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  • Important COVID-19 Updates

  • Business Resources

    The Orange Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing you the latest and most accurate information to help your business with business loans, information and other available resources related to COVID-19.

  • Orange County Business Links

     

    Assistance Center: Small Business Administration Office

    Christopher Lorenzana  - Deputy Director, 714-550-7420

    Local resource, district office is open

     

    Assistance Center: Orange County Small Business Development Center 

    Mike Hill, Director of Orange County Inland Empire Business Center

    (800) 616-7232; Helping small businesses apply for loans and will walk you through the process at no costs. One to one business consultations.  OCIEsmallbusiness.org.

     

    Assistance Center: Orange County Community Service Department

    Call center for businesses impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis.  The Economic & Business Recovery Call Center will offer information and resources to help Orange County businesses with information about available loans, utility reduction programs, and community resources mapping.  Businesses can call  (714) 480-6500, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Bilingual operators will be also available. For more information, visit www.occommunityservices.org.

  • General information

     

    California Executive Order N-37-20 bans evictions through May 31, 2020 for certain tenants affected by COVID-19. Landlords are prohibited from evicting tenants before that date for nonpayment of rent if tenants meet certain requirements.  The Order does not relieve a tenant of liability for unpaid rent. For more information visit www.gov.ca.gov.

     

    Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Guidance states that: "If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule."

    Guidelines on how employers can receive relief if they are providing paid sick and child care leave

     

    Tax Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020

    The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

    This relief only applies to federal income tax. The IRS urges taxpayers to check with their state tax agencies for those details. More information is available at https://www.taxadmin.org/state-tax-agencies.

    Families Response Act

    The U.S. Senate approved the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” which will provide immediate relief to American workers and families during this challenging time.  For more information about the package, please see the press release.

    Insurance

    There are many questions about coverage for business owners and the damage being done to the loss of income, and if their insurance covers this type of loss. The broad general answer is that there is no coverage provided on most if not all policies. The wording may vary a little, but generally speaking, the exclusionary wording would be as follows:

    "We will not pay for loss or damage caused by or resulting from virus, bacterium, or other micro-organism that induces or is capable of inducing physical distress, illness, or disease. This exclusion also applies to action of civil authority."

    That said, each business owners should check with their agent or insurance carrier, and confirm this information. It is also suggested that you keep track of your loss of income for this period of time, should you need documentation in case the government opts to provide some type of relief package.

    Southern California Gas Company

     

    So Cal Gas is temporarily waiving all late fees for small businesses, and lots more. They also suspended service disconnections until further notice. This means no customer will have their natural gas turned off due to non-payment  For more information go to  www.socalgas.com/coronavirus

     

    The Sempra Energy Foundation

     

    The Sempra Energy Foundation announced a $1 million hardship fund for small to medium nonprofits   

     

    Here is the link to the foundations website that provides details and criteria.  The size of grants will range between $500 - $50,000 based on the scope of work.  https://www.sempraenergyfoundation.org/pages/areas-of-giving/health-and-safety.html.