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County of San Diego website: This site is updated each weekday with local information. Text COSD COVID 19 to 468-311 to receive text updates from the County.

State guidelines – Visit for updates and guidance from state leaders.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has compiled a number of helpful resources on preparing for and addressing the impacts of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, including a coronavirus business preparedness checklist.

Small Business Development Center has developed the Small Business Survival Resources Guide to help business owners navigate through the impacts of COVID-19. SBDC can help with applying for financial relief (including SBA loans), guiding you through available resources, and assisting with cash flow concerns, supply-chain interruptions, workforce capacity, insurance coverage and more–all at no cost.

Grants, Loans, and Financial Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration –  Click here for small business guidance & loan resources.

Local Small Business Administration –

City of San Diego – the City has established a Small Business Relief Fund to provide grants, loans and other resources to San Diego businesses.

Export-Import Bank has announced relief provisions for exporters and financial institutions located throughout the United States that may have been affected by COVID-19.

Verizon has given $2.5 million to LISC to grant to small businesses and nonprofits. Deadline for the first round of grants is April 4. Apply here

Support for Employers Considering Work Stoppages, Layoffs or Furloughs – San Diego Workforce Partnership is offering services and information for employers considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs. Employers are encouraged to submit layoff notices online or call (619) 228-2982. SDWP will get back to you within one business day to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance information, tax assistance, Work Sharing program to avoid layoffs, financial planning, remote career services and more. More info here.

South County EDC Emergency Business Loan Program – The South County Economic Development Council is offering a no-interest loan to eating establishments in South County. This small infusion of funds is intended to assist South County small restaurants to remain open and continue to provide meals during this national emergency. South County EDC will provide a one-time $5,000 no-interest loan with repayment due on April 1, 2021. At that time the entire loan amount will be due. Learn more about the grant here.

Tools and Guidelines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines highly recommend employers determine planning, preparation, and response to COVID-19. Employers should encourage employees who experience COVID-19 symptoms to call their health provider for medical advice. Hospitals will not test persons who do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. Guidelines for testing for COVID-19 can be found here.

Dept. of Industrial Relations: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – FAQs on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office

Payment Logistics offers social distancing compatible business tools for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.


The SANDAG iCommute program has developed a telework webinar series for regional employers and employees as they shift to teleworking during the COVID-19 crisis.

American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) is offering a webinar aiming to decipher the most economic developments at the federal level federal developments and provide unique and practical advice for business leaders and professionals and how to successfully navigate the current financial issues.

Free Webinars from Procopio –

Wednesday, April 1 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT: Join a Procopio attorney for a complimentary webinar, “Business Restructuring Options in Turbulent Times.” Learn more and register here.

Thursday, April 2 from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. PDT: Join the co-leader of Procopio’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group in a complimentary webinar on key privacy and cybersecurity concerns businesses must be aware of in the wake of COVID-19. Learn more and register here.

View all current and past Procopio webinars here

The National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) will be providing free weekly videos about communicating effectively during this crisis on their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube and website.

Managed Solution: Weekly webinar training for remote work for current Office 365 users: Sign-up here.

On Friday April 10, Small Business Majority, the San Diego Grantmakers and the San Diego and Imperial Network Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are hosting a regional webinar covering updates and resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Register here.