Quick Links

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.

Biocom: Find organizations in need of partners to help in the fight against the Coronavirus. Organizations include those with the ability to pivot manufacturing to produce PPEs, those needing partners on design and delivery, those with the capacity for testing to get devices, treatments and vaccines to market, and more.

Connect with University of San Diego students and alumni at the USD virtual career fairs this fall! Meet talented students looking for internships and full-time opportunities at three industry specific career fairs hosted by the Career Development Center:

-Business, Finance, and Accounting Fair (October 1st)

-Engineering and Computing Fair (October 13th)

-Marketing, Communications, and PR Fair (October 27th)

Click here to register your interest in the USD Career Fairs. Our students look forward to connecting with you there!

Grants, Loans, and Financial Resources

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

Local Small Business Administration –

Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce Relief Fund – Black-owned businesses can apply for funding and technical assistance here. Email questions and concerns to

City of San Diego – the City has established a Small Business Relief Fund to provide grants, loans and other resources to San Diego businesses.Plus, the City of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program is accepting applications through August 7. More information on how to apply can be found here.

Escondido Small Business Grants – The City of Escondido has partnered with the San Diego North Economic Development Council to administer the Small Business Grant Program to support our local businesses. Escondido small businesses are eligible to receive up to $15,000 for critical costs. Apply now.

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.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – PPP funds are still available. The deadline to apply for a PPP Loan was extended to August 8. Find a financial lender to apply for funds here.

San Diego County Small Business Stimulus Grant – Businesses must have fewer than 100 employees, be headquartered in San Diego County, have 1-year operating history, and have experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to be eligible. 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.

The State Treasurer’s Office has published this list of Federal, State, Local, Private, and Non-profit resources available to small businesses.

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

Strategic Employment Solutions created an ADA-compliant COVID reopening guide, Top 5 Things to Consider before Reopening- and ADA COVID-19 Guide.

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

How To Market During COVID-19 by Innovision Marketing Group: An outline of the three periods of COVID-19 as it relates to the marketing environment, and how to market/advertise during these periods.

The San Diego County Water Authority has created a Plumbing Safety Factsheet with key steps to reopening buildings.

Peach Medical Sourcing provides PPE at fair market value with a trusted supply chain.

Best Accounting Software recently published a guide to all the small business support, at a state and federal level, which is available during the COVID-19 crisis.

City of San Diego Temporary Outdoor Business Operations Permit – Businesses (restaurants, retail stores, gyms, hair salons, nail salons) can now expand into the public right-of-way, parking lots, and public spaces. Information on how to apply for a Temporary Outdoor Business Operations Permit can be found here.

Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal – A new state-wide website with resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs, including a digital medial toolkit, quick links to industry guidance, direct access to PPE, and free business consulting through the Small Business Development Center network.