COVID-19: SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
We know that local businesses are struggling during the current COVID-19 crisis. We have compiled these resources to assist San Bruno businesses during this difficult time.
We will be updating this webpage as we receive current information.
Businesses operating in San Mateo County must meet certain requirements, including posting certain signage (Self-Certification Placard, Health Officer Order Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocol, and Health and Safety Signage) and sharing the Health and Safety Plan with employees.
For the latest requirements and guidance from the County, visit San Mateo County Health's COVID-19 Requirements and Resources page.
On July 29, 2020, the County of San Mateo was to the State’s monitoring list, due to an increase in the rate of COVID-19 cases in the County.
Beginning 12:01 a.m. Sunday, August 2, 2020, the State order to close or move outside applies to the following businesses:
Gyms and fitness centers
Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
Personal care services, like nail salons and body waxing
Hair salons and barbershops
Shops that offer tattoos, piercings, and electrolysis may not be operated outdoors and must close. Businesses should visit the state website for industry guidance: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/#track-data.
With funding from the San Bruno Community Foundation, the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College is teaming up with the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce to provide San Bruno small businesses with advising and assistance as they reopen and recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Small Business Recovery & Assistance Program offers no-cost one-on-one expert advising, assistance, workshops, and online resources for the small business community. We are here to serve our businesses during these difficult times.
Accounting Advice, Business Consulting, Application Assistance for Funding, Pivot Strategy
Accounting, Bookkeeping, Payroll & Tax Advice, Quickbooks Training & Referral, Other Online Business Resources
Legal /Contracts Assistance & Referral, Small Business, Retirement Information
Creative Marketing, Business Strategy, Contingency Planning, Spending Habits, and more!
Small businesses (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons) and nonprofits are eligible for COVID-19 emergency relief under the federal CARES Act. Visit the Small Administration (SBA) website to find out how you can apply. Key relief programs include:
Paycheck Protection Program: A new loan program to help small businesses including nonprofits to cover payroll during the immediate crisis. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met and the funds are used for eligible expenses.
The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Emergency Advance: The EIDL program provides small businesses including nonprofits with working capital loans to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
On June 15, SBA resumed accepting new EIDL applications from all qualified small businesses, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
The EIDL Advance program has been discontinued. All available funds for the EIDL Advance program have been allocated.
For assistance, contact the SBA San Francisco District Office.
As part of the CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or whose services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) began accepting online applications for this program on Tuesday, April 28. For information on this program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the EDD website.
SaveOurFaves is a directory of Bay Area restaurants and coffee shops that offer online gift cards for purchase. By providing this resource, SaveOurFaves seeks to mobilize loyal customers to provide much-needed support for their favorite places in town. Restaurants offering online gift cards can add their information to the directory. Go to SaveOurFAVES and click on the FAQs link.