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A new SBA Lender List is provided below for small business owners as of 3/30/20 under Helpful Links.

On March 18, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a new one-stop website for COVID-19 resources.  This is a substantial source of information including unemployment and paid sick leave, along with small business assistance.  These specific items may be of interest:

Governor Actions Taken on March 18, 2020:

On March 16, 2020, the County of San Diego chief health officer enacted an Amended Health Order and Emergency Regulations for residents and businesses to control the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. Business owners are encouraged to carefully read this order and follow the guidelines and directives to control the spread of COVID-19.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency to help the state prepare for the broader spread of COVID-19, and to enhance State services to impacted businesses, the California Employment Development Department announced support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California. For faster and more convenient access to those services, the use of online options is encouraged. On March 16, the County of San Diego's chief health officer issued an amended Health Order and Emergency Regulations for residents and businesses to control the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. Business owners are encouraged to carefully read this order and follow the guidelines and directives in order to control the spread of COVID-19. 

Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.

Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70% of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 - $1,300 a week.

Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.

Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70% of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the Coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly Unemployment Insurance benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60%.

Visit the Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.

Open for Business Webpage

The city is currently working with our local business associations to create a new “Open for Business” webpage to encourage residents to shop/patronize retail stores and restaurants (take-out and delivery only) that remain open during this health crisis. Please contact Lois Yum at [email protected] to add your business to this list.

Small Business Administration Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19.

On March 16, 2020, San Diego County was declared a primary county due to the magnitude of Economic Injury Disaster Loan worksheets that were submitted to our office from local businesses. 

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has provided the attached information regarding this declaration.  The attachment provides information pertaining to who may apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans and how to apply. 

Those that have completed and submitted worksheets, still need to apply at SBA’s website: www.sba.gov/disaster, or email [email protected].  Further guidance on the application process can be found in the helpful links below. 

Utility and Trash/Recycling Collection Services

 

Helpful links:

Small Business Administration Lender List

Donate money or apply for grant funding to support Encinitas Small Businesses!

City of Encinitas Development Services Department COVID 19 CONSTRUCTION GUIDELINES

March 23, 2020 Update for Local Small Businesses

San Diego North Economic Development Council - Crisis Employment Opportunities

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma's Small Business Resource List

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Declaration SBA #16332 - Coronav¡rus Disease 2019

Encinitas Small Business COVID-19 Resources List

Encinitas Development Services Key Services for Permitting Still Available