Small Business Resources
Coronavirus and Businesses
As we continue to monitor the conditions, there has been an increase in new cases nationwide and raising concerns about the spread of the virus. The California Department of Public Health has ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of critical infrastructure sectors. We recognize that these events may have impacted you and your business. Please visit the links below to view the resources available to you.
COVID-Compliant Business Partner Locator
The County is launching a new online database that will allow residents and visitors to easily find those businesses committed to ensuring the health and safety of employees and customers. The businesses are those who are participating in the County’s COVID-Compliant Business Partnership. Partnership members have agreed to comply with state and County public health orders and incorporate a variety of safety measures in their day-to-day operations.
For more information, please view the county update https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=7835
Relief for businesses and employees
Please visit the following websites for more information:
- Inland Empire Community Foundation https://www.iegives.org/
- The San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency COVID-19 Business Relief Programs
- Latest news on business assistance from GO-BIZ https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019
- The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). To apply for disaster assistance, please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.
- The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation is launching Save Small Business Grant Fund to help small employers amid the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout. To qualify, the applicant must run a small business or chamber of commerce between 3-20 employees, have been hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, and be located in an economically vulnerable community.
- County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Department: https://www.selectsbcounty.com/major-initiatives/covid-19
- County of San Bernardino’s Workforce Development Department: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/business-services/resources-available
- State of California Employment Development Department – Employer Resources: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/employers.htm
- State of California Employment Development Department – Worker Resources: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/workers.htm
- State of California Labor Department: https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019
**UPDATE 10/28/2020 Deadline for COVID-Complaint Business Partnership Program; More businesses allowed to reopen; COVID Relief Grants available for County Non-profits
There is still time to apply for assistance through the County’s successful COVID Compliant Business Partnership program, but not much! Applications have to be submitted before Oct. 31. San Bernardino County businesses and nonprofits can still receive up to $3,700 for participating in the program. The program has funding of $2,500 for eligible small businesses with 1 to 100 employees, and an additional $1,200 per business to restaurants and retail stores that have been forced to move outdoors in response to State regulations (such as stores located inside indoor malls, as well as churches, fitness facilities and service businesses).
The more than 4,000 County businesses, nonprofit organizations, and schools operating on waivers that currently participating in the partnership have collectively received more than $10 million from the County to offset costs related to compliance with COVID-19-related public health protocols.
Applications are being accepted online at https://sbcovid19.com/ now through Friday, October 30 or until funding is exhausted. All businesses that apply and are determined to be a COVID-Compliant Business Partner will be issued a “This Business Partner is COVID Compliant” window graphic to show customers and clients that they are doing their part. For more information about the announcement, visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=9294. For more information about eligibility and applications, visit https://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/.
Skin care, tattoo studeios & massage therapy are now permitted to reopen under the new state guidance. The State of California has issued new guidance for “expanded personal care services” that will allow businesses in these industries to open in San Bernardino County and elsewhere throughout the state. The new guidance focuses on personal care services that require touching a client’s face, including facials, electrolysis, and waxing. It applies to esthetic, skin care, electrology, body art professionals, tattoo studios, piercing shops, and massage therapy businesses (in non-healthcare settings). All businesses in this category are required to follow the modifications included in the new guidance. For more information, visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=9231.
County Nonprofits can receive up to $20,000 in COVID-Relief Grants. Inland Empire Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications through Nov. 11. Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) is currently accepting grant applications to give nonprofits a boost in funding and help curb the impacts of COVID-19 on their operations. Nonprofits could receive up to $20,000 in aid and must provide services in San Bernardino County to be eligible for funding.
The Board of Supervisors has partnered with IECF to establish this San Bernardino County Nonprofit Assistance Fund. This month, the supervisors approved $5 million in financial support to the nonprofit community using CARES Act funding. IECF, which is managing the grant program, will oversee the application and review process, in collaboration with the Inland Empire Funders Alliance. Grant awards will be dispersed directly by San Bernardino County to IECF-approved nonprofits.
For more information on the announcement, visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=9258
**UPDATE 7/13/2020 California orders closure of indoor operations of additional sectors
Responding to significant increases in positive test results, hospitalizations and ICU admissions, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced further mandates to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Details can be found on the State’s COVID-19 website. The State has immediately expanded closures to include indoor operations for:
- Dine-in restaurants
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers
Breweries, bars and pubs are required to close both indoor and outdoor operations entirely in every county.
In addition, within the 31 counties on the state’s monitoring list (which includes San Bernardino), the State requires the closure of indoor operations in sectors that tend to promote the mixing of populations which make adherence to social distancing and wearing face masks difficult. Businesses in these sectors that are unable to operate outdoors must close immediately under the State’s order. They include:
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Place of worship
- Offices for non-critical sectors
- Personal care services (e.g., nail salons, massage and tattoo facilities)
- Hair salons and barber shops
- Indoor malls
For more information, please view the County update at https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=8046
**UPDATE 7/1/2020 Governor Newsom orders 19 California counties to close certain businesses and operations including San Bernardino County.
In response to the rising numbers of coronavirus cases in California, Governor Newsom has ordered additional action to slow community transmission. The guidance applies for a minimum of three weeks and is subject to an extension based on epidemiologic indicators. The following guidance applies to the following sectors:
- Indoor Dine-in restaurants
- Indoor Wineries and Tasting Rooms
- Indoor Family Entertainment Centers
- Indoor Movie Theaters
- Indoor Zoos and Museums
- Indoor Cardrooms
In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs in these counties must close immediately, both indoor and outdoor.
For further information, please visit the California Department of Health announcement at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-143.aspx
**UPDATE** 6/15/2020 San Bernardino County moves to Stage 3 of business reopening
The San Bernardino County has flattened the COVID-19 curve and secured the resources needed to continue keeping the novel coronavirus under control. Therefore, dine-in restaurants, stores and other businesses can now reopen with safety measures throughout the county. Businesses that plan to reopen are required to follow state guidance. For more information on the County announcement, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=7623. For more information on the Statewide industry reopening guidance, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/.
**UPDATE** 5/14/20 San Bernardino County announces Small Business Stimulus Package
San Bernardino County has announced a $30 million COVID-19 Compliant Business Program for small businesses that have less than one hundred employees. This program was created to assist small businesses that have experienced financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please visit the County’s website below and fill in your information to find out if your business is eligible. Eligible businesses may receive up to $2,500. The program will be available on Thursday, May 14th (subject to minor delays).
In addition, the County has opened up a Self-Certification COVID-19 Training Course to allow businesses to “self-certify” as COVID-19 compliant. The certificate will help customers feel safer and more at ease to enter those businesses. The course is also scheduled to be available Thursday, May 14th (subject to minor delays) on the County’s website.
To find out if your business qualifies for the COVID-19 Compliant Business Program or to take the online COVID-19 Training, please visit the county website at http://sbcovid19.com or call the COVID-19 hotline at (909)387-3911.
**UPDATE 3/31/20 In Support of Local Businesses, Hesperia Suspends Requirements for Portions of City Sign Ordinance
In support of local businesses deemed essential per the California Governor’s Order, the City of Hesperia is suspending requirements for businesses to obtain a special event permit for temporary signage. This suspension will take effect beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020 and will remain in effect until the orders by the State of California and/or County of San Bernardino Public Health Department are amended to allow businesses to operate as normal.
The City of Hesperia is sensitive to the struggles of local businesses and wants to aid their ability to advertise their hours of operation.
“Hesperia will continue to rally around our residents and businesses and support them to the best of our ability,” said Mayor Larry Bird.
Legislation enacted by the state and federal government, and entities such as the Public Utilities Commission, has provided assurances for those facing utilities shut-offs and evictions – so the City has focused on identifying the needs of our local community and those ordinances within Hesperia’s jurisdiction to bring about positive change.
The City has coordinated with the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce to publish a list of restaurants that are open for business, which is available on the City website. Hesperia businesses wishing to add their operating hours to the list are encouraged to email email@example.com.