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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 has new requirements 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 The current Health Order supersedes all previous orders and is in effect until it is rescinded or amended.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. Future opportunities may become available, depending on additional funding. 

Details about the program can be found in the program Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.

The detailed summary of the grant recipients can be found here.

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. The application period has closed. Future opportunities may become available, depending on additional funding.

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.

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Financial Resources for Local Businesses

The following federal and state financial resources are available for Elk Grove businesses being adversely impacted by the Coronavirus.

March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. View the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act for more information.

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.

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This loan will provide economic relief to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.

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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.

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SBA Debt Relief

SBA Debt Relief

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

Learn more 

Other Federal Financial Programs

  • 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

  • The Main Street Hiring Tax Credit program provides $1,000 tax credits per employee hired up to $100,000 for each business. $100 million is available.
  • Small businesses are eligible for an automatic three-month extension of payment of sales taxes for taxpayers filing less than $1 million. Visit the California Department of Tax and Fee website for more information.

Employee Assistance

  • Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
  • Self-Employed/Independent Contractor
  • OnwardCA One-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 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.

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    Additional Information

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

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