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. The following businesses are required to stay closed by the State of California.

  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Wineries, tasting rooms, and lounges
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Convention Centers
  • Concert venues and festivals
  • Live audience sport venues
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels and lodging for leisure and tourism
  • Nail salons and tattoo parlor

For more information, and for updates to the authorized business list, please visit www.cityfresno.gov.

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

  • 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. We will be in touch with our businesses as soon as the City makes a determination.
  • 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.
  • Take3 Burgers is taking donations to serve burgers to emergency and essential workers.

County of Fresno Restaurant Guidelines

As of May 22, 2020, restaurants within the City of Fresno are cleared to re-open for dining room operations after meeting a number of criteria. In order to re-open, your restaurant must:

  1. Notify the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) either via their website or calling Environmental Health at 600-3357.
  2. Complete the FCDPH COVID-19 Restaurant Operating Procedures form and submit your documents via email to EnvironmentalHealth@fresnocountyca.gov. You may also fax the document to 559-455-4646.
  3. Follow the State guidelines for dine-in operation listed here CA - COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Dine-in Restaurants and Cal/OSHA COVID-19 General Checklist.
  4. Post a sign detailing your Social Distancing Protocols.

In addition, the City Council also approved an Emergency Ordinance to temporarily permit outdoor dining in the common areas of shopping centers and parking lots, with the permission of the property owner. Restaurants may serve alcohol as long as it is combined with consuming food, in compliance with California ABC requirements.

Additional information:

Local Business Resources

County of Fresno HUB Grant Program

The County of Fresno has announced the Helping Underserved Businesses (HUB) Grant program. There is $5,000 available per business, and $5 million available total for businesses that meet specific criteria. Applications are accepted online from May 18th - June 1st.

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

The City of Fresno is taking a second round of applications for the Save our Small Business Grants. View the requirements and apply on their website. The City is also maintaining an updated COVID-19 resource page located at https://www.fresno.gov/coronavirus/, including an infographic summarizing local and state Coronavirus responses.

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

Other important City of Fresno notices:

  • business tax payment deadlines have been extended for 60 days.
  • water and garbage services will not be discontinued due to a lack of payment for 30 days.
  • parking meters are in effect, but City-owned parking structures are free of charge. If your business would like bagged meters to facilitate to-go and curbside pick up in Downtown Fresno, please contact the Partnership office.

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.

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 bill is expected to be passed by the House on Friday. Here is a quick explainer of the small business assistance included. In addition, 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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