COVID-19 Business Resources
Business Help is Available
Your business in important to us, and during this Shelter in Place period we want to provide individualized services to help you navigate the maze of resources that may be available to you. While we are unable to meet with you in person, we want to continue to provide needed services to our business community by phone or email. If you don’t find the specific information you need on our website or through the listed resources please contact us via email at EconomicDevelopment@pleasanthillca.org or by telephone at 925-671-5213.
SBA Offers Disaster Loan Assistance to California Small Businesses
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for working capital to small businesses in Contra Costa County (and elsewhere) suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. These low interest loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
For information or to apply, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster. To apply by mail, call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail for more instructions.The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16, 2020.
City Launched Website for Open BusinessesA website initially launched to help residents find businesses that were considered to be essential and open during the early phase of the Shelter in Place order, has been revamped for businesses that are open, and allows businesses to provide details on current hours of operation, links to your website, and much more. This searchable website was created in partnership with Bludot, and is managed by the businesses.
Access the website at: www.pleasanthillca.org/open.
For one on one assistance in navigating resources, contact EconomicDevelopment@pleasanthillca.org or call 925-671-5213.
Contra Costa County and State Health Orders Impact Business Operations
Health Orders are issued by Contra Costa Health Services and the State of California’s Governor as the number of COVID-19 virus cases rise and fall. The Health Orders outline protocols intended to slow the spread of the virus, and include both mandatory and recommended components for business operations, including which businesses are allowed to operate. When the Governor announces new guidelines that allow for opening of more businesses, or loosening of restrictions on the public, they will only apply to Pleasant Hill businesses if the County Health Orders also allow for the changes based on local data on the number of COVID-19 cases. So, the stricter of either the County or the State Health Orders apply to businesses in Pleasant Hill.
For current Contra Costa County information, visit coronavirus.cchealth.org
For current State information and guidelines for businesses, visit business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019
For local information about the Coronavirus, check the City of Pleasant Hill’s website: www.pleasanthillca.org/COVID-19.
How Can You Stay Informed of Changes?
With continual changes to the Health Orders and events ranging from curfews being implemented due to civil unrest or events and program cancellations in Pleasant Hill, it can be hard to stay on top of all that occurs, and visiting websites to see if there are changes is not practical. The City of Pleasant Hill is trying to communicate changes as quickly as possible in these two primary ways, and we recommend you sign up for both:
1) Emails are sent by Economic Development to the owners of Pleasant Hill businesses with email addresses on file. If you are an owner or manager of a business, and have not been receiving emails from Economic Development that provide information on resources, webinars, and changes in health orders that specifically impact businesses, send an email to EconomicDevelopment@pleasanthillca.org to be added to the email distribution list.
2) For news that may impact both businesses and residents in Pleasant Hill, including information such as changes in health orders that impact everyone in Contra Costa County, or news on events or programs added or cancelled in Pleasant Hill, sign up for the Weekly Update sent out each Friday, and in the event of urgent information, alerts are usually sent out as soon as possible. Sign up by clicking here. (Ignore the part where it says you are giving us permission to market to you. The only thing you will receive as a result of subscribing is the Weekly Update.)
Additional Resources for Pleasant Hill Businesses
California Association for Local Economic Development Visit their COVID-19 page for Business Resources - updated often.
East Bay Economic Development Alliance has an extensive list of resources for businesses: eastbayeda.org/covid-19-resources
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.