As the situation surrounding Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to unfold, we want to assure you that we are here to help.
County of San Bernardino Business Reopening Plan Template
In order to support the safety of employees and customers as the local economy begins to recover with the reopening of businesses from the COVID-19 pandemic, each business shall establish a risk mitigation “Business Operation Plan” (Plan) and shall maintain each plan at their business location.
The Business Reopening Plan template is a checklist intended to provide businesses with the most up-to-date information and guidance as they reopen.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness
Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses.
The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration recently released the application form and instructions for loan forgiveness. The forgiveness forms, instructions, and worksheets can be downloaded here.
PPP borrowers must apply for loan forgiveness with the lender that processed the loan.
This guide is designed to help borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process.
County of San Bernardino COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program
The County of San Bernardino is committed to rebuilding and sustaining a high quality of life for its residents and businesses.
To support our local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, San Bernardino County is implementing the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program.
This program has two components.
- Funding of $2,500 for eligible Small Businesses with 1-100 employees
- Support and Partnership for ALL eligible County businesses who wish to become a COVID Compliant Business Partner
This program will support our local small businesses by reimbursing and/or offsetting costs and impacts directly related to complying with COVID-19 related business protocols and providing support to all eligible County businesses who apply for the program.
Prior to receiving funding, San Bernardino County small businesses must demonstrate compliance with State/County public health orders, and incorporate safety and social distancing practices and measures in their business operations.
Total funding available for this program is $30,000,000. Eligible businesses, per qualifying location, can receive up to $2,500. Deadline for Application: August 31, 2020
Small Business Development Center COVID-19 Resources for Your Business
Because of vastly changing concerns regarding coronavirus, small businesses across America have been facing extreme adversity for the past few weeks. That is why the mission at the Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center is to ensure the success of small business that have been negatively impacted by this disease and the regulations that have come along with it. Take a look at the Services and Resources to see what you can do to help your business prosper.
- COVID-19 Resources Download the The Latest News and Resources - This resource guide provides information and FAQs about Employment Development Department (EDD) resources, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, their SBDC Finance Center and how they can help your business – and so much more! Download Now
- Restaurant Opening Resource Guide - Read our guide to see what steps you need to take before and after opening your restaurant in order to comply with regulations and maintain your customers and employees safe. Download Now
- How to Keep Your Restaurant Running and Successful Resource Guide - This guide for restaurateurs will go over some practices that can be implemented to streamline operations given the new reality we’re currently facing. Download Now
- 5 Strategies to Keep Your Business Healthy During Interruptions Resource Guide - Take a look at five tips you can implement to keep your business running and healthy during interruptions. Download Now
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Resource Guide - The U.S Small Business Administration now has the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) available to business owners. This guide will take you through the most frequently asked questions regarding the loan. Download Now
- COVID-19 Video Guides - Watch the SBDC's step by step video guides on how to complete various SBA forms needed for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and other topics like driving sales online. Watch them here.
California Coronavirus Response Resilience Roadmap
Californians have been staying home and saving lives since the start of our statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19, 2020. These efforts have allowed the state to move forward on our roadmap for modifying the statewide order.
California moved into Stage 2 of modifying the state’s Stay-at-Home order on May 8, 2020. Our progress in achieving key public health metrics will allow a gradual re-opening of California’s economy.
We recognize the impact of economic hardship. We must get our economy roaring once again and put paychecks in people’s pockets. But the risk of COVID-19 infection is still real for all Californians and continues to be fatal.
That is why every business should take every step humanly possible to reduce the risk of infection:
- Plan and prepare for re-opening
- Make radical changes within the workplace
- Adjust practices by employees and help educate customers
Below are Guidelines for businesses to follow, if they’re permitted to open. The goal is a safer, environment for workers and customers. Businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon the Guidelines.
Review the guidance that is relevant to your workplace, prepare a plan based on the guidance for your industry, and put it into action.
When complete, you can post the industry-specific checklist (below) in your workplace to show your customers and your employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
Before reopening, all facilities must:
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
- Implement individual control measures and screenings
- Implement disinfecting protocols
- Implement physical distancing guidelines
Before re-opening, all facilities must first perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan. Adaptations need to be made before Stage 2 workplaces can open – currently that includes modifications like curbside pickup at retail locations.
Ontario Open For You
Click on the link above to see a map of all of the Dining Establishments, Pharmacies, Grocery & Retail Stores that are still open in Ontario.
Remember, all restaurants that are open are for drive-thru, pick-up, curb-side & delivery only.
City Hall Appointments
City Hall is currently open by APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule an appointment with City Staff for the below, please click here.
- Building Permit
- Building: Plan Plan Check Submittal / Pick-Up
- Business License Application
- City Clerk / Records Management
- Engineering: Encroachment Permit
- Engineering: Plan Check Submittal / Pick-Up
- Fire: Plan Check Submittal / Pick-Up
- Planning: Plan Check Submittal / Pick-Up
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Emergency Loans, Small Business Guide and Checklist
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.
Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.
The administration has released initial guidelines; they are available at www.treasury.gov. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals check eligibility and prepare to file for a loan.
Small businesses and sole proprietors can begin applying on April 3. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning on April 10.
California State Treasurer Fiona Ma's COVID-19 Small Biz Resource List
California State Treasurer Ma has prepared a resources list for small businesses in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation. Click here for the COVID-19 Resources Page.
Small Business Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
- For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
- If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE
- If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
- The application for borrowers can be found HERE
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click here to access this site which includes links on how to support employers and employees who are susceptible to the virus’ disruption.
San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board COVID-19 Resources
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) is instituting proactive measures to protect the health and safety of its employees, job seekers, and the businesses it serves.
This resource guide provides links to critical resources and services available to businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The WDB is working closely with its business and economic development partners to gauge specific needs within the county, and will update this information as it becomes available. Click here for the Resource Guide.
California Extended Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020
During this time of need, California individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19 can focus on their health and well-being. Click here to see more details.
IRS Extends Tax Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020
The IRS moved the national income tax filing day ahead to July 15, three months after the normal deadline for Americans to send in their returns. The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. Please see the IRS Website for more details.
Additional Employee/Employer Resources
Below are links to a variety of sources that may be of assistance to you. We encourage you to review each one. There's a brief description of what you will find before clicking through.
Employment Development Department
Employment-related Q&A for both Workers and EmployersVisit Page
Labor & Workforce Development Agency
Guidance for Employers and Workers, Paid Sick Leave, Family Leave, UnemploymentVisit Page
Internal Revenue Service
Tax Relief and GuidanceVisit Page
Small Business Administration
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, SBA Products and ResourcesVisit Page
Southern California Edison
Tools & Resources for BusinessesVisit Page
Centers for Disease Control
What You Need to Know, How to Protect YourselfVisit Page
California Department of Public Health
Public Health and GuidanceVisit Page
City of Ontario
Local actions regarding COVID-19 CoronavirusVisit Page
San Bernardino County
County actions regarding COVID-19 CoronavirusVisit Page
CalChamber News, Federal, State and Local ResourcesVisit Page
US Chamber of Commerce
Resources & Guidelines for Business, Business Preparedness ChecklistVisit Page
Greater Ontario Business Council
Information & ResourcesVisit Page