Coronavirus: Information for Businesses
The coronavirus emergency is hurting some businesses in L.A. County. You can take steps to stay in business during this health emergency.
Coronavirus – Information for Businesses
Updated March 23, 2020
County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Office of Small Business (DCBA)
Small Business Advisors: The Office of Small Business provides free services to business owners and entrepreneurs in Los Angeles County, including:
- Small Business Concierge
- Procurement Technical Assistance Center
- Small Claims and Mediation services
Avoid scams to protect yourself and your business. Beware of:
DCBA can investigate these scams. File a complaint or call (800) 593-8222 or dcba.lacounty.gov.
For more info from the Office of Small Business, contact:
County of Los Angeles Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS)
Layoff Aversion and Business Technical Assistance: WDACS offers confidential, free assistance for businesses who may be experiencing financial distress.
Businesses experiencing significant economic harm can contact the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation’s Layoff Aversion team for strategic assistance, confidentially and at no cost. Email: email@example.com.
The Layoff Aversion team is working with the County’s Rapid Response team to serve businesses at risk of closure and job loss as well as those businesses where job losses are not avoidable. For more info, visit https://workforce.lacounty.gov/
L.A. Small Business Development Center Network
No-cost advising: Get guidance on critical business issues or strategies for growth.
Subjects include marketing, access to capital, and business startup.
SBDCs provide no-cost business consulting for businesses that have experienced the following concerns or disruptions:
- Supply chain disruption and liability
- Questions or concerns about the implications of tariffs
- Technology plans for setting up remote work stations for employees
- Concerns about cashflow during disruption
- Concerns about credit and finance issues
- Concerns about force majure
- Visit https://smallbizla.org/covid19-response-guide/
- Call (562) 938-5020 for more information
U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Loans
(NOTE: At this time, assistance will become available when the State of California applies for federal assistance.)
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
For additional information, contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Loan Programs
The California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (Ibank) offers loan programs for businesses affected by disaster.
Please visit: www.ibank.ca.gov/small-business-finance-center or call (916) 341-6600 for more information.
California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development resources during coronavirus emergency
Assistance for Employers through Employment Development Department
Reduced Work Hours: Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Visit: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Work_Sharing_Program.htm
Potential Closure or Layoffs: Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing job losses. Rapid Response Services Fact Sheet: https://www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de8714rrb.pdf.
Or contact your local America’s Job Center of California: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Office_Locator/default.htm.
Tax Assistance: Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. Call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center at (888) 745-3886
Guidance for Employers on Planning and Response
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided interim guidance for employers on how to plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19.: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
Here are a few key recommended strategies:
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home. Employees that arrive at work and appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath should be separated from other employees and sent home immediately.
- Emphasize respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees.
- Perform routine environmental cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs.
- Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps. This includes checking the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel) for the latest guidance and ensuring employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.
- Plan ahead. Employers should consider how best to decrease the spread of acute respiratory illness and lower the impact of COVID-19 in their workplace in the event of an outbreak.