Finding Help With COVID-19 Economic Impacts
The City of Manteca's Economic Development Department is aware of the severe impacts this current outbreak can have on the Manteca Small Business Economy. In an effort to assist our business owners, we have put together a list of resources and ideas, including a
webinars page. Click on the blue linked text below to see the resources. You can also visit our COVID-19 update page here: https://www.ci.manteca.ca.us/Administration/coronavirus/. State Treasurer Fiona Ma has compiled a comprehensive list of State and Federal loan resources here: http://bit.ly/stosmallbizlist.
Small Business Recovery Assistance Toolkit
Click here to access the toolkit resources. Click here for the Small Business Recovery Assistance Grant Program. Click here for State and County closure updates.
Can My Business Stay Open in Manteca?
The Governor's Office has produced a resource link to help businesses understand which types of establishments are essential. Manteca has condensed this list at the link above. See the Governor's full list here.
Emergency Funding and Relief
San Joaquin County PPE Grants
San Joaquin County to provide masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) free of charge to small businesses, including non-profits like shelters and other homeless service providers.Get applications here. Completed and signed applications must be emailed to PPEGrant@sjgov.org.
Access an abundant list of relief resources for businesses.
SBDC - Small business Development Center COVID-19 Resources
SBDC helps with applying for relief, guiding you through available resources, cash flow concerns, supply chain interruptions, workforce capacity, insurance coverage, and more - at no cost.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The State of California is working to soften the financial impact of COVID-19 on residents who are struggling to pay their mortgage and bills.
USDA Rural Development Assistance Resources
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
EDD - Employer Development Department Resources
The EDD provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California. For faster and more convenient access to those services, we encourage the use of their online options.
EDD - Pandemic Unemployment Insurance
The new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have a limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.
Labor and Workforce Development - Employer and Worker COVID-19 Resources
In the face of the COVID-19, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. What employees are entitled to may be confusing. Use the guidance on their site to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.
Small Business Financial Assistance
Emergency Loans from SBA
The Small Business Association (SBA) has a list of resources providing affordable, timely, and accessible financial assistance to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters following disasters.
Get Financial Help
FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. Also, see the four policy changes small businesses should be aware of that can help them get through COVID-19 issues.
Paycheck Protection Program Application.
COVID-19 Business Guide
The coronavirus is causing financial difficulties for businesses across the U.S. Click the link above to see five resources that can help you navigate this difficult situation.
Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.
California State Treasurer COVID Resources
Resources from the State Treasurer's Office on small business, tax relief, food access, individual relief, and COVID FAQs.
Technology Solutions to Aid Business
Small Business Continuity Through Technology
Without the ability to be on-site or talk in person, your remote team will need software to communicate. Using communication tools like Slack or
collaborative programs like
Google Docs will allow your team members to work together even if they’re in different places. Video conference platforms help team members communicate more effectively.
If you are a restaurant or fast food business, it is difficult to keep your customer traffic with the safety recommendations. Increasing your delivery business through mobile app delivery service partnership like
Uber Eats, or
others can help maintain customer traffic.
A curbside pickup is also an option that can work for businesses with essential services like food establishments. Let your customers know they can call in ahead and take their orders "To Go". There are also many varieties of mobile app delivery service models that a business can implement, most of which require an internet presence.
The Small Business Administration has an article on
5 ways to start selling online. Finding ways to sell your products beyond Manteca online is a great way to increase your bottom line in times like this.
What If Private Employees Can't Do Their Job Remotely?
While COVID-19 has pushed many companies to adopt remote work practices, here are some ideas to consider for employees who do not have the option to work remotely.
Retail Strategies: Navigating the Future Amidst COVID-19
Retail Strategies has compiled advice and resources for Small Businesses. Here is a list of federal resources for small businesses, as well as marketing strategies that will allow your business the opportunity to meet your consumers in the digital space. Click here for PDF: Retailstrategies2020-navigating-covid-19.pdf
Navigating COVID-19 in the Food Industry
Shared kitchens and food businesses are facing uncertainty. Between restaurant closures, supply chain disruptions, and event cancelations, it’s likely that you’ve had to adjust your standard operation. Click here for resources and ideas to help your food business.