Like the rest of the world, VCEDA is actively monitoring the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it unfolds. First and foremost, the well-being of VCEDA members and the greater public are our primary concerns as we wade through these uncharted waters.
Our thoughts go out to our member businesses and communities as we consider the inevitable impact on larger issues of public health, the business community and the regional economy. Ventura County has faced more than its share of challenges in recent years. Our community and region must, and will, rise up and face this latest challenge with unique and innovative business practices in response to what could be a lengthy economic recovery.
As a member-driven organization, it is our responsibility to provide our members with timely information and access to the resources required to weather this ongoing crisis. Included on our website are a variety of resources available to support you, your families, and your businesses through this crisis including:
If you have resources to share with VCEDA membership, please send the link and other pertinent information to Info@VCEDA.org. Please continue to stay connected to the website for updates.
The coming days and weeks will no doubt bring further challenges, calling on all of us to be adaptable, creative, and understanding of others. But I am confident that Ventura County will emerge a stronger, more resilient community thanks to members like you.
Lastly, I wanted to share my new favorite quote – “Moments of extraordinary challenge test our collective will, but also bring out the best of our collective humanity.” So while we practice social distancing, let’s find the ways to make tomorrow better - together.
VCEDA Board Chair
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials and has compiled information to inform and equip businesses for long-term impact.
The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country.
The following guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including the coronavirus, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is working to provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund. The Fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States, including chambers of commerce.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) & the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a guide on preparing workplaces for COVID-19.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is announcing relief provisions for exporters and financial institutions located throughout the United States that may have been affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The U.S. Small Business Administration has included Information on low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses, and non-profit organizations. This site includes information on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which helps keep small business workers on the payroll.
Visit the CalChamber website to review CalChamber, federal, state, and local COVID-19 resources.
The Department of Food and Agriculture published a resource page for the agricultural sector.
Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a notice instructing all insurance companies to stop enforcing policy or statutory deadlines on policyholders for claims or coverage until 90 days after the statewide “state of emergency” or any other “state of emergency” has ended related to COVID-19.
$500-$10K loans to low-wealth entrepreneurs in declared disaster and emergency areas) California Infrastructure Bank.
The Employment Development Department (EDD) includes information on Disability or Paid Family Leave benefits, Unemployment Insurance benefits and other Employer Information.
The Franchise Tax Board has shared a press release and COVID-19 FAQ regarding extended timelines for paying business taxes.
The California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development has published an FAQ for California small businesses.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has compiled helpful information for employers, employees, and all Californians as it relates to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Governor Newsom's online newsroom includes press releases, executive orders, media advisories, proclamations, and an “on the record” column.
Governor Newsom signed an executive order on 3/30 to provide relief to California small businesses. Governor Newsome's order provides 90-day extensions in state and local taxes.
In the face of the COVID-19, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. What employees are entitled to may be confusing. Use the guidance below to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.
The Economic Development Collaborative has compiled a list of resources now available for employees and employers who have been impacted by COVID-19. As new resources become available, their website will be updated as needed.
County of Ventura’s Emergency page has links to the latest executive orders.
The County of Ventura is now moving into Stage 2 of California’s road map to reopening where some lower-risk workplaces can gradually open with adaptations. This will allow retail businesses to use curbside pickup or delivery to sell their goods and related manufacturing and logistics businesses to open.
VC Emergency is the official Ventura
County incident information source.
For COVID-19 compliance issues or questions about the restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ventura County residents can call 805-202-1805 M-F 8 am – 5 pm or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Ventura County Public Health is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and is in close contact with state (CDPH) and federal (CDC) health authorities.
Aera Energy contracts with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for business strategy. BCG published an article on how to "Lead Your Business Through the Coronovirus Crisis" to share with business & membership networks.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and water supply.
SoCal Gas has shared information (in English/Spanish) for SoCalGas customers about bill payment options and service during COVID-19
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