We’re Here for You
The City of Moreno Valley is committed to both the physical and fiscal health of our community. We are exploring ways to relieve the impact COVID-19 will have on the business community.
Below are resources for businesses, employers and workers to deal with the impact of COVID-19.
Our Economic Development team is eager to speak with you to better understand your needs. If you would like to speak directly to the City of Moreno Valley about concerns, suggestions or recommendations on how the City can assist in these unprecedented times, please contact us and stay informed.
How to reach the City of Moreno Valley
Phone: (951) 413-3460
During Governor Newsom’s press conference on May 12, he announced the release of new guidance for low-risk businesses that have been allowed to reopen in Early Stage 2.
Businesses allowed to open with modifications as part of Governor Newsom’s Early Stage 2 include:
- Curbside retail
- Manufacturers and Logistics
- Childcare of those outside of the essential workforce
- Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
- Select services such as car washes, pet grooming and landscape gardening
- Outdoor museums, open gallery spaces and other public spaces with modifications
These businesses are required by the State to adhere to guidelines and modifications to ensure the safety of customers and employees.
For more information regarding California’s Resilience Roadmap (reopening plan), please visit covid19.ca.gov/roadmap.
Riverside County Public Health issued an executive order on Friday, May, 9, 2020 stating local orders have been rescinded and the county will align with the State’s orders as they now exist or may be issued or amended in the future.
Face coverings and physical distancing remain strongly recommended whenever practical and within reason.
For updated factual information regarding COVID-19, please Riverside County Public Health at www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.
Do you have a Moreno Valley based business?
Have you been impacted by COVID-19?
You may be eligible to receive a $7,500 grant with the new Forward MoVal Small Business Grant Program.
On Tuesday, May 19, the Moreno Valley City Council approved the Forward MoVal Small Business Grant. The purpose of the program is to support small businesses and to stimulate the local economy through job growth and retention. To qualify, businesses must be located in a Census Designated Tract or prove the funds will create or retain a job for an eligible worker. To see if your business is located in an eligible tract, please download the CDBG Map.
Eligible businesses must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a for-profit, independently owned local business.
- Have a current City of Moreno Valley Business License.
- Have a physical establishment within the City of Moreno Valley, not located in a residential area.
- Small businesses must employ no more than 20 full time equivalent employees, including owner(s).
- Meet the national objective for creating/retaining jobs that benefit Low and Moderate Income persons.
- Business must have been operational at least one (1) year prior to March 19, 2020.
- Business must be operating during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Business must have a demonstrated hardship due to COVID-19, such as a loss in revenue.
- Qualified Low and Moderate Income employees must be actively working at the business in Moreno Valley.
- Be in good standing with the City of Moreno Valley (e.g. no liens or judgments or outstanding Code Enforcement violations).
- Owner must commit to keeping employees employed and remain in operation for two months, and show documentation of employment during this period.
- Pursuant to federal guidelines business applicants that have received funding for any federal CARES Act program or COVID-19 relief funds, such as Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) are not eligible.
Awarded funds are intended to help businesses retain staff and continue to provide quality services to the residents of Moreno Valley. Eligible use of funds, include:
- Labor expense (excluding the owner)
- Rent and utilities
- Overhead expenses (insurance, maintenance, etc.)
- Business services (web site development, etc.) to increase capacity to carryout business activities
- Business inventory and supplies
- Capital or equipment purchases necessary for the business operation (excluding vehicles)
- Businesses are required to identify their intended use of funds during the application process.
Join the interest list to see if you are eligible for the Forward MoVal Small Business Grant.
For questions or further details, please contact Jackie Melendez in the City Manager’s Office at 951.413.3454 or via email at email@example.com.
Funding for the Forward MoVal program is contingent on approval of additional Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and is subject to applicable CDBG-CV guidelines.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC is the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the country and its territories. The SBDC is providing free virtual business consultation and is assisting small businesses with disaster preparedness and recovery. Business consultants are available to help answer questions regarding supply chain disruption and liability, technology plans for setting up remote work stations for employees, concerns about cashflow during disruption and concerns about credit and finance issues. For business consultation assistance, contact the local SBDC at 951.781.2345 or visit https://inlandempiresbdc.org/resource/covid-19/.
There are several loan options for businesses affected by COVID-19. To get started, it is recommended that potential borrowers sign up as a client with SBDC online.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a federal loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that enables small business owners to pay their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan can cover payroll costs, interest on most mortgages and rent and utilities costs over the 8-week period after the loan is made. For more information, visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp.
Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Loan
Up to $2 million in financial assistance for small businesses. To apply visit https://sba.gov/disaster. For assistance, contact the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
This provides an emergency loan advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19. For more information, please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance.
Jump Start Loan Program
Jump Start provides microloans, technical assistance and financial literacy training. Loan amounts range from $500 to $10,000. Loan proceeds may be used for a variety of legitimate business needs. For more information visit iBank.ca.gov.
Small Business Debt Relief Program
Provides immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504 and microloans. Click here for more information.
Small Business Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this disaster program provides guarantees for loans up to $50,000 for small businesses in declared disaster areas. These loan guarantees for small businesses will help eliminate barriers to capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds, including low wealth and undocumented immigrant communities. Small businesses located in California with 1-750 employees that have been affected by COVID-19 and eligible non-profits are eligible to apply. Please visit ibank.ca.gov for more information.
Governor Newsom grants Additional Relief for Business Taxpayers
- 90-day extension for small businesses to pay sales taxes filing a return for less than $1 million in tax
- Small Businesses Now Have Until July 31, 2020 to File First Quarter Returns
- Qualifying taxpayers are not required to file a request for extension or request relief from penalty or interest. This automatic extension will remain in effect through the reporting of taxes and fees due on or before July 31, 2020.
- All businesses will have an extra 60 days to file claims for refund from CDTFA or to appeal a CDTFA decision to the Office of Tax Appeals.
For more information, click here.
Small Business Relief Payment Plans
Effective April 2, 2020, small business taxpayers, those with less than $5 million in taxable annual sales, can take advantage of a 12-month, interest-free, payment plan for up to $50,000 of sales and use tax liability. Please visit ca.gov for more information.
U.S. Small Business Express Bridge Loans: Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. For more information, please visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/sba-express-bridge-loans.
CDC Small Business Finance Emergency Loans: CDC Small Business Finance is offering emergency microloans and working capital loans in addition to their usual loan offerings due to the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for the details on their different loan programs.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program: They know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. They are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help small businesses. For more information, click here.
AMPAC Micro and Refinance Loans: They offer several different loans to small businesses and are offering micro and refinance loans to small businesses affected by COVID-19. For details on their different types of loans, click here.
Riverside County Small Business Loans – Click here to review Riverside County’s Economic Development Agency financial assistance loans.
Employment Resource Center
The Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center (ERC) is open and assisting residents, workers, and small businesses affected by COVID-19. The ERC is open to provide computer and internet access to those needing assistance with filing for benefits, job searches, job applications and other business functions.
For job assistance, please check out our other services available:
- Sign up for our Hire MoVal Jobseekers emails to be connected with our online workshops and employers who are hiring
- Remote Job Coaching – Scheduled a 30-minute session to review your resume, review your LinkedIn profile, practice a mock interview or discuss your career goals
- Focus2 Career Assessment – Develop your personalized career and education plans with self assessments to help you discover majors and occupations that match your personal attributes! (Access Code: MVERC)
- Call us at 951-413-3920 for Information about special programs for employees who face potential layoffs and downsizing and assistance with job searches
Disability Insurance (DI)
Disability Insurance (DI) provides short-term benefits to eligible employees who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury or pregnancy. For DI assistance, visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/Disability_Insurance.htm.
Paid Family Leave (PFL)
Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides benefits to individuals who need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse or registered domestic partner. For PFL assistance, visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/Paid_Family_Leave.htm.
Paid Sick Leave (PSL)
An employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the beginning of employment, is entitled to Paid Sick Leave (PSL). For PSL assistance, visit https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/paid_sick_leave.htm.
Unemployment Insurance (UI)
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program pays benefits to employees who have lost their job and meet the Program’s eligibility requirements. Individuals who have become unemployed or partially unemployed may file a UI claim. For UI assistance, visit https://edd.ca.gov/unemployment/.
Workers’ Compensation (WC)
Workers’ Compensation aids employees who suffer from work-related injuries or illnesses. For WC assistance, visit https://edd.ca.gov/unemployment/.
Californians working in essential sectors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response need safe, reliable, and accessible child care options. MyChildCare.ca.gov provides an interactive map of qualified licensed child care providers near you.
COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide
The California Small Business Development Center (California SBDC) Program created the COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide to provide best practices to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Guide https://www.norcalsbdc.org/sites/default/files/COVID%2019_Resources_CA-SBDC.pdf.
Guide on Preparing Workplace for COVID-19
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prepared the Guide on Preparing Workplace for COVID-19. This resource includes recommendations and descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. Guide https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prepared interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. The guidance includes best practices for preventing workplace exposures of COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings. Guidance https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html.
Interim Guidelines for General Industry on 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease COVID-19
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) prepared interim guidelines for general industries to prevent the exposure of COVID-19. Guidelines https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/General-Industry.html.
Payroll Tax Assistance (PTA)
Employers may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the State’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Employers can file state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest if they are experiencing a hardship because of COVID-19. For (PTA) assistance, visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm.
For questions, call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center:
- Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 888-745-3886
- Hearing impaired (TTY): 800-547-9565
- Outside the U.S. or Canada: 916-464-3502
Workplace Health and Safety
Workplace safety and health regulations in the State require employers to protect workers exposed to diseases such as COVID-19. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has posted guidance to help employers comply with these safety requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves. For workplace safety and health regulations assistance, visit https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/General-Industry.html.
Work Sharing Program (WPS)
Work Sharing Program (WSP) helps employees whose hours and wages have been reduced. In addition, the WSP helps employers minimize or eliminate the need for layoffs, keep trained employees and quickly prepare when business conditions improve and avoid the cost of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. For WSP assistance, visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Work_Sharing_Program.htm.
CA Employment Development Department
For businesses that have employee and employer concerns.
CA Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz)
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information about COVID-19 for employers and employees in California.
CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency
COVID-19 Resources for Workers and Employers relating to Paid Sick Leave, Disability and Unemployment Insurance, Paid Family Leave, Workplace Health and Safety.
California State Assembly: Another site to provide Federal, State, and local resources to help businesses maintain operations.
Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IE SBDC)
Free resources for small businesses to get consulting and discuss access to capital programs. Access to Virtual Business Consulting!
CA Department of Public Health
Frequent updates about the COVID-19 virus including State Health Emergency Announcements, Quarantine and Social Distancing Guidelines.
CA iBank Small Business Finance Center
California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program and Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program.
CA Treasurer’s CalCap Program
Special Loan Program which encourages banks to make loans to small businesses which have difficulty getting financing.
Has initiated a special enrollment period for people who experience a qualifying life event, such as employment-tied coverage loss as a result of COVID-19. If you already have a plan through Covered California, this also allows you to change your coverage or choose a new plan. To learn more or to see if you qualify, visit https://www.coveredca.com/.
IRS: The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.
MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California: This organization supports a network of service providers serving small business owners in San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and East Los Angeles County. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can search for a service provider who can help them with challenges they are experiencing by conducting a search on the Collaborative’s web tool called Inland SoCal SourceLink at https://www.microbizinsocal.org/resource-navigator/.
- Funding resources to assist small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is also available at the following: https://www.microbizinsocal.org/coronavirus-small-business-resource/
Riverside County Department of Public Health
The primary communication site from Riverside County about the latest COVID-19 pandemic.
Riverside County Economic Development Coronavirus Resources
If your business is struggling financially due to the coronavirus, Riverside County can provide resources that can help.
US Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration is offering disaster assistance to California Small Businesses economically impacted by Coronavirus.