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Please find up-to-date information on business resources here. Updated June 4, 2020

Business Resources:

June 4, 2020:

Yesterday evening the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020.  The measure, which was passed by the House last week by a vote of 417-1, makes significant changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that are designed to help small business borrowers.

The key provisions include:

  • Extends the time period in which borrowers must spend their PPP loans from 8 weeks to 24 weeks.
  • Lowers the percentage of loan proceeds that must be spent on payroll from 75 to 60 percent.
  • Extends the loan coverage period from June 30 to December 31, 2020.
  • For the portion of the loan that isn’t forgiven, the measure extends the loan term from 2 years to 5 years.

The bill now heads to the president’s desk and is expected to be signed shortly.

May 13, 2020:

Free COVID-19 testing now available for any local resident, even those without symptoms, Click Here for Info

May 6, 2020:
San Luis Obispo County’s Framework for Phased Reopening 
-From the San Luis Obispo County
Welcome to our proposed Steps to Adapt & Reopen Together (START) Guide for San Luis Obispo County. This guide provides the public with a phased approach to reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. This slow and systematic approach will help us protect public health and our most vulnerable populations, while also providing residents, organizations, and businesses with a path to reopening our communities and economy with COVID-19.
These guidelines are intended to be instructive, not prescriptive, and no criteria by itself should be an automatic trigger for action. Rather, the set of factors described below may be utilized and interpreted based on patterns evident in the community. It should be noted that any reopening may be associated with an unpredictable amount of risk. However, given existing scientific evidence and analysis of SLO County’s risk profile, these guidelines are proportionate but should be utilized in the context of the adaptive response in the event of worsening criteria.
Our approach is broken down into three phases, each with public health criteria for moving to and from phases.  Please click here for the START Guide
April 3rd, 2020:

Applications for small business loans funded by the Federal CARES Act will start being processed today! If you're looking for information on how to apply or how these loans can help cover expenses such as payroll, mortgages, or rent, click here to see a quick small business owner's guide that will help you get started.

Still can't find the answer to your question? Reach out to Jordan Cunningham's office at 805.549.3381 and we can help.

Many local business banks are reaching out to their clients about the Payment Protection Program. Please engage with you bank for help with this process.

Hi CARES Act Webinar from April 1st with the Goleta Chamber, here is the recordings:
Thank you for joining the Chambers of Commerce in Santa Barbara County for Wednesday's Webinar on the CARES Act. We want to thank Jennings Imel from the US Chamber of Commerce for his great presentation and answering many of our questions.
Please note, it will ask you to log in to view the recording.
If you have questions, please contact Cortney@GoletaChamber.com
Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here's a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the process.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Frequently Asked Questions: FFCRA_Webinar_FINAL

You're Invited to attend a FREE Webinar, Santa Barbara County Chambers of Commerce invite you to a webinar on the CARES act with the US Chamber of Commerce. Jennings Imel, our regional representative from the US Chamber of Commerce will provide insights into what the new CARES act means for our local businesses.
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Online: GoToMeeting (registration required)

Click Here for More Information and to Register for Free

March 25, 2020:
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.[1] The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
San Luis Obispo County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector Statement Regarding Property Tax Collection Deadlines 032020_County-Property-Taxes_Press-Release (1)
March 21, 2020:
Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave. Click Here for more information.
March 19, 2020:
It's been a very busy day as so many Templetonians get ready to shelter in place. We know many of our businesses have chosen to close for this time but others are essential service businesses or choosing to adapt by switching to take-out. This afternoon, County Public Health shared guidelines for businesses, employers and employees to more clearly identify who can remain open and in what capacity. Please let us know via email if your business is open and we will add you to our new page, Templeton Strong.
New Resources Released March 18, 2020:
Resources Released March 17, 2020:
  • The Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) has compiled a list of resources now available for employees and employers who have been impacted by COVID-19. This was created by the EDC for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, however it has valuable information that could be very useful for our local businesses in SLO County. EDC COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCE GUIDE
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. The SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance is working with the State of California to complete this step.Once SBA makes an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration in response to a Governor’s request, small businesses in primary declared counties, as well as contiguous counties, will be able to apply online for EIDL assistance at SBA.gov/disaster. Please visit this site, SBA.gov/coronavirus, and see the attached handout for more information.  The application/approval process for EIDL loans is managed by our Sacramento office with contact info in the handout.
Resources Released March 16, 2020:
Templeton Community Resources:
Let’s keep money flowing into our local businesses!
  • Buy gift certificates to restaurants and shops to use as a later date
  • Order take-out from local restaurants or get pre-ordered meals from local caterers.
  • Order items online from your local favorite store’s website.
  • Get creative with how you reach your customers, if you need more ideas please contact our office, (805) 434-1789 or email jessica@templetonchamber.com.
We are in this together and we will thrive together!
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