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Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application Period Opens April 8

The Small Business Administration will begin accepting applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program April 8, 2021. $16 billion in economic relief was established through the federal government’s Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and the American Rescue Plan Acts. Eligible applicants include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives
  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets eligibility requirements

More information, resources and to sign up for notifications are available at the SBA’s Application Portal. The SBA's YouTube channel features a webinar covering documentation eligible applicants need to apply and insight on the application process.

The SBA's search tool helps business owners find local SBA partners to assist with the application process.

Eligible Applicants Can Apply for a PPP Loan and a SVOG Grant

Entities that apply for a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, can also apply for an SVOG, with the eligible entity’s SVOG to be reduced by the PPP loan amount. The PPP loan applications have been updated to reflect this change. However, under the law, entities will be ineligible for a PPP loan after they receive an SVOG. SBA is currently offering PPP loans until May 31, 2021. Visit the SBA's PPP Loan webpage or your lender for details.

Round 6 of CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Application Period Opens April 28

The next application period for California's Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is scheduled to open April 28 at 9:00 AM. The application period closes May 4 at 5:00 PM with notifications beginning May 7. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $25,000. Eligible applicants include current waitlisted small businesses and/or nonprofits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria.  Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 5 do not need to re-apply and will be automatically moved into Round 6. For more info and new applicants who wish to apply, visit CAReliefGrant.com.

Santa Clara County Moves into Orange Tier of State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy

County Aligns with State Framework Allowing Orange Tier Activities to Resume March 24

The County of Santa Clara has met the the requirements to move into the Orange Tier of the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department released a statement March 23 explaining how this change effects business operations and more. While the County's Risk Reduction Order requires everyone to follow all State orders and guidance, many of these activities remain very high risk even though they are now allowed. A summary of changes is listed below. Read the County Public Health Department’s statement here for details. Santa Clara County is now in the State's Orange Tier

To keep everyone safe, the Public Health Department reminds us to follow these core principles:

  • Go outdoors
  • Stay masked
  • Maintain at least 6-foot distance from others
  • Avoid crowds
  • Get vaccinated when it's your turn

Access guidance on business operations from the State of California's Industry Guidance webpage.

The County's Risk Reduction Order requires all businesses and other entities to maximize telework, post a Social Distancing Protocol outlining specific COVID-19 safety plans, and promptly report any cases to the County Public Health Department. Key requirements are listed below with a full list of requirements are provided by the County Public Health Department.

Telework

All businesses must continue to require workers to do their jobs from home whenever possible. Workers can go into work only to complete the job duties they can’t complete from home. 

Social Distancing Protocol

Social distancing protocols submitted by businesses before October 11, 2020 are no longer valid. Businesses can submit revised social distancing protocols to the County Public Health Department at COVID19Prepared.org.  

Positive Case Reporting 

All businesses (and governmental entities) are legally required to report to the Public Health Department within 4 hours if they learn that any of their workers are confirmed to be positive for COVID-19. They must also ensure workers alert them if they test positive. Employers can report confirmed positive cases to the County Public Health Department.

Capacity Limitations

The State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy ("Blueprint") imposes capacity limitations on many industries, requiring them to limit the number of people inside their facilities to a percentage of their normal maximum occupancy. To provide clarity around capacity limitations and to assist with the implementation of the State’s requirements, this County's Mandatory Directive on Capacity Limitations establishes rules for applying and calculating capacity limitations and for posting capacity-related signage.

View the updated County Directive on Capacity Limitations by activity type for details. To help businesses determine their capacity limits, the County Public Health Department has provided guidance to help determine maximum capacity.

Indoor Breakroom Closure

The Health Officer strongly recommends that all indoor breakrooms in workplaces remain closed except to use appliances such as coffee makers, refrigerators, or microwaves, or for employees to use alone for other needs provided by law such as lactation. The Health Officer discourages eating, drinking, resting, or gathering in indoor breakrooms. 

Questions

For any inquires related to your business or workplace operating under the current COVID-19 regulations in Santa Clara County:

OR 

  • Call the County COVID-19 Business Call Center at (408) 961-5500, Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm.

Resources

  1. Loans
  2. Grants
  3. Federal Resources
  4. State Resources
  5. Local Resources
  6. Online Events

California Rebuilding Fund

On November 20, Governor Newsom announced a new loan program to support California’s small businesses as they adapt to the effects of COVID-19. The California Rebuilding Fund is a partnership between public and private sector entities to provide California small businesses—particularly businesses in underbanked parts of the state—with access to responsible, affordable capital to help them survive and rebuild from this crisis. 

The Fund, which includes an anchor commitment from the State of California’s Infrastructure and  Economic Development Bank (“IBank”), will offer loans that are flexible, transparent and designed to help sustain small businesses through these challenging economic times. Funds are being deployed by participating community lenders, and businesses with up to 50 full-time employees and gross revenues of less than $2.5 million in 2019 may be eligible to apply.  To apply for a loan and learn more, visit the California Rebuilding Fund web page.

SBA Loans

Paycheck Protection Program Loans

On January 8, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced that the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has re-opened for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

Eligible new barrowers can apply for a First Draw PPP Loan, while eligible barrowers who previously received a PPP loan can apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan. The application deadline for either loan is May 31, 2021. PPP loan details are available from at SBA.gov. Find a lender with the SBA’s Lender Match Tool.

The following SBA partner organizations can advise and support you with your application:

A New America Women’s Business Center

Minority Business Development Agency

Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center

SCORE

Economic Injury Disaster Loans 

The Small Business Administration has increased the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. As of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. More details are available in the SBA's press release.

The application deadline is December 31, 2021 pending availability of funds. Loans are offered at a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profit organizations, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin. Learn more and apply at SBA.gov.

COVID-19 Recovery Information in Other Languages

The SBA is providing materials in other languages to help business owners with recovery efforts. Visit SBA.Gov for details.

Other Small Business Relief Options Provided by the SBA

Debt Relief

As part of our coronavirus debt relief efforts, the SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and microloans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and microloans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020. This relief is not available for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans or Economic Injury Disaster loans (EIDL). Borrowers do not need to apply for this assistance. It will be automatically provided based on specific criteria. Visit SBA.Gov for more information. You can also contact your lender for details.

Express Bridge Loan

The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loan or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan. More information is available from SBA.Gov. The Small Business Development Center of Silicon Valley can assist with applying for loans at no cost. You can also contact your lender for details.

Contact Information

For updates on SBA loan information or if you have specific questions, contact the SBA’s District Office in San Francisco:    

You can also contact the Small Business Development Center of Silicon Valley for assistance:

Phone: 408-385-9800

More information about local SBA partners is available by clicking the Local Resources tab below.

Alternatives to SBA Loans

For alternative options to SBA loans, click the "Grants" tab below to learn about small business grants and no-interest and low-interest loan opportunities.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES)

Phase III of the federal government’s financial response to COVID-19, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) provides $2 trillion allocated for businesses, individuals, federal agencies, and state and local governments. The CARES Act has been designed to distribute capital quickly and broadly. There are a number of provisions that impact small businesses. Visit the SBA’s Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources for a full list of financial assistance options. Specific assistance programs are summarized below. Access the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from the Small Business Development Center. 

Silicon Valley Community Foundation Small Business Relief Fund 

Hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Small Business Relief Fund will provide immediate support to struggling self-employed and small business owners. SVCF will partner with Opportunity Fund, California’s largest nonprofit micro-lender, to ensure critical capital remains available to these entities throughout this crisis. More information about the Small Business Relief Fund is available from the Silicon Valley community Foundation.

Opportunity Fund

Opportunity Fund offers simple and affordable loans for business owners who may not qualify for traditional financing. Provide loans to under-served small business owners, including minority and women-owned businesses in low-income communities. Applicants may qualify for between $2,600 to $250,000, depending on the type of loan. Micro loans, which are typically $50,000 or less, may also be available. Loan terms range from 12 to 60 months.

Loans can be used for working capital, equipment purchases, tenant improvements, commercial vehicle purchases (excluding ride share cars), debt refinancing (such as merchant cash advances and tax liens), opening a new location, purchasing another business, and more. Call a loan consultant at 866-299-8173 or visit Opportunityfund.org for more information.

  1. General Requirements
  2. Social Distancing Protocol
  3. Signage
  4. Capacity Limitations
  5. Mandatory Directives

Applicability

All individuals, businesses, and other entities in the County are ordered to comply with the applicable provisions of this Order.  For clarity, individuals who do not currently reside in the County must comply with all applicable requirements of the Order when they are in the County.  Governmental entities must follow the requirements of this Order applicable to businesses, but governmental entities and their contractors are not required to follow these requirements to the extent that such requirements would impede or interfere with an essential governmental function, as determined by the governmental entity, unless otherwise specifically directed in this Order or by the Health Officer.

Obligation to Follow Stricter Order

Where a conflict exists between this Order and any order issued by the State Public Health Officer or the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most restrictive provision controls.  For clarity, all individuals and entities must comply with the State Order, any mandatory guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health, any mandatory orders of the Governor, or any other mandatory provision of State law to the extent it is stricter than any provision of this Order.  

Obligation to Follow Health Officer Directives and Mandatory State Guidance

All individuals and entities, including all businesses and governmental entities, must also follow any applicable directives issued by the County Health Officer and any applicable “COVID-19 Industry Guidance” issued by the California Department of Public Health, available at covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/.  To the extent that provisions in the directives of the County Health Officer and the guidance of the State Health Officer conflict, the more restrictive provisions apply.

Staying Home is the Best Way to Reduce Risk 

All people are strongly reminded that continuing to stay home as much as possible is the best way to prevent the risk of COVID-19, and therefore trips and activities outside the home should be minimized.  All activities that involve contact with people outside of one’s household increase the risk of getting COVID-19.

Older Adults and Individuals with Serious Underlying Medical Conditions

Older adults (those age 70 or older) and individuals with serious underlying medical conditions (including immunocompromised state, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease, and diabetes) are strongly urged to stay in their places of residence except to access critical necessities such as food and medicine.  Adults aged 50 to 69 are encouraged to minimize activities and interactions with people outside their household to the extent practicable.

Telework

All businesses must continue to require workers to do their jobs from home whenever possible. Workers can go into work only to complete the job duties they can’t complete from home.

Positive Case Reporting

All businesses (and governmental entities) are legally required to report to the Public Health Department within 4 hours if they learn that any of their workers are confirmed to be positive for COVID-19. They must also ensure workers alert them if they test positive. More information is available from County Public Health Department.

Face coverings must be worn at all times and by all individuals as specified in the California Department of Public Health’s mandatory Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings (“Face Covering Guidance”) and in accordance with any specific directives issued by the County Health Officer. Further, even where not required under State or local guidance and orders, face coverings should be worn to the maximum extent possible (1) when indoors and not in one’s own residence and (2) whenever outdoors and within six feet of anyone outside one’s own household.

Flexible Business Operation Guidelines for All Permitted Businesses

When outdoor business operations are allowed by State and County Health Orders retail, restaurants and general business operations may operate and to encourage economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Council has authorized relaxation of the City’s development standards and permit processes to temporarily allow greater allowances for business operations. These Guidelines will serve as land use allowances until such time as the County Public Health Officer Order is discontinued or the City determines that such operational expansions are no longer warranted.

Operations on Public Sidewalks - Downtown Campbell

When outdoor business operations are allowed by State and County Health Orders, all permitted businesses in the Downtown area are eligible to expand business operations onto public sidewalks provided that enough space can accommodate outdoor business operations and provide access for pedestrians and people with disabilities. Outdoor business activity may be located beyond the applicant’s occupied tenant space and in front of an adjacent tenant space upon the written approval of that tenant. An Outdoor Display (includes all business services) or Outdoor Dining Permit will be required for the creation of or expansion to an existing display/dining area. The application processing fees will be waived. Contact the Community Development Department at planning@campbellca.gov to get started. See the Flexible Business Operation Guidelines for more details.

How to Apply

Contact the Planning Division to get started.

Email: planning@campbellca.gov 

Phone: 408-866-2140

Operations on Private Property - Downtown Campbell

When outdoor business operations are allowed by State and County Health Orders, all permitted businesses may expand their operations within private parking lots and private common areas adjacent to their business locations. While no permits are required for outdoor business operations within private parking lots and private common areas, written approval from property owners is required for use of private property. See the Flexible Business Operation Guidelines for more details.

Flexible Business Operation Guidelines - Private Property Beyond Downtown Campbell

When outdoor business operations are allowed by State and County Health Orders, these guidelines apply to commercial retail and restaurant businesses located and operated entirely on private property.  Both retail and restaurant businesses are eligible to take advantage of these allowances thereby creating improved flexibility from any previously established land use entitlements received for the particular business. Although these are City-established guidelines, tenants will need property owner permission to implement such allowances. No city permits are required for expansion within private property. More information is available in the Flexible Business Operation Guidelines for Private Property


Contact

Michael Thomas, Economic Development Specialist

Phone: 408-866-2192  Email: michaelt@campbellca.gov