The City is exploring additional resources and measures to alleviate the pressure that you are facing as an Employer as a result of COVID-19. We will continue to post new details as they become available. Since this is a fluid situation, check back frequently and Follow us @CityofPS on Facebook, and Twitter for the latest updates.
Below find information and resources to help you during this challenging time.
- SBDC Hosting Daily Webinars: 30-40 minute webinars, with the most up to date information as it relates to funding information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Link here.
- Local Store Marketing (LSMx) Licenses Still Available for Palm Springs Businesses! This tool allows you to gain insights into the area around your store and send ads to new customers, all from your mobile device. Link Here to Request LSMx License
- Payroll Protection Program (PPP) - Participating Lenders: List of known banks and credit unions that are accepting PPP loan applications. Link Here. Related press release Link Here.
- Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses - Order provides 90-day extension in state and local taxes, including sales tax. Link Here
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Disaster Assistance
The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses recover from declared disasters. SBA issued a disaster declaration officially designating Riverside County eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. EIDL loans can provide vital economic assistance to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue businesses are experiencing. These low interest loans can be made for up to $2 million and may be used to pay for operations such as fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that could not be paid due to the impact of COVID-19. Click here to view full SBA Press Release.
For additional SBA information visit: www.sbs.gov/coronavirus
If you have questions or interest in applying for this Federal resource, your contact is:
Christopher Lorenzana, Deputy Director
Orange County / Inland Empire District Office
U.S. Small Business Administration
- U.S. Small Business Administration - Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19. For a top-line overview of the Paycheck Protection Program CLICK HERE.
U.S. Small Business Administration - Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Advance
Small business owners eligible to apply for an EIDL Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
U.S. Small Business Administration - Express Bridge Loans
Effective March 25, 2020 Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap if the small business has an urgent need while applying and/or waiting for decision and disbursement for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
U.S. Small Business Administration - Debt Relief
As part of SBA's debt relief efforts:
- The SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months.
- The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020.
U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help Employers and Workers prepare for the COVID-19 virus. Guidance about Employer responsibilities, Employee rights and compensatory information is available at U.S. Department of Labor Website and/or call their toll free information and helpline, available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243).
For Small Business Owners:
- The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more info.
- The California Office of the Small Business Advocate is available to help businesses identify resources and obtain answers to key questions (to the extent known): https://business.ca.gov/advantages/small-business-innovation-and-entrepreneurship/how-we-can-help/
- At California's Small Business Finance Center, small businesses can access a range of financial products, including loan guarantees and direct loans: https://www.ibank.ca.gov/small-business-finance-center/
- Guidance on how to protect workers from exposure to COVID-19: https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/
- Guidance on reduced work hours, potential closures, and layoffs: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.html
- California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has developed a useful guide on COVID-19 to assist Employers and Businesses. To download the COVID-19 Employer Guide CLICK HERE.
- Free SBDC Virtual Business Consulting Appointments
The Small Business Development Center business consultants are here to help you during this time. For the safety and convenience of both parties, they are offering virtual consulting sessions online – all at no cost. Make an appointment to learn more about every application, resource, and question you have to help your business prepare and recover. Their role is provide the tools, forms and guidance to help businesses submit a complete, well prepared submission online that will have a better chance of prompt processing and loan approval. For more information sign-up for a consulting appointment or contact the consultant below:
- The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) provides many services to Employers affected by COVID-19. For the most up-to-date state resources for businesses, visit the GO-Biz resource page.
***There are alternatives to layoffs that can help employers keep their employees when there is a lack of work, or during financial hardship.***
Employers may be able to avert layoffs or work reduction by offering flexibility in work location and hours through telecommuting. The U.S. General Services Administration website provides an array of resources to help guide employers in offering and managing telecommuting or remote work.
For more information, visit Resources for Managing Teleworkers.
- Partial Claims
Partial claims are for Employees whose Employers want to keep them but have temporarily laid them off or reduced their hours. A partial Unemployment Insurance claim can be used for any claimant who works less than their normal full-time hours, and whose Employers want to keep them.
For more information, visit Partial Claims.
Work Sharing Program
Employers can apply for the Work Sharing Program if they are looking for alternatives to layoffs due to reduced production, services, or other conditions. This program helps you keep your trained Employees so that when business conditions improve, you can avoid the expense of recruiting, hiring, and training new Employees, and save your Employees the hardship of becoming fully unemployed.
For more information, visit Work Sharing.
- State of California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank), Small Business Finance Center (SBFC)
IBank, a unit within California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), offers the following loan programs for businesses from one to 750 Employees (small businesses) affected by disasters, for more information on how to apply, visit the IBANK Website.
Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP)
IBank will issue loan guarantees up to 95 percent of the loan through its partner Financial Development Corporations to help small business borrowers who were impacted by disasters or public safety power shutoffs and who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital. Small businesses and nonprofits that have suffered an economic loss should apply.
Jump Start Loan Program (Jump Start)The Jump Start Loan Program (Jump Start) helps small businesses start, grow, and thrive. Jump Start provides microloans from $500 to $10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in the declared disaster and emergency areas, technical assistance and financial literacy training.
- Tax Relief - State of California Franchise Tax Board
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments to July 15, 2020, for ALL tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through July 15, 2020. For more information, visit Franchise Tax Board Website
- Tax Relief - State of California Employment Development Department
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 must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For more information, visit EDD Website
- Potential Closure or Layoffs
Employers planning a closure as a result of COVID-19 can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avert potential layoffs, and provide immediate on-site services to assist workers facing lob losses. For more information refer to the Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF).
- Employers can reach out to the City’s Community and Economic Development Department to share concerns and learn more about existing assistance programs, or contact:
Jay Virata, Director
Community and Economic Development
- Town Hall Webinar for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 with Mayor Geoff Kors (03/30/2020)
- Riverside County has launched www.RivCoBizHelp.org to assist Businesses & Employers affected by COVID-19.
- Facebook: Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. For more information, visit Facebook For Business Website.
Personal Protection Equipment Resources
Desert Distilling, Inc.
34300 Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: (760) 770-3135
Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
The Distilled Spirits Council has created a map of distilleries producing hand sanitizer to fight COVID-19 . To view distilleries across the United States visit their webpage. Link Here.