create a forward-looking public-private partnership to aggregate funding from private, philanthropic, and public sector sources to help California’s small businesses as they re-open and recover from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. This program is being built to serve the smallest of small businesses that make up an essential part of the California economy, and will aim to focus on historically under-resourced communities. Applications will open soon.
    • Online tools: If you are a small business that is new to online tools, please contact us – we’ll put you in touch with a member of our community that has offered to help businesses get set up with Zoom and other online tools
    • If you would like to add your company’s grant opportunities or pro-bono service, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page for consideration.

    Regulatory Relief and Announcements

    The following are announcements that businesses should be aware of. For more information, click the associated link.

    San Diego Regional EDC: The office is currently closed, but all of EDC’s staff is working remotely. All EDC events and committees have been postponed or are being held virtually. Please reach out to the staff lead on the committee for additional information.

    Text COSD COVID19 to 468-311 to sign up to receive real-time text message alerts about COVID-19 from the County of San Diego.

    • Tax Certificate Deferral Program: This program will help ensure business owners are not penalized for late renewal submissions for up to 120 days. This program will also include a one-year forgiveness period for Business Tax Certificate penalties and surcharges when reestablishing delinquent accounts.
    • Commercial Utility Deferral: This program immediately helps business owners by suspending water billing fees, removing penalties for late payments, and ensuring there are no commercial account shut-offs.
    • The City and County of San Diego declared public health emergencies and stay at home orders are in effect. The County of San Diego Department of Health and Human Services is working to closely monitor any suspected cases to protect the public’s health and prevent the disease from spreading. Please refer to the County for the most up-to-date information.

    • Tax Assistance: The state of California Employment Development Department (EDD) is offering employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 up to a 60-day extension to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return.
    • Notice of Regulatory Relief: In furtherance of Governor Newsom’s emergency decleration and orders regarding the spread of COVID-19 virus, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is temporarily suspending enforcement of some specific legal prohibitions. This regulatory relief is designed to support the alcoholic beverage industry in its efforts to assist California in slowing the spread of the virus while assisting the industry in dealing with the economic challenges it is facing as a result.
    • Executive Order Halting Water Shutoffs: Governor Newsom issued an executive order protecting homes and small businesses from water shutoffs “while the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    • Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): The Federal Department of Labor’s FFCRA requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply through December 31, 2020. The Act expands paid leave benefits in two ways: emergency paid sick leave (COVID -PSL) and extended family medical leave (EFMLA) and provides employers with tax breaks designed to offset the costs of providing paid leave. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees can be exempt “when the imposition of such requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern”. Local law firm, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP has put together this guide to help employers understand the new law.
    • Tax Credit for Employers Subject to New Paid Leave Requirements: The FFCRA provides that employers subject to the EPSLA and the Expanded FMLA paid leave requirements are entitled to fully refundable tax credits to cover the cost of the leave required to be paid for these periods of time during which employees are unable to work (which for purposes of these rules, includes telework). Certain self-employed persons in similar circumstances are entitled to similar credits. Learn how to claim the credit here.

    Stay at Home Order: Effective March 20, the California Governor has declared a “stay at home” order. Individuals are instructed not to leave their homes unless essential. The lists of essential businesses and critical infrastructure workers are below. See the County website for the most up to date information on which businesses are permitted to open.

    Essential workers, include individuals in the following sectors:

    • Healthcare/Public Health
    • Emergency Services (law enforcement officers, EMTs, firefighters)
    • Food & Agriculture (grocery store workers, farm workers)
    • Energy (electricity workers, petroleum workers)
    • Water & Wastewater (water authority staff, water infrastructure support workers)
    • Transportation & Logistics (workers in aviation, mass transit, postal, shipping)
    • Communications & Information Technology (workers in communication infrastructure, independent system operators and regional transmission organizations)
    • Community-Based Government Operations (workers in critical government functions, elections personnel, trade officials)
    • Critical Manufacturing (workers essential for medical supply chains, water & wastewater
    • Hazardous Materials (workers at nuclear facilities, workers managing medical waste, workers managing waste from pharmaceuticals and medical material production)
    • Financial Services (workers who are needed to process and maintain systems for processing financial transactions and services)
    • Chemical (workers supporting the chemical and industrial gas supply chains, including manufacturing of hand sanitizer)
    • Defense Industrial Base (workers who support the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military)

    Essential businesses include:

    • Gas stations
    • Pharmacies
    • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out, and delivery restaurants
    • Banks
    • Laundromats/laundry services

    COVID-19 Resources for San Diego Companies Looking to Help

    As a life sciences hub, San Diego leads the way in developing cures and vaccines. Below is an ongoing list with funding opportunities we’ve found to further R&D and vaccine development for COVID-19, as well as some updates from San Diego companies at the forefront of progressing a cure. San Diego Regional EDC is a privately-funded non-profit, but if we can help provide support in any way, please contact us.

    San Diego companies involved in scientific remedies for COVID-19

    Solana Beach based Scientist.com runs the COVID Collaboration Center, a free website that serves as a centralized source of academic and commercial research projects, laboratory services, reagents, funding sources, clinical trials, and other resources to progress COVID research. The site includes several public facing tools and trackers as well.

    Read more: Four SD companies on the forefront of the coronavirus battle

    Many local San Diego companies are pivoting operations to address COVID-19 related items, such as developing PPEs and others supplies and resources. If you are looking to make respirator masks or ventilators, PPEs, hand sanitizer, or have the capacity to help other companies with crucial aspects of the supply chain, you are encouraged to use the Solve PPE Marketplace, or Biocom’s marketplace for partnering opportunities.

    BIOCOM COVID-19 PARTNERING OPPORTUNITIES

    Please visit Biocom’s partner opportunities page to list your company’s excess capacity and/or resources. EDC, Biocom, and CMTC are working to connect companies with necessary resources and suppliers to pivot operations.

    San Diego: Still Hiring

    Through San Diego: Life. Changing., we’ve partnered with Startup SD and Connect to develop a list of local companies that are hiring. If your SD tech or life sciences company is hiring, you can add yourself to this list here

    Community Resources

    We don’t have all the answers but we hope that by working together, we can help mitigate some of the effects of COVID-19. If we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

     

    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: 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.
    • Disability Insurance (DI): If you are sick or quarantined, making you unable to work due (certified by a medical professional), you can claim disability insurance.
    • Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim: If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave claim.
    • Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim: If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operatons due to COVID-19, you can file a UI claim. Under the current guidelines, sole-proprietors can also apply for unemployment.
    • San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative: As part of the greater San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, the San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative provides flexible resources to individuals impacted by layoffs and reduced working hours implemented by employers as a result of the pandemic. The initiative will offer financial support to low-wage workers in the form of subsidies for utilities and rent/mortgage payments. Currently there is a hold on applications due to high volume. When the application re-opens, you will be able to apply here.
    • San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP): SDWP is hosting webinars every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10am for affected workers covering topics such as filing for unemployment insurance, reemployment, and health insurance and retirement assets. Register here.
    • Evictions – there is currently a statewide moratorium on evictions.
    • OnwardCA: OnwardCA is a resource produced by the state of California to help Californians who have lost their jobs connect to essential life services, training opportunities, and a new job.
    • COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program: The City of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps individuals and families with low income in
      the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19. The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or
      upcoming rent.

    It also may be helpful to reach out to the economic development contacts in your local city. We’ve curated a list of contacts for you below:

    CITY OF CARLSBAD
    David Graham
    Innovation and Economic Dev. Director
    (760)434-5992
    david.graham@carlsbadca.gov
    1635 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008

    CITY OF CHULA VISTA
    Kevin Pointer
    Senior Economic Dev. Specialist
    (619)691-5248
    kpointer@chulavistaca.gov
    276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910

    CITY OF CORONADO
    Richard Grunow
    Director of Community Development, Redevelopment
    Svcs. and Housing
    (619)522-7326
    rgrunow@coronado.ca.us
    1825 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118

    CITY OF DEL MAR
    Joseph Smith
    Planning and Community Dev Director
    (858) 755-9313
    jsmith@delmar.ca.us
    1050 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014

    CITY OF EL CAJON
    Anthony Shute
    Director of Community Development
    (619)441-1705
    tonys@cityofelcajon.us
    200 East Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020

    CITY OF ENCINITAS
    Mark Delin
    Assistant City Manager
    (760) 633-2604
    mdelin@encinitasca.gov
    505 S. Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024

    CITY OF ESCONDIDO
    Amber Tarrac
    Deputy Director of Economic Development
    (760) 839-4587
    atarrac@escondido.org
    201 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

    CITY OF IMPERIAL BEACH
    Tyler Foltz
    Director of Community Development
    (619) 628-2381
    tfoltz@imperialbeachca.gov
    825 Imperial Beach Blvd., Imperial Beach, CA 91932

    CITY OF LA MESA
    Lyn Dedmon
    Senior Management Analyst
    (619) 667-1339
    ldedmon@ci.la-mesa.ca.us
    8130 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91941

    CITY OF LEMON GROVE
    Noah Alvey
    Community Development Manager
    (619) 825-3812
    nalvey@lemongrove.ca.gov
    3232 Main Street, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

    CITY OF NATIONAL CITY
    Megan Gamwell
    Economic Development Specialist
    (619) 336-4216
    mgamwell@nationalcityca.gov
    1243 National City Blvd, National City, CA 91950

    CITY OF OCEANSIDE
    Patricia Mosher
    Economic Development Specialist
    (760) 435-3357
    pmosher@oceansideca.org
    300 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA, 92054

    CITY OF POWAY
    Craig Ruiz
    Economic Development Aministrator
    (858) 668-4509
    cruiz@poway.org
    13325 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064

    CITY OF SAN DIEGO
    Elizabeth Studebaker
    Assistant Deputy Director Business Expansion, Attraction & Retention Div.
    (619) 533-4561
    estudebaker@sandiego.gov
    1200 Third Ave., 14th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101

    CITY OF SAN MARCOS
    Tess Sangster
    Economic Development Director
    (760) 744-1050, Ext 3120
    tsangster@san-marcos.net
    1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

    CITY OF SANTEE
    Pamela White
    Economic Development Manager
    (619) 258-4100, Ext. 223
    pwhite@cityofsanteeca.gov
    10601 Magnolia Avenue, Santee, CA 92071

    CITY OF SOLANA BEACH
    Pamela White
    Director of Community Development
    (858) 720-2434
    jlim@cosb.org
    635 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075

    CITY OF VISTA
    Kevin Ham
    Director of Economic Development
    (760) 643-5244
    kham@cityofvista.com
    600 Eucalyptus Avenue, Vista, CA 92084

    • EAST COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: East County EDC is focused on fostering economic prosperity and providing business support within San Diego’s East County. East County EDC offers Connectory, a business-to-business marketing, information, and communication tool which links San Diego companies to firms globally that may need their products, technologies, and services. Businesses can be listed for free. For assistance, contact:
      Jo-Marie Diamond
      President & CEO
      (619) 258-3670
      jo-marie.diamond@eastcountyedc.org
    • SAN DIEGO NORTH COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: North County EDC’s mission is to build a stronger North County economy through regional collaboration and leadership. They value public and private sectors working together as community partners to sustain and strategically grow the economic base of North San Diego County. For assistance, contact:
      W. Erik Bruvold
      Chief Executive Officer
      (760) 510-5919
      ebruvold@sdnedc.org
    • SOUTH COUNTY ECONOMIC DEV. COUNCIL: The South County Economic Development Council (South County EDC or SCEDC) promotes education and encourage economic development in the South San Diego County Region. Member cities include Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, San Diego, San Diego County, and the Port of San Diego. They also work with partners in the northern portion of Baja California in the cities of Mexicali, Tijuana, Tecate, Rosarito and Ensenada. For assistance, contact:
      Efrain Ibarra
      Chief Executive Officer (Interim)
      (619) 424-5143
      efrain@southcountyedc.com
    • CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TAX AND FEE ADMINISTRATION (CDTFA): A government department that oversees California’s sales and use, fuel, tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis taxes, as well as a variety of other taxes and fees that fund specific state programs. CDTFA is assisting employers and employees impacted by COVID-19 by granting extensions for filing tax returns, making payments, relief from interest and penalties, and filing a claim for a refund.
    • CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: GO-BIZ serves as the preeminent economic development department representing the state of California. Go-Biz provides an avenue to state-wide resources that can assist businesses and individuals as well as updates from the California Department of Public Health.
    • CALIFORNIA INFRASTRUCTURE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK (IBANK): IBANK offers loan programs for businesses affected by disasters in California. IBank, a unit within GO-Biz, offers the following loan programs for businesses from one to 750 employees (small businesses): Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP) and Jump Start Loan Program.
    • FRANCHISE TAX BOARD: The Franchise Tax Board responsible for administering personal income tax and corporation tax within the state of California. The agency assists taxpayers in filing tax returns in a timely and accurate manner
      while ensuring the correct amount is paid to fund services important to Californians. Special tax relief is
      available to taxpayers affected by COVID-19.
    • SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC): SBDC is a resource partner of SBA and California Go-Biz, they provide a vast array of “No Cost” and “Low Cost” support to entrepreneurs and small businesses through their four regional locations in Carlsbad, National City, Linda Vista, and El Centro. They provide guidance on getting access to capital and consulting on overcoming the effects of COVID-19.
    • SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC (SDG&E): SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service for all residents of San Diego County. SDG&E is offering various services to assist customers such as: payment help, postponement of planned outages, bill discount programs, and a COVID-19 community response fund.
    • SAN DIEGO WORKFORCE PARTNERSHIP (SDWP): SDWP is an organization focused on providing innovative workforce solutions across San Diego County such as funding and delivering job training programs within in-demand careers. SDWP offers support for businesses that are considering laying off workers in the form of webinars for employees and resources to file for unemployment insurance.
    • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA): SBA is a federal agency dedicated to supporting small businesses and providing counseling, capital, and contracting expertise. Small businesses and non-profits can apply for SBA disaster assistance programs online such as an economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) and seek assistance from their customer service center.

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