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Economic Development


*Must complete all forms and provide supplementary documents verifying the business meets the eligibility requirements

Inquiries should be directed to City of Mission Viejo, Theresa Dobbs at (949) 470-3026 or tdobbs@cityofmissionviejo.org.

In an extraordinary move to help local businesses hit hard by the ongoing pandemic, the Mission Viejo City Council this week approved a $1,000,000 COVID-19 Business Relief Grant Program for qualified struggling small businesses and nonprofits located in our City.

Grants up to $25,000 are available to businesses with 25 or fewer employees (full-time equivalent). Applications will be accepted until available funds are exhausted. 

New businesses continue to open during this challenging time of COVID-19. Here is a summary of latest business news.  

The Curry Kitchen opened for business on Sunday, December 6 in the former Pizza Hut spot at 25098 Marguerite Pkwy, Suite C near Ralphs.  The eatery, which specializes in Indian fare, is offering takeout and delivery.

The State will provide temporary tax relief for eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, Governor Gavin Newsom announced on November 30. The temporary tax relief entails an automatic three-month income tax extension for taxpayers filing less than $1 million in sales tax, extends the availability of existing interest and penalty-free payment agreements to companies with up to $5 million in taxable sales and provides expanded interest free payment options for larger businesses particularly affected by significant restrictions on operations based on COVID-19 transmissions.

Restaurants in Mission Viejo

Please be advised that many restaurants in Mission Viejo are still open for take-out and /or delivery. Please see this link for more information.

Great Plates Delivered

Great Plates Delivered seeking restaurants to service seniors during self-isolation. 

New State legislation AB3088 will protect tenants from eviction

New State legislation will protect tenants across California from eviction and property owners from foreclosure due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Unemployment Insurance Work-Sharing Program

Employers who are considering laying off employees due to a slowdown in business from the coronavirus can apply for the UI Work-Sharing Program, which partially offsets reduced worker hours and wages with UI benefits. The program allows you to retain trained employees and quickly prepare for when business improves. 

Health and Safety

CA.GOV Blueprint for a Safer Economy

The State of California has established a webpage, Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which is dedicated to reporting on which types of businesses can open safely. California has established this blueprint with the aim of reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. The webpage describes which businesses can open, under what capacity, and where based on the county they reside in.

Small businesses facing immediate financial pressure during the pandemic can apply for LISC Small Business Relief Grants. The Round 6 application period is now open. Applications are due before 9 pm on Monday, September 7.
Before completing the application, businesses should review the Grant Information and FAQ.
Please keep the following in mind: