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Business Assistance

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A FREE Service Keeping Businesses & Non-Profits Strong 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lafayette City Council is working with Townsend Public Affairs to offer a FREE program to assist Lafayette businesses and non-profits with accessing available resources offered by the state and federal governments.  Below you will find a description of the program, links to resources, a link to the online Lafayette-Based Business & Non-Profit Verification Form, and a contacts for the Lafayette Business Assistance staff members.      

What will the Lafayette Business Assistance Program Provide?

  • Launch Event: Lafayette Business Assistance (LBA) will host a webinar with City officials, and other Lafayette partners, to launch the program and provide an overview of the assistance programs available, the services being offered, and how to participate in the program.  PowerPoint Presentation - HERE  The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at 10:30am. Click HERE to register.  A video of the Launch Event will be posted to this page after the webinar - VIEW HERE 
  • Participant Registration & One-on-One Triage: This service is intended to serve Lafayette-based businesses and non-profits only.  Individuals should register their business or non-profit by filling out the linked verification form.  The City will screen applicants to ensure they qualify for the one-on-one business triage appointments.
  • Business Needs Assessment: Once a business or non-profit has been qualified to be part of the program, LBA will connect directly with business owners, and their representatives, to evaluate their individual goals and desired outcomes. Using this information, LBA will identify what assistance programs the business may be eligible for and how they can leverage those various programs to achieve their stated goals.
  • Guidance and Direct Support: LBA will provide businesses with direct support as they apply for the identified programs, including assessment of eligibility, step-by-step instructions, identification of information needed to submit with any applications, and addressing any technical questions they may have with the application.   Some applications will require a Business License which the city does not issue. VIEW LETTER                     
  • Address Application Issues: Where necessary and able, LBA will act as a liaison to individual agencies and departments to assist businesses in resolving issues with their application. This includes utilizing legislative contacts, relationships with state and federal government officials, and collaboration with industry groups.

The City is working with Townsend Public Affairs, to provide the Business Assistance Program. This service is paid for by the City of Lafayette for Lafayette-based businesses and non-profits.

Webinar Launch Event 

Webinar Launch Event - Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 10:30am. Click HERE to register!

Who: Lafayette Business Owners and Non-Profit Directors.

What: A Webinar to connect business and non-profits to resources and sources of funding.

When: Live Webinar Wednesday, April 15th 2020 at 10:30 AM. Recording available any time.

Where: Via link delivered before the event. To actively participate Eventbrite registration is required. Recording available for anyone on City Website.

Why:  To provided assistance to valued Lafayette-based businesses and non-profits.  

A video link will be posted to this site after the webinar - HERE

Lafayette-Based Business Verification Form

Find out if you qualify for assistance by filling out the Lafayette Business Verification Form.

Contacts 

Assistance questions will be handle through the one-on-one triage, but if you have questions regarding the program you may contact

 

New Contra Costa County Small Business Assistance

The Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board has a new hotline for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Staffed by experienced Workforce employees, the hotline will be open weekdays from 8:30-5 beginning April 23rd.  More details HERE #BounceBackContraCosta  

 

Business Resource Links

Resource

Website

Email

Phone #

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

https://www.sba.gov/

answerdesk@sba.gov

1-800-827-5722

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance to Businesses and Employers

https://www.cdc.gov/

https://wwwn.cdc.gov/dcs/contactus/form

1-800-232-4636

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA)

https://onlineservices.cdtfa.ca.gov

https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/email/

1-800-400-7115

California Small Business Finance Center (SBFC)

https://www.ibank.ca.gov/

COVID19loan@ibank.ca.gov

916-341-6600

 Lafayette Chamber of Commerce   https://lafayettechamber.org/ info@lafayettechamber.org   925-284-7404

 

Assistance Program Information

SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll during COVID-19 crisis. Loans will be fully forgiven if 75% of funds are used on payroll.

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

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

Working capital loans of up to $2 million 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/page/disaster-loan-applications

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
(EIDL Loan Advance)

In addition to the standard disaster loan, a $10,000 loan advance is available to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. Advance funds will be made available within days of a successful loan application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

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