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Emergency Business Resources

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


 Schedule a one-on-one virtual consultation with a staff member from Congresswoman Katie Porter’s office for assistance with getting timely answers from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and more.


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 SafeDineOC Restaurant Program
SafeDineOC grants have been raised to $5,000 in reimbursements for eligible restaurants that make CARES Act-qualified purchases, such as masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE), site reconfiguration, employee training, cleaning supplies, etc.





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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 2020 - 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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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. Processing fees will be waived for the first Certificate of Origin uploaded (one per company) to the Fast Track Global Services portal through May 31.  For more information and pricing details, contact Pepper Russell.



Additional Resources


Workplace Health and Safety


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Reduced Work Hours

Work Sharing Program - alternative to layoffs.

Potential Closure or Layoffs

Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet 

America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM



Conveniently track Coronavirus at these sites:



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:

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