At the OCIE SBDC want to ensure that you and your business remain successful despite the vastly changing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19). Your business is a priority to us, that is why we are here to help guide you back on the right path to success. Take a look at the many resources we have provided below or for more information contact 1-800-616-7232.
Virtual Business Consulting
Our consultants are ready to help you when you need them. For the safety and convenience of all, we will be conducting virtual consulting sessions – at no cost to you. Our expert consultants will guide you through every application, resource, and question you have to help your business prepare and recover. Click the button below to sign up for our virtual consulting services or call us at 1-800-616-SBDC (7232).
COVID-19 Survival Strategies for Tech Startups Webinar
Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Feeling uncertain about how to move forward with your business during this time, or do you have questions regarding COVID-19? We are here to help and offer our support and resources! Join us for our panel discussion with our expert consultants on survival strategies for tech startups during the COVID19 crisis. We will also answer your most frequently asked questions!
CA Entrepreneurship Task Force Webinar
Friday, March 27, 2020 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE SESSION WITH SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS
The Go-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF) is launching a virtual learning series to connect small businesses to resources and share challenges, barriers, and opportunities for small businesses to improve cash flow and revenues, pivot, and adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19.
Join Go-Biz Entrepreneurship Task Force on Friday for the first session to Connect to Small Businesses Resources featuring:
- Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair
- Nely Galan, Founder, Galan Entertainment
- Isabel Guzman, Director, CA Small Business Advocate
- Mike Daniel, Regional Director, OCIE SBDC
- Mark Herbert, Vice President, Small Business Majority
Space is limited.
My Store Front Is Closed? How Do I Sell My Goods Online? Webinar
Session 1: Monday, March 30, 2020
Session 2: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
10:00 an – 11:00 am
Emergency support for retailers, stores and product-based businesses to help them navigate and activate e-commerce opportunities and to pivot their marketing approach quickly. This workshop will focus on immediate solutions business owners can implement to leverage online sales to survive the current COVID-19 pandemic.
What You Can Expect from This Series:
You can expect to quickly evaluate your immediate options for online sales and get going to start reaching clients and selling online
Session 1: E-Commerce – Monday, March 30, 2020
- Brand e-commerce website
- Getting set up on Etsy
- Leveraging eBay
- Packaging, Shipping, and Delivering
- How to pack and ship your products- USPS, UPS, or DHL
- Third-party shipping vs. direct
- Setting shipping rates vs. flat rate
- Insurance and tracking
Session 2: Social Commerce – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
- Facebook Marketplace
- Instagram Selling
COVID-19 Employer Resource Guide – Download the Latest News and Resources
The Latest News and Resources for Your Business
This guide provides information and FAQs about Employment Development Department (EDD) resources, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, our SBDC Finance Center and how we can help – and much more! Download Now
How to Keep Your Restaurant Running and Successful Resource Guide – Download Now
This guide for restauranteurs will go over some practices that can be implemented to streamline operations given the new reality we’re currently facing. Download Now
These regularly updated videos are step by step guides on how to complete various SBA forms needed for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and other topics like driving sales online. Check em’ out here.
Although the SBDC will be postponing and cancelling our in-person events for the time being, we will continue to have virtual programs as we wish to help your business survive and thrive regardless of the circumstances. Be sure to keep an eye out for these events – all at no cost to you.
The Employment Development Department (EDD) is providing payroll assistance for employers who are experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19. Therefore, employers may request a 60 day extension to file their payroll reports and taxes. For more information take a look at our downloadable resources down below or call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1-888-745-3886 (toll-free).
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a U.S. government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. They are offering up to $2M in disaster loans for small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19; this loan can help alleviate some of the economic injury caused by this pandemic.
The state of California’s CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank’s (IBANK) Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP) for small businesses is also accepting applications from those whose business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has also provided information regarding the health and safety of all workers during this pandemic. On their website, they describe the different actions that employees can take to financially help and protect themselves from the changing shape of the workplace. Employers may also feel free to download the OSHA guide on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 in the section below.
Employers may also apply for the Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program implemented from the EDD. This will aid those whose hours and wages have been reduced receive unemployment insurance benefits, keep their current jobs, and reduce their risk for financial strain. This program will also help employers keep their current employees and reduce the need to layoff their workers.