Business Funding Support

Business Assistance Program

FREE Counseling for Danville Small Businesses.

We will be holding Small Business Assistance Webinars every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 P.M. to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program and tips to apply successfully. There will also be a Q&A panel where we can answer your questions live.

Register for the Webinar and select the date and time that works best for you.

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Danville has partnered with Townsend Public Affairs to offer a FREE program to help eligible Danville businesses access available funds and resources offered by the state and federal governments. 

If you would like support and guidance for your small business to help access available funds and resources offered by the state and federal governments, please fill out the Business Interest Questionnaire.

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View the presentation from the business webinar on January 8, 2021, where we discussed this program and other funding programs available to support small businesses.  Business Funding Presentation 01/08/2021 (PDF)

Business Assistance Program Webinar 01/08/2021 Passcode: sX8qtXT! 

Find out more about Danville's Business Assistance Program.

FORWARD FOCUS BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM PHASE II

On December 18, 2020, the Town Council appropriated an additional $250,000 towards the second phase of the Forward Focus Grant Program. As part of this round of funding, two grant tiers were developed and the eligibility criteria modified to focus on business sectors most impacted by the pandemic and the County Health Order.

Find out more about the Forward Focus Business Grant Program - Phase II

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Eviction Moratorium for Small Businesses Extended

At a Board meeting on February 2, 2021, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed urgency ordinance 2021-04 to continue the temporary prohibition on evictions of certain small business commercial tenants financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This protection now continues through March 31 st for businesses and June 30th for residents. https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/69609/Supervisors-Pass-Ordinanceto-Extend-Eviction-Protection-and-Rent-Freeze

CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF GRANT PROGRAM

Applications for Round 2 have now closed.

All applicants should be notified via email (no-reply@lendistry.com) or via text within the next 14 days. Please keep a close eye on your email inbox and spam folder.

Currently, there is no confirmed third round. However, the governor's proposed budget calls to double this $500 million budget, though this has yet to go through legislation: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2021/01/05/governor-newsom-to-propose-4-5-billion-for-equitable-recovery-for-californias-businesses-and-jobs-in-2021-budget/.

This State competitive grant administered by Lendistry provides up grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to small businesses and non-profits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. More information can be found at the grant website linked at https://careliefgrant.com/.

Update 2/17/2021 California Governor and Legislative Leadership Agree on Pandemic Relief Proposal 

On February 17, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate ProTem Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced that they have reached an agreement on a package of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families and businesses suffering the most significant economic hardship amid COVID-19.
This agreement is built on the immediate actions that the Governor presented in his January budget proposal. The Governor’s Office issued a press release regarding the agreement. 

The agreement provides several key actions including: 

Immediate Relief for Small Businesses - The agreement reflects a four-fold increase over what was proposed in January– from $500 million to more than $2 billion – for grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and also allocates $50 million for cultural institutions. 

Fee Waivers for Most Impacted Licensees – Provides for two years of fee relief for businesses licensed by the state, ranging from restaurants and bars to barbers and cosmetologists.

payroll protection program (PPP)

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

Paycheck Protection Program resumed January 11, 2021

Update February 22,2021
The White House has announced improvements to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  to ensure the loan program better reaches the smallest businesses and those owned by people of color and particularly those who struggled to access it during the first rounds of funding last year. Please read below for a list of key changes that are being implemented to the program to see if it might benefit you and your business.

The Administration is implementing the following changes to PPP:

  • Instituting a special 14-day application period, starting this Wednesday (2/24/21), during which only businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for PPP.
  • Revising and amending the PPP loan calculation formula for sole-proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed applicants to ensure they receive more relief and establish a $1 billion set aside for businesses in this category without employees, located in low to moderate-income areas.
  • Expanding PPP eligibility to small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions who were previously ineligible to apply.
  • Allowing firm owners who are delinquent on their federal student loans to apply for PPP. 
  • Expanding PPP eligibility to non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to apply for relief.

Paycheck Protection Program Round 2 (PPP2)

For all still applying to the Paycheck Protection Program Round 2 (PPP2), the White House has announced several changes to the program designed to better target small businesses. Major changes relevant to you include:

  • Businesses of 20 Employees or Less Will Receive Priority Processing for 14 Days
    • Starting Wednesday 2/24/2021 and ending Wednesday 3/10/2021, the SBA will only process applications from businesses of 20 employees or less, allowing them to “cut in line” and receive their loans in a timely manner. 
    • All of you who are over 20 employees can still be processed by the March 31st deadline if you apply, you will simply be processed behind the smaller businesses.
  • Sole Proprietors May Now Calculate PPP Loans Using Gross Revenue
    • Originally, Sole Proprietors could only use Net Revenue (Line 31 of your Schedule C) to calculate owners “salary”. This punished entrepreneurs who operated at a loss or a slim margin in 2019. 
    • You can now benefit from using your Gross Revenue if you are a Sole Proprietor, both for those with employees and without.
  • Non-citizens with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers are Eligible to Apply for PPP. 
    • Noncitizens with lawful immigration status have been and still are eligible to apply for the PPP.
    • Any business owners who hold green cards or visas are able to apply to PPP by using their Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

If you under 20 employees and have not yet applied, we highly recommend applying within the next week so that your application can benefit from “cutting in line” during this 14 day period. Sole Proprietors who were originally ineligible for a Net Profit are also highly recommended to apply under the new Gross Revenue ruling.

Please click on the following links to access our guide to the PPP2 as well as the three (3) other major COVID-19 relief programs available to you:

When Do I Apply?

  • Friday, January 15thSmaller Credit Unions and similar lenders with $1 billion or less in assets begin accepting applications
  • Tuesday, January 19th: All participating PPP-eligible lenders begin accepting applications
  • The deadline will be Wednesday, March 31st, or when funds are depleted 

How Do I Apply?

  • Applications for PPP2 are made through private financial institutions approved for lending by the SBA (banks, credit unions, and financial technology companies)
  • You will complete the entire application online through these private lenders’ websites.

Who Should I Apply Through?

 

Who Is Accepting Applications Right Now?

Please Note: This list is not exhaustive. Many more lenders will be available over the next few days. But here are a few small lenders already accepting PPP applications and are confirmed to not require a pre-existing banking relationship:

Second-draw PPP loans

If you received a PPP loan in 2020, you can apply for a “second-draw” if you meet all criteria below:

  • Have 300 or fewer employees.
  • Used or will use the full amount of your PPP1 loan before receiving PPP2; used PPP1 loan only on eligible costs.
  • Suffered a 25% or more drop in revenue when comparing any 2020 quarter to the same 2019 quarter.
  • (you do not need to have your PPP1 loan forgiven yet to receive PPP2)

First-draw PPP loans

If you have not received a PPP loan before, you can apply for a “first-draw” if you meet all criteria below:

  • Established on or before Feb 15, 2020 (“pre-pandemic”)
  • Have 500 or fewer employees.
  • Are one of the Eligible Organization Types.

Eligible Organization Types 

  • Corporations (C-Corp, S-Corp; LLC; etc.)
  • General Partnership
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Independent Contractor
  • Self-employed Individual
  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit
  • 501(c)(6) nonprofit
    • 501(c)(6) must be 300 or fewer employees
    • 501(c)(6) lobbying activities cannot exceed $1 million or 15% of the organization’s total activities
  • 501(c)(19) veterans organization
  • Tribal Business

Calculating Total Loan Amount

  • Maximum loan amount is 2.5 times your average monthly payroll expenses for the year 2019.
  • This includes any retirement and health insurance contributions.
    • As a business or nonprofit with employee payroll, most lenders will calculate your average monthly payroll through your 2019 IRS form 941.
    • As an independent contractor, most lenders will calculate your average monthly payroll through your 2019 IRS form 1099.
    • As a self-employed individual, most lenders will calculate your average monthly payroll through your 2019 Schedule C (also referred to as Form 1040).
  • Calculating Seasonal Businesses
    • For seasonal businesses, you may calculate average monthly payroll using the following periods:
      • February 15, 2019 – June 30, 2019
      • March 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019
      • January 1, 2020 – February 29, 2020 (only if you were not in business from February 15, 2019 – June 30, 2019)
  • Increased Assistance for Accommodation and Food Services Businesses
    • For borrowers in the Accommodation and Food Services sector, the maximum loan amount for a Second Draw PPP Loan is increased to 3.5x average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs up to $2 million.
      • Applies to all businesses with a NAICS Code beginning in “72”. (click HERE to explore the eligible types of businesses
      • Only applies to Second-draw PPP loans, not First-draws.

Eligible Costs

  • Payroll (must make up at least 60% of all costs)
  • Rent
  • Mortgage interest
  • Utilities
  • Certain costs to comply with COVID-19 federal health and safety guidelines. (facility modification costs, employee PPE, etc.)     
  • Certain property damage costs related to vandalism or looting due to public disturbances in 2020 that were not covered by insurance.
  • Costs to pay suppliers that are essential to your current operations.
  • Certain operating costs to purchase business software or tech services that allow you to perform socially distanced operations. (product or service delivery; digital or online sales; digital payment, payroll, human resources, accounting, inventory, records, etc.)

What Do I Do If My Employees Won’t Come Back?

  • The purpose of the PPP is to provide payroll for your workforce. You must spend at least 60% of your PPP funds on payroll. 
  • Your business does not have to be open to use PPP funds. You are allowed to pay employees to simply shelter in place if you are unable to open. 
  • If an employee cannot or will not come back, you should document a letter or email offering to rehire them, and document their refusal.
    • Note: it is possible that this refusal could disqualify an employee from unemployment benefits. 
  • If you have extra PPP funds because an employee won't come back to work, you can spend it on the following:
    • Hiring a new employee
    • Increasing the payroll of your current workforce
    • Give back this portion of the funds to the SBA
    • Keep this portion of the funds as a 1% loan

Full Forgiveness Terms

The 1% interest, 5-year loan will be fully forgiven if you meet all criteria below:

  • Must spend funds once you receive them over a “covered period” of 8- to 24-weeks.

Must spend funds on eligible costs only.

  • Must spend at least 60% of the funds on payroll.
  • Must rehire all of your employees at their normal rates. (see exceptions explained above)

Simplified Forgiveness Process

  • This new process applies to both old and new PPP loans.
  • If you receive a PPP loan of $150,000 or less, the forgiveness process will include a signed certification that is not more than one page in length.
  • The SBA has yet to create the simplified application form but must do so by Jan. 20, 2021.
  • You are required to retain relevant records for four years, as the SBA reserves the right to audit loans to check for fraud.

Other Important Changes to PPP

  • Congress made clear that a forgiven PPP loan is completely tax-exempt and is not taxable income.
  • Eligible business costs paid for with PPP funds can now be claimed as business expenses in your taxes.
  • You are now allowed to apply for both a PPP loan and take advantage of Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC).
  • Employee health insurance benefits are now included in PPP payroll calculations. (including life insurance, disability benefits, vision, dental, etc.)
  • If you received PPP and the EIDL Advance (emergency SBA funds of $1,000 per employee), you do not have to reduce your PPP loan forgiveness by the EIDL Advance. 
  • Set-Asides for minority, underserved, veteran, and women-owned businesses.

Out of the $284 billion total, there will be certain pots of PPP funds set aside for new and smaller borrowers, and for community and smaller lenders:

    • $15 billion across first- and second-draw PPP loans for lending by community financial institutions;
    • $15 billion across first- and second-draw PPP loans for lending by insured depository institutions, credit unions, and Farm Credit System institutions with consolidated assets of less than $10 billion;
    • $35 billion for new first-draw PPP borrowers; and
    • $15 billion and $25 billion for first-draw and second-draw PPP loans, respectively, for borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees or for loans of less than $250,000 to borrowers in low- or moderate-income neighborhoods. The SBA has determined that at least 25% of each of those set-asides will go to each one of the groups: loans to borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees and loans of less than $250,000 to borrowers in low- or moderate-income neighborhoods.

IMMEDIATE RELIEF FUNDS FOR BUSINESSES

As more counties move into the Purple tier, the Governor noted that he is aware of the economic impact of the tightened restrictions on the small business sector and others. As such, the State is announcing the following remedies: 

  • California Department of Tax and Fee Administration will provide an automatic 3-month extension for small businesses with less than $1 million in sales tax 
  • Extend interest-free payment agreements to larger companies with up to $5 million in sales tax 
  • The sales tax assistance will expand to industries heavily impacted by operations restrictions including bars, restaurants, hair salons, etc.
  • The Legislature and Governor’s administration have also worked to create an Emergency Relief Package, which will provide up to $500 Million in COVID relief funds, to be administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). 
  • Funds will be awarded to selected intermediaries with established networks of Community Development Financial Institutions to distribute relief through grants up to $25,000 to underserved small business/non-profits/cultural institutions throughout the State by early 2021. 
  • CalOSBA is establishing the program and will make it available to small businesses as soon as possible. Updates on availability will be posted at: https://business.ca.gov/ 
  • This program will act as a bridge until the Legislature and Governor can take further actions in January, at the start of the 2021-22 Legislative Session. 
  • California launched its $100 Million Main Street Hiring Tax Credit Program
  • Businesses will receive $1,000 in tax credit when a qualified employee is hired 
  • Each business employer can receive up to $100,000 
  • The Department of Tax and Fee Administration will begin accepting applications on December 1st . 

Main Street Small Business Tax Credit Information and Application.

Layoff Aversion Funding

Layoff Aversion Funding (PDF)

If you have questions, call the WDBCCC COVID-19 Resource Hotline at 833-320-1919 or email bouncebackcoco@ehsd.cccounty.us.

federal assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent federal agency that councils, protects, and strengthens small businesses to enhance their growth. The SBA also offers several different loan programs to help start-up businesses.

For businesses affected by the pandemic, the SBA administers multiple CARES Act funding options, and is available to help you overcome the challenges created by this health crisis.

The Small Business Owner's Guide/FAQ to the Cares Act (PDF)

CARES ACT Q&A (PAGE 6 SMALL BUSINESSES) (04/02/20)

ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN AND ADVANCE (EIDL)

The EIDL program provides small businesses with working capital loans up to $2 million that can provide economic support to small businesses, with terms up to 30 years and deferred payments for one year.  Apply Now Online.

Learn more about other relief options available for your business: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency
(EIDL)

Working capital loans of up to $150,000 that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance

SBA COVID-19 Express Bridge Loans

COVID-19 response-funded express loans for small businesses with existing SBA loan agreements. Up to $25,000 in additional loans added to existing SBA agreements.

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-express-bridge-loans

Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve established the Main Street Lending Program (Program) to support lending to small and medium-sized for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides large scales loans ranging from $250,000 to $300 million.

https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/mainstreetlending.htm

California Rebuilding Fund

The California Rebuilding Fund is designed to provide capital to support the rapidly increasing volume of lending activity to under-served California small businesses in dire need of low-cost loan capital.

https://www.ibank.ca.gov/small-business/california-rebuilding-fund/

EVICTION AND RENT FREEZE ORDINANCE

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve an emergency county ordinance prohibiting landlords from evicting both residential and commercial tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Allows temporary deferment of rent and a prohibition on up to 12 months of late fees. Most recently extended to January 31, 2021. Expected to extend further in light of the State’s increased infections.

https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/7836/Eviction-and-Rent-Freeze-Ordinance-FAQs