Small Business Quick Resources
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Lending Operations Update:
The PPP ended on May 31, 2021. Existing borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. SBA also offers additional COVID-19 relief.
A borrower can apply for forgiveness once all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness have been used. Borrowers can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan. If borrowers do not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period, then PPP loan payments are no longer deferred, and borrowers will begin making loan payments to their PPP lender.
Due to the recent day-over-day case rate increases of COVID-19 from the highly infectious Delta variant, the Sacramento County Public Health Officer strongly recommends masking indoors. In less than a month, Sacramento’s daily case rate has risen drastically, from 3.8 on June 20 to 10 on July 14.
Following the June 17 vote by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt the revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards. Among other updates, Cal/OSHA’s revisions align with the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health – based on guidelines issued by the CDC – on face coverings and eliminate physical distancing requirements, except for certain employees during outbreaks. Unless they show symptoms, fully vaccinated employees do not need to be offered testing or be excluded from work after close contact with a COVID-19-positive person. Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to allow the revisions to immediately take effect on June 17.
Effective June 15, 2021, fully vaccinated people will be able to resume everyday activities without wearing a mask. Masks will be required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses. Masks will be required in some limited situations regardless of vaccination status including on public transit, at schools and childcare centers (pending updated CDC guidance), in healthcare and long-term care facilities, in prisons, and at emergency or homeless shelters.
In workplaces, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or the CalOSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standard, and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.
On June 3, 2021, Governor Newsom announced action to ensure that restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries continue to benefit from pandemic regulatory relief – including expanded outdoor dining and the sale of to-go alcoholic drinks – to support the recovery of businesses and protect public health.
On June 1, 2021, Governor Newsom announced new resources for small businesses and start-ups, grant programs by county, and small business loan programs by county.
On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act – a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by the 117th United States Congress. This package will deliver immediate and essential relief to families, local governments, small businesses and hard-hit industries including restaurants, as well as continuing the efforts to fight the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Erika Bjork was joined by Michael Bernick, former director of the state Employment Development Department and now a regular guest commentary on CBS radio, to talk about the future of California’s economy and workforce.
Amanda Blackwood joined FOX40 to discuss the struggles the city’s small business are facing and how to support the community.
Governor Newsom Signs Golden State Stimulus Package
On February 23, 2021, Governor Newsom signed into signed into law a comprehensive package of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship due to COVID-19.
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California Governor Newsom Mandates Public Mask Policy | June 18,2020
Cloth face coverings for public when outside the home or in any indoor public space including public transportation, work environments, etc. Some exceptions are permitted. Social distancing and hand washing still in place as well.
Local Chambers Launch Business Triage Hotline via Sacramento Business Journal | April 8, 2020
The Sacramento Metro Chamber and Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber have set up a free hotline to navigate businesses through access to capital, human resources and legal advice during the coronavirus crisis. Read more >>
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Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce