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Please click on the quick links below to access assistance opportunities geared towards businesses and employees in response to COVID-19:

Local and State Orders 

The Yolo County press release "Yolo County Allows Deliveries by Non-Essential Businesses" from 27 March, indicates that “Yolo County is allowing non-essential businesses to process online and phone orders for home deliveries while physical locations must remain closed to the public.”

Please visit the general City of Woodland COVID-19 page for a full list of updates.

Small Business Quick Resources

City of Woodland March 17 Resolution declaring a Local State of Emergency ensuring continuity of basic services for businesses

On March 17, the City of Woodland passed a Resolution declaring a Local State of Emergency. This action allows the City to access Federal and State resources and be more responsive in our decision making process to respond to the rapidly evolving events.

Additionally, the declaration set in motion several measures to ensure continuity of basic services, such as:

  • Water service: A temporary suspension of the City’s termination of water service to all commercial and residential properties for non-payment and places limitation on price increases on goods and services. City water and wastewater systems are secure and public safety officials are well prepared and equipped to weather this time. 
  • Waste management service: Waste pick up and utility service providers are prepared to continue delivering service without interruption. 
  • Power & gas service: PG&E has issued a statement that power and gas will not be shut off due to lack of payment during this time.
  • City of Woodland services: As of 19 May, City Hall is closed to the public, however many divisions within the City remain operational through telecommunication, including Planning and Building for businesses in or entering entitlement or plan review, as well as the Economic Development / The Food Front team.

CAPITAL ASSISTANCE

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Federal loan and grant assistance for small businesses

Two federal programs within the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are available to small businesses NOW. Download the GUIDE TO THE CARES ACT, and read below for a snapshot summary of the EIDL & PPP programs:

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) $10k grant - The CARES Act has been expanded to issue grants of up to $10k for eligible businesses (most small businesses with under 500 employees) through the EIDL program. No repayment will be necessary from eligible businesses and the initial $10,000 is dispersed in 3 days upon submission of application.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness – these emergency small business loans are intended to assist small businesses retain employees and may be forgiven if borrowers invest the loan spent during the 8-week period after the origination date, on rent, defined payroll costs, mortgage interest, and utilities (not to exceed the principal of the loan).

Small Business Administration (SBA) EMERGENCY LOANS

The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. 

Visit the SBA’s Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources page for an extensive list of loans, loan assistance & resources, and grants. For a snapshot list of these programs, please take a look below: 

  • 7(a) program offers loan amounts up to $5,000,000 and is an all-inclusive loan program deployed by lending partners for eligible small businesses within the U.S. States and its territories. The uses of proceeds include: working capital; expansion/renovation; new construction; purchase of land or buildings; purchase of equipment, fixtures; lease-hold improvements; refinancing debt for compelling reasons; seasonal line of credit; inventory; or starting a business.

  • Microloan & small business debt relief program* involves making loans through nonprofit lending organizations to underserved markets. Authorized use of loan proceeds includes working capital, supplies, machinery & equipment, and fixtures (does not include real estate). The maximum loan amount is $50,000 with the average loan size of $14,000. 

    • *The CARES Act may introduce loan forgiveness for some monthly payments. More information TBD.

  • Express loan program provides loans up to $350,000 for no more than 7 years with an option to revolve. There is a turnaround time of 36 hours for approval or denial of a completed application. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.

  • Community Advantage loan pilot program allows mission-based lenders to assist small businesses in underserved markets with a maximum loan size of $250,000. The uses of proceeds are the same as the standard 7(a) loan.

  • 504 loan program is designed to foster economic development and job creation and/or retention. The eligible use of proceeds is limited to the acquisition or eligible refinance of fixed assets.

  • Exporting Assistance: SBA provides export loans to help small businesses achieve sales through exports and can help these businesses respond to opportunities and challenges associated with trade, such as COVID-19. The loans are available to U.S. small businesses that export directly overseas, or those that export indirectly by selling to a customer that then exports their products.

    • Export Express loan program allows access to capital quickly for businesses that need financing up to $500,000. Businesses can apply for a line of credit or term note prior to finalizing an export sale or while pursuing opportunities overseas, such as identifying a new overseas customer should an export sale be lost due to COVID-19.

    • Export Working Capital program enables small businesses to fulfill export orders and finance international sales by providing revolving lines of credit or transaction-based financing of up to $5 million. Businesses could use a loan to obtain or retain overseas customers by offering attractive payment terms.

    • International Trade loan program helps small businesses engaged in international trade to retool or expand to better compete and react to changing business conditions. It can also help exporting firms to expand their sales to new markets or to re-shore operations back to the U.S.

For information on how to apply, for assistance on your application, and more: 

Local lenders

SBA Active Lender list

Several local lenders are offering low-interest loans in response to COVID-19. Refer to the SBA Active lender list to contact lenders offering services to the Greater Sacramento area.

California IBank

The California IBank offers low-interest and state-guaranteed business loans and microloans for small business borrowers who have been impacted by regional disasters and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital. 

The California Capital Access Program (CalCAP)

 CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults.  Loans are available up to $5 million. If you own a small business and need a loan for start-up, expansion or working capital, you may be eligible for this program

Private & non-profit funded micro-loan opportunities

Several micro-loan opportunities are cropping up through private sector & non-profit partnerships, and are compiled on the Inc’s regularly updated webpage. Below find a few of the micro-loan funding opportunities referenced on this list:

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook has committed to offering up to 30,000 small businesses $100 million in cash grants and Facebook advertising credits. The grants will be provided to businesses in more than 30 countries. Information is limited, but sign up to get more details from the company when they’re available

Verizon Wireless & Local Initiatives Support Coalition partnership: Small Business COVID-19 Recovery fund

Verizon is donating $2.5 million to nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for its Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Fund, which will use the funds to provide grants of up to $10,000 to struggling businesses.

GoFundMe & Yelp partnership: Small Business Relief Initiative

GoFundMe, the social fundraising platform, has launched the Small Business Relief Initiative, partnering with Yelp to provide small-business owners with grants and resources. GoFundMe and Yelp have each donated $500,000 to the Small Business Relief Fund, and it is open for anyone to make a donation. There will also be $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.

JP Morgan

Out of the $50 million of philanthropic investment to help address immediate and long-term Impacts of COVID-19, JPMorgan Chase has committed $8 Million to assist small businesses vulnerable to significant economic hardships in the U.S., China and Europe. Information is limited, but access their webpage for updates when they’re available.

Assistance for small food & beverages businesses

James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. In response to COVID-19, several resources have been gathered to support our small restaurants and culinary actors:

  • ToolkitWithin this toolkit, restaurant and culinary actors will find information on how to share their story and use thier voice at both the state and federal levels. Contact information for governors and members of Congress, along with talking points and tips on how to share local stories on social media are available.
  • WebinarAccess this recorded webinar that took place on 17 March, which provides additional material.
  • JBF Micro-grants: To help bring swift economic relief to essential culinary businesses, the Foundation has launched a fund to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. More information on how to apply is coming soon. For immediate assistance or urgent questions, please email relief@jamesbeard.org.

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Yelp

To help local restaurants and bars, Yelp announced $25 million in relief in the form of waived advertising fees, free advertising, and products and services.

Contact your local Chambers of Commerce

The below-listed local Chambers of Commerce are working diligently with governmental agencies like the City of Woodland, and business partners to provide our local business community the best available resources. Please access the below links for more information.

Woodland Chamber of Commerce

The Woodland Chamber of Commerce and The City of Woodland are in close collaboration to facilitate access to applicable business resources for Woodland-based businesses. 

Sacramento Metro Chamber

The Sacramento Metro Chamber offers:

  • Resources for Employersfor an extensive list of various resources in response to COVID-19, please consult this page.
  • Communications assistance: for business members who need support pivoting their marketing and communications as a result of COVID-19 to meet the changing needs of customers, employees, and stakeholders, the Metro Chamber is now offering rapid response consulting services. Send an email today.

California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

The California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has several resources available for our local business community in English & Spanish.

Taxpayer information

California Tax Return extension

On March 20, the Federal Treasury Secretary extended extended the deadline for individual and businesses to file tax returns to July 15, 2020.

Taxpayers claiming the special COVID-19 relief should write the name of the state of emergency (for example, COVID-19) in black ink at the top of the tax return to alert the Franchise Tax Board of the special extension period. If taxpayers are e-filing, they should follow the software instructions to enter disaster information.

The FTB will also waive interest and any late filing or late payment penalties that would otherwise apply.

California Executive Order providing relief to California small businesses

Access the Order here: Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses, or read a snapshot summary below. This Order: 

  • Allows the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) to offer a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. That means small businesses will have until the end of July to file their first-quarter returns.
  • Extends the statute of limitations to file a claim for refund by 60 days to accommodate tax and fee payers.
  • Indicates that the Department of Consumer Affairs will waive continuing education requirements for several professions, also for the next 60 days.
  • Extends the Office of Administrative Law’s deadlines to review regular department proposed regulations.
  • Extends by 60 days the time period to complete investigation of public safety officers based on allegations of misconduct, and extends deadlines for trainings, investigations, and adverse actions for state workers.

County property taxes due date MAINTAINED for April 10

Until further notice, the Yolo County Tax Collector’s Office continues to maintain the April 10th deadline for taxpayers who own property in the county.

Taxpayers have the option of paying property taxes by electronic check (no charge) or credit card (plus a 2.25% convenience fee). These payments can be made via www.yolocounty.org/paytax (select Property Tax button) or by phone at (866) 895-5027. Payments made using either of these two systems must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on April 10, to avoid penalties.

Tax deductions for people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

Until further notice, there are no tax deductions for individuals affected by COVID-19. Check with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the California Franchise Tax Board for updates.

City of Woodland temporary suspension of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) & commercial evictions

On March 24, the Woodland City Council passed two Ordinances:

Work share, reduced work hour, unemployment assistance, & more

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Public Law 116-127), was signed into law by the President on March 18, 2020. Among other benefits, this law provides free coronavirus testing for everyone in the United States, up to three months of paid sick leave during the public health emergency, $1 billion in emergency funding to help states process and pay unemployment benefits, and over $1 billion for various programs that prepare meals for vulnerable Americans.

Below please find links to the State of California’s website, which lists all relevant resources for businesses and employees affected by COVID-19:

Workplace health and safety guidelines

The following links provide information related to workplace health and safety guidelines:

YoloWorks COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT HOTLINE available for ALL Yolo County Businesses impacted by COVID-19 

Are you a business owner or representative of an employer considering, or who has already experienced work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs? YoloWorks staff are available to take calls from all Yolo County businesses to help guide them to available business resources.

  • Call YoloWorks: (530) 661-2641 Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm.

Support Woodland-based businesses & let them support you

As of March 16, in an effort to support local Downtown businesses while supporting “social distancing,” City staff has installed 15 minute parking throughout Main Street to facilitate curbside pickups.

The City encourages you to purchase only what you can consume! This will help alleviate the pressures of increased demand on our farmers, allow grocery stores to restock, and help you avoid food waste at home due to spoiled food. Residents can safely access food while during this time and support local businesses:

  1. Sign up for local retailer’s home delivery services.
  2. Order from the 45+ Woodland-based restaurants that offer curbside pickup & home delivery. Woodland app Dapit offers contact-free pickup!
  3. Look for senior & low-income food assistance and delivery through the following retailers and non-profits:
  • Nugget Market & Food 4 Less offering Dedicated Senior/At-Risk Shopping Hours – Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6 AM to 8 AM, are temporarily designated as shopping hours specifically for guests ages 65+ and those guests who are at-risk due to health conditions. 
  1. Sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at one of our Yolo County farms! Signing up for a CSA allows you to buy local, seasonal produce directly from a farmer in our community.

Permanent & temporary employment opportunities in Woodland and Yolo County

YoloWorks Career Centers 

The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s Employment Services Specialists provide employment resources, offers workshops regarding interview, resume and job search tips, and provides public access to the YoloWorks Career Centers at our Woodland, West Sacramento, Winters and Davis locations. 

Open job opportunities are listed on their regularly updated webpage.

Temporary employment in response to COVID-19

If your income has been impacted due to current events or if you’re looking for part time work, these temporary employment opportunities are now available in response to COVID-19:

  • Raley’s: Mass hiring "eCart Team Members" at their Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill stores to help execute day to day operations in our eCart department, and provide a memorable experience to all our customers. From interview to hire, applicants will hear back within 1 week.

  • Nugget Market: Hiring to fill a variety of positions at many of their store locations.

  • The Small Business Administration (SBA): Hiring "Disaster Recovery Specialists" to help business owners impacted by COVID-19 recover. These Specialists will assist business owners in completing loan applications. Experience in oral and written communication and research and responding to customer inquiries is required. Weekend work required and mandatory overtime could be substantial. Overtime is paid for hours in excess of 40-hours per week.

Volunteer opportunities in Woodland and Yolo County

If you are interested in volunteering to help others during this time, we encourage you to visit the following websites:

  • CA.gov’s Disaster Healthcare Volunteers: Looking for volunteers who are healthcare providers with an active license, public health professionals, or a member of a medical disaster response team in California.
  • HandsOn Sacramento: Looking for volunteers who will support urgent needs such as staffing information hotlines or getting food to people who are in quarantine or experiencing a loss of financial resources due to unforeseen circumstances. The needs are unfolding and will change.
  • Just Serve: Looking for volunteers to cover a wide range of needs.
  • Yolo Food Bank: Looking for volunteers who have an automobile and are capable of delivering food to doorsteps will support the increased food needs within Yolo County.

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Contact your Economic Development team

We are here to support you, please reach out to us with any questions so that we can help guide you towards the appropriate resources.

Erika Bumgardner

Business Development Liaison

Erika.Bumgardner@cityofwoodland.org

Cell: 916-346-5329

Stephanie Burgos

Business Engagement & Marketing

stephanie.burgos@cityofwoodland.org

Cell: 530-902-8885