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Business Recovery & Reentry Resources

Below are resources to help you as you reopen your business, and to manage and mitigate disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis. These resources are frequently updated as information becomes available. For assistance navigating business recovery resources, contact Linda DiMario We encourage you to connect by email with our staff as we work to provide you with short- and long-term business solution. 



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 Paycheck Protection Program Reopens
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, reopens the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially, only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13.  The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. 

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 CA Small Business Relief Grant Program
Grants in the amount of $5,000 to $25,000 will be available, depending on the size of the applying organization. There will be two rounds of grants totaling $237.5 million each. Due to a high-volume of applications, the process for round one has been extended to 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Approval notifications begin Jan. 13, 2021 

Attend a How to Apply webinar (CalNonprofits) - Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, 11:00 a.m.
More How to Apply webinars (SBDC) - Dec. 26 - 31, 2020, 11:00 a.m.

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 Coronavirus Resources for California Tourism Industry
Congress approved the $2.2 trillion CARES Act to provide relief for businesses and employees hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and California state government have taken immediate action to help small businesses defer some sales tax payments and get loans.

 Main Street Small Business Tax Credit
Senate Bill 1447 allows a small business hiring credit against California state income taxes or sales and use taxes to certain California qualified small business employers that receive a tentative credit reservation. The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration is accepting applications for tentative small business hiring credit reservation amounts through an online reservation system through January 15, 2021.

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 California Rebuilding Fund Loan Program 
Businesses that employed 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and had gross revenues of less than $2.5 million in 2019 are eligible to apply. This program is not associated with the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or any other SBA program. The loans are not forgivable in part or whole. 



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Schedule a one-on-one virtual consultation
Meet with a staff member from Congresswoman Katie Porter’s office for assistance with getting timely answers from the IRS, Social Security Administration, VA, and more.

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Reopen your Building Safely - Water that sits for a few weeks becomes stagnant. Irvine Ranch Water District provides steps for refreshing the water before you open your business.


Presentation on assistance programs - Offered by the Employment Development Department to workers during to COVID-19.

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Orange County Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act - Orange County residents whose employment recently ended as a result of COVID-19 are eligible to receive up to $800.00 reimbursement for essentials such as housing, utilities, childcare, and transportation costs. Dislocated workers can enroll through the Orange County One-Stop Centers located in Irvine and Garden Grove. Or call the Economic and Business Recovery Call Center at (714) 480-6500.

Extension for Toll Payments & Other Adjustments -  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic impacts, The Toll Roads have made temporary adjustments to business processes to accommodate drivers and FasTrak® accountholders.

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Key Financial Deadlines for 2021 - IRS extended deadline for filing 2019 federal tax returns for individuals is July 15. Here are some important dates that you may want to add to your 2020 reminders. 

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Grateful Table Dine Out 
Grateful Table Dine Out campaign promotes restaurant patronage and raises funds for the California Restaurant Association Foundation’s Restaurants Care program, which provides grants to restaurant workers facing hardships. Local restaurants are encouraged to participate, and community members are encouraged to frequent local restaurants.

Destination Irvine List of Open Outdoor Dining

City of Irvine Open Al Fresco Dining

California Great Plates Delivered - Program provides economic stimulus to local restaurants & food providers for delivering meals to seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19. Irvine restaurants interested in participating may submit an online application to participate in the program. 


Free Digitalization & Ecommerce Roadmap - Get help with planning your company’s digital roadmap: create a successful digital strategy, define concrete steps to launch, and manage scheduling and budget expectations. 

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Print & Marketing Services - Staples products to help small businesses prepare to reopen.

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Export Documents - The Greater Irvine Chamber offers digital processing of export documentation for Certificates of Origin and Certificates of Free Sale through a convenient digital export documentation system, which applies legally admissible digital signatures that are fully compliant with the ESIGN Act, UET Act, SOX, and many more national regulations. For more information and pricing details, contact Pepper Russell.

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Webinar: Grant Program for Live Venues, Cultural Institutions, and Related Industries

Thursday, Jan. 14, | 12 p.m.

Eligible organizations with a reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to receive up to a $10 million grant under the program. This webinar will provide a preliminary overview of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program included in the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act.



COVID-19: Are You Ready to Return to Work Safely?

Workplace Continuity: Preparing for Reentry and Reimagining the Workplace

This series is a supplement of the Greater Irvine Chamber's foreign direct investment initiative. Developed to introduce foreign direct investors to the Chamber's Irvine Gateway partners, information presented through this series can be applied to existing Irvine business.

View the Series Here


Presented by CalChamber:

New Guidance on COVID-19 Notices Law

Emergency COVID-19 Rules Coming Soon

When Employees Talk Politics at Work

COVID-19: Moving Between Tiers

COVID-19: New Exposure Notice Reqs

New Law Expands CFRA to Small Business

COVID-19 Laws Employers Need to Know

COVID-19: Enforcing Mask Rules at Work

COVID-19 Positive: Employer Obligations

COVID-19: Masks, 6-Foot Rule

New Law Creates Supplemental Sick Leave

Vacation Policy Best Practices

Tips for Fostering Workplace Diversity

D&I Critical to Strong Organizations

Tips for Creating a Return to Work Plan

Remote Work: Workers’ Comp Liabilities

Remote Work: Gauging Job Performance

COVID-19 Litigation Trends, Takeaways

Tips for Reopening Your Workplace

COVID-19: Monitoring Off-Duty Workers

COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Order Explained

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

COVID-19 Workforce Reduction Guidance

COVID-19: What Employers Ask Part 3

COVID-19: What Employers Ask Part 2

COVID-19: What Employers Are Asking



Workplace Health and Safety

Reduced Work Hours

Potential Closure or Layoffs






Unemployed is a resource for people who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Private Work Space

Several Irvine hotels are extending a special day rate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide you with a quiet, private workspace that includes complimentary Wi-Fi and parking. Visit Destination Irvine's website for more information.


Irvine Company Resources


Restaurants are encouraged to provide takeout options to this website:

Local restaurants offering services:

Restaurants and small businesses can share new gift cards, food orders, and fundraiser stickers in Stories and on their Instagram profiles.

TripAdvisor New Features for Restaurants:



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