Small Business & Employee Resources

Has your business been impacted by COVID-19?


The Sonoma County Health Officer has released resources and guidance for re-opening of businesses.  See the most recent health order here:

https://ci.sebastopol.ca.us/Article/5-6-Health-Officer-Extends-Shelter-in-Place-Order


Resources  for re-opening businesses (including a fill-able Social Distance Protogol form) can be found at:  

https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-no-19-09-shelter-in-place-extended/


Small Business & Employee Resources 

Sonoma SBA Declaration (March 16, 2020)

On March 16, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration declared Sonoma County, and several others, a disaster area. This declaration is a result of economic impacts caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 beginning January 31, 2020, and continuing. 
 

FOR BUSINESSES: Sonoma County small businesses are now eligible to apply for financial assistance due to COVID-19 and should contact the SBA directly to continue the next step of the process. Application deadline is December 16, 2020.

Instructions to apply are as follows:
Contact SBA at 1-800-659-2955, or
Visit SBA's website at: www.sba.gov/disaster, or
Email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
Hearing impaired individuals may call 1-800-877-8339

For additional information on SBA Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus visit the SBA Website


FOR EMPLOYEES:  The California EDD (Economic Development Department) website has a section with information about filing for benefits for coronavirus-related unemployment due to illness or loss of work. See the California EDD FAQs for more information.
 

For additional resources for business owners and employees impacted by COVID-19, see the Sonoma County Economic Development Board website.
 

Small Business Financial Hotlines

The Northern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has launched a new telephone and email hotline for businesses to contact for quick answers to their financial questions. SBDC Financial Counselors are on hand to answer questions about business loan options, filling out forms, etc. 

Telephone: 833-ASK-SBDC 
Email: loans@asksbdc.com and espanol@asksbdc.com
 

Resources for Reopening Businesses

Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) has announced a new online portal featuring resources for re-opening businesses: SoCo Launch, includes resources to safely and successfully re-open your business, in accordance with the latest Public Health Order. This guide is aimed to help business owners understand at what point they may be able to re-open for consumers amidst the four phases outlined by the State of California.


Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center(SBDC
)

The regional SBDC offers free Small Business assistance, through individualized and confidential one-on-one advising for existing businesses with information and application guidance for the various SBA CARES Act Relief programs.  Additionally, the SBDC offers free general business advising assistance for existing as well as start-up businesses. 
https://www.napasonomasbdc.org/services/one-on-one-advising

Fire Chief: Bill Braga

7425 Bodega Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone: 707-823-8061
Fax: 707-823-4703
Email: bbraga@cityofsebastopol.org

 

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