COVID-19 Business Resources
Business Help is Available
Your business is 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. While we are unable meet in person, we 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 EconomicDevelopment@pleasanthillca.org or by telephone at 925-671-5213.
Micro-Grants Offered for Marketing
The City of Pleasant Hill is offering reimbursement micro-grants of up to $1,500 to businesses that have fewer than 10 employees. For information visit: Marketing and Advertising Grant.
Outdoor Furniture Reimbursement Grant
A reimbursement grant of up to $2,000 is offered to businesses eligible to operate outdoors in Pleasant Hill seeking to expand their service capacity and in need of financial support to purchase or rent temporary outdoor furniture. Learn more at: Outdoor Furniture Grant.
Safety Posters and Floor Decals Available
Small businesses in need of posters to notify customers of the need to verify they are healthy before entering the business, to wear masks and keep social distance requirements while inside can receive posters and floor decals at no cost from the City by completing and submitting a Safety Poster and Decal Order Form. Posters and decals will be made ready for pickup at the lobby at City Hall.
City Website for Open BusinessesA website specifically for open businesses to provide details on current hours of operation, links to your website, and much more. This searchable website was created by the City in partnership with Bludot, and is managed by the businesses.
Access the website at: www.pleasanthillca.org/open.
SBA Offers Loans to California Small Businesses
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers business guidance and loan programs on an ongoing basis, however, during the COVID-19 pandemic, special loans are offered, including some that are very low interest or "forgivable" and don’t need to be paid back. Programs offered change based on funding available. For up to date information, visit the SBA website at: sba.gov.
Speaker Series Looks at How Businesses Can Adapt During COVID-19 Pandemic
The East Bay Economic Development Alliance is offering a speaker series to offer ideas for strategies on how to adapt business operations during the pandemic. Registration is open to non-members. Miss an event? Videos are stored in the archives.Beyond the Gig Economy
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Explore the future of work and alternative marketplaces and models for irregular work. Wingham Rowan, founder of Beyond Jobs, whose company’s technology was used in a redesign of the British government safety net, will present. This program is open to both members and non-members. Register today!
Tuesday, July 21
Workplace Reimagined, a webinar exploring the changing landscape of office and work environments during COVID-19 and employee safety during a pandemic. Craig Rice, AIA, LEED AP, and Carissa Mylin, IIDA of SERA Architects provided the presentation.
Register for upcoming webinars or view past events at https://eastbayeda.org/events.
How Can You Stay Informed?
It can be hard to stay on top of all that occurs with changing health orders, opportunities, and events that impact your business. The City of Pleasant Hill communicates changes as quickly as possible in two primary ways, and we recommend you sign up for both:
1) Emails sent to the owners of Pleasant Hill businesses. If you are an owner or manager of a business, and have not been receiving emails with information on resources and changes in health orders that specifically impact businesses, email EconomicDevelopment@pleasanthillca.org ask to be added to the distribution list.
2) Weekly Update sent out each Friday with news that may impact businesses and residents in Pleasant Hill, including changes in health orders, special events or programs added or cancelled. Sign up for the Weekly Update by clicking here. (Ignore the part where it says you are giving us permission to market to you. The only thing you will receive as a result of subscribing is the Weekly Update.)
Contra Costa County and State Health Orders Impact Business Operations
Health Orders are issued by Contra Costa Health Services and the State of California’s Governor as the number of COVID-19 virus cases rise and fall. The Health Orders outline protocols intended to slow the spread of the virus, and include both mandatory and recommended components for business operations, including which businesses are allowed to operate. When the Governor announces new guidelines that allow for opening of more businesses, or loosening of restrictions on the public, they will only apply to Pleasant Hill businesses if the County Health Orders also allow for the changes based on local data on the number of COVID-19 cases. So, the stricter of either the County or the State Health Orders apply to businesses in Pleasant Hill.
For current Contra Costa County information, visit coronavirus.cchealth.org
For current State information and guidelines for businesses, visit business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019
For local information about the Coronavirus, check the City of Pleasant Hill’s website: www.pleasanthillca.org/COVID-19.
Additional Resources for Pleasant Hill Businesses
California Association for Local Economic Development Visit their COVID-19 page for Business Resources - updated often.
East Bay Economic Development Alliance has an extensive list of resources for businesses: eastbayeda.org/covid-19-resources
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.