Please click on the links below to access assistance opportunities geared towards businesses and employees in response to COVID-19:
- Local and State Orders
- Business resources
- Taxpayer information
- Work share, reduced work hour and unemployment assistance
- Workplace health and safety guidelines
- #GOWoodlandLocal Instagram Campaign
- Hiring & job seeker support
- Volunteer opportunities in Woodland and Yolo County
- Contact your Economic Development & Food Front Team
Local and State Orders
On Tuesday, June 2, the Woodland City Council passed an Urgency Ordinance authorizing Temporary Use Permits available HERE that will allow restaurants and other businesses to use available public and private outdoor space for outdoor dining or retail display.
- The Temporary Outdoor Use Permit supports and assists businesses in meeting the operational guidelines outlined by the State including significant reductions in indoor seating capacity to meet social distancing requirements. For more information, click HERE.
Yolo County’s Roadmap to Recovery
The Roadmap to Recovery (R2R) is a proposed strategy to chart a path forward through COVID-19 that is fluid and gradual, continues to protect public health, and allows the County and cities to begin reopening various businesses and organizations.
Yolo County is currently in the advanced phases of PHASE 2. Click HERE for a list of authorized business activities.
Reopening industry roll out
Yolo County has authorized the following industries to reopen as of the end of May:
- Business offices
- Dine-in restaurants
- Retail Stores, Shopping Centers, including Swap Meets
- Hair Salons and Barbershops
- Religious Services and Places of Worship
For the full press release, please visit the Yolo County website.
Stay informed daily
- For daily updates at 12pm, you can also tune into the Governor’s COVID-19 live stream Press Conference: https://bit.ly/3djZTJN
- For daily Yolo Couny Press Briefings, tune into the Yolo County Facebook page: https://bit.ly/2yMqJeV
- Please visit the general City of Woodland COVID-19 page for a full list of updates.
Basic services will be uninterrupted for businesses
The 17 March City of Woodland Resolution declaring a Local State of Emergency ensures continuity of basic services and has suspended late charges for bills due during the emergency period (until 30 days after City Hall resumes normal business hours) for the following services:
- Water service: A temporary suspension of the City’s termination of water service to all commercial and residential properties for non-payment and places limitation on price increases on goods and services. Water bills can be paid online by visiting www.cityofwoodland.org/paymybill. Water bills can also be paid by calling (530) 661-5831,
- Waste management service: Waste pick up and utility service providers continue delivering service without interruption.
- Power & gas service: PG&E has voluntarily implemented a moratorium on service disconnection for non-payment for both residential and commercial customers.
- City of Woodland services: As of 8 June, City Hall will be fully open to the public.
Click on the above image or this link for the interactive map and list of local restaurants open for curbside and home delivery!
Press Releases & newsletters issued by the City of Woodland for BUSINESSES & EMPLOYEES
4 June - Temporary Dining and Retail Permit for Woodland Businesses
Check out our #GOWoodlandLocal campaign
COVID-19 Business Face Covering Distribution - Yolo County
While State guidance documents only encourage face coverings, Yolo County has issued a local Health Order on the use of face coverings, REQUIRING their use. If you have questions about face coverings you can find more information HERE.
Financial assistance overview for local businesses (SBA loans & advances)
The following resources are available throughout California for small businesses impacted by COVID-19:
This forgivable loan helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
- This is a 100% guaranteed loan for employers who maintain payroll.
- The maximum loan amount is calculated on past year’s payroll up to $10 million.
- The loan is forgivable on allowable expenses which include payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utilities, but at least 75% has to be for payroll. Your payments will be deferred for 6 months.
- The program opened Friday April 3rd. Details can be found HERE.
- Reach out to your lender or find a small business center to help you HERE.
- The WS program is a temporary alternative to layoffs if the business’s production or services have been reduced. Employers are encouraged to submit an online Work Sharing (WS) Unemployment Insurance Plan Application, DE 8686 application through EDD. Submitting a WS application online is a faster and more convenient way to submit the DE 8686, as it eliminates printing and submitting a WS application by mail. However, employers will continue to have the option of submitting WS paper applications by mail if they choose not to submit it electronically. An employer must complete the application in one session as the progress cannot be saved.
- The SBDC helps small business owners navigate available resources, applying for economic relief (lines of credit, loans, and grants), all at no cost.
- Visit the SBDC website or call 833-275-7232
4. EIDL Loan Advance
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
- The SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is a direct loan by the SBA for up to $2 million at a rate of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits.
- Now, applicants can get an Advance on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan of up to $10,000 within 3 days of a successful application. Any advance money received does not have to be repaid.
- To apply directly online, go to the SBA Website HERE.
- US SBA 24hr Customer Service Center at: 1-800-659-2955 / 1-800-877-8339 (TTY), or you can contact the SBA by email HERE.
- If you submitted an EIDL application prior to March 30, unless you have already been approved or are currently working with a loan officer, you should re-apply using the new streamlined application portal – https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ – if you have not done so already. The new application is streamlined and faster.
- If you submitted an EIDL application on or after March 30 but you overlooked or forgot to apply for the $10,000 EIDL Advance, you should submit another application in full rather than attempt to retrieve and edit the old one.
- Relationship between PPP & EIDL: Please access the bottom last three questions of the FAQ page for more info.
- Additional programs are available through the SBA for Woodland businesses that have an existing relationship with an SBA Lender and/or an existing SBA 7(a) loan:
5. SBA Express Bridge Loans
These loans enable small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
- SBA Express Bridge Loans (EBL) are now available from participating lenders. The EBL program was officially re-launched on Wednesday 4/1/2020 via a Federal Register Notice – https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-01/pdf/2020-06356.pdf.
- SBA’s web site contains new information about the program: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-express-bridge-loans
- The Bridge Loan allows participating SBA Express lenders to extend up to $25,000 loans to their existing bank customers as a stop-gap solution to get funds in the hands of businesses while they await a decision on the EIDL and/or PPP applications. The loan is repaid later with proceeds from the EIDL or PPP loan.
- Ask your current business lender if they are participating. You cannot get an EBL from a lender you do not already have a business relationship with. EBL is a lender-driven program, and lenders have the discretion to use it or not.
6. SBA Debt Relief
For businesses that have existing SBA loans prior to COVID-19, the SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- If you are a current borrower under SBA 7(a), 504 loan program or a microloan, you are eligible for debt relief and SBA will cover all loan payments for 6 months. View all of SBA’s programs HERE.
For information on how to apply, for assistance on your application, and more:
- Visit the SBA’s Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources page for an extensive list of loans, loan assistance & resources, and grants.
- Visit the Lender Match page to find and connect with a lender.
- Call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 for live assistance on how to apply. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339.
- Email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
SBA Active Lender list
- Several local lenders are offering low-interest loans in response to COVID-19. Refer to the SBA Active lender list to contact lenders offering services to the Greater Sacramento area.
Email About Loan Options
- Want to talk to an actual person about loan options? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected with additional loan options and help with unanswered questions.
Yolo Federal Credit Union
- Yolo Federal Credit Union is offering $5k relief grants for small businesses operating in Yolo County impacted by the coronavirus. For more information please visit the Yolo Federal Credit Union website.
- The California IBank offers low-interest and state-guaranteed business loans and microloans for small business borrowers who have been impacted by regional disasters and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital.
The California Capital Access Program (CalCAP)
- CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. Loans are available up to $5 million. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may be eligible for this program.
Private & non-profit funded micro-loan opportunities
Several micro-loan opportunities are cropping up through private sector & non-profit partnerships, and are compiled on the Inc’s regularly updated webpage. Below find a few of the micro-loan funding opportunities referenced on this list:
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- Facebook has committed to offering up to 30,000 small businesses $100 million in cash grants and Facebook advertising credits. The grants will be provided to businesses in more than 30 countries. Information is limited, but sign up to get more details from the company when they’re available
Verizon Wireless & Local Initiatives Support Coalition partnership: Small Business COVID-19 Recovery fund
- Verizon is donating $2.5 million to nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for its Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Fund, which will use the funds to provide grants of up to $10,000 to struggling businesses.
GoFundMe & Yelp partnership: Small Business Relief Initiative
- GoFundMe, the social fundraising platform, has launched the Small Business Relief Initiative, partnering with Yelp to provide small-business owners with grants and resources. GoFundMe and Yelp have each donated $500,000 to the Small Business Relief Fund, and it is open for anyone to make a donation. There will also be $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.
- Out of the $50 million of philanthropic investment to help address immediate and long-term Impacts of COVID-19, JPMorgan Chase has committed $8 Million to assist small businesses vulnerable to significant economic hardships in the U.S., China and Europe. Information is limited, but access their webpage for updates when they’re available.
- Opportunity Fund has opened up a loan assistance program. Visit the webpage HERE to find out how to apply and call them at 1-888-720-3215 for more info.
- Financial Tech (Fintech) companies have a role to play by helping small businesses that may not have an established lending relationship with a large bank, community bank or credit union. Here is a list of Fintech offering PPP loans: https://uscham.com/3ddu1q7
Assistance for small food & beverages businesses
James Beard Foundation
The James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. In response to COVID-19, several resources have been gathered to support our small restaurants and culinary actors:
- JBF Micro-grants: To help bring swift economic relief to essential culinary businesses, the Foundation has launched a fund to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. More information on how to apply is coming soon. For immediate assistance or urgent questions, please email email@example.com.
The Restaurant & Food Group by Informa Connect has launched a new digital community initiative to aid the restaurant and foodservice communities in reconnecting, reimagining and resetting business.
- Resources: Webinars and tools to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 are available HERE.
Contact your local Chambers of Commerce
The below-listed local Chambers of Commerce are working diligently with governmental agencies like the City of Woodland, and business partners to provide our local business community the best available resources. Please access the below links for more information.
Woodland Chamber of Commerce provides continued support to businesses
We encourage you to contact our local Woodland Chamber of Commerce, https://woodlandchamber.org/. The Chamber, in partnership with the City, is reaching out to its members to understand current and long term needs and impacts of COVID-19 on our local business community, and is dedicated to providing current and available information to its membership. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with this local resource.
Sacramento Metro Chamber launches COVID-19 business assistance hotline
The Rapid Response Business Triage Hotline was launched via a collaboration between Metro Chamber and Sac Asian Chamber collaboration. Trained business counselors will assist callers with general business questions, human resources, legal issues and navigation of the various financing tools, including SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program.
The number for the hotline is 833-391-1919.
- Languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Mandarin.
- Business Counselors available Monday-Friday | 8-4 p.m.
- 24/7 voicemail capabilities to have your message forwarded to counselors.
California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
California Tax Return extension
- On March 20, the Federal Treasury Secretary extended the deadline for taxes to July 15,2020.
Filing Deadline for Business Property Statements EXTENDED
- On May 6, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order extending the tax filing deadline for business personal property tax statements from May 7 to June 1, 2020, to avoid penalties. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2xXrl0N
City of Woodland temporary suspension of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) & commercial evictions
On March 24, the Woodland City Council passed two Ordinances:
- Ordinance 1659 - Urgency Ordinance Enacting Temporary Suspension of Transient Occupancy (TOT) Tax: This Ordinance temporarily defers the payment of TOT.
Ordinance 1660 - Urgency Ordinance Eviction Moratorium on Commercial Property Evictions - Pending Signatures. This Ordinance temporarily suspends commercial evictions.
Work share, reduced work hour, unemployment assistance, & more
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116-127), was signed into law by the President on March 18, 2020. Among other benefits, this law provides free coronavirus testing for everyone in the United States, up to three months of paid sick leave during the public health emergency, $1 billion in emergency funding to help states process and pay unemployment benefits, and over $1 billion for various programs that prepare meals for vulnerable Americans.
Below please find links to the State of California’s website, which lists all relevant resources for businesses and employees affected by COVID-19:
Workplace health and safety guidelines
The following links provide information related to workplace health and safety guidelines:
#GOWoodlandLocal - join in on this Instagram Campaign to increase visibility of your local business
The City of Woodland invites all local businesses to participate in this free digital campaign. Follow and tag the City’s new Instagram account @GOWoodlandLocal. This platform is the landing spot to promote and share posts published by Woodland businesses across all sectors. The objective is to increase community awareness of what businesses are open, and what products/services they are offering. The success of this campaign relies on the investment of our businesses - the more that join in, the more impactful our digital reach will be to consumers. Send any questions that you may have to Stephanie Burgos (Business Engagement & Marketing): email@example.com
Hiring & job seeking support
YoloWorks helps match job seekers with employers
- Looking for a job? Access the YoloWorks Yolo County Job Seekers Portal & OnwardCa California COVID-19 Response Job Portal
- Are you hiring? YoloWorks has dedicated resources towards disseminating jobs on their hiring portals and helping our job seekers connect with employers. Their recent post for job openings have been shared with over 12k people this past week. If you are hiring, please contact Erica Johnson, HHSA Program Coordinator from Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency: Erica.Johnson@yolocounty.org.
- Yolo County COVID-19 support hotline: As of 1 April, YoloWorks has opened up a phone hotline (English & Spanish) at 530.661.2641 (open Mon-Fri from 8-4pm) to assist Yolo County job seekers / employees with questions on unemployment benefits and navigating the available resources in response to COVID-19. Please share this resource with any job seekers and current employees affected by COVID-19.
Volunteer opportunities in Woodland and Yolo County
If you are interested in volunteering to help others during this time, we encourage you to visit the following websites:
- CA.gov’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteers: Looking for volunteers who are healthcare providers with an active license, public health professionals, or a member of a medical disaster response team in California.
- HandsOn Sacramento: Looking for volunteers who will support urgent needs such as staffing information hotlines or getting food to people who are in quarantine or experiencing a loss of financial resources due to unforeseen circumstances. The needs are unfolding and will change.
- Just Serve: Looking for volunteers to cover a wide range of needs.
- Yolo Food Bank: Looking for volunteers who have an automobile and are capable of delivering food to doorsteps will support the increased food needs within Yolo County.
Contact your Economic Development & Food Front team
We are here to support you, please reach out to us with any questions so that we can help guide you towards the appropriate resources.