COVID-19 and San Diego’s Economy

Updated September 1, 2020 at 10:00 am

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

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • County of San Diego Board of Supervisors Grant: Applications have closed for districts one, two, and five. Districts three and four will continue accepting applications untill October 16. Local for profit and non-profit small businesses and restaurant owners suffering financial losses due to COVID-19 can now apply. Businesses are eligible as long as they meet the following qualifications:
    • 100 or fewer employees
    • Headquarters in San Diego County
    • A minimum of 1-year operating history as of Feb. 14, 2020
    • Documentation of financial hardship because of COVID-19
  • The San Diego Chapter of LISC: LISC is offering a variety of loans, grants, and other resources in response to COVID-19. Opportunities are listed on their homepage, or businesses can register here to receive updates on their Small Business Grant Program.
  • Accion: Accion serving Southern California is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on small businesses by offering low-interest relief loans and support services.
  • Loan Program for Unincorporated Areas: The County of San Diego is developing a loan program for small businesses in unincorporated areas that have suffered financially as a result of COVID-19. The program will give $5 million in loans and will be overseen by the San Diego Foundation. Applications for the loan are not yet open, please check back for updates.
  • 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.
  • Poway Assistance Recovery Loan (PEARL) Program: The City of Poway has committed up to $2 million in one-time funds from the City’s General Fund’s Extreme Events / Public Safety reserve 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. Loan applications are now open.
  • City of Escondido Small Business Grant Program: This grant is to benefit Escondido business owners that have suffered from financial hardship due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and related public health order closures, restrictions, and subsequent reopening guidelines. Preference will be given to businesses that have either had to cease operations for a prolonged period of time during the COVID-19 pandemic to comply with public health orders and/or businesses that incurred extraordinary reopening expenditures in order to comply with public health order directives.
  • City of La Mesa Grant Program: This program will support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to $5,000 will be available to eligible small businesses within the City of La Mesa. The application period has been extended through 12 pm on September 3.
  • City of Santee Grant Program: The Micro-enterprise Assistance Program (MAP) will support small businesses owned by low and moderate income (LMI) individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available to eligible small businesses within the City of Santee. Phase 1 Applications are now closed.
  • 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. Applications are open on a rolling basis.
  • Business Revitalization and Assistance Grant Program: The County of San Diego has introduced a new program that offers businesses located in unincorporated areas up to $8,000 to help improve the front exteriors of their buildings. Applications will be accepted from October 1-15, 2020.
  • 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. To apply, visit the State website.

For All Businesses:

  • Black Business Relief Grant Fund: In partnership with SD Grantmakers, the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce has created the Black Business Relief Grant Fund for local Black business owners in need of aid due to COVID-19 impacts. The applications are open as of Wednesday, June 17th.
  • 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 (SDWP). SDWP is also offering a variety of support services to businesses to help them avoid layoffs.
  • Women’s Empowerment Loan Fund (WELF): San Diego Grantmakers and the International Rescue Committee have created a loan that provides low cost financing to women-owned businesses in San Diego. In addition to the loans, which will range from $5,000 – $25,000, the program includes resources such as expert coaching and assistance from the International Rescue Committee.
  • Main St. Matters Grant: Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest is offering grants to businesses that have not received any other emergency funding. Businesses must be in good standing with BBB, upholding their standards for trust, and be located in the Pacific Southwest Region. Watch this short video for more information.
  • City of Oceanside Business Loan Program: A loan program for independently owned consumer-oriented businesses engaged in retail sales and consumer services such as retail shops, boutiques, and restaurants located in Oceanside.

For Non-Profits:

  • The San Diego Foundation COVID-19 Community Response Fund: Emergency grants and donations will be made to non-profit organizations that have deep roots and strong experience supporting impacted communities, particularly those that are disproportionately affected by the global pandemic and its economic consequences. Grant funding will focus on three critical areas: food security, rental and utility assistance, and income replacement or gap funding. In addition, the fund will provide interest free loans to non-profits.

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.
  • Better Business Bureau Grant Program, Main St. Matters: This grant is intended for ethical businesses that are integral to their local communities. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis in May, June, July, and August of 2020. If you are not awarded a grant one month, you may reapply. Similarly, you may opt in to having your application roll over month to month.

For All Businesses:

  • Returning CA to Work COVID-19 Safety Protocol Fund: The State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund) has dedicated $50M to grants helping non-essential businesses that are beginning to reopen by covering expenses incurred related to protecting employees from the virus such as masks, gloves, and cleaning supplies. Only businesses that were forced to close due to the Governor’s stay at home order are eligible for this grant.
  • Work Sharing Program: The State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) is offering a Work Sharing Program for employers experiencing a slowdown in their business or service as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on the economy. The program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs, retaining their trained employees, by reducing their hours and wages, which will be partially offset with Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Employees of approved organizations can receive a percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent. Some restrictions apply.
  • 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.

See California State Treasurer, Fiona Ma’s resource page here.

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. EIDL avances will no longer be given to applicants. EIDL loan applications will continue to be processed. Please refer to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s EIDL Guide for more information, or contact Desiree Dolores (ddolores@swccd.edu) for further assistance. You can also call 1(800)659-2955 to check on the status of your EIDL loan.
  • Express Bridge Loan (EBL): The program enables small businesses who 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. This resource aims to bridge the gap for businesses as they await a decision for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit: This U.S. Small Business Administration Program is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Private employers, including non-profits, that have experienced a decline in gross receipts by more than 50% in a quarter compared to the same quarter in 2019 can receive the employee retention tax credit. Employers who receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan are not eligible for the tax credit. The new employee retention tax credit is a 50% tax credit for the first $10,000 of compensation, including the employer portion of health benefits, for each eligible employee.
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): The 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. Employers with 500 employees or fewer are eligible for this small business exemption however, businesses with fewer than 50 employees can be exempted “when the imposition of such requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.”.

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: The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

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: This U.S. Small Business Administration program is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Private employers, including non-profits, that have experienced a decline in gross receipts by more than 50% in a quarter compared to the same quarter in 2019. Employers who receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan are not eligible for a tax credit. The new employee retention tax credit is a 50% tax credit for the first $10,000 of compensation, including the employer portion of health benefits, for each eligible employee.

  • 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 fiill 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.
  • Extension of All Business Permits: The proposed extension will last for 180 days (starting March 18) and can be stretched further upon review. Usually, discretionary items would be automatically closed after 90 days of inactivity. This change will not only allow them to be open longer, but the City will be working with customers on a case by case basis.
  • Effective March 23, all public parks, beaches, and trails in the cities of San Diego and Carlsbad are closed.
  • 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.
  • Tax Filing Extension: The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) is offering a tax filing extension. This relief includes moving the various tax filing and payment deadlines that occur on March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020, to June 15, 2020. This due date may be pushed back even further if the Internal Revenue Service grants a longer relief period. Taxpayers claiming the special COVID-19 relief should write the name of the state of emergency (for example, COVID-19) in black ink at the top of the tax return to alert FTB of the special extension period. If taxpayers are e-filing, they should follow the software instructions to enter disaster information. The extension includes the following:
    • Partnerships and LLCs who are taxed as partnerships whose tax returns are due on March 15 now have a 90-day extension to file and pay by June 15.
    • Individual filers whose tax returns are due on April 15 now have a 60-day extension to file and pay by June 15.
    • Quarterly estimated tax payments due on April 15 now have a 60-day extension to pay by June 15.
  • 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.

The City of San Diego currently has an eviction moratorium . Tenants who are protected from evictions by the City of San Diego’s Ordinance have up to six months from the date the ordinance is effective (March 25, 2020 – September 25, 2020) or the date Governor Newsom’s executive order is withdrawn, whichever occurs soonest, to pay their landlords all unpaid rent.

  • 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.

There’s Still Good Out There

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