SBA LOAN FAQ'S
Click below for frequently asked questions about the Small Business Administration's COVID-19 loan programs.
RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS
Instructions on how small businesses or nonprofits can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program have been posted on the U.S. Small Business Administration website. The U.S. Treasury Secretary stated the loans will be available starting Friday, April 3rd and may be disbursed the same day. I encourage businesses affected by COVID-19 to apply. The loans are retroactive to February 15th and can be forgiven if you retain and/or re-hire laid off employees. Please share with local businesses you frequent.
As part of the Trump Administration's efforts to combat the effects of COVID-19 on small businesses, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program has been made available statewide, including nonprofits. The application is open and I encourage affected businesses to apply.
Zero interest small business loans now available from a new program of the City of Fresno, Access Plus Capital and the Fresno EOC. Businesses still open after a year will not be required to pay the loan back. Below is the link with more detail and application to apply.
Today, the Governor announced a Bridge Loan program, where small businesses can keep and use up to $50,000 in sales tax as a loan and can pay the State back in one year with no fines, penalties or interest.
An executive order signed March 30th will provide tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for businesses throughout California. The order allows for businesses with a filing less than $1 million a 90-day extension on state and local taxes, including sales tax. It will also provide extensions on licensing deadlines and requirements for several industries. To view the full list of extensions download the linked PDF below.
Through the EDD, employers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. As an alternative to layoffs, employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program, which may help you keep your employees by allowing workers to receive a percentage of their UI benefits based on reduced hours.
Soon, seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 will be able to have three nutritious meals delivered to them daily by local restaurants. Through a combination of federal, state and local funds, businesses will be paid $16 for breakfast, $17 for lunch and $28 for dinner for a total of $66 per day per individual served. For restaurants interested in participating in the program, please contact Fresno County OES at 559-600-4065. When the program begins, seniors may call 211 to enroll.
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RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits to business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history and others not usually eligible for regular state benefits. Those who are eligible for the program will also receive the additional $600/week through the CARES Act for claims between March 29th and July 31st.
Employees who are sick, caring for the sick, or have reduced work hours may qualify for assistance through the EDD. Those who are self-employed and pay into CASDI may qualify as well. To learn how to apply, please visit the EDD's Website. If you're having trouble applying, please contact my district office.
CASES IN ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 23
For a list of school and university closures in Central California visit:
Soon, seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 will be able to have three nutritious meals delivered to them daily by local restaurants. Through a combination of federal, state and local funds, businesses will be paid $16 for breakfast, $17 for lunch and $28 for dinner for a total of $66 per day per individual served. For restaurants interested in participating in the program, please contact Fresno County OES at 559-600-4065. When the program begins, seniors may call 211 to enroll. For others in need of food, please visit the links below.
Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, CitiBank and J.P. Morgan Chase as well as 200 state-chartered banks and credit unions will offer a 90-day grace period on mortgage payments. The financial institutions will not file negative reports with credit agencies or charge late fees for those who apply for the program. To learn more, please contact your financial institution.
For a list of state park closures visit the link below.
In order to promote social distancing, the City is closing all parking lots to City parks where feasible until further notice. The lot closures take effect Wednesday, March 25, and includes Woodward and Roeding Parks.
The Tulare County General Services Agency announced the closure of all county parks and the cancellation of all reservations through April.
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
The DMV has asked law enforcement to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates effective March 16th. Behind-the-wheel drive tests have been cancelled for the next 30 days, but the DMV will be contacting customers to reschedule their drive tests. In the meantime, DMV office will be open for appointment-only services on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lastly, in response to COVID-19, President Trump announced the delayed implementation of the Real ID until further notice.
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC
For both residential and commercial customers, PG&E has suspended all service shut-offs due to non-payment and will be providing flexible payment plan options, until further notice. Call centers are still open to address your needs and can be reached at (800) 743-5000.
The State of California is postponing state tax filing and payment deadlines for all individuals and business entities until July 15th. You do not need to claim any special treatment or call the Franchise Tax Board to qualify for this relief.
The IRS officially gave all individuals and corporations until July 15th to file and pay their federal income taxes, which includes the balance due from the prior year. The Federal Government said most Americans are due a refund and would like to ensure they receive it as soon as possible.
California is preparing for an increase in the number of people who urgently need health care in our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. An executive order has been issued to expand the healthcare workforce by making the following changes: Allowing nursing students to practice and count that toward their clinical hours, waiving continuing education requirements and giving 6 months to complete, removing requirements for reactivating a retired license, waiving physician supervision ratios for NPs and PAs, waiving postgraduate training requirements for physicians. Nursing students, nurses, doctors, dentists, and many other types of health professionals who are recently retired or actively licensed but are not currently hospital personnel are being asked to register at the link below.
Blood donation is still considered an essential activity under the shelter-in-place policy. I encourage all those who are healthy to schedule an appointment online and donate.
The COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program was created to provide financial assistance to all Veterans, Active Duty, Reserves and National Guard who are experiencing a financial setback due to the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant amount will support 1 month of payment up to $1,500 in the following areas: rent, mortgage, auto loan/lease, utilities.
FRESNO COUNTY COURTS
Fresno County Superior court is taking action to reduce the number of individuals gathering at the same time in one place. If you've been summoned for jury duty please do not report during this period of time, instead call the number on your summons the evening prior to service for further information. Court staff will still be available during the day for phone assistance. For more information on which cases the Court will continue to hear, read the press release linked below.
California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye issued a statewide order suspending all jury trials in California's superior courts for 60 days and allowing courts to immediately adopt new rules to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor's COVID-19 Response