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Small Business and COVID-19 Resiliency

Attention small businesses impacted by the COVID-19, the City is now offering SF Small Business Resiliency Fund to provide support to get you through this difficult time. Check if you are eligible to apply here.

A consolidated list of resources from SFOEWD for both small business owners and employees can be found here.

 The City and County of San Francisco has mandated a shelter in place Public Health Order to stymie the spread of Coronavirus. 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.
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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.
Deferred Quarterly Business Taxes for Small BusinessesLearn more here.
Deferred Annual Small Business Licensing FeeLearn more here.
Small Business Resiliency Fund Grants for Micro-BusinessesLearn more here.
Leasing and Legal Assistance for Landlord NegotiationLearn more here.
SF Small Business Revolving Loan FundLearn more here.
Technical Assistance Accessing SBA Loans Once AvailableLearn more here.
SF Emerging Business Loan FundLearn more here.
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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.
Delay of State Payroll ReportsLearn more here.
Partial Unemployment Insurance Claims to Keep EmployeesLearn more here.
Work Sharing ProgramLearn more here.
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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.
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.
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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 workforce.connection@sfgov.org 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:
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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 AvailableLearn more here.
Sick or Quarantined Workers Can File a Disability Insurance ClaimLearn more here.
Up to Six Weeks of Paid Family Leave for CaregivingLearn more here.
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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. Learn more here.
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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) - WebsiteTwitter
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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
If you are a small business who has been impacted by COVID-19 please take a few moments to share your experience to help us tell the Small Business story. Click here to complete the short survey.
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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.

Chamber Resources

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If you’re a Chamber Member, you can log in to your Member Information Center for full Chamber benefits, including member-to-member deals, job posting portal, event calendar, member directory and contact information, and more.
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SF Biz Connect

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Incentives & Resources

The San Francisco Center for Economic Development, one of the Chamber’s foundation partners, provides a robust collection of incentives and resources helpful to small businesses.
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Partner Resources

The Chamber has strategic partnerships with small business organizations and companies as a way of maximizing opportunities and information available to our collective members. Our Chamber partners can provide a vast array of small business resources in a variety of needed areas.

San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations

San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations is one of the most trusted resources for small businesses.

San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce

The SFAACC represents and promotes African American business owners in San Francisco.

San Francisco Small Business Development Center

The SFSBDC helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The San Francisco SBDC is dedicated to increase the economic vitality of the communities they serve. They provide free, confidential one-on-one customized consulting services and training workshops to established businesses and certain start-ups in San Francisco.

U.S. Small Business Administration – San Francisco District Office

The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.

Golden Gate Business Association

The Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) is the first business organization founded by LGBT entrepreneurs.

KIVA

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

City Resources

San Francisco Business Portal

With comprehensive information and tailored tools, the Portal helps you easily navigate the steps to start, manage, and grow a business, quickly learn what it takes to be compliant, and obtain resources along the way. Ready to get started? Find the permits, licenses, requirements, and guidelines you need now.
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San Francisco Planning Code

You can view San Francisco’s zones on the official Zoning Map and in Section 201 of the San Francisco Planning Code, as well as find the zoning use district of your property on our San Francisco Property Information Map by entering your address or Assessor’s Lot and Block number and click the “Zoning” tab.
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Legacy Businesses

Charged to preserve and enhance San Francisco’s unique architectural and cultural identity, Heritage aims to help manage change over time, advocating for smart growth through the protection and reuse of historic structures and landscapes.
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Business Assistance

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports San Francisco’s ongoing economic vitality by strengthening its neighborhoods, businesses, commercial corridors and workforce.
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