Emergency Resources

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

Like you, we’ve been closely monitoring the news and government updates related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

It’s important that businesses of all sizes and sectors continue to monitor the situation and are as prepared as possible to protect the health of their workers and the community.


Resources for employers

Local Resources for Employers

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

SoCoEmergency has answers to frequently asked questions about the Shelter in Place Order and more.
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Important Information for business on Emergency Pop Up Child Care from 4Cs (Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County).
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California State Resources for Employers

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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Telecommuting

Employers may be able to avert layoffs or work reduction by offering flexibility in work location and hours through telecommuting. 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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Delay of State Payroll Reports
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Partial Unemployment Insurance Claims to Keep Employees
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Work Sharing Program
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Federal Resources for Employers 

CARES Act Information

  • Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the process. 
  • Payroll Protection Program - 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.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 

The U.S. Small Business Administration has low-interest federal disaster loans (up to $2 Million) for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus.  These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
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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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Resources for employees

Local Resources for Employees

Sonoma County Job Link has information on applying for unemployment and other resources.
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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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California State Resources for Employees

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. LEARN MORE

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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Federal Resources for Employees

IRS Resources for Employees

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

27 Working From Home Productivity Tips from Chamber Member Endsight.
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Utilities

PG&E has placed a moratorium on shut offs due to any nonpayment.
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Tourism and Travel Related Resources
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.
  • Redwood Credit Union has Financial Assistance Programs and Support for Members including 0% interest loans for business. LEARN MORE

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

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