Emergency Resources

Combating Coronavirus - Resources for Employers, Employees and Other Specific Information

Latest news & announcements related to COVID-19

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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

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 www.everymaskmatters.biz 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

The Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce is making grants of up to $2,000 available to small businesses negatively impacted by the shelter-in-place restrictions. Grants will be made on a first come first served basis until funds are exhausted.
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The County of Sonoma's Small Business Stabilization Grants: for businesses with between 1 and 30 employees, grants between $2,500 and $15,000 in Covid-19 relief funding to use towards expenses including payroll, utilities, rent or mortgage expenses.
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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program for those not eligible for regular unemployment like independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and more
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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.
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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.

Local funding resources that can provide low interest lending options and/or guidance on SBA/PPP

American AgCredit

Info & resources

American River Bank

COVID-19 support center for business

Bank of Marin

Info for business and individuals

Banner Bank

Coronavirus updates & resources

Beneficial State Bank

Info for business and nonprofit clients

Exchange Bank

Financial assistance and other information

First Republic Bank

Resources for business

Mechanics Bank

Info & resources

Poppy Bank 

Info & resources

Presidio Bank / Heritage Bank of Commerce

COVID-19 and PPP forgiveness information

Redwood Credit Union

Two resource pages: federal relief including small business lending and COVID-19 response & assistance including RCU's financial assistance programs

Summit State Bank

Info & contacts for lending programs

Tri Counties Bank

Updates & financial assistance programs

Umpqua Bank

Updates for small business and individuals

US Bank

Resources & financial assistance programs

Westamerica Bank

Special services for business customers

Wells Fargo

Small business resources


Tax & reporting deferrals

Employment Development Department - Delay of State Payroll Reports
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CA.gov

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

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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.
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General resources & information

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board has created a webpage that contains resources for Sonoma County employers and employees.
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SoCoEmergency has answers to frequently asked questions about the Shelter in Place Order and more.
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GO-Biz

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.
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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 joblinkbusinessgroup@schsd.org

Employment Development Department - Partial Unemployment Insurance Claims to Keep Employees
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Employment Development Department - Work Sharing Program
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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program for those not eligible for regular unemployment like independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and more
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For employees

Sonoma County Job Link has information on applying for unemployment and other resources.
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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.
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Reduced Work Hours? Partial Unemployment Available
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Sick or Quarantined Workers Can File a Disability Insurance Claim
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Up to Six Weeks of Paid Family Leave for Caregiving
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The Governor joined Bitwise Industries and the Kapor Center to launch OnwardCa.org, 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
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Child care

Important Information for business on Emergency Pop Up Child Care from 4Cs (Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County).
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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.
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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.
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27 Working From Home Productivity Tips from Chamber Member Endsight.
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Comcast Business Community is a resource for technology solutions, ideas, and insights for businesses in relation to COVID-19. 
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The Metro Chamber will continue to update you with new information as we receive it.

 

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