March 26, 2020
Community Development Department
Business Update
Contact Our Economic Development Staff
Economic Development staff is available to assist you.
Contact us by email at , or phone at (805) 616-6862. H ablamos español.

The Community Development Department continues to be open remotely for business; visit us online .
Coronavirus Business Tips
The following tips are from our partners at Economic Development Collaborative and Women's Economic Ventures .

Contact Your Insurance Provider - Do you have business interruption insurance? If so, you may have coverage that supplements any income or loss of sales during this time.
Document Coronavirus economic impacts to your business (e.g. cancelled contracts/events, loss of revenue, etc.). Documenting any losses from canceled events or decreased sales could assist in insurance claims or potential relief programs from government agencies.

Whether you are self-employed or a W2 employee, if you have lost hours or wages due to the impact of the Coronavirus, file for unemployment benefits. Apply for unemployment here .  
If you have an existing loan with a bank or CDFI (Certified Community Development Financial Institution), you should contact that provider to discuss repayment deferment options that may be available, and/or increasing the credit available, should that be necessary for working capital.  

Avoid unregulated lenders, online "instant" lenders, credit cards with high (>12%) interest rates, lenders that require daily or weekly repayments, and lenders that have direct access to your POS/bank account.
No-Cost Business Consulting is Available!

The Economic Development Collaborative and the Small Business Development Centers' Advisors can assist during this time. C ommunications can also be scheduled remotely by email at , by phone at 805.409.9159, or click here to connect with an advisor.
Take immediate steps now by viewing the COVID-19 Business Resource Guide, up dated daily, to reflect guidance and benefits including loan opportunities, extensions for filing payroll taxes, assistance for employees, and more.
California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Notice of Regulatory Relief
Pursuant to the Constitution of the State of California, Article XX, Section 22, and in furtherance of Governor Newsom’s emergency declarations and orders regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is temporarily suspending enforcement of specific legal prohibitions.

Companies Looking to Hire
Below is a selected list of links and resources to connect you with job openings:

Grocery Jobs:
Albertson's , ( Albertsons operates stores under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Pavilions), Smart & Final, Vallarta Supermarkets, Target

Other Jobs: Census 2020

Resources to connect you with job openings: CareerBuilder , Glassdoor , I ndeed , jobcase , Linkedin , ZipRecruiter
Defining Critical Jobs D uring the C oronavirus Crisis
To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin has issued a “Stay Well at Home” emergency order — ordering all residents of the County of Ventura to stay inside their residences, limiting all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs and ordering all non-essential businesses to close. The order is effective March 20, 2020, at 11:59 pm through April 20, 2020, 11:59 pm.

Coronavirus Business Programs & Resources
Visit the Economic Development Collaborative website here for no-cost business consulting, employer and employee resources, and business disruption loans.
New CDC Emergency Loans
The CDC announced two emergency loans: a $50,000 microloan, and a $150,000 SBA 7a Community Advantage Loan.  Click here to review the program information and visit CDC online.
WEV Works Webinar Series
WEV is offering free webinars, each Wednesday from 9am - 11am, now through April.

April 1 : COVID-19 and the Law for Small Businesses - hosted by Naomi R. Dewey Esq.

Get information that could help you renegotiate your lease, revise your contracts and handle staffing issues that come up during the COVID-19 outbreak. This Webinar will walk you through what to look for in written agreements, give you tools to negotiate overhead and address employment law issues, including leave, temporary unemployment and health benefits. Registration is required ; click here to register.

For Ventura and Santa Barbara county business owners needing assistance, please call WEV’s Response Line 805-456-2342 (Spanish 805-908-0096) to leave a message and receive a call-back within one business day. Visit WEV online .
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information