COVID-19 Resources and Webinars

As California starts to reopen and readjusts to the “new normal,” the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce would like to be of assistance in helping you make the best out of these unprecedented times.

Below, you shall find resources and webinars to assist you in this process. Please let us know if there are other resources that you would like us to include.

Starting this week, join the Chamber and Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud for a neighborhood-by-neighborhood conversation on preparing to safely reopen our businesses.

Hear from Chamber president Laurel Rosen, Chief Renaud, Lt. Joseph Cortez, and Acting Economic Development Manager Jennifer Taylor on how this town hall series will work, then write your questions down, and sign up for the town hall for your neighborhood.

Click here to find your beat or view the map on the left.

Beat 1 – Thursday, May 7th (12:00 pm) (Downtown / Ocean)

with Officer Stephanie Tovar and CPC Suzie Lockwood


Beat 2 – Monday, May 11th (12:00 pm) (South of Pico)

with Officer Robert Galvan and CPC Halima Barreto


Beat 3 – Monday, May 18th (12:00 pm) (mid-City)

with Officer Edgar Navarro and CPC Halima Barreto


Beat 4 – Wednesday, May 13th (1:00 pm) (North of Wilshire)

with Officer Peter Lashley and CPC Suzie Lockwood


Resources and Legislation

Note: filing deadlines for both Federal (IRS) and state (FTB) taxes have been extended to July 15, 2020
IRS special tax relief is applicable for payments due of up to $10 million for corporations and up to $1 million for individuals — regardless of filing status — and other unincorporated entities.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Disaster Loans

The SBA is offering up to $2 million in disaster loans. This week, it has been replenished with $60 million.

Paycheck Protection Program (Separate from Disaster Loans)

The program, established under the CARES Act, provides small businesses with funds to cover up to 8 weeks of average payroll including benefits, plus 25% (capped at $10 million).

  • Interest rate: 1%
  • Forgivable if used for payroll
  • Application: Made through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any participating federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution
  • More information

Small Business Development Center (Los Angeles)

The SBA’s regional centers provide free technical assistance on various issues, including supply chain disruption and liability, technology plans for setting up remote work stations for employees, concerns about cashflow during disruption, and credit and finance issues.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R.6201)

  • Emergency paid leave benefits program: provides payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Unemployment benefits: unemployment benefits expanded, while extra funding has been provided to states for processing and paying claims
  • Paid sick leave: employers are required to provide paid sick leave to employees
  • Free testing: COVID-19 diagnostic testing provided at no cost to consumers
  • Respirators eligible for liability protections: personal respiratory protective devices are treated as covered countermeasures that are eligible for certain liability protections
  • FMAP increased: Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) has temporarily been increased

Los Angeles County

Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

The Small Business Concierge provides various free business counseling and other resources.

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Businesses experiencing significant economic harm can contact the Los Angeles EDC layoff aversion team for strategic assistance at no cost.

Los Angeles County Tax Collector

Property taxes are due April 10. The deadline may not be extended without state permission.

City of Santa Monica

COVID-19 website | hotline: (310) 458-8400

Business Resources

  • Commercial eviction moratorium: established a temporary moratorium on evictions for commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19 (FAQs)
  • Suspension of late fees: late fees suspended for City water and/or sewer bills, parking citations, refuse and recycling collection bills, Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) charges, Fire Prevention inspection charges, Transient Occupancy Taxes, Utility Users Taxes, and Parking Facility Taxes
  • Relaxed parking enforcement: Restaurants offering delivery or pickup may select up to two metered parking spaces directly in front of the business as a free, short-term parking zone for food pickup. Signs may be printed and attached to the parking meter(s).
  • Takeout/delivery of alcohol: adopted the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control temporary guidelines allowing alcohol sales for delivery or takeout from Santa Monica restaurants
  • Essential Services Map: created an Essential Services Map so businesses that remain open can list themselves on a centralized website that is easy for customers to find and navigate

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