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.
U.S. OSHA’s Vaccine Mandate for Employers with 100 or More Employees
According to OSHA, companies with 100 or more employees must require their employees to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4 or submit to weekly coronavirus testing and mask-wearing while in the workplace. The deadline for employers to enforce the mask mandate is Dec. 5.
OSHA’s penalties are up to $13,653 per serious violation.
Cal/OSHA now has approximately 30 days to formally adopt the Federal ETS in its current released form or adopt more stringent vaccine standards in addition to the Federal ETS.
On November 2nd, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the allocation of the County’s first $150 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The funding is broken down as follows:
– Homelessness and Housing: $59 million (39% of allocation)
– Health: $19.8 million (13% of allocation)
– Economic Response: $19.8 million (13% of allocation)
You can keep up with the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors meetings on their website: here.
On September 14, the Sacramento City Council allocated the funds that the City received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This allocation includes $29 million for Small Business and Commercial Corridor Revitalization. This is money that will go directly to small businesses who have been hurt by COVID-19, to help support their economic recovery. The Sacramento City Council will decide which programs to spend this funding on. You can watch Sacramento City Council meetings: here.
In alignment with the recently updated CDC and CDPH guidelines and with the rapid increase in cases due to the Delta variant, Sacramento County and Yolo County have elevated the indoor mask recommendation to a mandate, effective July 30, 2021.
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.
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.
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 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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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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