Resources for Your Business During COVID-19

Local communities and small businesses have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. As a nonprofit that supports small businesses, Accessity wants to provide you with helpful information and resources as the safety and health of our staff, clients and community is the highest priority.

NOTE: This list is being updated as new resources become available.  Last updated: August 25, 2021

Accessity’s Office – serving Southern California

Accessity staff team will continue services to support small businesses and are doing so virtually. All contact information and numbers remain the same.

Accessity Contacts

Reopening Resources

Local Electric Companies

SDG&E and SoCal Edison are temporarily suspending service disconnections and waiving late payment fees for business customers whose finances have been hit hard by the coronavirus.

County Resources in Our Service Area

Statewide

(State of) California Relief Grant
CAReliefGrant.com
● Currently open for waitlisted applicants
● Round 8: Nonprofit cultural institutions, Friday, August 27th to Wednesday,
September 8th
● Round 9: New applicants & waitlisted, Thursday, September 9th to Thursday,
September 30th

These counties in our service area have pages dedicated to COVID-19 and have the latest governmental updates:

Recursos para pequeñas empresas en español:

City Resources

Local Business Resources For Counseling/Advice   

Free one-on-one business counseling on general business topics is available by phone or video through our partners

Our Accessity team can also help to coordinate an appointment on your behalf. Please email Etla Moreno (emoreno@accessity.org) for more information.

  • SBDC California has put together a Small Business Survival Guide to help navigate the options for California small business owners.
  • INC has compiled an extensive list of free tools, resources, and financial help for business owners hit by Covid-19.
  • Chairmen’s RoundTable is a group of highly accomplished executives who devote their time to helping select San Diego companies navigate their business challenges. Chairmen’s Roundtable is tackling the crisis by working with businesses on crisis management/turnaround, business pivoting to new ways of doing similar work and business transformation, which is making new products.

Organizations with Grants/Loans for Small Businesses

Local Grant Programs, text provided from the SBDC

City of San Diego Small Business & Non-Profit Relief Fund
SDReliefGrant.com
● Wednesday, August 4th at 9:00 AM until Friday, September 24th at 5:00 PM
● NOT first-come, first-served
● Self-employed workers, independent contractors, sole proprietors, and
corporations with no more than 100 employees
● Net profits under $150,000 OR gross revenue under $250,000 (as reported
for 2019)
● In operation before April 1, 2020
● Demonstrated decline in revenue or service demand due to COVID-19
● Operating within the City of San Diego

County of San Diego Small Business Stimulus Grant
sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/stimulusgrant.html
● Open now until funds are exhausted
● Twenty (20) or fewer employees, including sole proprietorships and
independent contractors
● Headquartered, based, and operating in San Diego County, providing local
goods and services to the community
● Minimum one-year operating history as of February 14, 2020
● Experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These
impacts must be documented, quantifiable, and clearly driven by COVID-19
● Complied with all state and local public health guidance

The SBDC Business Advisors can help you apply! Request your free help! https://sdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/signup

Legal Support

  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program – Launched a COVID-19 Small Business Brief Legal Advice Clinic. You need to apply but small business owners affected by COVID-19 may submit a request for remote brief legal advice.
  • Legal clinic for self-employed workers in California who are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – Are you a gig worker in California? Contact the PUA Legal Clinic to find out if you’re eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Call 415-484-8372 or fill out this form: https://bit.ly/PUALegalClinic. Sponsored by the Zitrin Foundation.
  • California Small Enterprise Task Force  The California Small Enterprise Task Force (CASE Force) is a consortium of legal, financial, and nonprofit professionals working together to connect California small businesses with the resources they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The task force is focused on collecting local, state, federal, and private/nonprofit resources for California small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and disseminating this information in a digestible way as quickly as possible. In addition, the task force provides small businesses with weekly access to live support from lawyers and financial professionals via virtual office hours.
  • The Legal Aid Society of San Diego – Legal Help with Housing, Debt Collection, Repossession, Sales Contracts, Housing Discrimination, Family Law, Immigration, Federal Tax Problems, CalWorks/CalFresh/General Relief, Conservatorships, Restraining Orders, SSI. If you need any legal assistance to help clarify your situation, you can contact the Legal Aid Society of San Diego at (877) 534-2524 or via their online form. The Legal Aid Society is still providing intake and legal assistance remotely. Their specialists are available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For Workers and Employers

Taxes

Business Resources: California  

Resources to Help Businesses Maintain Their Operations

  • The California Office of the Small Business Advocate is available to help businesses identify resources and obtain answers to key questions (to the extent known). (Disponible también en español)
  • CAMEO’s Resources for Small Business – an extensive list of resources (statewide and local) for small businesses
  • The Small Business Administration
  • San Diego Regional EDC: extensive list of resources for city of San Diego businesses.
  • North County EDC – San Diego – resource list for people located in Northern San Diego County
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. The provisions of the program include:
    • Up to 39 weeks of benefits starting with weeks of unemployment beginning February 2, 2020, through the week ending December 26, 2020, depending on when you became directly impacted by the pandemic.
    • A new 13-week federal extension for those who run out of their regular state-provided UI benefits (maximum 26 weeks). File a PUA claim and you may be converted to the federal extension once it is available.

Federal and State Government Resources