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.
October 27, 2020: San Mateo County has moved to the "Orange" or "Moderate" tier of of the State’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” This change further eases restrictions on businesses, and activities. San Mateo County Press Release: https://www.smcgov.org/press-release/covid-19-update-state-moves-san-mateo-county-orange-tier?fbclid=IwAR3ttptuk5exjSo6blpkR-_ws_jdcAlT-m5oBAmkrsD_BiCsmY0CheuhGs0
All businesses, including those with modified operations, must continue to adhere to San Mateo County’s health order requiring social distancing and face covering and the safety measures outlined in the appendix.
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.
San Mateo County Strong Small Property Owner Assistance Program
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has dedicated $2 million to establish a grant program for small-scale residential rental property owners in the County who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Small Property Owner Assistance Program seeks to improve the stability of rental housing in the County of San Mateo and mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on small residential rental property owners. The Program will provide grants up to $6,000 per residential rental unit to qualified County residents who own and lease small numbers of residential rental properties in San Mateo County, who rely on rental properties as a primary source of income, and whose rental income has been reduced as a result of COVID-19. Property owners may apply for a grant for up to ten of their rental units for which some of all of the rent owed between April 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020 has not been paid.
The Small Residential Property Owner Program application period is open from Thursday, October 15 through Friday, November 6.
August 28, 2020: Additional Outdoor Business Allowances for San Bruno Business Affected by COVID-19 Limitations of Indoor Operations
The City of San Bruno has developed additional outdoor regulations to assist our local businesses that are required to closed in order to modify their operations in a safe manner. While we all continue to work hard towards preventing the spread of COVID-19, we also want to resume some normalcy in our lives. Similar to the previous established temporary outdoor dining program, the new temporary regulations were developed to support our business community. Below is the list of the categories covered by the City’s temporary outdoor business regulations:
Personal Care Services (hair care, nail salons, massage, tanning and tailoring)
Non-Critical Businesses (offices)
Places of Worship
For complete guidance from the City, please visit the City of San Bruno website at https://www.sanbruno.ca.gov/news/displaynews.htm?NewsID=616&TargetID=1.
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.