I’m worried about my business income

With event cancellations, reduced foot traffic, self-quarantining and work from home policies, we know that COVID-19 is affecting business revenue.


On September 2nd, the City of Stockton announced a Notice of Available Funding. The COVID-19 Community Support Fund is designed to assist in the relief of costs directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to Community Support; Housing, Homeless and Shelter Programs and Services; and Distance Learning and Educational Support.

• Community-Based and Business-Oriented Non-Profit Organizations
• Non-profit Housing Developers
• Faith Based Organizations (non-secular or religious activities are ineligible for funding)

Program information detailed in the NOFA. Apply here before September 23, 2020. 

Black-owned businesses in Stockton 

To access our list of black-owned businesses in Stockton, click here

Apply for the San Joaquin County Small Business Assistance Grant Program

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on San Joaquin County small businesses and their employees, the County of San Joaquin has created a Small Business Assistance Grant Program.

The objective of this program is to offer immediate financial assistance to small businesses located in the boundaries of San Joaquin County, in both the unincorporated and incorporated portions of the County, to address unfunded expenses resulting from impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus is reimbursement for COVID-19 related expenses realized.

June 1, Stockton small businesses can apply to the Grant Program. To learn more about eligibility and apply for your grant, visit www.sjgov.org/covid19/grants!


SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program reopened to all eligible non-profits and small businesses

To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.

Small businesses can apply to the Paycheck Protection Program

  • The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits.
  • Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors— are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.

How to Apply 

  • New applications are accepted until June 30th. Find more information here

Apply for the Save Small Business Fund

The US Chamber of Commerce is introducing a Small Business Fund that offers a grant of $5,000 to qualifying businesses. The qualifying criteria are:
  • Employ between 3 and 20 people
  • Be located in an economically vulnerable community
  • Having been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
We have checked and all of San Joaquin County is considered an economically vulnerable community.
The application period has begun: https://savesmallbusiness.com/

Sign up to be included on the Stockton Essential Services Map

If you are business that wants to let the community know you are still open, add your business to the Stockton Essential Services Map. Stockton residents can use the interactive map to find out which locations are still open and accessible. Please pass along to your business or resident contacts as a resource.

The following business types can sign up to be included on the map:

  • Automotive
  • Bakery
  • Bank
  • Brewery/Wine
  • Business Resource
  • Daycare
  • Farm Products
  • Grocery Store
  • Hardware Store
  • Other
  • Pet Store
  • Pharmacy
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Social Services

Local food providers can register with Great Plates Delivered to get business

If you are a local food provider that needs business and wants to help vulnerable communities access food, register for Great Plates Delivered at covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors or contact the Ciy of Stockton at 209-937-8785. for more info.

Support from the State of California

The Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact may be eligible for the following support:

  • Work Sharing Program for Reduced Work Hours
  • Rapid Response Services for Businesses planning a closure or major layoff
  • Tax Assistance

More information via the CA Labor & Workforce Development Agency

Local San Joaquin Valley Support

In response to COVID-19, San Joaquin Valley Worknet has extended their WorkNet Jobseeker and Employer Services online. Small business owners, employers, and jobseekers can find service information at the link provided below.

Additional COVID-19 Resources »

Marketing Assistance from Visit Stockton

Restaurants: On March 16, Visit Stockton launched Dine Stockton in order to support local restaurant employees and their families. The intention was to keep those individuals on the job and be a resource for the community as they searched for delivery and take-out options across the city. The information is continually collected and updated (daily) and features a growing number of restaurants, some of which are offering curb-side pick-up during these difficult times. Marketing dollars are being put behind this promotion in order to send traffic to these restaurants. Participation is open to all restaurants within Stockton free of charge.

More information at DineStockton.com


Businesses of all types: On May 22, Visit Stockton launched the Stockton Healthy Pledge program. This free promotional program is a creation of the Stockton Business Recovery Coalition. Businesses take a pledge to keep their employees and customers safe by following certain recommendations and guidelines. Following sign-up, businesses are given free tools to promote their participation, including window clings, door signs, buttons, social media graphics, and more. This is a free and easy way to promote the health and safety protocols to potential customers in an effort to increase traffic and sales.

More information at StocktonHealthyPledge.com

Businesses of all types:  The Stockton Savings Pass is a free mobile coupon book featuring deals and discounts to businesses throughout the city. This free advertising opportunity for businesses allows them to market directly to pass holders. Pass holders can choose from one-time and repeating deals from their favorite places so they can support local and save some money in the process.

Find more information at StocktonSavingsPass.com

San Joaquin County WorkNet Resources

The Workforce Development Board of San Joaquin County is offering financial relief for workers during COVID-19. Workers that have been terminated, laid off, had a reduction of hours or are self-employed and unable to work due to COVID-19 are eligible for up to $800 in supportive services. Click Here to learn more, or call 209-468-3660. 
English Language Learner Grant Program is available to assist assist English Language Learners/Immigrants seeking employment-related skills, and services necessary to overcome barriers to employment, and embark on a career pathway. Click here to learn more, or call 209-468-3109.

Access the new Supervisorial District Fund

Each Supervisorial District recently received $3 million each. This new funding can be used to reimburse costs to Health Care partners, small businesses that have experienced business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and other COVID-19 related expenses. This definition may also extend to nonprofits.

Please connect with your Supervisor via email or phone (click here) so you may learn more about how you can access the dollars: 

If you live in District 1 – Supervisor Villapudua, mvillapudua@sjgov.org
If you live in District 2 – Supervisor Miller, kmiller@sjgov.org
If you live in District 3 – Supervisor Patti, tpatti@sjgov.org
If you live in District 4 – Supervisor Winn, cwinn@sjgov.org
If you live in District 5 – Supervisor Elliott, belliott@sjgov.org

If you’re not sure which Supervisorial District you live in, then please use this district lookup tool.

Update on Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

The IRS has begun sending payments to taxpayers nationwide. Most people won't need to take any action if they are eligible for payment. To check your payment status, visit their site.


Has your employment status changed, or are you working less hours because of COVID?

If you have lost your job or your employer has reduced your hours because of COVID-19,

UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own (including because of COVID-19). Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

If you are an entrepreneur or independent contractor who needs support,

  • You can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).The PUA benefits are payable if an individual doesn't qualify for regular UI benefits in California or another state and also does not qualify for State Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits. For more details, click here.

If you are looking for a new job now, 

  • Amazon is hiring in Stockton. To apply, text STOCKTONNOW to 77088 for job alerts or visit amazon.com/centralvalleyjobs.
  • Stockton Unified (SUSD) is hiring. Take a look at their open roles here.
  • San Joaquin County WorkNet provides great resources for job seekers, including programs specifically designed for getting you back to work. Click here to learn more.
  • CalJOBS is supporting the people of California in getting back to work. Search for job listings in your area here.

If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19,

file for Disability Insurance (DI).

DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member,

file for Paid Family Leave (PFL).

PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

For more information, visit the California Employment Development Department.

If you are an immigrant who needs financial assistance, 

You can apply for Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), a one-time state-funded disaster relief payment for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19 and who are not eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act federal stimulus payments or from pandemic unemployment benefits. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household.

You can begin your application with CRLAF by calling this toll-free number: 877-557-0521.

If you are concerned about COVID-19 financial scams,

CRC (California Reinvestment Coalition) has developed a helpful infographic in English and Spanish to alert people on how they can protect themselves and their loved ones from scammers and bad actors. Vulnerable communities are disproportionately targeted by financial predators. 

Avoid COVID-19 Scams [English]

Avoid COVID-19 Scams [Spanish] 

If you are a farmer, rancher, producer, or you have a rural-based business, 

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide that be can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by COVID-19. 

Questions about the Governor's Stay at Home Order?

For consistent updates, please visit covid19.ca.gov.

Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors, on the Department of Homeland Security Website

What's closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants 
  • Bars and nightclubs 
  • Entertainment venues 
  • Gyms and fitness studios 
  • Public events and gatherings 
  • Convention Centers
  • Hair and nail salons 
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
  • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
  • Shopping malls
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Please click here for a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the California State Government in English and in Spanish.

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