COVID-19 Business Impacts

Business Help is Available

Your business in 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 to you. While we are unable to meet with you in person, we want to 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 or by telephone at 925-671-5213.

City launches searchable Essential Businesses website (posted 4/24/2020)

To support local businesses that are deemed essential and are open during the COVID-19 health emergency, the City has launched a searchable website listing essential businesses and key information on accessing their services. Visit the Essential Businesses page by clicking here.

Fraud alert (posted 4/9/2020)

In this very challenging time, we are unfortunately hearing about an increase in possible fraud and phishing schemes related to economic stimulus programs being offered through the CARES Act and the economic stimulus programs offered by the U. S. Small Business Administration. Click for information on how to identify possible fraud schemes and report suspicious activity.

New! CARES Act Overview

California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Overview of Local Economic Development Provisions of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act 

SBA Offers Disaster Loan Assistance to California Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans for working capital to small businesses in Contra Costa County (and elsewhere) suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. These low interest loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

How to Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Watch a video on how to apply for an SBA Disaster Loan
In this short video, Norcal SBDC financial advisor Sunita Maharaj walks step-by-step through all the forms needed to apply for the SBA Disaster Relief loan. Download an EIDL form guide here: 

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16, 2020.

For more information about the SBA’s process including the documentation required to process applications and make disaster loan decisions, download the SBA brochure, The Three Step Process: Disaster Loans.

California small businesses can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan on the SBA website. To apply by mail, call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail for more instructions.

Contra Costa  Shelter In Place Order and impact on Essential Businesses

Contra Costa County’s Updated and Expanded Health Order (issued April 29, 2020) continues to restrict most activity to essential functions and needs through May 31. But the Order allows certain additional essential businesses and low-risk outdoor businesses to begin operating again. Businesses  must have a Social Distancing Protocol in place before reopening - download the updated Protocol form. The Social Distancing Protocol requires the Protocol, along with a sign for employees and customers, to be posted in every location.

The order is in effect through May 31, 2020, or until revised or superseded.

Updated FAQ
Executive Summary of May 4 Health Order

For more information, visit

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Additional Resources for Pleasant Hill Businesses

California Association for Local Economic Development Visit their COVID-19 page for Business Resources - updated often.

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.