With uncertain times upon us, we want to make sure your business is equipped with the right resources to stay successful despite concerns over COVID-19. To ensure you’re on the right path to success, we want to share the latest news and resources for your business. Check out updates below and please contact us at 1-800-616-7232 for any additional questions or concerns.
Online Business Consulting
Meet with a consultant online when you need them. Just a reminder, these virtual consulting sessions are available to you at no cost! Receive guidance on every application, resource, and question to ensure your business is safe. Sign up with the button below for a virtual consultation or call us at 1-800-616-SBDC (7232) to schedule.
COVID-19 Resources – Downloadable SBDC Guide
The Latest News and Resources for Your Business
Download this guide to learn about FAQs regarding Employment Development Department (EDD) resources, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, our SBDC Finance Center, how we can help – and more! Download Now
COVID-19: Strategies for Tech Startups Webinar
March 26, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join our COVID-19 Webinar Panel Discussion featuring our expert consultants on tech startup strategies to keep your business sharp during the COVID-19 crisis. Register for the webinar as we answer your most frequently asked questions!
COVID-19 Survival Strategies for Tech Startups Webinar
Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Feeling uncertain about how to move forward with your business during this time, or do you have questions regarding COVID-19? We are here to help and offer our support and resources! Join us for our panel discussion with our expert consultants on survival strategies for tech startups during the COVID19 crisis. We will also answer your most frequently asked questions!
CA Entrepreneurship Task Force Webinar
Friday, March 27, 2020 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE SESSION WITH SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS
The Go-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF) is launching a virtual learning series to connect small businesses to resources and share challenges, barriers, and opportunities for small businesses to improve cash flow and revenues, pivot, and adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19.
Join Go-Biz Entrepreneurship Task Force on Friday for the first session to Connect to Small Businesses Resources featuring:
- Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair
- Nely Galan, Founder, Galan Entertainment
- Isabel Guzman, Director, CA Small Business Advocate
- Mike Daniel, Regional Director, OCIE SBDC
- Mark Herbert, Vice President, Small Business Majority
Space is limited.
My Store Front Is Closed? How Do I Sell My Goods Online? Webinar
Session 1: Monday, March 30, 2020
Session 2: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
10:00 an – 11:00 am
Emergency support for retailers, stores and product-based businesses to help them navigate and activate e-commerce opportunities and to pivot their marketing approach quickly. This workshop will focus on immediate solutions business owners can implement to leverage online sales to survive the current COVID-19 pandemic.
What You Can Expect from This Series:
You can expect to quickly evaluate your immediate options for online sales and get going to start reaching clients and selling online
Session 1: E-Commerce – Monday, March 30, 2020
- Brand e-commerce website
- Getting set up on Etsy
- Leveraging eBay
- Packaging, Shipping, and Delivering
- How to pack and ship your products- USPS, UPS, or DHL
- Third-party shipping vs. direct
- Setting shipping rates vs. flat rate
- Insurance and tracking
Session 2: Social Commerce – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
- Facebook Marketplace
- Instagram Selling
If you are experiencing payroll hardship due to COVID-19, the Employment Development Department (EDD) is providing payroll assistance. Employers have the ability to request a 60-day extension to file their payroll reports and taxes. To learn more, check out our downloadable resources down below or call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1-888-745-3886 (toll-free).
The Small Business Administration (SBA), a U.S. government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses, is offering small businesses impacted by COVID-19 $2M in disaster loans. This loan can assist in helping with some of the economic injury caused by the coronavirus.
The state of California’s CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank’s (IBANK) Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP) for small businesses affected by COVID-19 is also accepting applications.
Visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)‘s website regarding the health and safety of all workers during this pandemic. OSHA’s website describes what employees can do to financially help and protect themselves during this time. Employers are also welcome to download the OSHA’s guide on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 in the section below.
Business owners may also apply for the EDD’s Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program. This will assist employees those whose hours and wages have been reduced receive unemployment insurance benefits, keep their current jobs, and reduce their risk for financial strain. This program will also help employers keep their current employees and reduce the need to layoff their workers.
Lastly, it is important to note that although the SBDC will be postponing and canceling our in-person events for the time being, we will continue to have virtual programs as we wish to help your business survive and thrive regardless of the circumstances. Be sure to keep an eye out for these events – all at no cost to you.