HEALTH & SAFETY INFORMATION
Your health and well-being are of critical importance to us. As an organization where business owners and community leaders gather to connect with each other, we believe we have a critical responsibility to prioritize the safety and health of our members and the community. Below are links to information to help mitigate and prevent the spread of this unpredictable virus.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is cooperating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to recent reports of a novel (new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others that circulate mostly among animals. Common symptoms in an infected person include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
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This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
For the latest health information, please visit the California Department of Public Health.
Henry Mayo remains in regular contact with county, state and federal public health officials and continue to closely monitor developments. On our website is helpful information in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The SCV Chamber believes it’s vital for our local businesses to have the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic and what businesses need to do to support their employees, customers and each other. Below are links to public and private sector resources available to businesses to assist them through this challenging time.
Utilities (Phone, Gas, Electric, Water) Business Assistance
AT&T is planning on being here to help you stay connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out a few ways they're helping consumers, small businesses, and enterprises across the country by clicking the link below:
Southern California Edison announced that it is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees, effective immediately, for residential and business customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. For more information, visit: sce.com/billhelp.
Southern California Gas Company are committed to helping customers experiencing hardships, including from the Coronavirus. If in need of assistance, we encourage customers to call us at 1-800-427-2200 or visit https://socalgas.com/coronavirus for more information.
With the continuing spread of COVID-19 (#coronavirus) within the U.S., our health system is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local health authorities, to care for affected individuals while taking steps to limit person-to-person spread within our communities. We will share resources and updates on this page as the situation develops.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected some residents in Los Angeles County who have traveled to China or other high-risk areas. A small number of cases of COVID-19 which may have resulted from community transmission have also appeared.
UCLA Heath is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our infectious disease specialists are in regular contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the LA County Department of Public Health and our public health partners in support of efforts to limit its spread.
Heritage Sierra Medical Group enacted its COVID-19 (Coronavirus) prevention and procedural response in reference to guidelines provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the CDC. For more information please visit our website: heritagesmg.com/for-members or call (661) 273-7346.
Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center will cover the following for all of California:
- Provide no-cost for advising
- Issues business are having: sales decline, managing changes in gross margin, supply chain issues, global trade, performance contracts, going virtual, e-commerce
- Force majure clause – enables party to get out of contract if there are issues out of company’s control
- SBA Economic Injury Loans:
- Assistance will become available when the State of CA applies for federal assistance
- Reduced work hours: www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/work_sharing_program.htm
- Can EDD funds to subsidize wages up to 60%
- Tax assistance: can request up to 60 day tax extension on payroll tax report through EDD
- HR issues: emphasizing that employees take sick leave
- LA SBDC regional office: 562-938-5020
- You must call to schedule an appointment
Governor's Office of Business
Resources for small businesses are available through the Office of the Small Business Advocate. OSBA has a network of small business centers throughout the state to offer consulting and training and access to capital. Local centers can be found here.
The WDACS partnered with LAEDC to provide confidential one-on-one consultation for businesses. For more information email: email@example.com
California Department of Labor & Workforce
Resources for Employers and Workers can be found at the California Department of Labor and Workforce Coronavirus Resources website.
CA Economic Development Department (EDD)
The state Economic Development Department that oversees the state’s unemployment insurance program has instituted a waiver of the standard 7-day waiting period for benefits for those affected by COVID-19 closures. This will require employers to document that the reduction in hours or layoff is due to changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK)
IBank offers loan programs for businesses affected by disasters in California. IBank, a unit within California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), offers the following loan programs for businesses from one to 750 employees (small businesses):
DISASTER RELIEF LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM (DRLGP)
IBank will issue loan guarantees up to 95 percent of the loan through its partner Financial Development Corporations to help small business borrowers who were impacted by disasters or public safety power shutoffs and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital. Small businesses, including small farms, nurseries, agriculture-related enterprises and nonprofits that have suffered an economic loss Resources for Businesses and/or physical damage may apply. This disaster program will help lenders and small businesses by providing loan guarantees of up to $1 million for small business borrowers in declared disaster areas.
JUMP START LOAN PROGRAM
IBank is offering loans from $500 to $10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in the declared disaster and emergency areas through its Jump Start Loan Program. IBank established the Jump Start Loan Program in 2016 as a small loan and financial literacy/technical assistance program designed for low-income small businesses in low-wealth communities, including businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities and those previously incarcerated. Access to IBank’s Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program and Jump Start Loan Program can be made through its partner Financial Development Corporations (FDCs)
For more information on how to apply, visit the IBANK website.
California State Treasurer’s Office
Designed to provide up to 100% coverage on certain loan defaults.
CALIFORNIA CAPITAL ACCESS PROGRAM (CalCAP)
Find more information at the California State Treasurer’s Office website.
The California Capital Access Program for Small Business (CalCAP SB or Program) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may receive more favorable loan terms from a lender if your loan is enrolled in the CalCAP Loan Loss Reserve Program. This program helps communities by providing financing to businesses that create jobs and improve the economy. Loans are available up to $5 million.
CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. With CalCAP portfolio support, a lender may be more comfortable underwriting small business loans.
Check to see if your commercial lender or financial institution participates in or find a participating lender. If your financial institution does not currently participate, it is easy for lenders to sign up. Please have your institution complete the Financial Institution Application and send to CalCAP to get started.
To find a participating lender, visit the California State Treasurer’s Office website
Financial Institution Application available at the California State Treasurer’s Office website
Email completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
California State Treasurer’s Office website
LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
The City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles are actively working to mitigate the COVID-19 virus. Below are links to both government agencies with the latest news and information to assist you.
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