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COVID-19 Business Resources

Don't know where to start? Check out this comprehensive resource guide and the information below

SBA Disaster and Economic Injury Loan updates: 

All of California is eligible.
Please follow this link for detailed instructions regarding the application and call us for assistance. 
Prepping to apply for Emergency SBA Economic Injury Loans VIDEO RECORDING:

CARES ACT Resources

The CARES Act includes important resources for Small Businesses to be aware of as they become available. Please see this FAQ 

The Paycheck Protection Program is LIVE:
With $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital Cleared, SBA and Treasury Begin Unprecedented Public-Private Mobilization Effort to Distribute Funds


Thursday, April 2nd @ 11am - COVID-19 Stimulus Package: What's in the new law for small businesses
Congress and the Administration recently passed a $2 trillion stimulus package designed to combat the financial losses COVID-19 has caused businesses across the country. Join us for a free webinar to learn about how your small business could be impacted by the current package and resources you can take advantage of at this time.
Register Here

Jueves 2 de april, 2020 @9am: Recursos Para Pequeñas Empresas en EE. UU. Afectadas por COVID-19
Small Business Majority los invita para un webinar gratis para aprender sobre las opciones de financiación que existen para su pequeña empresa. Ahora más que nunca, estar informado con la información más recente es clave para tomar decisiones con respecto a la salud financiera de su negocio.
 ¡Regístrese hoy!​


March 31st @ 10:00am-11:00am - Coping with COVID: Repairing your Credit
Repairing your credit is always a good idea, especially if you might need a loan any time soon.
This webinar will look at the credit repair process that the SBDC recommends and provide some tips on how you can start on the process yourself today.

Past Webinar Recordings

Prepping to apply for Emergency SBA Economic Injury Loans

Assistance Available for Businesses & Nonprofits March 18th
What resources are available to you in these challenging times.  Learn about Federal, State and Local resources that can help you think through business decisions. 
Recording Here

Cash Flow and Scaling Operations with Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Running a small business or nonprofit means navigating timely decisions with limited resources.
What are the key questions and options that you have to make the best choices that are available to you today.
Recording Here

Virtual Workforce and Meetings with Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Businesses, now more than ever, are relying on electronic communications, on-line meetings and a virtual workforce.  How do you start to put the right tools and procedures in place to help ensure a productive transition into new platforms.
Recording Link

HR Topics in challenging times with Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
There are so many decisions facing us as business managers. Human Resources is one of the most important resources to any business.  How do we ensure that fair practices and clear policies are in place during this rapidly changing time?
Meeting Link: 

Coping with COVID: Emergency cash flow resources and opportunities
Northern California SBDC Hosts a panel of expert advisors who will offer sugestions and answer your questions on how small businesses can cope with tight cash flow during the Covid-19 emergency 
Recording here.

Free Webinar from NorCal SBDC for RESTAURANTS AND BARS
This webinar is for restaurants, bars and the hospitality industry employers to get information and resources for their employees and businesses.

COVID-19 HR Guidance and Best Practices from ThinkHR

Recursos Para Pequeñas Empresas en California Afectadas por COVID-19 
Recording Here

Resources for Employees of CA Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Preparing Small Businesses for the Next New Normal: hosted by the Sierra SBDC and Nevada County Executive Office 
This interactive session will cover how to come to terms with your current cash situation, options for emergency financing (including tips for SBA loan applications) and planning for the next phase of your business.
Recording Here

IRS announces Relief:

How Your Business May Be Impacted and Resources to Help  

As the number of California cases of COVID-19 rises, the team at Sierra Small Business Development Center  wants you to know we are here to help.

Because of the fluidity of the situation, no one knows today the economic short term or long term effects of this outbreak. However, as a business owner and community leader, you need to keep healthy, keep your staff informed and provide your county officials with data on any adverse effects this situation has on your business. 

Federal, State and local agencies are seeking ways to help small business owners during this economic downturn.

Please read the information below.

Local Support for Small Business

  • First and foremost, it is critical that businesses stay informed and understand the facts official public health information can be found here.
  • Updated directives for restaurants and bars can be found here. Nevada County Hospitality directive
  • The latest California State information on business assistance for resilience can be found here.
  • Employers can access support for their businesses and their employees with these helpful resources.
  • Access to capital programs remain in place, including special disaster assistance at the state and federal levels. 

California Support for Employers and Workers 

Paid Family Leave provides up to eight weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) Employees may file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. 

UI Work Sharing Program is available for employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the Coronavirus impact. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs.

Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim

How to prepare your business during COVID-19 outbreak

Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.

  • Employees with a fever or who show symptoms of acute respiratory illness should stay home.
  • Don't require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness.
  • Encourage employees to protect themselves:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

Ensure your sick leave policies are up to date.

  • Understand California’s Paid sick leave
  • Maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for themselves or a sick family member.
  • Review policies to ensure your sick leave policies and practices are consistent with public health guidance.
  • Explore whether you can establish policies and practices like flexible work sites (telecommuting) and flexible work hours to distance employees. 
  • Establish a process to communicate information to employees and business partners.
  • Prepare for increased absences.

Monitor and respond to absenteeism at the workplace. 


  • Implement plans to continue essential business functions in the event you experience high levels of absent employees.
  • Consider work from home options. If possible consider giving workers laptops to work from home
  • Utilize online conference tools like Zoom, Webex, GoToMeetings to keep continuity with teams and with clients
  • Cross-train staff to perform essential functions so your business can operate even if key staff members are absent.
  • Be prepared to change your business practices if needed to maintain critical operations (e.g., identify alternative suppliers, prioritize customers, or temporarily suspend some of your operations if needed).
  • Consider canceling non-essential business travel to other countries per CDC's travel guidance.

Notify employees of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, notify employees of their potential exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Make sure you maintain confidentiality, as required by the Americans with Disability Act.


As concerns continue about coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re here to help you navigate available resources, answer your business questions and be a trusted partner for your business
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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation.