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.

As of May 26, 2020, the City of Fresno has re-classified all businesses as “Authorized” and may open to the public. They must follow the City of Fresno Social Distancing Protocol- download a copy.

Effective July 1st, 2020, in accordance with State of California mandate, the following businesses are required to cease indoor operations within Fresno County until COVID-19 rates of  have reduced:

  • Dine-in Restaurants
  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family Entertainment Centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and Museums
  • Cardrooms
  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Offices for non-critical sectors
  • Personal care services
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

    Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close ALL operations.

For more information, and for updates to the authorized business list, please visit https://www.fresno.gov/coronavirus/

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).

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.

Additional information:

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 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 covid@fresnoedc.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 economicdev@fresno.gov 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.

State Resources

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.

Federal Resources

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 fresno@sba.gov. 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.

CARES Act

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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