COVID-19 Business Resources

Last updated 2/16/21

Guidance for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

We're compiling a growing list of resources for business owners that we will update below.

Click here for information on how you can support our local businesses during this time.

San Diego Resources

City of San Diego Business Relief and Support

Learn about economic assistance available for businesses affected by COVID-19, including the City of San Diego's Small Business Relief Fund established to help businesses retain employees and sustain continuity of business operations.

City of San Diego Strategies for Reopening the Economy

The City of San Diego has published San Diego Ready: Strategies To Reopen San Diego's Economy. This document provides a list of guidelines that businesses need to follow in San Diego County in order to prepare for reopening.

San Diego County Coronavirus Information

Regularly updated information from the County of San Diego about the coronavirus, including county-wide statistics and wellness resources.

Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Permit

The Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Permit supports the recovery of local retail outlets and restaurants devastated by economic impacts from COVID-19 by helping businesses with limited footprints operate in outdoor settings adjacent to their businesses and get closer to the sunshine. The goal is to help dining and retail outlets with space constraints expand operations outdoors so they can cost-effectively implement safety, health and distancing protocols. Click on the link to learn more and apply for the permit.

The San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides small business owners no-cost guidance through the recovery process, including applying for disaster recovery loans if needed.

San Diego Workforce Partnership

San Diego Workforce Partnership can help you tap into public and private training funds, access to capital, tax incentives and wage subsidies.


Accion Serving Southern California is a nonprofit, mission-based microlender dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with the accessible financing and resources it takes to create or grow healthy businesses.

CDC Small Business Finance

CDC Small Business Finance has an extensive listing of support opportunities available to small businesses affected by COVID-19. View the CDC Small Business Finance guide to finding the right small business loan.

2-1-1 San Diego

2-1-1 San Diego provides access to 6,000+ services, resources and programs through their online database. By simply dialing 211 the call is free, confidential and available in more than 200 languages.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)

Read about SDG&E's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including payment help and a moratorium on disconnections.

State Resources Website is the state's COVID-19 information hub. Here you can find everything from virus tracking and information about the current stay-at-home order to support for businesses and employers. Browse the website for up-to-date information and resources.

State Treasurer’s Office

California Capital Access Program (CalCAP): The California Capital Access Program for Small Business encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing.


Small Business Finance Center: The Small Business Finance Center (SBFC) partners with Financial Development Corporations to provide loan guarantees and direct loans for small businesses that experience capital access barriers. Contact:

Labor and Workforce Development Agency

The LWDA has developed COVID-19 resources for employers and workers. Contact:

California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Read the department's Notice of Regulatory Relief, which covers temporary changes designed to support the alcoholic beverage industry in its efforts to assist California in slowing the spread of the virus while assisting the industry in dealing with the economic challenges it is facing as a result.


Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

Federal Resources

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments Latest updates on Coronavirus tax relief.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business: A guide to helping businesses of all types and in all regions navigate the complex process of reopening and evolving post-coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: Overview of all resources provided by the SBA during the COVID-19 crisis.

Disaster Loan Program: low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. For help and assistance contact:, (800) 659-2955.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Learn more about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

Private Resources

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation has compiled a resource page for restaurants and workers coping with the COVID-19 emergency.

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

The San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP) is offering a COVID-19 Brief Legal Advice Clinic to help San Diego small businesses and nonprofits cope with the pandemic. Volunteer attorneys will provide remote consultations to eligible businesses and nonprofit organizations on legal issues arising out of the pandemic, including questions relating to employment law, commercial leases, insurance, contracts, bankruptcy/restructuring, applications for financial assistance, and more. Consultations will last up to 45 minutes and are provided free of charge. Information in Spanish is available here. Applications can accessed using the following links:

Center on Policy Initiatives

The Center on Policy Initiatives is providing a template letter for tenants to give their landlords if they are unable to pay rent related to COVID 19. Tenants should send a hardship letter/email to their landlords as soon as possible. They also need to provide/collect documentation related to hardship (COVID-19).  If tenants do not notify their landlords, they may lose the protections under the "eviction moratorium."

Wellness Resources

Mental health resources

  • San Diego County Behavioral Health Access and Crisis Line provides free and confidential immediate support and resources from an experienced counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-(888) 724-7240.
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will help you connect to available local resources and treatment centers. Call 1-(800) 662-4357.
  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Call the 1-(866) 488-7386 or text START to 678678.
  • Parental Stress Helpline provides crisis management, support services, and will help you identify local resources. Call 1-(800) 632-8188.
  • Disaster Distress Line supports people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-(800) 985-5990.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support and prevention and crisis resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-(800) 273-8255.
  • Veterans Crisis Hotline connects veterans and their family and friends with qualified Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential hotline. Text 838255 or call 1-(800) 273-8255 and Press 1.

Resources for those experiencing domestic violence

  • YWCA San Diego Becky's House transitional housing provides longer-term housing and supportive services for individuals and families. Contact their  24-hour hotline: (619) 234-3164, or offices: (619) 239-0355.
  • Casa Segura (Safe House) provides a short-term, confidential shelter and transitional housing to victims of domestic violence and their children who are homeless. Contact their hotline: 1-(800) 640-2933, or offices: (619) 420-3620.
  • Center for Community Solutions provides emergency and long-term shelter services for domestic violence survivors and their children. Contact their 24-hour hotline: 1-(888) 385-4657, Project Safe House: (619) 631-6442, Hidden Valley House: (760) 480-0055.
  • Community Resource Center will answer your questions on available resources, locate emergency shelter and transitional housing and provide legal advocacy and case management. Contact their hotline: 1-(877) 633-1112, or office: (760) 753-8300.
  • Women's Resource Center will be available by phone to answer questions, provide crisis services, and provide resources like food, toiletries and diapers to clients as they are needed. Contact their hotline: (760) 757-3500.