COVID-19 Business Resources
Business Help is Available
Your business is 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. While we are unable meet in person, we 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.
Micro-Grants Offered for Marketing
The City of Pleasant Hill is offering reimbursement micro-grants of up to $1,500 to businesses that have fewer than 10 employees, or up to $1,000 for service based businesses in storefronts (home-based businesses do not qualify). For information and to apply visit: Marketing and Advertising Grant.
Outdoor Furniture Reimbursement Grant
A reimbursement grant of up to $2,000 is offered to businesses eligible to operate outdoors in Pleasant Hill seeking to expand their service capacity and in need of financial support to purchase or rent temporary outdoor furniture. Learn more at: Outdoor Furniture Grant.
Safety Posters and Floor Decals Available
Small businesses in need of posters to notify customers of the need to verify they are healthy before entering the business, to wear masks and keep social distance requirements while inside can receive posters and floor decals at no cost from the City by completing and submitting a Safety Poster and Decal Order Form. Posters and decals will be made ready for pickup at the lobby at City Hall.
City Website for Open BusinessesA website specifically for open businesses to provide details on current hours of operation, links to your website, and much more. This searchable website was created by the City in partnership with Bludot, and is managed by the businesses.
Access the website at: www.pleasanthillca.org/open.
SBA Offers Loans to California Small Businesses
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers business guidance and loan programs on an ongoing basis, however, during the COVID-19 pandemic, special loans are offered, including some that are very low interest or "forgivable" and don’t need to be paid back. Programs offered change based on funding available. For up to date information, visit the SBA website at: sba.gov.
Speaker Series Looks at How Businesses Can Adapt During COVID-19 Pandemic
The East Bay Economic Development Alliance is offering a speaker series to offer ideas for strategies on how to adapt business operations during the pandemic. Registration is open to non-members.
Register for upcoming webinars at https://eastbayeda.org/events.
Miss an event? Videos including the following are stored in the archives at https://eastbayeda.org/events:
Thursday, March 4, 1:00 pm
How to Make Your Business Virtual
Hosted by NorCal SBDC and the HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation
Be sure to check their COVID-19 resource page:
How Can You Stay Informed?
It can be hard to stay on top of all that occurs with changing health orders, opportunities, and events that impact your business. The City of Pleasant Hill communicates changes as quickly as possible in two primary ways, and we recommend you sign up for both:
1) Emails sent to the owners of Pleasant Hill businesses. If you are an owner or manager of a business, and have not been receiving emails with information on resources and changes in health orders that specifically impact businesses, email EconomicDevelopment@pleasanthillca.org ask to be added to the distribution list.
2) A bi-weekly enewsletter is sent out with news that may impact businesses and residents in Pleasant Hill, including changes in health orders, special events or programs added or cancelled. Sign up for the The Update 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.)
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.
Governor Gavin Newsom implemented a tiered system for re-opening California counties, that went into effect on Monday, August 31, and Contra Costa County follows these guidelines approved by the State, which are updated every Tuesday.
In the current system, counties are placed into one of 4 color-coded tiers based on two key indicators: the county’s case rate per 100,000 residents, and the county’s percentage of positive COVID-19 tests.
Find information on the State of California’s Tiered System (Blueprint for a Safer Economy) including Contra Costa County's current status on the State's website here: Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
For Contra Costa County health information and business guidelines, visit coronavirus.cchealth.org
For information on other State COVID-19 recovery resources for businesses, visit business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019
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.