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Business and Employee Assistance

The City of Elk Grove is closely monitoring the impacts of the COVID-19 virus for its effects on Elk Grove businesses and employees. Local businesses and their employees are critical to the success of the City, and we want to do everything we can to assist you during this difficult time.

We’re encouraging business owners and employees to follow all guidelines, directives, and orders issued by federal, state, and county governments related to virus containment and business operating parameters.


Sacramento County Public Health Order

The current Sacramento County Public Health Order allows certain businesses to reopen under State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy with certain modifications to how they do business to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers. The current Health Order supersedes all previous orders and is in effect until it is rescinded or amended.

Reopening in Sacramento County


COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Online only grant applications closed on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5:00 PM 

Elk Grove based small businesses with 20 employees or less and annual revenue of less than $3 million who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, but remain open or plan to reopen, may be eligible for grants from the City of up to $25,000.

Online only grant applications are were accepted through Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Details about the program can be found in the program Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.

Due to the limited amount of funds available, not all eligible businesses will receive a grant. Grant recipients will be required to provide documentation verifying their eligibility. Questions regarding the program can be emailed to econdev@elkgrovecity.org.

The Capital Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is available to provide assistance to businesses who need help calculating their employee numbers, revenues, and filling out the application.

Contact the SBDC at:
Phone: (916) 319-4268
Email: SBDC@metrochamber.org


Lift Investing COVID-19 Emergency Investment Relief Program

On April 8, 2020, the Elk Grove City Council authorized participation in the Lift Investing COVID-19 Emergency Investment Relief Program. This program provides low interest flexible loans for Elk Grove businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19.

Visit the Lift Investing website for more information and to apply


Expanding Outdoor Dining Spaces

To support local restaurants and the safe return of dining out, the City of Elk Grove issued a local emergency order today that provides businesses an opportunity to temporarily add or expand outdoor dining areas.

Download the outdoor dining permit application View the Outdoor Dining Policy

Conditions for the program include the following:

  • Dining areas cannot block vehicle or pedestrian traffic or impede ADA access.
  • Temporary fencing not exceeding three (3) feet tall must be placed around the area.
  • Dining tables must be placed to allow six-foot (6’-0”) social distancing between groups of customers. Customers in the same household dining together are counted as one group.
  • Unless hours of operation are expressly extended or restricted by the permit, hours of operation for outdoor uses shall coincide with their normal hours of operation.
  • Amplified sound is not allowed.
  • Temporary signage can be used to designate the use of public property for outdoor dining.
  • Restaurants must comply with all applicable State and County laws and regulations pertaining to outdoor dining (including but not limited to sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages) under this provision.

View the press release to learn more


Rapid Response Website

For businesses needing assistance, the City of Elk Grove, in partnership with the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has supported the launch of the Coronavirus Rapid Response website and Rapid Response Business Hotline. The website contains all the latest information and resources for the region’s affected businesses and employees. The website will be updated regularly as new information and resources become available. The Hotline is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm at 1-833-391-1919.

Visit the Rapid Response Chamber Website


Small Business Consulting

Through our partnership with the Capital Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC), we are able to offer free one-on-one business consulting to assist with business start-ups, growth, loans, marketing, government contracting, technology and more.

Request for SBDC Services


Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a business or employee with questions? The City has created a resource page that answers many common questions. The FAQ will be updated regularly, so check back often.

Get Answers


Financial Resources for Local Businesses

The following federal and state financial resources are available for Elk Grove businesses being adversely impacted by the Coronavirus. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The CARES stimulus Act was recently passed by Congress and signed by the President. CARES contains extensive benefits to offset Coronavirus impacts to businesses. View a useful summary of the Act and its business benefits, with links for more information and application materials.

Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program

This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.

Learn more

EIDL Loan Advance

EIDL Loan Advance

This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.

Learn more

SBA Express Bridge Loans

SBA Express Bridge Loans

Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

Learn more

SBA Debt Relief

SBA Debt Relief

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is offering low-interest loans of up to $2 million for both for-profit and non-profit businesses. To apply directly online, visit www.sba.gov/disaster or contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at: (800) 659-2955 or by email at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Other Federal Financial Programs

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs. Producers should apply through the local Farm Service Agency Service Center, located in Elk Grove or can call 877-508-8364.
  • The Main Street Lending Program at the U.S. Federal Reserve System supports lending to U.S. small and medium-sized business who were financially affected by COVID-19 and is administered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

State Financial Programs

Business Taxes

  • State and federal tax filing deadlines have been extended to July 15, 2020.
  • Effective March 30, 2020 all California business taxpayers who file a return less than $1 Million dollars will have an additional 3 months to file their return, between now and July 31, 2020.
  • Effective April 2, 2020, California 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.
  • Visit the  California Department of Tax and Fee Administration website to apply for special assistance, including filing and payment extensions, and/or relief from interest and penalties.
  • Employers experiencing a hardship may request up to a 60-day extension from the Employment Development Department to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.

Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020

On August 31, Governor Newsom signed legislation to protect tenants from eviction and property owners from foreclosure due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. These protections apply to tenants who declare an inability to pay all or part of the rent due to a COVID-related reason. Under the legislation, no tenant can be evicted before February 1, 2021 as a result of rent owed due to a COVID-19 related hardship accrued between March 4 – August 31, 2020, if the tenant provides a declaration of hardship according to the legislation’s timelines. For a COVID-19 related hardship that accrues between September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021, tenants must also pay at least 25 percent of the rent due to avoid eviction.

The legislation also extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords; provides new accountability and transparency provisions to protect small landlord borrowers who request CARES-compliant forbearance; and provides the borrower who is harmed by a material violation with a cause of action. See Fact Sheet for more information.

Visit Housing is Key


Additional Information

If you have additional questions or concerns, you can contact the Office of Economic Development directly at: econdev@elkgrovecity.org or by calling our main line at (916) 627-3338.

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