Coronavirus Business Resources

Resources for Employers, Employees and Other Specific Information

Latest news & announcements related to COVID-19

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Testing guidance for business

Protect our health and help our region move to the next less restrictive tier. If we prioritize testing, we can do both.

The County of Sonoma is asking employers to help their employees get tested on a weekly basis for COVID-19. The County is providing free, convenient, and confidential COVID-19 testing.

Employers can reserve blocks of time at OptumServe's Santa Rosa and Windsor testing sites by calling 888-634-1123 or employees can schedule testing on their own. We encourage employers to make testing part of an employee’s schedule, providing an hour of paid time if necessary.

As we move into winter and the flu season, identifying and caring for asymptomatic people in our community is essential to keeping infection rates low – with the benefit of helping our businesses open and operate safely.

Learn more about getting tested

Click here to view the County of Sonoma Covid Testing webpage.

Check out local testing sites

Click here to search the interactive map.

Check out the pop-up testing calendar

Click here for dates and locations.

Check out the downloadable flyer to share with employees

Share the informational flyer on pop-up testing sites with employees.

Learn more about testing & quarantine incentives

Share information on testing incentives with employees. The County will be providing financial assistance and resources to protect individuals in our highly impacted areas – a gift card for getting tested and over $1,000 for those needing to isolate.

Testing guidance for business from the EDB

Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) are asking local businesses to help slow the spread and open the economy. LEARN MORE

Re-opening your business

SoCo Launch

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board's an online portal featuring resources to safely and successfully re-open your business in accordance with the latest Public Health Order. LEARN MORE

California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy

California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. LEARN MORE

The State released the Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening. The site also has information on employer policies and resources as well as industry specific guidance. LEARN MORE 

Protective equipment and other resources offered by members

Protective Masks

Halo Life manufactures high-quality masks for all sorts of environments with nano filter technology that blocks out the most harmful pathogens

Made Local Marketplace has hundreds of masks in stock. Locally made, cloth, washable and in many styles and colors from sizes XS to XL. Bulk pricing is available too. 

BOHLUX's Lu Comora has organized a small army of cottage-industry, extremely experienced sewers to create masks lined with 95% sub-micron filtration fabric procured from the Filti Company, a Kansas-based, USA manufacturer. For more information and to place an order, visit or call 415-716-5542.

Sonoma Design Apparel has a variety of mask styles, including neck gaiters, available for custom printing or with pre-printed designs. Links coming soon. Call for pricing or an appointment to view the styles in person: (707) 225-1375.

Other resources offered by members

drafTech is offering special pricing on social distancing signs and floor decals as well as 10% off all services for members of the Metro Chamber. See their flyer for more information or give them a call at 707-578-9442.

Access to capital

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program for those not eligible for regular unemployment like independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and more

Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (via IBank) $50 million in state funding, providing potential capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds.

Paycheck Protection Program - closed August 8, 2020

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Loans will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. You can find more information on loan forgiveness and loan forgiveness applications at the SBA site. LEARN MORE

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

SBA loans available to pay for expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred, including payroll and other operating expenses. LEARN MORE

Small Business Debt Relief Program Loans

If you are a current borrower under SBA 7(a) (not through PPP), a 504 loan program or a microloan, you are eligible for debt relief and SBA will cover all loan payments for 6 months. LEARN MORE

Private industry
  • Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and advertising credits to help small businesses during this time.
  • HelloAlice is helping entrepreneurs and SMBs navigate resources, has step-by-step guides for government aid applications and is building grant pools at their COVID 19 Business Resource Center.

Tax & reporting deferrals

Employment Development Department - Delay of State Payroll Reports

California is providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19. This includes:

    • Small business interest free deferral of sales/use tax up to $50,000 for businesses with less than $5 million in taxable sales.
    • 90-day extension on all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes


IRS Resources for Employers

The IRS has set up a special section to help taxpayers and businesses affected by COVID-19. The page will be updated as new programs are made available.

General resources & information

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board has created a webpage that contains resources for Sonoma County employers and employees.

SoCoEmergency has answers to frequently asked questions about the Shelter in Place Order and more.


The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has resources available to businesses affected by COVID-19. For the most up-to-date state resources for businesses, visit the GO-Biz resource page.

Tourism and Travel Related Resources

Unemployment assistance & info for employers & employees

For employers

The Job Link Business Services Team can walk your business through resources and options on layoffs or reducing work hours, info to give to employees and answer questions about EDD services: 707-565-8079 or email

Employment Development Department - Partial Unemployment Insurance Claims to Keep Employees

Employment Development Department - Work Sharing Program

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program for those not eligible for regular unemployment like independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and more

For employees

Sonoma County Job Link has information on applying for unemployment and other resources.

The CA Employment Development Division (EDD) provides a variety of support and relief services to employees affected by COVID-19 in California. For the most up-to-date information, visit CA EDD’s COVID-19 resource page.

Reduced Work Hours? Partial Unemployment Available

Sick or Quarantined Workers Can File a Disability Insurance Claim

Up to Six Weeks of Paid Family Leave for Caregiving

The Governor joined Bitwise Industries and the Kapor Center to launch, a new platform connecting displaced California workers with more than 70,000 job opportunities in critical industries. 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program for those not eligible for regular unemployment like independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and more

Child care

Important Information for business on Emergency Pop Up Child Care from 4Cs (Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County).

Housing information & assistance

Generation Housing has information on eviction and foreclosure injunctions, protection from utilities and services shut-offs, and more local, state, and federal emergency housing policy.

Other info

The U.S. General Services Administration website provides an array of resources to help guide employers in offering and managing telecommuting or remote work.

27 Working From Home Productivity Tips from Chamber Member Endsight.

Comcast Business Community is a resource for technology solutions, ideas, and insights for businesses in relation to COVID-19. 

The Metro Chamber will continue to update you with new information as we receive it.



Office: (707) 545-1414
Fax: (707) 545-6914


Santa Rosa Metro Chamber
50 Old Courthouse Square
Suite 110
Santa Rosa, CA 95404


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