Business Resources

Business Closures

  • City of Los Angeles

    Safer at Home Order – New restrictions take place Monday, March 19, 2020 through and order shall be in place until April 19, 2020, but may be extended prior to that time. Read City’s Announcement (pdf)

    City Services – List of city services and departments. Visit Link

  • State of CA

    Stay At Home Order – Gov. Newsom issues Stay At Home order for the entire state of California. Read More.

    Exempt Businesses – See the full list of exempt sectors (pdf) 

Business Toolkits & Support

  • City of Los Angeles Resilience Toolkit for Businesses – strategies to keep employees safe, maintain operations at maximum possible capacity, and prepare business continuity plans. See Link

  • Los Angeles County’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Office of Small Business – Can help connect you to local, state and federal resources, including layoff aversion and emergency loans – See Link

  • COVID-19 Biz Tools – A growing list of additional resources – See Link

Employee Resources 

  • City of Los Angeles – Employment Support for Small Businesses – See Link

  • CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency – COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Workers. See Link

  • Employment Development Department (EDD) – Reduced Work Hours – Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program – alternative to layoffs. Employer Info and Information for Workers.

  • CA Worker Compensation Information – Benefits for Workers impacted by COVID-19. See Link

  • Sick Leave Policies require sick staff to stay home. Learn more about California’s sick leave policies here.

Emergency Checklists

  • CDC Planning Checklist – This is a checklist was written for large businesses during the Influenza pandemic, but you can use it as a guide in monitoring your company and being prepared. Download PDF

  • Emergency Planning Process Checklist – If you have never planned for an emergency, here are forms that will make life less difficult during a crisis for you and your employees. 


Health and Safety Resources

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Employers Impacted Resources

Employer FAQs

If COVID-19 has impacted your business or services, you can avoid potential layoffs by participating in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program. This program allows you to retain your workers by reducing their hours and wages no more than 60 percent and partially offsetting the wage loss with UI benefits. This helps you avoid the cost of recruiting, hiring, and training new workers and helps your workers keep their jobs and receive some financial support with UI benefits. You and your workers can also be prepared to quickly adjust when business improves.

Your workers can file for unemployment benefits as long as they are unemployed and otherwise eligible. Workers who expect to return to work for you within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week as long as they are able and available to return to work during their unemployment and meet all other eligibility criteria. The EDD will explain the requirements to your workers when they apply for benefit.

If you are facing potential layoffs or plant closures, you can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will meet with you to discuss your needs, help avoid layoffs where possible, and support your workers through the process. Services can include upgrades to current worker skills, customized training, career counseling, job search assistance, help with filing unemployment insurance claims, and information about education and training opportunities. For more information, refer to Rapid Response Services for Businesses Fact Sheet (DE 87144RRB) (PDF). You can also contact your local America’s Job Center of California for more information about available Rapid Response services.

With the Governor’s emergency declaration, if your business is directly affected by COVID 19, you can request up to a 60 day
extension to file your state payroll reports and deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. The written request for extension, noting the impact of COVID 19, must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. For the address to send the request, along with other information, please see the State of Emergency or Disaster Fact Sheet (DE 231SED) ( You can also call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center with any questions you may have about your payroll tax responsibilities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Business and Employers includes basic precautions like proper hand washing and cleaning, as well as making sure your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance.

Visit Cal/OSHA Guidance on Coronavirus to learn more about workplace requirements.

State Postpones Tax Deadline

  • Tax Day now July 15 : Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed.
    Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self employment tax. 

Additional Financial Resources


PACE Loan Products & Financial Assistance Resources


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  • PACE Finance Small Business Loan – PACE is an SBA Lender, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CalCAP Small Business Lender & City of LA BusinessSource. Fill out this short survey and our team of experienced lenders will contact you. Apply Now


  • City Level

    Los Angeles City Small Business Microloan Program – Provides financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of acute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Apply Now

  • State Level

    The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)  – See Link

  • Federal Level

    SBA (US Small Business Administration)
    • EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) Program – See Link
    • Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – See link
PACE Disaster Loan Program