COVID-19 Business Resources
While the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all, the Downtown Fresno Partnership will be monitoring resources from state, local and federal agencies that are available to our Downtown Fresno businesses to help offset the impact of the virus. Please visit this page as we update our resources when they become available.
Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, on a statewide level with four colored tiers – Purple (Widespread), Red (Substantial), Orange (Moderate) and Yellow (Minimal) – based on how prevalent COVID-19 is in each county and the extent of community spread. For Fresno County, Purple (Widespread) is substituted for the previous County Data Monitoring List (which has equivalent criteria to Purple).
For more information, and for updates to the authorized business list, please visit https://www.fresno.gov/coronavirus/ and https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.
Downtown Restaurants with Delivery, Curbside and To-Go Options
We are maintaining a list of restaurants and bars that are offering curbside and to-go service for those sheltering in place. If you are a Downtown restaurant or bar in operation, please send our organization updates for this guide. In addition, we would like to promote your business on social media. Please tag us on Instagram or Facebook @downtownfresno or Twitter @fresnodowntown so we can reshare and inform those interested in helping to #supportdowntownfresno.
Free Online Ordering Apps to Downtown Restaurants
OrdrSlip, a Bitwise Industries company that develops online ordering apps for restaurants is generously offering to build free apps for Downtown restaurants that are transitioning to online ordering for delivery, curbside and to-go options. Please click the link above to sign up for a free app from OrdrSlip. The app also comes with three months of free service (a $1,300 value).
Get Digital CA! Small Business Training from Google
Online presence matters for the resiliency of your small business. The California Office of the Small Business Advocate, Governor's Office of Business and Google, Inc. are offering a "Grow With Google" learning series. Register for one or more of the webinars.
Downtown Fresno Notices
- Please support the Unity for Community effort that directly helps essential workers. We have partnered with JSA, Haron Jaguar, TW Patterson and Root General to provide fundraising tees and establish the CRMC COVID-19 relief fund.
- DFP is working with the City of Fresno and Fresno Metro Black Chamber to identify ways to utilize public sidewalks, public parking areas, and streets to accommodate outdoor dining for downtown restaurants. Parklet applications are now available. Please contact our office.
- Downtown Fresno ArtHop Events have been canceled for the time being, per Fresno Arts Council.
- Bitwise Industries is offering grocery delivery for those in need and volunteer opportunities through their Take Care Initiative, as well as assistance for families arranging quarantine related childcare and resources through PodUp
- Take3 Burgers is taking donations to serve burgers to emergency and essential workers.
Local Business Resources
Revive Fresno County
The Revive Fresno County initiative is a joint effort from the County, City, Fresno Chamber of Commerce, Fresno County EDC, California Hmong Chamber of Commerce, Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce, Fresno Area
Revive Fresno County
The Revive Fresno County initiative is a joint effort from the County, City, Fresno Chamber of Commerce, Fresno County EDC, California Hmong Chamber of Commerce, Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce, Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation and the Jakara Movement. The website www.revivefresnocounty.com includes official guidelines for your industry, funding resources and an important survey for business owners. Read more about the initiative here.
County of Fresno Public Health
To stay current on official news and guidance on how to move forward with business operations, please visit the Fresno County Public Health webpage focused on COVID-19 located here.
Business Resource Response Team
The City of Fresno, Fresno Chamber of Commerce, Fresno County Economic Development Corporation have established a business resource response team. To access their services, please call 559-476-2509 or email email@example.com.
City of Fresno
Download the City of Fresno Business Resilience Tool Kit that can help you navigate assistance programs (including City programs).
The City of Fresno Economic Development Department has staff available to answer your questions and connect you with assistance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (559) 621-8350 for help. You can also contact staff directly at the following extensions:
• Yahaira Figueroa, Economic Development Coordinator – ext. 8059
• Kelly Trevino, Economic Development Analyst – ext. 8426
• Lupe Perez, Economic Development Director – ext. 8371
• Clair Whitmer, FUSE Opportunity Zone Specialist – (510) 731-7890
United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund
The United Way Fresno and Madera Counties have created a coronavirus relief fund for residents that have hardships due to loss of work, unexpected medical bills, and more.
Valley Community SBDC
The Valley Community SBDC is available to assist with navigating resources, including applications for SBA assistance loans, guidance through cash-flow concerns, and much more. Their services are free.
Fresno Chamber of Commerce
The Fresno Chamber of Commerce has shared notes on how to handle human resources during the crisis. Click here for a fact sheet to help you with your staffing challenges.
Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board Business Services Center
Preparing for changes in employees and other factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic are being addressed in ongoing webinars from the Business Services Center. Call 559-490-7147 for more details or visit their website.
Industry-Specific Business Resources
US Bartender Guild Assistance Programs
The USBG has grant programs available for employers and employees affected by bar closures due to COVID-19. Visit their website to apply.
California Restaurant Association Foundation
The CRAF is offering grants and other resources for those in the restaurant industry. More information is available here.
Governor's Office of Business
The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) provides many services to employers affected by COVID-19. For the most up-to-date state resources for businesses, please visit the GO-Biz resource page.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a checklist and guide for Small Business Emergency Loans. Please revist this link often for updates.
Payroll Protection Program
This program offers forgivable federal loans up to the amount of $10 million dollars to help businesses pay employees during the COVID-19 emergency. Loans are based on employee salaries, with a maximum individual salary being $100,000. Tipped employees also qualify for this program. All applications must go through approved lenders.
Low-Interest Business Loans from the SBA
The SBA is offering business loans of up to $2 million dollars to help offset the impact of the COVID-19 virus. For more information visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus, call 559-487-5791 or email email@example.com. View this presentation from the March 20th SBA conference call which includes tips on applying for disaster loans. View and download a list of local SBA Lenders provided by the Fresno County EDC.
The US Senate approved the CARES Act which includes provisions to help assist and protect small businesses during the COVID-19 emergency. The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has provided a Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act.
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