Services Available to Businesses

Layoff Aversion
The WDB works with business on strategies to avoid layoffs or business closures through our Layoff Aversion program. Layoff Aversion is any activity that saves a job such as staff training, financial studies, economic data, and/or connections to hiring companies.   Local boards have significant flexibility to strategize and develop solutions with businesses. If you would like to discuss layoff aversion, please complete our REQUEST FOR INFORMATION form or contact Pamela Clemmons at 707-307-3986.

Rapid Response
Are you a business owner or representative of an employer considering or who has already experienced work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs? The Rapid Response program may be able to help you. Contact us to discuss options and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance information, tax assistance, Work Sharing program to avoid layoffs, financial planning, remote career services and more.  If you would like to discuss Rapid Response, please complete our REQUEST FOR INFORMATION form or contact Pamela Clemmons at 707-307-3986.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-31-20 on WARN Notices (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) to relieve the regulatory burden on layoff notifications. WARN notices only require as much notice is as practicable during COVOD-19. WARN Notices require certain information (California WARN Act during COVID) as part of the notice to qualify for the 60-day layoff notice requirement.

If you are having to lay off workers, we can offer your workers information and resources on how to file for Unemployment Insurance, get job search assistance if needed, and additional resources that may be available to them. More information can be found on the Rapid Response Resource Flyer.


Business Advising and Loan Assistance
Does your business need technical assistance navigating the business impacts of COVID-19? The Solano-Napa Small Business Development Center (Solano-Napa SBDC), hosted by the WDB, is a local partner of the Small Business Association (SBA) and provides for-profit small business owners with no cost guidance through their COVID-19 recovery process.

Solano-Napa SBDC Services include business advising for business owners from one of SBDC’s 13 consultants on topics such as:

  • Development of a strategy for navigating the business impacts of COVID-19
  • Business financial strategies
  • Assistance accessing loans, such as the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Payroll Protection Loans

Please complete our REQUEST FOR INFORMATION form or visit Solano-Napa SBDC at for more information or to apply for Business Advising.


Resources for Businesses

Solano-Napa Small Business Development Center

COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide

SBDC Guide to COVID-19 Loans and Forms

Overview of Small Business Loans under the Cares Act


SBA Disaster Loan
Low interest, long-term loans of up to $2M for small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of COVID-19. This is a working capital loan, can be amortized for up to 30 years, and may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

Businesses can apply online at: or complete and send manually. Online applications will be processed faster.  

The Solano SBDC, while operating virtually (like most of us) is still very much up and running.  We encourage anyone looking for technical assistance in completing their application to contact us by going to our website and clicking on the Apply Now button or calling us at 707 646 1071. 


Small Business Finance Center
An existing program through CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK), a unit within California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to support small businesses (1-750 employees) impacted by disasters in California, including these programs:

  • Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP): Loan guarantees up to 95% of the loan for small business borrowers impacted by disasters who need term loans or lines of credit for working capital.
  • Jump Start Loan Program: Loans from $500-$10,000 to low-wealth entrepreneurs in declared disaster and emergency areas.

Small Business Finance Center (SBFC)


California Association for Local Economic Development 
CALED recognizes that as economic developers, you are the leaders in your communities and play an important role in providing good information to help your residents and businesses feel safe. As businesses and the local economy are hit hard by the virus and its effects, CALED has gathered federal, state, and local resources that provide guidance as well as examples of what communities are doing to help their local businesses.

Economic Development Resources for the novel Coronavirus and COVID-19


Avoiding Layoffs

EDD Employer Services (Partial Claims/Work Sharing)

Partial ClaimsFor employees whose employers want to keep them when there is lack of work. The employer certifies that the employee is expected to return to work and gives them a form to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.

Work Sharing ProgramIf COVID-19 has impacted your business or services you can avoid potential layoffs by participating in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program. This program allows you to retain your workers by reducing their hours and wages no more than 60 percent and partially offsetting the wage loss with UI benefits. This helps you avoid the cost of recruiting, hiring and training new workers and helps your workers keep their jobs and receive some financial support with UI benefits.

Other Changes to your business: If you are a registered employer, you must report any change in your business status, including if you no longer have employees but the business remains open, if you sell or close your business, or if you re-open your Employer Payroll Tax Account.

Protecting Workers from COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published an interim guide for businesses and employers to respond to COVID-19.

California Department of Industrial Relations has published a Cal/OSHA guide on requirements to protect workers from COVID-19.

California Department of Public Health has published many guidance documents and technical support resources to local health departments, health care facilities, providers, schools, childcare facilities, food industry, and more.