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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


Reopening plans

Email update for Carlsbad businesses #2, 5-13-20
Email update for Carlsbad businesses #1, 5-12-20
Ensuring plumbing safety when reopening

County reopening strategy
Stay Connected - Support for businesses and employers
County Guidance for Dine-In Restaurants
San Diego County COVID-19 Safe Onsite Dining Plan for Restaurants
San Diego County - COVID-19 Restaurant Operating Protocol (Safe Reopening Plan)
County Guidance for In-Store Retail and All Other Businesses
Safe Reopening Plan for In-Store Retail and All Other Businesses

Guidebooks and checklists for reopening by industry
State guidance for dine-in restaurants
Update on California's pandemic roadmap stages
Industry guidance on gradual move to Stage 2
Resilience roadmap


City Council Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Economic Revitalization 

Carlsbad Small Business Loan program

05-05-20 Staff Report:  Funding Allocation and Business Loan Program Recommendations for the Economic Recovery and Revitalization Initiative 
04-21-20 Staff Report: COVID-19 Response Recommendations from the Ad Hoc City Council Economic Revitalization Subcommittee


Loans and financial assistance programs

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses and nonprofits keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. An additional $484 billion COVID-19 stimulus package called the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act was passed (CARES Act 3.5) was passed to add funding to the program. Get all the details

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


Health orders affecting businesses

Template for workplace sanitation and distancing plan 
Latest county health order (4/30/20) 
Description of essential businesses and services



Questions and answers for workers affected by COVID-19
New paid leave rules (expanded sick leave and family and medical leave) and webinar explaining them (will prompt you to download Adobe Connect) 
Table comparing benefits available to workers
Executive order granting extra sick leave for food industry workers
Onward California portal for employees who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 
North County businesses who are hiring 
San Diego Workforce Partnership   (career counseling, outplacement, other support)
California Employment Development Department Unemployment benefits and other assistance 


City, Chamber, and CVA Joint Communication

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


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 Public Health guidance for restaurants and food service operations
California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control regulatory relief efforts
IRS taxpayer relief information


Help for businesses

Guidance for workplaces and employee health
Small Business Paycheck Protection Plan on-demand webinar  
Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loan on-demand webinar
Contact your federal and state representatives for help         


Healthy workplace tips

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

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 

Hotels and motels
Hotels have an additional 30 days (60 days total) to remit TOT for the months of February, March, April and May. To qualify, hotels must file their Transient Occupancy Tax return by the existing deadline:  30 days following the end of the month when the stays occurred.

Business licenses
For the months of March, April and May, city business license renewals should be submitted on time, but businesses will have an additional 60 days to pay, beyond the existing deadline, which is 59 days following the expiration date. 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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