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COVID-19 Business Resources

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.

Please visit the COVID19.CA.GOV webpage Blueprint for a Safer Economy for more information.

Additional Notices:

For more information on providing services and dining outdoors and their guidelines in the City of Mission Viejo please contact cd@cityofmissionviejo.org

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

The CDC has compiled interim guidance for businesses and employers based on current guidelines. The CDC is providing this guidance to help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 (in non-healthcare settings) and planning considerations for community spread.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Resources for Businesses and Employers.   

Topics Include:

  • Purpose.
  • Preparing workplaces for a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Reduce transmission among employees.
  • Maintain healthy business operations.
  • Maintain a healthy work environment.
  • Resources for more information (Including OSHA guidance).

Financial Assistance

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation passed to aid small businesses during the pandemic and economic downturn. The program will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses, so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed.

SafeDineOC Restaurant Program

As part of the SafeDineOC Restaurant Program, the Orange County Board of Supervisors has allocated $10 million in Federal CARES Act funding to support local restaurants that are safely reopening.

Restaurants are eligible for up to $1,000 in reimbursements for CARES Act-qualified purchases, such as masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE), site reconfiguration, employee training, cleaning supplies, etc.

The application period for the grant program begins August 6, 2020 and ends in 60 days, or whenever funding is fully allocated, whichever occurs first.

If there are multiple, separate site restaurants under one owner, each restaurant location is entitled to a $1,000 grant. Restaurants must submit a separate application for each location.

Receipts for CARES Act-qualified purchases are required for final reimbursement grant payment. Receipts for purchases made March 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020 are acceptable.

Approved restaurants participating in the SafeDineOC program must post their attestation in plain sight for their customers and will also have their name featured on this website.

If you need assistance with the online application or have questions, please contact us at SafeDineOC@ocbc.org.

Free Floor Plan Software Can Help Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 

The County and 3D Event Designer launched an outdoor edition of its Back2Business Initiative program to help local small businesses impacted by COVID-19 safely reopen by meeting local, state and federal social distancing guidelines. 

The Back2Business Initiative: Outdoor Edition will provide up to 800 OC small businesses with access to free floor plan software to quickly create, configure or update their indoor and now outdoor space(s). This software allows businesses like restaurants and retail shops to view their current layouts and adjust their floor plans to meet the latest social-distancing requirements. With outdoor space being a focus for most restaurants, this software will allow restaurant owners to maximize the availability of their outdoor seating, giving them the confidence to open to customers and bring their employees back to work safely and responsibly. 

Back2Business Initiative: Outdoor Edition is free and available to eligible businesses on a first-come, first-served basis through December 30 or when the maximum number of slots are filled. 

Eligible businesses interested in participating can sign up and access the software at this link

Certain technology requirements and criteria apply. For more information, visit this link or call the Economic and Business Recovery Call Center at 714-480-6500.

Orange County announces second round of funding to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19 

In partnership with the Orange County Workforce Development Board (OCWDB), the County of Orange is launching the second round of funding for the OCWDB COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Support Program.  

Through the OCWDB COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Support Program, eligible businesses can receive up to $10,000 in grant funds. This funding is intended to help local small businesses mitigate layoffs and adhere to “social distancing” provisions established by state and federal public health entities.  

The first round originally announced in May awarded about $444,000 of the $700,000 in Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds received from the California Employment Development Division (EDD), leaving OCWDB approximately $256,000 to award in this upcoming second round to support local small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  

Businesses must submit an application on the Orange County One-Stop Centers website at oconestop.com/covid-19-layoff-aversion-program to be considered for the grant funding. Eligible applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds have been committed.  

Due to the overwhelming response to the first round of funding, businesses are strongly encouraged to review the application requirements and process in advance. Applications open at 9 am August 3 and close on August 6 at 5 pm or when the maximum number of applications are received, whichever comes first. First-round funding was allocated within an hour of the application going live, and a similar level of interest is anticipated in the second funding round. 

To be eligible for this grant funding, businesses must be in Orange County, have a workforce of 500 or fewer employees, and be up to date on Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes and in good standing with the State of California. Other general criteria employers must meet to be considered for local funding include:

  • Priority consideration will be given to Small Businesses located within the Orange County Workforce System.
  • Can only apply for one-site or location in Orange County
  • Only one application may be submitted per organization
  • Must pay employees minimum wage or more
  • Must use the funds to help avert imminent layoffs or furloughs as a result of the COVID-19 economic crisis
  • Must be able to demonstrate a need for layoff aversion support due to the impacts of COVID-19
  • Must be able to enter into an agreement with Orange County that includes the conditions outlined in the application
  • Must be able to complete quarterly reports for up to one year after the award

Businesses can visit the Orange County One-Stop Center website for full details on eligibility requirements for the Layoff Aversion Support Program including allowable activities and prohibited costs. 

For more information on Orange County One-Stop Centers, visit oconestop.com or call the Economic and Business Recovery Call Center at 714-480-6500.

Orange County Small Business Grant Relief Program

The County of Orange has initiated a Small Business Grant Relief Program to support small businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19 in Orange County Supervisorial District Five. Grants up to $10,000 will be available to eligible small businesses and non-profits within the district, which includes Mission Viejo.

The business applicant must prove that their business has been affected by COVID-19 in at least one of the following ways: Sales from the business are down more than 25% compared to the previous three months (prior to March 1, 2020); the business has had to lay off at least one of its employees (full or part time); or the business was forced to shut down by the state or local government. Applicants that meet the criteria will be randomly selected based on the percentage of population of each city/unincorporated area within the district.

Small businesses and non-profits who applied during the original application window of June 22nd – June 28th at 5:00 p.m., which is now referred to as ‘Round 1’, have been through the screening/approval process with funding to be distributed starting July 6th. If a randomized drawing was necessary for any city oversubscribed, it was held Friday, July 3rd. With funding still available at that time, those who applied between Sunday, June 28th at 5:01 p.m. and the close of the application period on the 5th will be known as ‘Round 2’. These applications were screened/approved during the week of July 6th with funding to be distributed starting July 13th. With ongoing grant fund capacity, the District 5 Small Business Grant Relief Program application deadline had been extended to Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., known as 'Round 3', or when each city allocation is exhausted, whichever occurs first. This extension provided additional time for small businesses and non-profits to apply for grants up to $10,000.

  • List of businesses approved in Round 1
  • List of businesses approved in Round 2.
  • List of businesses approved in Round 3.

Business owners who have questions can contact the County of Orange at (714) 480-6500. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help you with your application and help awardees with additional funding requirements at no cost. They can be reached at 1-800-616-7232.

Information is also available by contacting City of Mission Viejo Planning and Economic Development Assistant Sarah McMillan at smcmillan@cityofmissionviejo.org.  

Small Business Administration  

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses – including those in Mission Viejo – suffering substantial economic injury because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early and for multiple types of loans.

The SBA has a full menu of funding relief options including SBA Debt Relief, SBA Express Bridge Loans, EIDL Loan Advance and Paycheck Protection Program. 

    Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) is based on the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  “Small businesses, private nonprofit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020 may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.

    The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private nonprofit organizations is 2.75 percent.  For the Injury and Disaster Loan, applicants can apply online . To receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications, click this .

    For assistance, contact (800) 659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. People who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing can call (800) 877-8339. 

    Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

    The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020. 

    Notice: Due to limited funding and large volume of applications already submitted, only agricultural business applications will be accepted at this time.  Any applications that have already been submitted, will continue to be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Updates on availability of the EIDL portal will be provided as new information becomes available.  For status information, please visit  Office of Disaster Assistance as the SBA offices are unable to provide such information.  

    Notice: PPP Resumes April 27, 2020

    The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT.

    Information is found online at www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection.

    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is available to all businesses with 500 employees or less.  If a business has more than 500 employees, determine eligibility by checking with SBA employee-based standards.  Loans can be used for payroll costs, benefits, interest or mortgage obligations, rent or utilities.  Applications are available by .

    Important Links

    Economic & Business Recovery Call Center 

    Orange County Community Services has implemented a call center to meet the needs of businesses – including those in Mission Viejo – impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

    The Economic & Business Recovery Call Center offers information and resources to help Orange County businesses navigate the current economic climate. These resources will support businesses with challenges such as lay-off aversion, loans, utility reduction programs, and community resources mapping.  

    Businesses can call the Economic & Business Recovery Call Center at 714-480-6500 from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Bilingual call center operators will be available to assist and assess situations, and offer resources tailored to meet individual business needs. Translation for the call center will be available in more than 240 languages.  For more information, visit https://occommunityservices.org.

    OCCS Workforce & Economic Development Division

    For employers and employees in need of assistance, the Orange County Workforce Development Board (OCWDB) and Orange County Community Services (OCCS) Community Investment Division have implemented multiple guides and resources. Topics for businesses include grants and loans available for employers; planning tools to help with navigating these uncertain times; guidance for companies; and other resources for local business.  Employees will find ways to stay informed; what to do if they become sick, laid off or their hours are reduced; and how-to YouTube videos to apply for unemployment or disability insurance. The guides also include details about managing finances; temporary or new employment opportunities; available jobs; government support like tax deferral; deferment of bills; Orange County One-Stop Centers for job seekers; and more. For more information, visit https://occommunityservices.org/cid.

      Guides and Weblinks:

    SBDC: Small Business Development Center (Orange County)

    SBDC has COVID-19 step-by-step video guides, webinars, online business consulting and other downloadable online resources.

    Covid-19 SBDC

    COVID-19 Resources.

    Downloadable SBDC Guide the Latest News and Resources for Your Business.

    Download this guide to learn about FAQs regarding Employment Development Department (EDD) resources, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, our SBDC Finance Center, how we can help – and more! Download Now.

    Orange County Business Council

    Have you considered the possibility of transitioning your business operations online?  Orange County Business Council is hosting online seminars to help businesses with this technology. Visit the council at www.ocbc.org to find out more.

    Employment Development Department

    • Unemployment Insurance  Work-Sharing Program 
    • Disability Insurance 
    • Paid Family Leave 
    • Tax Assistance 
      • Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. Call the  EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center (1-888-745-3886). 
    • Businesses should check their insurance coverage to determine if they have business interruption insurance, which generally helps protect against lost income after a covered peril that affects a business. 
    • Businesses should consult their banks to confirm financial services available including emergency access to capital, small business loans and waivers for late fees. 
    • For more information, visit Employment Development department COVID-19 FAQs.

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