Small Business and COVID-19 Resiliency
A consolidated list of resources from SFOEWD for both small business owners and employees can be found here.
San Francisco is reopening in a phased and measured approach to help keep all residents safer and healthier. View San Francisco's Re-opening Guidelines here.
The City announced Shared Spaces, a new program for more flexible use of sidewalks, streets, and other public spaces for neighborhood businesses. Applications will open in mid-June. Read more information for San Francisco's Shared Space Initiative and sign-up for updates here.
Please see the current San Francisco restrictions and recommendations here. We respect the expertise of public health leaders and understand the necessity of these restrictions but also realize the paramount impact they will have on the businesses, residents, and employees of San Francisco. Below are some of the resources available to you right now.
Please note: this may not be a complete list of support from private, public and nonprofit entities. Federal, State, and Local resources have been aggregated from respective websites.
City of San Francisco Resources for Employers
OEWD has created a webpage that contains resources for San Francisco employers and employees concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and the page will be updated as more information is made available.
Property Tax Update: The SF Treasurer's office has released official confirmation that the property tax deadline has been pushed back to May 4th. Taxpayers who are unable to pay their property taxes due to COVID-19 by May 4th are able to fill out a penalty waiver form to request their late fees waived.
Deferred Quarterly Business Taxes for Small Businesses - Learn more here.
Deferred Annual Small Business Licensing Fee - Learn more here.
Leasing and Legal Assistance for Landlord Negotiation - Learn more here.
SF Small Business Revolving Loan Fund - Learn more here.
Technical Assistance Accessing SBA Loans Once Available - Learn more here.
SF Emerging Business Loan Fund - Learn more here.
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.
Delay of State Payroll Reports - Learn more here.
Partial Unemployment Insurance Claims to Keep Employees - Learn more here.
Work Sharing Program - Learn more here.
Federal Resources for Employers
Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act - The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. View the guide here.
CARES Act SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) & Loan Forgiveness Program - Learn more about the SBA Paycheck Protection Program & Loan Forgiveness Program from Monument Advocacy. View the guide here.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - The SBA provides a number of loan resources for small businesses and assists with access to capital. The SBA will work directly with state and local governments to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted. Learn more here.
Assistance to Access SBA Loans - San Francisco OEWD will provide direct technical assistance to local small businesses and nonprofits to ensure they can immediately access the Small Business Administration's (SBA) federal loan program once it becomes available. Learn more here.
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. Learn more here.
City Resources for Employees
Workers can reach out to OEWD’s Workforce Development Division directly to learn more about the resources below and receive support from staff and a network of service providers. Email email@example.com or call 415-701-4817 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM to 5 PM)
Rapid Response Services For Group Orientations on Resources - OEWD staff is available to partner with workers, employers and labor unions to conduct Rapid Response Online Orientations to larger groups of impacted employees by providing an overview of available resources remotely. Email for more information.
Workers and Families First Program - Up to 40 hours Additional Paid Sick Leave - Learn more here.
Health Care Coverage:
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
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.
Reduced Work Hours? Partial Unemployment Available - Learn more here.
Sick or Quarantined Workers Can File a Disability Insurance Claim - Learn more here.
Up to Six Weeks of Paid Family Leave for Caregiving - Learn more here.
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. Learn more here.
To stay informed, listen to public health messages from reliable sources:
The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) - Website, Twitter
The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) - Website, Twitter
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Website, Twitter
For official updates, text COVID19SF to 888-777.
SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Small businesses make up more than 80% of our active membership. We work with our strategic partners to make sure you have all the resources you need for starting, growing, and maintaining your small business in San Francisco.