COVID-19 Resources for Business

Get help with your application

For assistance preparing your application, you can access the following:

Press release

SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman

announced the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) will begin accepting Restaurant Revitalization Fund registrations on Friday at 9am ET and open applications on Monday, May 3 at 12pm ET. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

SBA recommends qualifying applicants prepare by:
1️⃣ Registering for an account at restaurants.sba.gov starting on Friday at 9am ET

This program will be run directly through the SBA with funds coming from the Federal Government rather than through banks. When the application process opens up, priority access will be given to minority and women owned businesses.

Grants of up to $5M per restaurant will be made. Restaurants, bars, taverns, food trucks, etc. are eligible to apply. These grants can be used for virtually any operating expense.
Get your 2019 and 2020 tax and financial information ready to go

This is a GRANT not a loan, grant funds from this program are tax free
• Maximum eligible amount is equal to Pandemic-related revenue loss which is the difference between 2020 Gross Receipts and 2019 Gross Receipts from business tax returns. (Adjustments to calculation can be made for businesses not in operation for the entirety of 2019 OR newly opened until 2020)
• Maximum grant amount is capped at $5 million per physical location of the business OR $10 million total for multiple locations
• Eligible Entities: Restaurants, Food Trucks, Food Cart/Stand, Caterer, Saloon or Bar, Brewpubs, Tasting Rooms, and licensed alcohol beverage producers where public can be served food or drink. Business owner owns or operates 20 or fewer establishments as of March 13, 2020.
• Not Eligible: Publicly traded companies and applicants to Shuttered Venue Operators grant. • Eligible expenses include: payroll, principal and interest on business mortgage payments, rent, utilities, outdoor seating, PPE, inventory, operating expenses, paid sick leave.
• Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients are eligible, however, the grant amount will be reduced by the total PPP amount drawn.
• Special carve outs & Prioritization o $5 billion is available to businesses with gross receipts of $500,000 or less during 2019 o Priority application period – first 21 days will prioritize grants for disadvantaged communities and businesses owned by women, veterans and persons of color.
 • If the business permanently closes before December 31, 2021, all unused funds must be returned to the Treasury
See PDF’s for info
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Free PPE

Free PPE
The County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering local small business owners masks and hand sanitizer at no cost.

Pick up locations

Grass Valley Chambers of Commerce
128 E Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday-Friday

Nevada County Contractors Association
149 Crown Point Court, Suite A, Grass Valley, CA 95945
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday

ZAP Manufacturing
12086 Charles Dr, Grass Valley, CA 95945
8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Saturdays

Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce
17422 Penn Valley Dr, Penn Valley, CA 95946
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Monday-Friday

Truckee Pickup Location: 

Truckee Chamber of Commerce
10065 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA 96161
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday

Truckee Downtown Merchants Association 
10065 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161
9:00 AM- 5:30 PM

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Employee Retention Credit

The Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

Read More

 

 

 

California Government Grants

 

California Government Grants: Where to Find Them and How to Get Them

California Grants Portal. It is a state mandated centralized site for grants offered by State of California departments and agencies.

Here is the link to an informative recent CalNonprofits webinar and presentation slides about this new portal and other government funding tips.

The directory is free to use and easy to search.
Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Directed Grant Program
Community and Economic Enhancement Grant Program – Proposition 68
Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Directed Grant Program

Recorded webinar from California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits)
HERE

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Ask SBDC

 

Nevada County partners with the Sierra Business Council and the Sierra Small Business Development Center to provide FREE one-on-one support, funding assistance, trainings and workshops. If you need help with your small business recovery plan, applying for a grant or a loan, their advisors will assist you.

Register for no cost services on website sierrasbdc.com and hit the APPLY NOW button as well as join NorCal SBDC Finance Center Presents: COVID-19 Updates Live Q&A Wednesdays from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

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Looking for workers or a job?

Alliance For Workforce Development

Supporting local businesses with resources and tools is our priority.  Our Business Services team makes it easy for you to gain access to these tools that support a strong workforce.  Our goal is to connect businesses with qualified, motivated candidates through a comprehensive range of solutions, offered at no cost to employers.
https://afwd.org/employers/

Contact James Cox, Business Services Representative
directly at 530-616-1323, jwcox@ncen.org

Link to post job openings can be found here: https://northstatejobs.com/post-a-job/

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Shop Nevada County Sign Up

Sign up to sell online
Have you considered your own online store on our emerging local Marketplace ?

Shop Nevada County is an e-commerce marketplace launching on May 1, that is focused on connecting buyers interested in purchasing a unique range of goods and wares sold or made by local small businesses in Nevada County. The site follows in the tradition of craft fairs and markets, giving sellers their own storefront where they can list their goods.

Creating a shop is easy, fast and free. The seller can have an unlimited number of listings, but a minimum of four items. The prices of products are set by the shop owner, and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce takes 10% per item and 4% for virtual goods such as gift certificates.

You can offer store pickup, shipping or delivery. Here are details how to setup a store.
Set up assistance is offered.

For more information and questions please contact board@nevadacitychamber.com

Read more HERE

Covid Business Alliance Task Force

 

Businesses are encouraged to connect to the Task Force’s work:

 

Monthly Webinar Series (first Wednesday of the month)Advance registration required (please share):https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j5lXBENjRkmno1gJdknQvg(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

 

 

 

  • Blueprint for a Safer Economy HERE

 

  • Activity and Business Tiers Guidance HERE

Want to start a business?  Ask us what spaces are available and contacts to 530-272-8315

Make sure to visit

City of Grass Valley/ How to Start a Business

http://live-cityofgv.pantheonsite.io/sites/main/files/file-attachments/final_bl_handout.pdf?1580237396

 

Grass Valley Downtown Association Newsletter with compilation of financial aid and business resources Sign up by emailing mmarshallgvda@gmail.com

Nevada County Artists Relief Fund

As 2020 draws to a close Nevada County Arts Council is inviting professional artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, to apply for relief funding.

Artists who wish to apply for micro-grants can do so by visiting Nevada County Arts Council’s Artist Relief Fund page at https://www.nevadacountyarts.org/artist-relief-fund where guidelines and eligibility criteria are outlined, and where a link to apply can be found. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 15, and the fund will support up to thirty micro-grants for its first round.

In addition to its Artist Relief Fund, Nevada County Arts Council is simultaneously running two other initiatives, both connected with its work in support of Nevada County’s two California Cultural Districts during the pandemic. Shopping with Artists is a local, online shopping experience designed for a holiday season like none other, at the same time as supporting local professional artists.  Artists in Storefronts is a revitalization project bringing to life six otherwise vacant storefronts with the work of eleven artists.

City of Grass Valley

Covid Business Resources HERE

and HERE


 

Sierra Business Council for free counseling HERE

Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Sierra SBDCServing Modoc, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra and Plumas County.  Free classes HERE

Norcal SBDC Finance Center Presents: Disaster Relief Loan Updates & CASEFORCE, starting a Facebook page for your business, and more.

Businesses can now get their applications prepared for when the first round opens on December 30 and closes on January 8.
Lendistry was selected as the administrator of the grant.
To help you know what to do to prepare to apply,  SBDC will host daily webinars at 11:00 a.m. Click HERE to register and info.
The Grant Program
Eligibility Requirements
What the funding can be used for
The Application
Required Documents
Who to Contact for Assistance

Energy Action Plan Survey HERE

The Resilience Fund

Info HERE

The Resilience Fund was created for the community, by the community to provide rapid assistance to local small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with Sierra Business Council and local investors, we can help you navigate all of the available resources to help your business survive this unexpected crisis.

Business requesting assistance must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be for-profit, independently owned local businesses
  • Have no more than 25 full-time equivalent employees
  • Have a physical establishment within the Truckee Tahoe Airport District geography. Home-based businesses will be considered, however priority given to retail, restaurant and service businesses with a storefront.
  • Have been in operation with proven revenues as of March 1, 2020

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Alliance for Workfo

JOB SEEKER REGISTRATION LINK:  https://portal.premiervirtual.com/event/register-jobseeker/3450-year-career-afwd-virtual-fair

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No Cost PPE for Small Businesses

Apply HERE while supplies last

The County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering local small business owners, with 25 employees or less, masks and hand sanitizer at no cost. This personal protective equipment (PPE) has been made available to California small businesses through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) in collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA).

PPE will be available for pick up in Western Nevada County at two locations: the Nevada County Contractors Association and the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. In Truckee, small businesses may pick up PPE from the Truckee Chamber of Commerce.

To request PPE, small business owners must complete an online application in advance to apply, click one of the application buttons above.

After completing the online PPE request form, small businesses may print their confirmation email, or display their confirmation email when picking up PPE. Small businesses may send a family member, volunteer, or employee as a proxy to pick up the protective equipment. Please complete one form per business only. Hand sanitizer and surgical masks will be available while supplies last.

 

 

 

New parking for Downtown on Mill and Main Streets

2 new ADA parking spots and 10 more new spots available for customers at Church St lot.

In an effort to make pick-up easier for our restaurants and retailers the City posted signs to allow for some parking places on Mill and Main Streets to be either 15 minutes or 30 minutes long. We hope that this will make it easier for the Downtown Customers to be able to pick up their food or merchandise from the stores that are offering curbside pick up for merchandise or to go food.

Also if you or any of your employees are working in your business the City and GVDA would ask that you don’t park your cars on Mill or Main. Please leave these space open for the convenience of the Downtown customers. Please utilize the City lots to park in and leave the street parking for those that are picking up.

If you have any questions feel free to call me at the office, 530-272-8315. If you have any questions for the City please feel free to call Mayor, Lisa Swarthout 530-274-4315.

Thank you all for your cooperation.


 

 

Main Street Forward

main street america logo

Now more than ever, Main Street leaders have a crucial role to play in supporting small businesses, maintaining quality of life, and ultimately restoring the vitality of commercial districts. We are here to support you.

Our new COVID-19 recovery-oriented resource center, Main Street Forwardoffers a wide range of free resources, including recovery planning tools, guidance as it relates to Four Point activities, research, advocacy efforts, and best practices and examples from around the Network.

Together we will move Main Street Forward.


Business Resilience Tool Kit

business resilience toolkit

While this kit was created for phase 2 reopening, there are many resources still useful for business owners.

Download the Business Resilience Tool Kit


Signs for Businesses

shop local safely logo

Download the Open Sign Grass Valley


Nevada County Relief Fund

nevada county relief fund

Apply or donate here: https://www.nevcorelief.org/apply/


Covid Community Alliance

covid community alliance
Who is open and practicing best practices? Go to Covid Community Alliance

Shop local, shop safely, be kind and tolerant



Face Coverings

masks make a difference

Find shareable flyers on Nevada County website on:

Masks Make a Difference Fact Sheet in English (Nevada County Public Health)
Masks Make a Difference Fact Sheet in Spanish (Nevada County Public Health)

Contact the County to ask questions at COVID19Recovery@co.nevada.ca.us


Business Resources

Join the Collaborative Resources for Nevada County Small Businesses 

Resources, support, and information for small businesses in Nevada County. Creating community to work together to overcome the unique challenges we face in this region.

Sierra Business Council

Sierra Small Business Development Center Norther California Network
https://www.sierrasbdc.com/about-us/news/covid-19-business-resources

211 Connecting Point  

Call 211 on your phone for information about anything 24 hours a day or visit their website

SBDC

Please use this resource link, Virtual Shop & Support Local – Nevada County, CA , or who is doing online shops, deliveries, call in orders, offers.  This will be a real time link to what is happening in this fluid time.

We encourage everyone to support our local businesses as much as possible.  Our local business community has been so faithful in supporting so many worthy causes – we are partners in helping to get through this crisis.  All of us.

The most important thing is to take care of yourself and those you love. As always, we are encouraged and inspired by the great spirit of our community. This fuels all of us to do our best. Thank you for making a difference.

With Gratitude,

Your Grass Valley Downtown Association Team

Customer Code of Conduct

The Sierra SBDC offers free one-on-one consulting topics, including strategic planning, cash flow management, feasibility, social media, site selection, marketing, operations, human resources, and other specialty programs for small businesses and startups in the service area.

If you are a small business or local entrepreneur in need of assistance, please reach out to us today by calling or emailing Jessica Carr, the Sierra SBDC Associate Director, at 530.582.5022 or info@sierrasbdc.com.

SIERRA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (SBDC)
530.582.5022
info@sierrasbdc.com
A foundational program of Sierra Business Council’s work in Economic Empowerment, the Sierra SBDC provides free consulting and training to help new and existing businesses in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra, Plumas, Modoc, and Lassen counties.

SIERRA BUSINESS COUNCIL
Free Business Counseling
530.582.4800
info@sierrabusiness.org

Requirements & Guidance for Retail. Restaurant, Office, Manufacture Stage 2 Businesses

Assistance to small businesses and employers

Visit https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/

California and the federal government are providing broad assistance to small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19. This includes:

Tax relief, including deferrals and credits
Providing capital to the California Rebuilding Fund to support small business loans
$50 million in state funding for the Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program and $50 million for the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program via IBank to provide loans to underserved small businesses
Small Business Debt Relief for existing Small Business Administration (SBA) borrowers
Federal small business stimulus programs like Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans
State-supported small business centers that provide direct assistance from a local advisor
Authorization for local governments to halt evictions for commercial renters.

Visit https://covid19.ca.gov/
and go to https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/
for all the information for:
* Employer policies and resources
* Financial assistance
* Technical assistance for small businesses
* Labor and workforce support for businesses
* Questions and answers

State’s ongoing support throughout the pandemic can be found here


Trusted information sources

for valid updates, resources: mynevadacounty.com, ca.gov , 211 to stay tuned.

Those resources include information about SBA Loans, and EDD Unemployment, testing etc. at mynevadacounty.com

News Sources https://yubanet.com/  and The Union  

KVMR and KNCO

All Nevada County updates at https://www.mynevadacounty.com/ 

MyNevadaCounty has a list of resources for EDD, SBA loans, and an extensive list of resources and updates.

Nevada County FB site at https://www.facebook.com/NevadaCountyCA/

https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2924/Coronavirus

Subscribe to newsletters from the County at https://www.mynevadacounty.com/list.aspx

Stay up to date on the State Information at ca.gov

ca.gov Employment and Taxes

Labor.ca.gov/coronavirus

Updates from Governor Newsom’s office