As the number of California cases of COVID-19 rises, the team at West Business Development Center wants you to know we are here to help. Like we recommend to our for-profit business clients, we will be adjusting work protocols to continue to serve our clients and protect our staff. We encourage you to continue working with your advisers via phone and video conferencing. We are evaluating transitioning our live workshops to be all online webinars to minimize large gatherings.
If you are a sole proprietor this is an excellent time to upgrade your online presence, consider revisiting your website outreach or just learn new video conferencing tools. If you manage staff or a team, read the information below on how best to protect your employees and work with groups during this time.
Because of the fluidity of the situation, no one knows today the economic short term or long term effects of this outbreak. However, as a business owner and community leader, you need to keep healthy, keep your staff informed, and provide your county officials with data on any adverse effects this situation has on your business.
Federal, State, and local agencies are seeking ways to help small business owners during this economic downturn. In the next week we will send out industry-specific surveys asking you for information on the impact COVID-19 has had on your own business. This information will help inform officials on what actions to take next.
Please read the information below.