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As the COVID-19 situation unfolds over the coming months, the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations’ goal is to offer resources to local small businesses, and information to keep you and those around you safe.

We recommend that you proactively let your customers know how your business is adapting, and what you plan to do to keep them and your staff safe as businesses are gradually permitted to reopen. The economic impact of COVID-19 may be substantial for many, for the foreseeable future. Find out what assistance the City, the State and the Federal Government are making available to small businesses, and follow the latest and most accurate CDC information from the links here on our COVID-19 Resources page. Download our poster to help inform your customers about the measures you are taking to keep them and your staff safe.


City of San Francisco Resources for Employers


OEWD has created a web page that contains resources for San Francisco employers and employees concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and the page will be updated as more information is made available.


Deferred Quarterly Business Taxes for Small Businesses 

Learn more here.


Deferred Annual Small Business Licensing Fee

Learn more here.


Grant and Loan Programs

Learn more here.


Technical Assistance Accessing SBA Loans Once Available

Learn more here.


SF Emerging Business Loan Fund (Main Street Launch)

Learn more here. 

Getting Reimbursed for Providing Paid Sick Leave to Employees

Learn more here.

From Recology: fill in form if you want to temporarily halt collections

Learn more here.

San Francisco Executive Order Extending Commercial Eviction Moratorium (4/15/20):

Learn more here.

San Francisco extends the deadline for businesses to pay their Business Registration Fee by four months and further extends the deferral of Unified License Fees for businesses (4/21/20):

Learn more here.

San Francisco mini-grants to support small businesses in underserved communities (4/26/20):

Apply here.

San Francisco Health Directives for Safe Reopening, by Industry

​These new directives are part of careful preparations for a safe reopening of our City.  For comprehensive information and support documents on how businesses can comply, please visit

These add to existing requirements which most essential businesses are already doing, like physical distancingproper cleaning, and making sure personnel and customers have face coverings. Businesses need to comply with the new requirements by reviewing and adopting the new directives and filling out and posting your Health and Safety Plan by May 16, 2020.

California State Resources for Employers


The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has resources available to businesses affected by COVID-19. For the most up-to-date state resources for businesses, visit the GO-Biz resource page


Delay of State Payroll Reports

Learn more here.


Partial Unemployment Insurance Claims to Keep Employees

Learn more here.


Work Sharing Program

Learn more here.

California State Tax filing deadlines for businesses

Learn more here.

Federal Resources for Employers 



The SBA provides a number of loan resources for small businesses and assists with access to capital. The SBA will work directly with state and local governments to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted.

Learn more here.


Assistance to Access SBA Loans

San Francisco OEWD will provide direct technical assistance to local small businesses and nonprofits to ensure they can immediately access the Small Business Administration's (SBA) federal loan program once it becomes available. 

Learn more here.



The IRS has set up a special section to help taxpayers and businesses affected by COVID-19. The page will be updated as new programs are made available.

Learn more here.

Federal Taxes: Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020 - Updated Statement.

Learn more here.

City Resources for Employees


Workers can reach out to OEWD’s Workforce Development Division directly to learn more about the resources below and receive support from staff and a network of service providers: Email or call 415-701-4817 (Mon-Fri, 9 AM to 5 PM)


OEWD staff is available to partner with workers, employers and labor unions to conduct Rapid Response Online Orientations to larger groups of impacted employees by providing an overview of available resources remotely. 

Email for more information


Paid Sick Leave

Learn more here.


Benefits Programs Online

Learn more here.


File Unemployment Claim

Learn more here.

File Disability Claim

Learn more here.

Workers and Families First Program - Up to 40 hours Additional Paid Sick Leave

Learn more here.


Health Care Coverage

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

California Family Rights Act (CFRA)

COBRA Coverage

Covered California

SF Entertainment Commission Nightlife Relief Resource (for artists, musicians, freelancers, and other entertainment professionals)

Learn more here.

State Resources for Employees


The CA Employment Development Division (EDD) provides a variety of support and relief services to employees affected by COVID-19 in California. For the most up-to-date information, visit CA EDD’s COVID-19 resource page.


Reduced Work Hours? Partial Unemployment Available

Learn more here.


Sick or Quarantined Workers Can File a Disability Insurance Claim

Learn more here.


Up to Six Weeks of Paid Family Leave for Caregiving

Learn more here.

California Dept. of Social Services Resources

Learn more here.

California State Tax filing deadlines for individuals

Learn more here.

Federal Resources for Employees



The IRS has set up a special section to help taxpayers and workers affected by COVID-19. The page will be updated as new programs are made available.

Learn more here.


What benefits are you entitled to?

Learn more here.

Google, Facebook and Salesforce Small Business Assistance


Google Ad credits for Small and Medium-sized Businesses

Learn more here.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Learn more here.

Salesforce offering $10,000 grants to 300 small businesses. For California businesses, the application period opens for ONE week: April 27, 2020 at 8 AM PT to May 4 at 11:59 PM PT.

Learn more here.

Additional Local Small Business Resources


Lower Polk Tenant Landlord Clinic

Learn more here.



Listen to public health messages from reliable sources:


The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) - Website, Twitter


The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) - Website, Twitter


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Website, Twitter

For official updates, text COVID19SF to 888-777.


SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service

1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)


The Hispanic Chambers of Commerce San Francisco, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the SF Filipino Chamber of Commerce, the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese American Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations and all the San Francisco organizations are working hard to advocate for you. Please contact us with questions or concerns. 


If you are a small business who has been impacted by COVID-19 please take a few moments to share your experience to help us tell the Small Business story. Click here to complete the short survey. 



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