COVID-19 Resources

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. We are compiling relevant tips and resources and  information on new funding opportunities and policy developments that we are sharing on our website and through online presentations. We will be posting daily updates to this page with useful information about the ways small businesses can prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.

State of California

California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program

  • Grants between $5,000 and $25,000 for California small businesses
  • First round applications closed on January 13, 2021
  • Second round of applications open February 2 to 8, 2021
  • Visit website for more information and eligibility requirements

Business Advisor Learning Center

Federal Resources for U.S. Small Businesses

You can view relevant federal agency resources, access the latest news, and search for a Small Business Advisor near you.

Conveners.org

Resilience Compass

The Resilience Compass was formed in response to the COVID-19 crisis as a collaborative public service. This group of partners, led by Conveners.org, aims to help small businesses, cooperatives, and nonprofits calmly navigate uncharted waters while accelerating their road to recovery. The Resilience Compass aims to bring helpful resources and guidance from a spectrum of public, private, and local sources that can be filtered to your organization's most pressing needs.

Association for Enterprise Opportunity

Fiserv Back2Business Grant

Fiserv is giving back to help small businesses get Back2Business with a program focused on helping to jump-start Black- and minority-owned small businesses in hard-hit communities. Back2Business is designed to help stabilize and grow small businesses, with business consulting services, leading Clover payments technology solutions from Fiserv and financial support for employee payroll, rent or lease payments, operations equipment and resources.

eBay

Seller School

Whether your business is just getting online or you’re looking to expand your ecommerce presence, eBay’s six-week guided Seller School course may be right for you. You can go at your own pace, get tips from eBay experts and join live webinars to learn more about how to maximize your sales on the platform.

D.C. Department of Employment Services

DC Paid Family Leave

The mission of the Office of Paid Family Leave (OPFL) is to plan, develop, and administer a paid leave program for the District of Columbia under the provisions of the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016.

 

On July 1, 2020, the District of Columbia began administering paid leave benefits. DC workers can now apply for paid family leave. The Paid Leave Act provides up to:

Small Business Majority

California's Paid Family Leave Program FAQs

California’s Paid Family Leave program (PFL) provides wage replacement benefits to workers who need to take time off from work to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about California’s PFL program and its effects on small business owners and their workers.

Small Business Majority

California's Paid Sick Leave Law FAQs

California’s paid sick leave law allows employees to take time off from work to address their health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck.

This document is intended to answer any questions small employers might have about California’s paid sick leave law and its effects on small business owners and their workers. 

California’s Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank)

California Rebuilding Fund

  • Loan program to support California’s small businesses
  • Businesses eligible if they employed 50 or fewer employees (FTEs) and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million or below in 2019 
  • Loans will need to be paid back over a 3- or 5-year term with a fixed annual interest rate that is currently 4.25%.

Small Business Majority

Tips on finding funding and avoiding predatory lending during COVID-19

With state-mandated lockdowns and business closures, small business owners across the country are struggling to pay employees, rent, overhead costs and more. Now more than ever, it is important to be wary of predatory lenders as you seek out capital to keep your business afloat. Our guide to avoiding predatory lending includes guidelines for applying for PPP and EIDL, a checklist to determine if a loan is predatory and an outline of the Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights.

This document has been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Burmese, Khmer, Hmong, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Bhutanese, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Thai, Lao, Tagalog, Samoan, Tongan and Marshallese in partnership with the National Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans Community Development with a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

SBA - U.S. Small Business Administration

PPP Loan Forgiveness Forms and FAQ

The SBA recently released its PPP Loan Forgiveness Application form. We are providing highlights and examples from the form below to help guide you through the process. If you have specific questions not covered here, please ask on our Community page where you can engage with business experts and other small business owners. The SBA has announced that it will begin accepting forgiveness application forms on August 10.

SBA - U.S. Small Business Administration

Paycheck Protection Program

Congress in late December passed a new round of the Paycheck Protection Program and other small business aid.

The law includes a "second draw" PPP loan, new Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and extended traditional SBA loan relief programs. Here's what we know.

Small Business Majority

Paycheck Protection Program lenders

Here is a list of lending institutions that we believe are accepting PPP applications from new clients, including both first-time PPP applicants and "Second Draw" applicants. We advise checking with your existing bank to see if they are offering PPP, or using the SBA’s Lender Match search feature to find a lender near you. We are updating this list daily; however, this list is not exhaustive, nor are we able to verify at this time that the institutions listed below are successfully processing PPP applications. We will update this list as we learn more. For any errors or omissions, please contact resources@venturize.org.