SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The United States Small Business Administration (U.S. SBA) announced guidelines  for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for California Declaration #16332 (Disaster CA-00313), Coronavirus COVID-19.  

In the California counties of: Alameda, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sonoma & Tuolumne; and the contiguous California counties of: Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Imperial, Kern, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Napa, Orange, Placer, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Ventura & Yolo

Application Filing Deadline: December 16, 2020

Disaster Loan Assistance Available: 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.

Credit Requirements:

  • Credit History – Applicants must have a credit history acceptable to SBA.
  • Repayment – Applicants must show the ability to repay the loan.
  • Collateral – Collateral is required for all EIDL loans over $25,000. SBA takes real estate as collateral when it is available. SBA will not decline a loan for lack of collateral, but SBA will require the borrower to pledge collateral that is available.

    Interest Rates:

    The interest rate is determined by formulas set by law and is fixed for the life of the loan. The maximum interest rate for this program is 4 percent.

    Loan Terms:

    The law authorizes loan terms up to a maximum of 30 years. SBA will determine an appropriate installment payment based on the financial condition of each borrower, which in turn will determine the loan term.

    Loan Amount Limit:

    The law limits EIDLs to $2,000,000 for alleviating economic injury caused by the disaster. The actual amount of each loan is limited to the economic injury determined by SBA, less business interruption insurance and other recoveries up to the administrative lending limit. SBA also considers potential contributions that are available from the business and/or its owner(s) or affiliates. If a business is a major source of employment, SBA has the authority to waive the $2,000,000 statutory limit.

    Loan Eligibility Restrictions:

    Noncompliance – Applicants who have not complied with the terms of previous SBA loans may not be eligible. This includes borrowers who did not maintain required flood insurance and/or hazard insurance on previous SBA loans.

    Note: Loan applicants should check with agencies / organizations administering any grant or other assistance program under this declaration to determine how an approval of SBA disaster loan might affect their eligibility.

    Refinancing:

    Economic injury disaster loans cannot be used to refinance long term debts.

    Insurance Requirements:

    To protect each borrower and the Agency, SBA may require you to obtain and maintain appropriate insurance. By law, borrowers whose damaged or collateral property is located in a special flood hazard area must purchase and maintain flood insurance. SBA requires that flood insurance coverage be the lesser of 1) the total of the disaster loan, 2) the insurable value of the property, or 3) the maximum insurance available.

    Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at

    https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or emaildisastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Bryan May

Bryan May is Chief of Public Information & Media Relations for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Prior to joining Cal OES in 2017, Bryan spent 30 years as an Emmy award winning television anchor and reporter.

55 thoughts on “SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • March 17, 2020 at 5:05 pm
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    I’ve been trying to check out the SBA disaster Loan site. According to the site, the State of California is recognized as a disaster for loan requirements for the Coronavirus. However, when you actually begin the application, you have to select a State and County. Upon doing so (in any county in our state), you get a red error message stating “There are no active declarations for the State and County combination you have selected.” When will it be up and running correctly. As a small business who has had to shut down as a result of this, I would like to be able to still pay my rent and business expenses.

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    • March 18, 2020 at 10:01 am
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      Hello same here and i have no idea what they mean. Please let me know if you find anything.

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    • March 18, 2020 at 7:34 pm
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      Hi, what county are you in? I just filed an application I started yesterday – I am in Sacramento.

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    • March 19, 2020 at 10:11 am
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      Exactly, I’m watching my bank accounts decreased as I’m a bar/pool hall/restaurant owner we are used to having cash flow everyday due to bills coming out about everyday! I got some of my bills on hold like rent and business loan for equipment, but other bills like electrical and water are still continuing to take out of my bank account. We have turned off just about everything we could besides freezer and food refrigerator. What a nightmare for all of us infected! Still got 10 more places to call! Good luck everyone and stay tough!

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    • March 19, 2020 at 4:47 pm
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      What site to go to

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    • March 25, 2020 at 5:32 pm
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      SBA Fact Sheet -Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) – California
      SBA EIDL Three Step App Guide

      EIDL loans are available up to $2,000,000 with up to 30 year terms for working capital needs -term and $ amount as determined by the SBA loan officer. The interest rate for “for profit” businesses rate is 3.75%. There is no collateral requirement if the loan is $25,000 or less. A personal guarantee will be required. For loans under $500,000 no tax returns will be required but nonetheless IRS Form 4506T must be submitted with your app. If you decide to apply or for some general information, go to http://www.sba.gov/disaster. You will need to establish a user name and password- DO NOT LOOSE THIS – or you’ll have to resubmit an app. When applying SAVE YOUR WORK every few minutes as the system is somewhat taxed and may lock you out. Lastly, in the section asking- “Are you applying for: check all that apply”- only check the “Economic Injury (EIDL)” box otherwise your application will not proceed.

      Once your app is in, SBA will run a credit check and if it clears the hurdle, you will be called by a loan officer in 2-3 weeks or less. The loan officer will gather additional information from you including your requested amount of funds. Once agreed/docs signed, a disbursement will be made to you within 5 days. The program allows for an 11 month deferment to 1st payment…so no payments for 12 months essentially

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  • March 17, 2020 at 5:12 pm
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    I am interested in getting a loan to support my business located in Orange County facing distress due to the Corona Virus, COVID 19, please reach out to me, thank you.

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    • March 20, 2020 at 1:34 am
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      I’m a independent tow truck driver out of work now with no funds coming in…

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  • March 17, 2020 at 5:33 pm
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    application SBA disaster loan for my business that has tank .waiting for reply how to proceed .thank You

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    • March 17, 2020 at 5:37 pm
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      Application for an SBA disaster loan as my business is Tank all orders being cancelled

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      • March 19, 2020 at 11:04 pm
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        AM IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTRY SANTA MARIA CA AM A SMALL AUTO BODY COLLISION CENTER HAD TO CLOSE DO TO THE CORONA VIRUS HAVE BILLS RENT EXPENSIVES TO PAY NEED. HEALP

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  • March 17, 2020 at 5:38 pm
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    Application for an SBA disaster Loan as my Business has tank all orders being Cancelled

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  • March 17, 2020 at 5:54 pm
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    I am interested in the small business loans but I cannot access the web site to do so.

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  • March 17, 2020 at 6:35 pm
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    I agree with Tanya Karr when she states the impossibility of completing the application when the site disallows you to continue based upon the erroneous information that the state and county don’t meet the requirements for the loan . I began the loan process and would like to complete it so I can pay rent at the business

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  • March 17, 2020 at 6:49 pm
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    I’m intresting in getting a loan for $20,000 to stay in business, as of today 3/17/2020 for current crisis
    i have been in business for 30 years at same location, please advice
    Marizzu food corp
    dba Marcello Ristorante 140 West Hillcrest drive #117 Thousand oaks Ca 91360
    Pietro Rizzuti
    805.443.4388

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  • March 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm
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    Unable to fill out the paper work,
    Will not go pass the county part
    Turns me down,
    99% of my business is gone, I train the State of California, Forklift certification,
    And I sell Pallet Racking, no need for Racking nothing to store.
    No product shipping in

    Pierre Hetu, J & R Warehouses Equipment 209 649 3035
    Small business number 2002166 ca
    Federal 7Zw03

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    • March 18, 2020 at 3:04 pm
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      Were you able to complete application? Did you try again? I’m experiencing same problem

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  • March 17, 2020 at 8:03 pm
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    I am looking to get a loan for my small business, what steps do I need to take to receive one as soon as possible? Thank you!

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  • March 19, 2020 at 11:06 am
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    I would like to apply for a loan. Please advise how to apply for business loan.

    Thank you in advance,

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  • March 19, 2020 at 11:54 am
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    The online form is not relevant to my issue in addition, the key areas are grayed out not allowing me to proceed. My attempt at calling the 800 # has had me waiting for over an hour.

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  • March 19, 2020 at 12:45 pm
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    we have 2 restaurants were forced to closed/changed to take out only. Could someone pls contact us how to fill out the form as someone else indicated. Thanks

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    • March 24, 2020 at 1:38 pm
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      I’ve tried several times to access the website to apply for assistances due to the Covid 19 with no success

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  • March 21, 2020 at 8:50 pm
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    I,m a small business in a retirement home doing hair. My shop was shut down on 3/19/2020 , and Im not aloud back in. How can I pay my bills ,house , car , Ins, ect…. I,m with out. Please help. Thank you.

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    • March 22, 2020 at 2:19 pm
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      I am a personal trainer and I am out of biz. What did you end up doing? Applying for?
      Thanks,
      Jeanine Jordon
      Jordon Studio

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  • March 22, 2020 at 5:52 pm
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    I have previously paid back $2.5m in SBA early. I really need help here to keep my business open. In Orange County, application won’t let me chose that county and state. We are infected due to taking care of sick patients.

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  • March 26, 2020 at 11:49 am
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    We are a mom and pop telecommunication business with 3 people, my husband and son do the service calls and I handle the business office. We are already struggling to adjust to meet new requirements and or income tax and sales tax changes. Now this virus has really affected our business due to businesses temporarily closing. We do not have the credit to apply for help. We don’t have investors or business loans or credit cards. Is there a fund or a grant set up for small ma and pa
    businesses like ours with little to no credit to apply for?

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  • March 28, 2020 at 10:30 pm
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    why Monterey county isn’t part of this? I was under the impression all California was getting the much needed help,
    thanks.

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  • April 5, 2020 at 8:10 am
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    My County El Dorado County in California gives the error:

    There are no active declarations for the State and County combination you have selected.

    The field is requiredState
    CA
    The field is requiredCounty
    El Dorado

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  • April 8, 2020 at 9:57 am
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    If anybody figures out how to apply and get passed the “There are no active declarations for the State and County combination you have selected”
    Please let us all know. Very frustrating.

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  • April 8, 2020 at 8:46 pm
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    Don’t know whether this COVID19 program is truly helping small businesses. I applied with my bank CHASE. They said that they were unable to process the application for this product through CHASE. The business may be able to apply through another financial institution.
    Does anybody go through the same experience?

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    • April 9, 2020 at 7:18 pm
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      I called Chase today. I have a business account with them. I was told to not come in but to go online at chase.com/cares. On this site they have an application for the PPP program. What I need to apply for is the $10,000 EIDL loan (grant).
      So, no real help from Chase. Filed an application though the SBA for the EIDL program. Fingers crossed.

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  • April 9, 2020 at 2:56 pm
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    Same issue, I’m in Connecticut and keep receiving the error “There are no active declarations for the State and County”

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  • April 9, 2020 at 2:57 pm
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    checking if anyone found an answer to getting passed the message,
    “There are no active declarations for the State and County” – thank you!

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