OPEN NOW: San Jose Small Business Rent Relief Program
The City of San José has allocated $3.8 million of CARES Act Federally Funded Coronavirus Relief Funds to provide grants of up to $15,000 to small businesses located in San José. The grants can be used for unpaid or pending rent from March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020. Visit this link to get started.
NEW Opportunities for Outdoor Business!
The City of San Jose is now offering a wide variety of opportunities for your business to operate outdoors. Depending on where your business is located, you can now apply for free to use any of the following outdoor amenities: Private Parking Lots, Public Sidewalks, Public Street Parking Spaces (“Parklets”), Parks, Plazas, City-Owned Public Parking Lots, Street Closures. Click to learn more.
The state released a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
EVICTION PROTECTION DUE TO COVID-19:
If you received an eviction notice from your landlord (resident or small business) and you have been financially impacted by COVID-19, please fill out this application and return it to your landlord: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/osh/Documents/Tenant%20Sample%20Form.pdf
We also know many of our local businesses are struggling financially. As a community, we need to keep patronizing our neighborhood businesses and can do so safely by ordering things online and taking advantage of take-out options. To help you support our local businesses, Team San José has created San José Love, a database of nearly 600 restaurants open for delivery and take out, virtual attractions, online shops, and amazing creative endeavors.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has compiled helpful resources for for small businesses and start-ups. Among the resources are Program Impact Videos that provide a deeper dive into federal funding opportunities and Weekly Webinars every Wednesday. Learn more here.
For impacted businesses, visit https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/departments/finance/business-tax-registration/exclusions-exemptions-other-requirements for information on business tax exemptions and financial hardship programs.
Restaurants/venues who have decided not to stay open for delivery or take away can redeploy food resources through Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Food Recovery Council to distribute their suddenly-surplus food to families in need of meals. Restaurants or caterers interested in allocating surplus food can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SMALL BUSINESS LOANS & GRANTS
Facebook announced that the Bay Area will be awarded $15 million in Facebook grants for small businesses. Businesses can now go to facebook.com/grantsforbusiness to check their eligibility and learn more about the program. The application process has not yet started, but businesses are encouraged to sign their emails up for when the application goes live.
PROTECTING BUSINESSES & WORKERS
In the face of the COVID-19, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. They know what employees are entitled to may be confusing, and aim to make it easier for families and workplaces to determine what is best for them. California workplace safety and health regulation require employers to protect workers exposed to airborne infectious diseases such as the coronavirus. Find Cal/OSHA guidance here to help employers comply with these safety requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves.
Covered California has announced another 30-day grace period for small businesses to make premium payments on their employees’ health care plans. This will help keep thousands of Californians insured during the coronavirus pandemic. For more information, businesses can visit the Covered California for Small Business website or call 844-332-8384 (Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.).
GUIDANCE FOR REOPENING & MAINTAINING A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Cal OSHA: Grocery Employers General Checklist
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
Last week, Congress passed a fourth funding relief package that provides additional funding for some already established CARES Act programs. Starting today, the Paycheck Protection Program is accepting applications again for loans designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Small businesses can find a lender near them here.
FINANCIAL AND LEGAL SUPPORT FOR WORKERS
Santa Clara County Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) and the Fair Workplace Collaborative launched Santa Clara County CAN (COVID-19 Assistance Navigation) to assist workers impacted by COVID-19.
Santa Clara County CAN Hotline: 408-809-2124 — People who have questions about safety net benefits, EDD eligibility and application, or other coronavirus-related resources can call the hotline. Callers can leave a message in English, Español, or Tiếng Việt (with more languages to come) and a navigation manager will call them back within 24 hours.
OLSE Attorney Staffed Advice Line: 1-866-870-7725 — This attorney-staffed line is available to workers seeking legal guidance for a potential violation of their rights in the workplace. This line is also available to businesses seeking compliance information. If a caller is unsure as to whether they need legal advice or not, they should call the CAN Hotline and a navigation manager can help make that determination and referral. The advice line provides advice in English, Español, or Tiếng Việt, 中文, Tagalog, and Visayan. Both lines are being managed and staffed by the Fair Workplace Collaborative comprised of Working Partnerships USA, Vietnamese American Round Table, the Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants, the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, the Step Forward Foundation, the Enterprise Foundation, and the Latinx Business Council of Silicon Valley.