Businesses and Workers Impacted by Coronavirus


Resources for Businesses and Workers
Impacted by Coronavirus

Business Resources

  • $5,000 COVID-19 Small Business Incentive Program Grant - For home based businesses not receiving SBA assistance. The City of Santa Ana provides grants to businesses with 5 or fewer employees. Business owners must be within the US Department of Housing and Urban Development 80% income limits.

  • Orange County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - 714-564-5200
    The SBDC offers free business workshops, consulting services, and resources for businesses including access to grants and loans. Message from SBDC - As concerns continue about coronavirus (COVID-19), we can help you navigate available resources, answer your business questions and be a trusted partner for your business. Despite the impact of COVID-19, rest assured the SBDC is here to help and we value the privilege to be of service.

  • Legal Assistance - Public Law Center (PLC)
    The Public Law Center is partnering with Smart Small Think Big to for a Pro Bono Remote Legal Assistance Clinic for Nonprofits and Small Businesses.  Nonprofit organizations and small business owners can get free brief legal advice on COVID-19 related legal issues, including CARES Act and other government economic relief programs, employment and staffing issues, meeting contractual obligations, insurance coverage and commercial lease matters. 

  • EDD Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - business owners, self-employed, independent contractors
    As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.

  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Coronavirus Relief Options
    The U.S. Small Business Administration provides loans and grants for businesses impacted by Coronavirus.

    • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Still available through some lending institutions. The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees. This loan has a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1%.

    • EIDL Loan Advance - Only accepting applications for agriculture businesses. Low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California 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. Apply online and check application status.

    • Express Bridge Loan Program - Allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.

    • SBA Debt Relief - The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months. The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020.

  • IBank - State of California Disaster Relief Loans - For businesses not eligible for SBA assistance.
    Disaster Relief loans available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19. IBank partners with Financial Development Corporation (FDC) partners throughout the state that assists businesses in securing a 95% guarantee on a bank loan.


  • Labor and Workforce Development Agency
    Provides resources for employers and workers impacted by Coronavirus.


  • EDD Reduced Work Hours - Work Sharing Program
    The State of California Employment Development Department allows employers to apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs.

  • CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
    The Centers for Disease Control provides guidance for businesses and employers to plan, prepare and respond to Coronavirus.


  • GO-Biz Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
    The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


  • IRS - Coronavirus Tax Relief - Extension
    Treasury and the IRS extend the filing date to July 15, 2020.


  • State of California Franchise Tax Board - Extension
    The Franchise Tax Board announced updated special tax relief for all California taxpayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Santa Ana Businesses in need of assistance may contact the Business Resource Hotline at 714-647-5477.


Worker Resources

Benefits for Workers Impacted By Covid-19