New Grants And Temporary Tax Relief Announced Monday 11/30

On Monday, November 30, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a package of assistance for small businesses affected by the prolonged Covid-19 crisis. This includes:
  • $500 million in grants. Funds would be awarded to selected intermediaries with established networks of Community Development Financial Institutions to distribute relief through grants of up to $25,000 to underserved micro and small businesses throughout the state by early 2021. Non-profits would also be eligible for these grants. CalOSBA is establishing the program and will make it available to small businesses as soon as possible. Sign up for updates on availability. 

City Of Sacramento

The City of Sacramento is committed to seeing the community move forward together. Support services and financial relief are available to Sacramento businesses, including:

  • California Relief Loan Guarantee: The State of California has allocated $50M to the IBank Small Business Finance Center to assist small businesses that may not qualify for federal funds. The program provides guarantees for loans up to $50K for small business borrowers in declared disaster areas. Check your eligibility and apply.
  • State of California Employment and Taxes: The State of California is providing broad assistance to qualifying small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19. Learn more. 
  • “Resilience, Repurpose, Recovery” Webinars: In an effort to support local businesses as they navigate the COVID-19 outbreak and its economic repercussions, the City of Sacramento’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development has launched a video webinar series. Check for upcoming webinars. 

Disaster Loan Assistance

Disaster loan assistance is available through multiple agencies.

  • The SBA is also providing updated information and resources regarding the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program. View the latest updates.
  • If your business does not qualify for SBA Disaster Loans, you may be eligible to apply for disaster financing up to $50,000 through the California Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program. Check your eligibility and apply.
  • If you are outside of the Greater Sacramento area, please contact your local Financial Development Corporation (FDC) for more information about resources available in your community. Map of California FDCs.
  • Personalized advising is available to help your business navigate the various Disaster Loan programs. Please visit the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to sign up for free services. Sign up today.

State And Federal Government Resources

Resources from The State of California

Resources from the federal government:

Resources To Help Your Business Maintain Operations

Agencies and non-profits at the state and local level want to see your business thrive. Read below for more information on the organizations dedicated to your success through the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • The California Office of the Small Business Advocate is available to help businesses identify resources and obtain answers to key questions where they can.  View their How We Can Help page and their FAQ for Small Businesses page for continued updates.
  • Find your local small business assistance center through the California Technical Assistance Providers Guide.  These state- and federally-funded business assistance centers provide free individualized counseling and training for small businesses and nonprofits. They will also discuss options for accessing capital.
  • The California Small Business Development Centers resource page includes both state and federal information for small businesses. The California Resource Guide has detailed information about federal programs serving California, including the SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan Program.  Connect with California SBDCs at
  • GO-Biz is hosting a Covid-19 resource webpage with links to the IBankLabor and Workforce AgencyFranchise Tax Board, and Department of Tax and Fee Management.
  • USDA Rural Development has launched a Covid-19 resource page.  It features a broad range of resources from affordable housing and business development to utilities.

Extension Of Certain State And Federal Filing Deadlines

  • California State Income Taxes:  The deadline for filing personal and corporate income taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020. The Franchise Tax Board’s Covid-19 webpage has important information about filing state income taxes, including a page for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • State Sales and Use Taxes: The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration has offered immediate interest-free deferred payment plans for small businesses.
  • Federal Income Taxes:  The deadline for filing federal personal and corporate income taxes was extended to July 15, 2020.  The IRS has established a special section to assist taxpayers, businesses, and individuals impacted by coronavirus.  Updates will be shared on this webpage, and IRS guidance on deferring tax payments can be found under “News Releases”.
  • State Payroll Taxes:  Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of Covid-19 may request an extension of up to 60 days to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest through the Employment Development Department. A written request for an extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center toll-free from the U.S. or Canada at 1-888-745-3886.

Accessing Capital: Public And Private Financial Resources

State Programs:  California’s Small Business Finance Center provides small businesses access to a range of financial products, including the Small Business Loan Guarantee (guarantee through private lenders) and the Jump Start Program (direct loans to businesses).  California also offers a loss reserve-style credit enhancement program, the California Capital Access Program, to encourage private lenders to provide small business loans.

Existing Loans: On March 20, 2020, State and federal regulators of financial institutions issued a special directive to lenders to work constructively with businesses in modifying existing loans.

Employer Guidance From California Labor Agency

Resources Available To Employees

Local Resources

Updates to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for the Current SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Update: