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California's $500M Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program Details Announced!

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) just launched the program previously announced by Governor Newsom, with the launch of CAReliefGrant.com, which contains information on eligibility so you can prepare your business documents and get ready to apply!

Applications for Round 1 will open on Wednesday, December 30, and close on Friday, January 8. A Round 2 will be announced in the near future. Eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations may apply during this window through the CAReliefGrant.com website, or with assistance from a partner.

One of the state's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Lendistry, is supporting the state to distribute these grants and partnering with other CDFIs and small business centers to assist you with your application.

Information Webinars Every Day

In addition to the CAReliefGrant.com website, CalOSBA is hosting webinars at 11:00 AM every day (except Christmas Day) between now and January 4.

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New Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Requirements for Employers

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has approved new Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) for COVID-19. While many of the ETS are already required by existing employer workplace injury and illness prevention programs, some requirements are new and must be complied with immediately.

All California employers, regardless of size, must comply with the new Emergency Temporary Standards, with the following exceptions:
  • Workplaces where there is only one employee who does not have contact with other people
  • Employees that are working from home
  • Employees who are covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Disease regulations

Under the Emergency Temporary Standards, employers must develop a written COVID-19 Prevention Program or ensure its elements are included in an existing Illness Prevention Program, and implement the following in their written program:
  • Communication to employees about the employer's COVID-19 prevention procedures
  • Identify, evaluate, and correct COVID-19 hazards
  • Physical distancing of at least six feet unless it is not possible
  • Use of face coverings
  • Use engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment as required to reduce transmission risk
  • Procedures to investigate and respond to COVID-19 cases in the workplace
  • Provide COVID-19 training to employees
  • Provide testing to employees who are exposed to a COVID-19 case, and in the case of multiple infections or a major outbreak, implement regular workplace testing for employees in the exposed work areas
  • Exclusion of COVID-19 cases and exposed employees from the workplace until they are no longer an infection risk
  • Maintain records of COVID-19 cases and report serious illnesses and multiple cases to Cal/OSHA and the local health department, as required

Employers are also required to continue providing pay and benefits to employees excluded from work due to COVID-19 under some circumstances.

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Upcoming Webinar Schedule

State of CA COVID-19 Small Business Grant Webinar
Daily through January 4, 11:00 AM | Register Here
Learn about California's new Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program, including a program overview, eligibility requirements, what the grants can be used for, the application, required documents, and who to contact for assistance.

California Competes Tax Credits
Wednesday, January 6, 9:30 AM | Register Here
The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits by applying in one of the three application periods each year. This 45-minute webinar will present an overview of the program, discuss the evaluation criteria, and provide step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Boosting Productivity and Employee Morale During Challenging Times
Wednesday, January 6, 10:30 AM | Register Here
How can manufacturers keep their employees motivated, foster teamwork in the face of social distancing and a partially remote workforce, and improve productivity, while mitigating legal risk? Presented by CMTC, California's Manufacturing Network.
Access Local No-Cost Business Consulting
If your business has experienced economic injury due to COVID-19, you do not have to work alone. The Economic Development Collaborative's top-tier Small Business Development Center advisors are available to discuss your business needs, all at no cost to you. Get started by calling (805) 409-9159 (English) or (805) 309-5874 (Spanish).
City Hall Open by Appointment Only
City Hall is currently open only for building permit issuance appointments, M-F, 8A-4P. Call (805) 517-6200 to make an appointment, or visit our Virtual Counter to learn how to access our services on-line, by phone, and by E-mail.
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