The Senior Aid for Food Resources Program is providing groceries to those 65 and older free of cost. Read more here…
Fresno medical leader: I got the COVID-19 vaccine and encourage you to do the same (Fresno Bee Valley Voices)
We’ve seen too many lives cut short by COVID-19 — more than 1,185 in Fresno County alone, as of last Thursday. January was our deadliest month so far. There were 434 people here who lost their battle with COVID. That’s more than the number of people who die in a typical month in our county…
It’s been more than a year since I’ve seen my mother. Like many families, we live a fair distance apart and the pandemic has put a stop to our visits. I was supposed to visit last April to celebrate her 90th birthday, but instead we shared a toast over the phone and tightly crossed our…
‘Please send more vaccines’: Fresno Councilmember appeals to President Biden (YourCentralValley.com)
FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Fresno City Councilmember Mike Karbassi wrote a letter to President Joe Biden, appealing to the president directly for more doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. Read more here…
PPP Loans: Everything We Know About Latest Small Business Protection (The Wall Street Journal) Read more here.
SACRAMENTO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A California-wide COVID-19 relief grant program started accepting applications on Wednesday, with grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 available to the state’s small businesses and small non-profits. Read more here.
EXECUTIVE ORDER N-84-20 WHEREAS on March 4, 2020, I proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist inCalifornia as a result of the threat of COVID-19; and WHEREAS the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates physical distancingmeasures and households to stay at home in order to minimize further spread ofthe disease; and WHEREAS the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the…
At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Brittany and Craig Franey, part owners of FS Food Group in Charlotte, NC, were forced to quickly come up with a plan to keep their restaurants running and some of their staff employed. Click here to read more…
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Fresno City officials are hoping thousands of dollars given out to small businesses will give owners some relief as they navigate changes due to the pandemic. About 700 businesses ranging from restaurants to clothing shops applied for and received grants. Click here to read more…
FRESNO, California (KGPE) – The coronavirus pandemic has created financial hardship for many Fresno families – and city officials are responding to that by approving more money to go towards their Housing Retention Grant Program. Click here to read more.
Fresno County stays in red COVID-19 reopening tier. What will it take to keep that status? (Fresno Bee)
Fresno County’s businesses will keep operating under red Tier 2 of California’s coronavirus restrictions for a seventh consecutive week following Tuesday’s update on the risks of COVID-19 spread in each of the state’s 58 counties. Click here to read more.
FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) — A $1.5 million relief grant fund was announced Friday that’s meant to benefit local artists, performing arts programs, theaters, museums and other arts and culture groups affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Read more here.
Coronavirus updates, Oct. 30: Fresno to update death toll as California nears 1 million cases – Fresno Bee
To read the article, click this link.
The U.S. Small Business Administration, which administers the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), began accepting loan forgiveness applications Aug. 10. Just two weeks later, the agency, in conjunction with the Treasury Department, released additional guidelines surrounding forgiveness of the pandemic loans designed to keep workers on payrolls. Read more by clicking this link.
Gov. Newsom orders hair salons, gyms, churches, other businesses to close indoor operations in most Central CA counties – ABC30
More business and workplace closures under way. Read more here.
More PPP help on the way. Read more here.
Proposal to invest $30 million in CARES dollars in Fresno’s southern neighborhoods. Read more here.
More information regarding HUB grant recipients. Read more here.
If you applied for a Fresno County HUB grant, the awardees have been selected. Watch the coverage here.
Now you have more time to apply for the City of Fresno Save Our Small Businesses Grant. Read more here.
City of Fresno donating 14,000 face masks to small businesses opening this week. Read more here.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom says barbershops and hair salons can open immediately in the 47 counties that have received approval to fully enter Phase 2, often called “Phase 2.5” of reopening. Read more here.
California releases guidelines for churches, synagogues, mosques to open for in-person worship – ABC 30
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — California state officials released new guidelines on Monday for churches and other places of worship to open after weeks of being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The guidelines for churches, mosques, and synagogues were broken down into sections about how to resume modified in-person services. Read more here.
The Fresno City Council voted to take the next step on two grant programs, one for small businesses and one for residents to keep their homes, with a 6-1 vote Thursday. Read more here.
Quick, painless, easy, and best of all, free. COVID-19 testing in Fresno ramped up in a big way Wednesday with the addition of a drive-up testing site at United Health Centers‘ Fresno location near Herndon and Milburn avenues. District 2 Fresno City Councilmember Mike Karbassi helped launch the site and was first to get a test. The test…
Many California stores can reopen Friday from coronavirus lockdown, Newsom announces – The Fresno Bee
Big news out of Sacramento. We can begin Phase 2 of reopening Friday and some regional variation will be allowed according to data. Read more here.
Here is a good opportunity for small businesses to apply for more grans, this time from the US Chamber of Commerce. Click here for more information.
Here are the biggest industry winners and losers from the first post-coronavirus retail sales report — one that saw a record spending plunge – Business Insider
What industries are doing well during the COVID-19 pandemic? Find out: click here.
Faith-Based Organizations: Guidance for Eligible Paycheck Protection Program Loans – National Law Review
Interesting information for faith-based organizations applying for SBA’s PPP: https://www.natlawreview.com/article/faith-based-organizations-guidance-eligible-paycheck-protection-program-loans
One of the biggest complaints you have shared with us is that not enough banks are taking SBA applications. Here are some good tips: https://www.inc.com/brit-morse/paycheck-protection-program-ppp-small-business-loans-bank-alternatives.html?icid=hmhero
Learn how to ensure you get your stimulus check: https://gvwire.com/2020/04/11/coronavirus-stimulus-checks-delivered-irs-says-how-to-make-sure-you-get-yours/
Great questions, which need answers: https://www.inc.com/cameron-albert-deitch/coronavirus-paycheck-protection-program-funding-uncertainty.html?icid=hmhero You can watch our webinar with Fresno SBA District Director Dawn Golik for answers: Click HERE.
Great article on options for displaced employees: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/furlough-unemployment-layoff-coronavirus/
Fresno businesses hurt by pandemic can apply for 0% interest loans. But they must hurry – Fresno Bee
Learn more about the City’s rollout of the Save Our Small Businesses Act, forgivable loans for local small businesses. Read the article here: https://www.fresnobee.com/news/coronavirus/article241802041.html
Interesting questions which need answers, especially for sole proprietors applying for assistance. Read the article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonynitti/2020/04/05/paycheck-protection-program-loans-three-things-the-sba-and-banks-need-to-agree-on-now/amp/
Great early resource on FAQ’s about the CARES Act and SBA funding options for businesses, non-profits, the self-employed, etc: https://www.icsc.com/news-and-views/icsc-exchange/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-cares-act
Click here to learn more about this great opportunity for small businesses to use sales tax receipts for a 1-year penalty free bridge loan, up to $50,000. Read the article here: https://abc7.com/coronavirus-california-small-businesses-covid-19-shelter-in-place-gavin-newsom/6071621/
Fresno Offers 0% Loans for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19