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.

Many Downtown Restaurants Are Still Open!

We are maintaining a list of restaurants and bars that are offering service within the City of Fresno guidelines. 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 for more.

Free Online Ordering Apps to Downtown Restaurants

The City of Fresno has officially banned dining-in at restaurants. In response, 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. 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).

Valley Off-Site Eats Launches Local Directory

One Putt Broadcasting has launched the Valley Off-Site Eats Facebook page, aimed at spreading awareness about takeout, delivery and curbside pickup dining options in Fresno. Visit for details on how to support small business owners within safety guidelines.

Other Downtown notices:

  • Downtown Fresno ArtHop Events have been canceled in April and May, per Fresno Arts Council.
  • Bitwise Industries is offering grocery delivery for those in need and volunteer opportunities through their Take Care Initiative.

Local Business Resources

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 Department 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

The City of Fresno has provided an infographic summarizing local and state Coronavirus responses.

Other City of Fresno notices:

  • water and garbage services will not be discontinued due to a lack of payment for 30 days. Additionally, business tax payment deadlines have been extended for 60 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.

For more information visit https://www.fresno.gov/coronavirus/

United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund

The United Way Fresno and Madera Counties has 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 Webinar

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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