Financial Relief and Assistance for Businesses

Employment Development Department (EDD)

California’s EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impact of COVID-19 in California including:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is offered to unemployed business owners, self-employed independent contractors and others not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits.
  • Work Sharing Program is offered to companies as an alternative to layoffs. It allows employees to receive unemployment benefits while still keeping their current jobs.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Federal government has funding programs available to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Temporary funding programs have been established though the SBA to provide disaster assistance loans for small business​es​. Live agents are available to guide you through the process at 1-800-659-2955. Read information about the major programs available.

California Relief Loan Guarantee

The State of California has allocated $50M to the IBank Small Business Finance Center to assist small businesses that may not qualify for federal funds. The program provides guarantees for loans up to $50K for small business borrowers in declared disaster areas.

State of California Employment and Taxes

The State of California is providing broad assistance to qualifying small businesses and employers impacted by COVID-19.

Webinar Series: Resilience, Repurpose, Recovery

In an effort to support local businesses as they navigate the COVID-19 outbreak and its economic repercussions, the City of Sacramento’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development has launched a video webinar series.


Sacramento Municipal Utility Assistance 

SMUD has implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment through January 4, 2021. Agents are available to assist with payment plans at 1-888-742-7683.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company 

PG&E has implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment. The suspension applies to commercial and residential customers and is in effect until further notice. Agents are available to assist with payment options at 1-877-704-8470.