Resources to help your business during COVID-19

The following is a list of resources to help your business during COVID-19.

Legislation Summary | The CARES Act

US federal government recently passed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act), which includes $377 billion in funds for small businesses. What this means:

– The main features for small businesses are emergency grants and a forgivable loan program for companies with 500 or fewer employees. There are also changes to rules for expenses and deductions meant to make it easier for companies to keep employees on the payroll and stay open in the near-term.

– Emergency Grants: The bill provides $10 billion for grants of up to $10,000 to provide emergency funds for small businesses to cover immediate operating costs.

– Forgivable Loans: There is $350 billion allocated for the Small Business Administration to provide loans of up to $10 million per business. Any portion of that loan used to maintain payroll, keep workers on the books or pay for rent, mortgage and existing debt could be forgiven, provided workers stay employed through the end of June.

– Relief for Existing Loans: There is $17 billion to cover six months of payments for small businesses already using SBA loans.

Legislation Summary | Alston & Bird Updates

Analysis – CARES Act Funding Sources

– $367 billion for Small Business Administration

– Paycheck Protection Loan Program

– $500 billion for the Treasury’s Business Stabilization Loan Fund

– Tax Credits and other potentially beneficial tax considerations

Summary – CARES Act Small Business Provisions

– Small Business Administration (SBA) – In response to the CARES Act requirements, the SBA formally launched its Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses
on April 3.

– The SBA has guidance for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, the Express Bridge Loan pilot Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program for qualified entities that are impacted by COVID-19. The application for its economic injury deferral disaster loans can be found here.

– The SBA, in consultation with the Treasury Department, updated its FAQs addressing the Paycheck Protection Program.

– Complete details on the SBA CARES Act programs on pg 19: LINK

State & Local Updates

– For the State of California, EDD will begin issuing an additional $600 unemployment benefit payments for the week ending April 11.

– Los Angeles County is set to receive more than $20 million in federal dollars through the coronavirus relief bill — or CARES Act, and the Board of Supervisors Tuesday authorized the County Development Authority to administer those funds.

– That includes an expected $13.6 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to be used to help residents with temporary rental assistance, grab-and-go/delivery meal programs, business assistance to retain low- and moderate-income employees and other COVID-19 response services.

– Of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County, 48 will get their funding through the county’s allocation, while others will receive money directly from the federal government. Of the $13.6 million, about 40% will go to the 48 cities, with the balance being spent by the county.

Legislation summary | Financial Resources

– Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL): The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is a program offering loans up to $2 million to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury. The program also includes a grant which allows eligible businesses to quickly receive a cash advance of up to $10,000 that is not required to be repaid. Here is a LINK to apply.

– Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The Paycheck Protection Program offers eligible businesses 100% federally guaranteed loans (up to $10 million or 2.5x monthly payroll, whichever is less). Up to 100% of the loan amount spent on payroll, rent, utilities, or mortgage interest during the first 8 weeks after loan origination may be eligible for loan forgiveness. Here is a LINK to apply.

– Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program offers loans from $5,000-$20,000 with 0-3% interest rates: LINK

– CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) Finance Programs: The State of California is allocating $50 million to the Small Business Finance Center at California’s IBank to mitigate barriers to capital for those small businesses (1-750 employees) that may not qualify for federal funds (including businesses in low-wealth and immigrant communities). The $50 million allocation will be used to recapitalize the IBank Small Business Loan Guarantee Program.

Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program: This disaster program provides guarantees for loans of up to $50,000 for small business borrowers in declared disaster areas

– California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) (1-500 employees): CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. Individual borrowers are limited to a maximum of $2.5 million enrolled over a 3-year period. Contact a Participating Lender to enroll.

– Cal-OSBA – Small Business Assistance & Resources: LINK for a list of free or discounted technology tools for small businesses

– Small Business Association Disaster Loan Program: The SBA is working directly with state Governors to provide small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to overcome temporary loss. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills. Email [email protected], call 1-800-659-2955 or apply here.

– A Summary of SBA Resources found here.

– Use the SBA’s Local Assistance Directory to locate the office nearest you.

– ICSC has put together a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions
webpage here; LINK

– Intuit Small Business Funding (for QuickBooks customers): If you are a QuickBooks customer with personal and business credit history and revenue of at least $50,000 over the past 12 months, you may be eligible for a loan up to $100,000. Apply here.

– Square Capital Financing: If you are a Square customer, Square Capital supports eligible businesses with loans between $500-$250,000. Log in to your Square Dashboard, or learn more here.

– Bank Relief: A list of some banks providing relief during this time can be found here.

– Divvy Resource Guide: Divvy, an expense management platform, provides a guide to alternative financing opportunities here.

– Facebook: Facebook offering $100M in grants and credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses: LINK

– Yelp: Yelp offering $25M to bars and restaurants effected by COVID-19: LINK

– Lease re-negotiations amid Covid-19 Pandemic: LINK

Marketing Best Practices | Landlords / Owners

– Use email marketing to keep your list informed – Weekly marketing emails are ideal for providing your list with information regarding the status of your shopping centers operations.

– Create social media content – Provide real-time information on the operational status of shopping centers and essential businesses that are currently open.

– Optimize your online presence – Making sure each shopping center website is updated with information for customers and resources for tenants. All websites need to be verified through Google Search Console in order to be sure they are visible through
Google’s search engine.

– Maintain common areas for the communityKeeping common areas open allows the community to be entertained in a safe environment

– Virtual tours – Provide the opportunity to view the center and continue touring future tenants with online virtual tours.

– Advertise with print media – Keep customers up to date on business operations by using print media such as posters, banners, and direct mail.

– Create a relationship with the community – Connect with your community to create additional engagement opportunities.

Marketing Best Practices | Restaurants

– Use email marketing to keep your list informed – Weekly marketing emails are ideal for providing your list with information regarding the status of your business’ operations.

– Create social media content – Social media is the best place to share information about your business with the opportunity to gain new customers. Create engaging content and post as often as possible on your social media channels.

– Utilize free digital advertising services – Yelp and Google have launched initiatives that include waived advertising fees and free advertising, products, and services.

– Optimize your online presence – Making sure your website is updated with information and be sure your website is visible online through Google Search Console.

– Advertise your business with print media – Keep customers up to date on business operations by using print media such as posters, banners, and direct mail.

– Create a relationship with the community – Connect with your local community to understand resources are being offered for businesses.

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