COVID-19: Resources For Your Small Business

The San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce is creating a content curation on our website to support Filipino-owned businesses that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19. Please check in for updates at SFFilAmChamber.org.

March 24, 2020
From: Desi Danganan, Kultivate Labs, RepublikaSF
RE: Filipino-owned businesses in the San Francisco Greater Bay Area/Silicon Valley and anywhere else in the US – Please respond to this survey!

Congress is about to pass a gigantic $250 billion business bail-out. That money will trickle through various state and local agencies. To make sure that money reaches our community, we need to collect data so we can advocate for reasons for Filipino owned businesses. If you own a brick and mortar, online business, or you’re an entertainer like a DJ — please take 5 minutes to fill-out this survey.

The early results are unsettling. Most Filipino businesses have less than 2 months’ worth of cash to weather this crisis. 80% have seen an 80% or more drop in sales.

I run Kultivate Labs, a non-profit known for UNDISCOVERED SF where we incubate emerging Filipino businesses. We’re going to release the findings of this data (but keep individual business data private) so we can better advocate for our community in the coming weeks.

March 23, 2020
From Jose Pecho

To Our San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Family and Friends,

Our Policy Team has been working diligently to ensure the voices of the business community are heard as we advocate for you during the COVID-19 crisis. Please take a look at three recent letters we’ve sent to local and state civic leaders on your behalf.

Economic Recovery Package Memo – COVID-19 (March 10, 2020) – The SF Chamber and our community partners urged our federal, state, and local elected leaders to develop an economic recovery package for Bay Area businesses impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 and Employee Lost Wages (March 17, 2020) – The SF Chamber and our small business members urged Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors to consider allocating unused HealthySF dollars held by the City to provide restaurant, bar, and retail workers wages from lost hours during this public health crisis.

Business Interruption Coverage (March 19, 2020) – The SF Chamber requested that Mayor Breed issue a Civil Authority Order to ensure that small businesses impacted by COVID-19 have access to insurance benefits.

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is working hard to advocate for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@sfchamber.com. View the SF Chamber’s Small Business Resource Page here.

PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information concerning new cases in San Francisco and best practices for staying healthy, please visit the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s webpage.

IMPORTANT SURVEYS

Has your business been impacted by COVID-19? Please share your experience and complete the short survey here.

Do you have services, goods, or other items available? Respond to this survey and share your stories so we can pass on your creative ideas to others.

FEDERAL RESOURCES

Federal Resources for Employers:

U.S. ​SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) – The SBA provides a number of loan resources for small businesses and assists with access to capital. The SBA will work directly with state and local governments to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. Learn more here.

Assistance to Access SBA Loans– San Francisco OEWD will provide direct technical assistance to local small businesses and nonprofits to ensure they can immediately access the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) federal loan program once it becomes available. Learn more here.

IRS RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS – The IRS has set up a special section to help taxpayers and businesses affected by COVID-19. The page will be updated as new programs are made available. Learn more here. Check in for updates.

Federal Resources for Employees:

IRS RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES – The IRS has set up a special section to help taxpayers and workers affected by COVID-19. The page will be updated as new programs are made available. Learn more here. Check in for updates.

STAY INFORMED

Listen to public health messages from reliable sources:

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) – WebsiteTwitter

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) – WebsiteTwitter

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – WebsiteTwitter

For official updates, text COVID19SF to 888-777.

SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service: Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Benefits.gov is here to help you find the right assistance programs for you and your family. Learn about managing stress during the outbreak and take the Benefit Finder to discover what benefit programs you may be eligible for (Benefit Finder): http://ow.ly/t5dV50yXOSA

FEMA – Corona Virus Rumor Control
Click here.

The purpose of this FEMA page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response.

Always go to trusted sources of information like coronavirus.gov or your state and local government’s official websites or social media accounts for instructions and information specific to your community.

For more information on the coronavirus, please visit coronavirus.gov. You can also visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) response page for more updates on the federal response. Follow state and local officials as well for instructions and information specific to your community.

HELPFUL COMMUNITY LINKS

Community Childcare Council of Santa Clara County, Inc. (4C)

4C’s is a 501(c) non-profit, community-based agency whose mission is to empower every child, senior and family that they serve. Whether it’s giving them access to training, resources, or child care, 4C’s helps members in our community to achieve their greatest potential.

Click here for updates on the COVID-19 Outbreak.