TUESDAY, March 17, 2020
This is a special edition of the Economic Development Newsletter focused on the Coronavirus. It includes resources and programs that may be helpful to our entire business community, not just current subscribers. If you received this email, and are not already subscribed to our monthly Newsletter, but would like to receive our monthly Newsletter, please sign-up here
A Note from the Economic Development Manager
The developments over the last week regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are rapidly evolving. While county, state, and federal agencies take the lead to address the public health-related concerns related to the virus, our office is also working closely with the County, Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and other key partners to assist our local businesses through the developing economic impacts. This special edition highlights some important resources and information. 

Today (March 17th), the County of Ventura issued a Public Health Order outlining new requirements for all permanent food facilities, including bars and nightclubs that offer food. The Public Health Order also requires closure of the following types of businesses in Ventura County, which includes the City of Thousand Oaks:

  • Bars and nightclubs that do not serve food
  • Movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, and arcades
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and aquatic centers
  • Wineries, breweries, and tap rooms that provide tastings.

In addition, City Council meeting agenda for Tuesday, March 17 th will be entirely dedicated to COVID-19. You can view the agenda here . You can watch the meeting online here .

Lastly, please be considerate of others and help to slow the spread. Review the CDC’s guidance for more information on how you can do your part.


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Resources for Businesses
Relief Programs & Resources

Economic Development Collaborative COVID-19 Business Resources. This is a highly recommended first stop for local businesses seeking help due to impacts related to COVID-19. Find information about Economic Injury Disaster Relief, low-interest loan opportunities, tax filing extensions, and more. Free consultation is also available. The most efficient way to seek this consultation is to make an appointment online.
Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF): Rapid Response Fund for Ventura County (COVID-19). Learn about this financial support opportunity for small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 webpage. This webpage includes links to various resources and programs for businesses dealing with COVID-19. Jump to their FAQs page .
Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 webpage. This webpage includes links to various resources and programs for businesses dealing with COVID-19. Jump to their FAQs page.
Health Guidance

County of Ventura Public Health COVID-19. Get the latest updates on the local health situation and guidance. There's also a hotline.
Relief Programs & Resources

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz) for COVID -19. Includes information for employers and employees by state agency.
Department of Industrial Relations: COVID-19 FAQs on Laws Enforced by Labor Commissioner’s Office. Includes information about paid leave laws due to sickness, child care closures, reporting time, etc.
Employment Development Department (EDD) – COVID 19 FAQs: Includes information on Disability or Paid Family Leave benefits, Unemployment Insurance benefits, other Employer Information, including tax filing extensions. 
Franchise Tax Board - COVID-19. Link to press releases and COVID-19 FAQs regarding extended timelines for paying business taxes.
CalChamber - COVID-19. Latest updates and other important information for businesses across the state.
Health Guidance

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from COVID-19. Find information about workplace safety requirements and responsibilities for all business types.
Labor & Workforce Development Agency: COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Workers. Find additional workplace safety and health guidance, and information about paid leave, disability and unemployment insurance, and more.
Relief Programs & Resources

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance for COVID-19. In formation on low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses, and non-profit organizations. (Again, please consider contacting the EDC for free consultation before applying.) Also, see the press release from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services here.
Local Take Out & Delivery Options
The Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of take-out or delivery options to provide a safe way for you to be able to support some of our local food service businesses during this time.
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