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Business Resources

The city’s economic development staff is working with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the Carlsbad Village Association to provide business-related COVID-19 updates. If you have businesses related questions please contact us at business@carlsbadca.gov

As the State of California and the County of San Diego continue to move through the process of recovery and reopening, the City of Carlsbad is interested in hearing from Carlsbad businesses. The city would like to better assess the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and better understand the impact and outlook for businesses, including continuing challenges.

Please take a few moments to provide information that may be used to guide city programs that support businesses. The survey should take about seven minutes to complete and will close Wednesday, November 25, at 5:00 PM.

On Nov. 17, 2020 the City Council discussed the concept of a hospitality worker recall ordinance and directed the City Attorney to draft an urgency ordinance for consideration at the Dec. 8, 2020 City Council meeting. The Ad Hoc City Council Economic Revitalization Subcommittee will be discussing the ordinance on Nov. 30 as a part of its regularly scheduled meeting. In advance of the Subcommittee’s meeting, the Subcommittee is seeking public comment on this working discussion draft by staff. This draft has not been reviewed or approved by the City Council.  It purpose is to aid the Subcommittee in its work by providing a beginning point for public comment.  If you wish to provide comments to the Subcommittee for their consideration as they discuss this item, please provide input to business@carlsbadca.gov no later than Monday, Nov. 30, at 12 p.m.

The Carlsbad City Council will be considering this item at its regular meeting on Tuesday Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. if you wish to provide live feedback during a public hearingYou can find more information regarding the City Council hearings here. The agenda for the City Council meeting should be posted by Dec. 4, 2020.

If you know of any additional interested parties who may want to provide input on this item please provide their contact information to business@carlsbadca.gov and we will ensure they are included in any future communications.

County guidance on what businesses can open now and coming soon
Latest county health order


Loans and financial assistance

Carlsbad Small Business Loan program The city is accepting applications for small business microloans of up to $10,000 and small business recovery loans of up to $25,000.

Loans and Financial Assistance Programs for Business

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program for unemployed or partially unemployed individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance (contractors, self-employed and more)  

Reopening support 

How to move your business outdoors (sidewalks and parking lots)
Stay Safe to Stay Open signs 
What's open and what's not 
Ensuring plumbing safety when reopening
Commercial kitchen food waste prevention webinars

Safe reopening plan for businesses
Stay Connected - Support for businesses and employers
San Diego County COVID-19 Business Resource Page
Businesses with questions can email: COVID19BusinessQuestions@sdcounty.ca.gov

Guidebooks and checklists for reopening by industry
Resilience roadmap



Questions and answers for workers affected by COVID-19
Unemployment assistance, benefits and job help


City, Chamber, and CVA Joint Communication

Joint email to local businesses #23, 11-24-20
Joint email to local businesses #22, 11-12-20
Joint email to local businesses #21, 10-27-20
Joint email to local businesses #20, 9-24-20
Joint email to local businesses #19, 09-16-20
Joint email to local businesses #18, 09-04-20
Joint email to local businesses #17, 08-28-20
Joint email to local businesses #16, 08-21-20
Joint email to local businesses #15, 07-31-20
Joint email to local businesses #14, 07-24-20
Joint email to local businesses #13, 07-15-20
Joint email to local businesses #12, 07-08-20
Joint email to local businesses #11, 07-03-20
Joint email to local businesses #10, 06-10-20
Joint email to local businesses #9, 05-29-20
Joint email to local businesses #8, 05-21-20
Joint email to local businesses #7, 05-08-20
Joint email to local businesses #6, 04-29-20
Joint email to local businesses #5, 04-11-20
Joint email to local businesses #4, 04-03-20 
Joint email to local businesses #3, 04-01-20 
Joint email to local businesses #2, 03-23-20 
Joint email to local businesses #1, 03-17-20

Other updates

Email update for Carlsbad businesses #3, 11-20-20
Email update for Carlsbad businesses #2
, 5-13-20
Email update for Carlsbad businesses #1, 5-12-20


Fees, utilities, taxes, licenses, regulations

Relief for the food and beverage industry
Solid Waste Services Economic Relief for Businesses program
SDG&E will waive late payment fees for businesses facing hardship
Water service shutoff moratoriums 
Governor's Executive Order providing tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for small businesses
California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control regulatory relief efforts
IRS taxpayer relief information


Healthy workplace tips

Guidance for workplaces and employee health
Tips for keeping workplaces safe 
Tips for keeping commercial establishments safe 
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Info for employers from the State Department of Public Health 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on cleaning and disinfecting facilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting
California Department of Public Health guidance for restaurants and food service operations


Landlords and property owners

Tenant and landlord resource page
Temporary suspension on commercial evictions
Resolution on Commercial Eviction Moratorium

News and info

Coronavirus and the 78 Corridor
U.S. Chamber of Commerce blog explaining latest developments for businesses    
Coronavirus Updates from the California Employment Development Department
Coronavirus FAQs from California Employment Development Department


City fees  

Business licenses
New applications and renewals can be submitted online, and fees can be paid online.


Other business resources

Resources for North County small businesses
2-1-1 San Diego resources for businesses and employees
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation business resources guide
Federal, state and local list of resources
State's medical supply donation form


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