Tools For Business

COVID-19 Resources

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Tax Payer Assistance

The Secretary of the Treasury announced a 90-day extension for any federal taxes due - from April 15 to July 15. You can find the specific IRS guidance here. The Treasury department announced Tax Day would be moved from April 15 to July 15. No interest or penalties will be charged for filing during this extended window, but any American expecting refunds or credits may claim now to get their money sooner.

The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced updated special tax relief for all California taxpayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FTB is postponing until July 15.

Business Assistance

The San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network is providing all services online. You can visit and click "request counseling" to get assistance. The SBDC can help you apply for capital and work through the ways you now have to pivot to get through this time when everyone must be physically distant from one another. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) guide can help you navigate a number of SBA programs relevant to business survival and recovery. 

Federal assistance information can be found at the Small Business Administration – San Diego office. 

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has a resource page for businesses and employees.

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is temporarily suspending enforcement of specific legal prohibitions.


Several businesses in North County are hiring to meet the demand of people sheltering at home and complying with state orders. 

United Way of San Diego San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative – Individuals or families who experience job loss or pay reductions since March 1 can receive help to pay gas, electric, water, trash, phone and Internet bills, as well as rent or mortgage payments. Apply online.

Essential Workers – The State Public Health Officer’s list of "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers" further clarifying the Governor’s "stay-at-home" Executive Order.

If you are unsure on where to look for assistance, contact Craig Ruiz, City of Poway Economic Development Administrator by email or call 858-668-4509. 

New and Existing Business Assistance

  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – The SBDC is dedicated to increasing the economic vitality of the community by providing consulting services and workshops for both start‐up and existing businesses.  SBDC provides consulting services and most seminars at no cost. The SBDC offers assistance in Finance; Marketing; Business Planning; Government Contracting; General Business; Accounting; and E-business.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) – The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States. The SBA on-line Business Guide will help you plan, launch, manage and grow your business.

In addition, both the SBDC and the SBA provide assistance specifically targeted to assist Military Veterans

Hiring Assistance

  • San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) - The SDWP can help you hire and/or train qualified workers. The SDWP cans assist with employment and training needs, including customized recruitment and hiring assistance, and funding for training new employees.
  • Veterans Assistance - The California Employment Development Department (EDD) assists veterans and their eligible spouses to maximize their employment and training opportunities. Veterans are entitled to many resources designed to help in their search for employment.

Tax Information

Schedule a One-on-One Appointment

For more information on starting or operating a business, schedule a one-on-one appointment with Economic Development Administrator Craig Ruiz today!