Member & Business News
This section is for OBMA Member-specific information, events, issues, and news for small business owners in Ocean Beach.
The state has provided guidance for Retail Establishments to open for curbside and delivery only. A friendly reminder from SDPD that all retail businesses must adhere to the safe reopening plan put in place by the Governor and County of San Diego. Although the rules can be confusing, if each business lives by the rules our community can continue to move forward. SDPD has asked the OBMA to remind you NO WALK IN TRAFFIC is permitted in businesses at this time. A $1K fine will be issued to any business in violation. Don't shoot the messenger! Retail Establishments - Curbside or Delivery ONLY
Please help us reach out to the City Council and Mayor in support of small businesses as they start their budget hearings. Copy and paste the email addresses into a new email. Copy and paste the short letter into that email making sure you fill in the sections that are bold and in brackets with your own information. Be sure to use the Subject line: Requesting Small Business Support. Instructions: Simply customize the sections [bold, in brackets] and send to the email addresses below blue. Of course you can add or edit the letter or email distribution list as you’d like. Quantity matters! The more letter that are sent to elected officials the more powerful our collective voice.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults.
SDG&E understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainly and we want to help. Have you filed for unemployment? You may qualify for utility bill discounts or direct payments to your utility bill. Apply today for CARE or FERA at sdge.com/care or apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by visiting 211sandiego.org. #PoweringThruTogether
The second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding will be available TODAY, April 27th starting at 10:30am EDT. Here’s a practical guide for those who have already applied and are waiting on funding, as well as those looking to try on this second round. The Treasury Department has also sent out some updated rules and regulations: For Self-employed on PPP applications
OBMA Members As many of you know, Mayor Faulconer and Supervisor Cox announced the creation of an advisory group tasked with preparing recommendations for our region's economic reactivation and recovery. They are looking for business owners' input as they work together to craft this plan. The deadline to complete the survey is the end of day, TODAY, APRIL 22, 2020.
Small Business Webinar Monday, April 20th at 10am The feedback from the small business webinar we held this last Monday was positive, but the registration filled fast and some business owners were unable to join. We will be hosting another one this coming Monday, April 20th if your members would like to join. Here is the link for people to register: https://sdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/13003 As mentioned, this webinar is intended for constituents to get the most updated information on state and federal assistance for small businesses
As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly redu
HOW SDG&E IS GIVING BACK TO ITS COMMUNITIES SDG&E has donated $1 million in shareholder funds to help launch the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund (sdfoundation.org/covid19) to support local nonprofit groups that help the needy with food, rent and utility bill assistance.
All local Courts remain essentially closed except for emergency matters until at least May 1st. See my Facebook page for updates and details.
Business Organizations - You may have heard yesterday, Mayor Faulconer announced that Cal Coast Credit Union, GoFundMe and Qualcomm have each contributed $100,000 to launch a new initiative between the City, Cal Coast Cares Foundation and San Diego Grantmakers to encourage corporate partners and individual San Diegans to donate to the Small Business Relief Fund. The fund was created at Mayor Faulconer’s urging to provide financial assistance to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The need is great and we remain committed to finding more support for San Diego businesses.
Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocols for essential businesses must be posted no later than TUESDAY, APRIL 7th 12:00 AM Public Health Order - Addendum 1 Takeaways If you are a business providing an essential service, as defined by Governor Newsom’s Executive Order, and you are currently OPEN, please review updates below:
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest and mortgages, rent, and utilities. Payroll Protection Program Application This information is brought to you by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association. Our office is open. Please reach out to us if we can be of assistance. Stay Healthy!
Facebook just announced the following ways they're helping business owners: LOTS OF BIG NEWS!! Facebook has put out an update on their business grant program for the Covid-19 crisis. Applications will open in the U.S. next week! To see eligibility: https://www.facebook.com/grantsforbusiness
Quote of the Week "This unprecedented public-private partnership is going to assist small businesses with accessing capital quickly." – SBA Administrator, Jovita Carranza, announces the new Paycheck Protection Program available to small businesses and non-profits in response to the pandemic. Need help navigating these new loan programs?