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FEMA: Businesses can being applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance while we await a disaster declaration to release these funds. Information about the program and how to apply can be found here:

IRS: The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. 

Small Business Administration (SBA): SBA COVID-19 Resource Guide here.

List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers: Information from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on the identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response.

Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC): Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers.



CA Employment Development Department (EDD): For businesses that have employee and employer concerns. 

CA Franchise Tax Board: The Franchise Tax Board announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments to June 15, 2020, for all tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020.

CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz): The Governor’s Office of Business And Economic Development has compiled helpful information about COVID-19 for employers and employees in California.

CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK): California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program and Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program.

Cal/OSHA: Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus: Workplace safety and health regulations in California require employers to protect workers exposed to airborne infectious diseases such as the coronavirus. Cal/OSHA has posted guidance to help employers comply with these safety requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves.

CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency: COVID-19 Resources for Workers and Employers relating to Paid Sick Leave, Disability and Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave, Workplace Health, and Safety.

California State Assembly: Another site to provide Federal, State, and local resources to help businesses maintain operations.

California’s One-Stop Website for COVID-19 Resources

CA Tax and Fee Administration: The CDTFA has the authority to assist individuals and businesses impacted by complying with a state or local public health official’s imposition or recommendation of social distancing measures related to COVID-19. This assistance includes granting extensions for filing returns and making payments, relief from interest and penalties, and filing a claim for refund. For more information, click here.

CA Treasurer’s CalCap Program: Special Loan Program which encourages banks to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty getting financing.

CA Department of Justice: Consumer alert on price gouging following statewide declaration of emergency for Novel Coronavirus cases in California communities.



San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency Business Resources

Inland Empire Microenterprise Collaborative: This resource is a collection of microlenders who can provide loans up to $75,000.00 to small businesses.

Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IE SBDC): Free resources for small businesses to get consulting and access to capital programs.



Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce: The Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce has prepared a list of resources to assist the community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. There are two pages of resources, Household Information & Resources and Business, Employer & Employee Resources.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Worksheet for businesses affected by COVID-19. This worksheet is not an application. Information is collected and forwarded to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CAOES) for their use in determining the City of Barstow's eligibility for State and Federal disaster recovery assistance. Please return by email or by mail to: City of Barstow City Manager's Office | 220 East Mountain View Street, Barstow, CA 92311.

Paycheck Protection Program: Desert Community Bank (Flagstar Bank) is now accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (SBA Loan) authorized by the CARE Act signed by President Trump.