Economic Development and Asset Management

COVID-19 for Businesses

Upland Small Business Support: Rent Recovery Program

Business Rent & Business Mortgage Assistance Available! Impacted by COVID-19?

Restaurant and retail small businesses in the City of Upland, with less than 30 employees, and that are in-arrears on their commercial rents or commercial mortgages due to impacts resulting from COVID-19 can apply for rental/mortgage assistance through the Upland Small Business Support: Rent Recovery Program.  The Program will provide up to three months in-arrears rent or mortgage payments, up to a maximum funding amount of $10,000.  Due to limited funding and overwhelming demand, the Program will operate an enrollment period from December 7, 2020 through December 17, 2020 to provide as many eligible restaurants and retailers the opportunity to apply for assistance.  After the enrollment period ends, program applicants will be selected, at random, via a lottery.  All program lottery submission forms are to be delivered to the City of Upland’s Development Services Department for logging in prior to the enrollment deadline no later than December 17, 2020 at 6 p.m. to be eligible for lottery selection. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Chavez, Development Services Manager, at (909) 931-4146.  

  • Applications accepted at City Hall only
  • Eligible for Restaurants and Retail businesses only
  • Enrollment period from December 7, 2020 to December 17, 2020

COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program - Extended through December 13th.

PROVIDING $30 MILLION IN SMALL BUSINESS FUNDING AND SUPPORTING ALL BUSINESSES WHO PARTNER

The COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program invests $30 million in supporting local businesses to ensure compliance with public health safety practices. To support our local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, San Bernardino County is implementing the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program. 

This program has two components:

  • Original funding of $2,500 has now increased to $5,000 for eligible Small Businesses and Non-profits with 1-100 employees. Previous funding recipients that applied before October 31, 2020 will receive a check for the additional finding (except Short Term rental and Private Schools.
  • Support and Partnership for ALL eligible County businesses who wish to become a COVID-Compliant Business Partner

Eligible businesses, per qualifying location, can receive up to $5,000. Applications are being accepted online at www.sbcovid19.com  

Deadline for Application now extended to December 13, 2020 or until funding is exhausted, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reference flyer below. Learn more and apply to become a COVID-Compliant Business by clicking here.   

Here are some of the recent revisions:

  • In addition to the $5,000 provided to eligible participants, the County has increased outdoor funding from $1,200 to $2,500 per business to restaurants, retail stores, and service businesses that relocated their operations outdoors in response to State regulations. 
  • Previous funding recipients that applied before October 31, 2020 will receive a check for the additional funding.
  • Eligible businesses may apply for both the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program and the Outdoor Operations Program under one application. 
  • Short Term Rentals (STRs) can receive support of $500 to offset basic costs of safety improvements and increased sanitization requirements. Any additional STR under the same owner would be eligible for an additional $250 each.

Support Upland Businesses! View the San Bernardino County COVID Business Compliance Partners at this link. Prior to receiving this designation, small businesses must demonstrate compliance with State/County public health orders, and incorporate safety and social distancing practices and measures in their business operations.  

Temporary Outside Dining Permit Application and Regulations

The City of Upland has established an Outdoor Dining Program for Upland in response to COVID-19. Temporary outdoor dining shall be permitted until January 2, 2021. Please visit www.uplandca.gov/temporary-outdoor-dining-permit to obtain outdoor dining application and requirements. Please reference the Temporary Outside Dining Permit Application and Regulations document below:

Temporary Outdoor Merchandise Display Permit

The City of Upland is now allowing retail stores within the Historic Downtown area to temporarily display merchandise outdoors while the streets are closed.  A Temporary Outdoor Merchandise Display application is required to be submitted and approved.  Temporary outdoor displays of merchandise will be allowed until January 2, 2021.  Please click on the PDF below to view the Temporary Outdoor Merchandise Display application and requirements.

Calling All Californians: Shop Safe Shop Local

The State of California has announced a new campaign Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal to encourage Californians to support all local small businesses in their communities, like the City of Upland, and help all of our diverse neighborhoods thrive.

We are proud to partner with the State of California in its campaign! The State has partnered with industry leaders and small business experts to provide California's small businesses with the tools and resources to help them adapt to the new marketplace and create in-person and online safe shopping experience for us all. Please visit the website link at https://business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal


Some of these resources include:

 

Important Updates from the Governor

Industry Guidelines have been issued by  the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in conjunction with Cal/OSHA, to help workplaces operate and reopen safely. The goal is a safer environment for workers and customers. Businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon the Guidelines, but before reopening, all facilities must first perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.

Industries that are currently allowed to resume full or modified operations, if they're permitted to open per County health rules, can be found on the industry guidance website. Stage 2 expansion will be phased in gradually. Some communities may move through Stage 2 faster if they are able to show greater progress. Counties that have met the readiness criteria and worked with the CDPH can open more workplaces as outlined on the County Variance Page.

 

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announces new sectors that can reopen with modifications Statewide. See attached CDPH News Release.

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**Click here for your restaurant to apply for the Great Plates Program**

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Did you know that advertising on the Shop Upland App is available to ALL Upland businesses? Click here to learn more about advertising your business to Upland residents and beyond with the Shop Upland app!

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Upland Executive Order 2020-1 of the Director of Emergency Services permitting temporary signage in the right of way for essential businesses. For businesses offering essential services, as designated by the California Department of Public Health in its list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers, and open to the general public with modified services levels, signs may be placed in the right-of-way subject to these limitations:
  • Temporary signs may be placed in the right-of-way and landscape areas of private property in the areas immediately adjacent to the business or shopping center.
  • Signs must be free-standing and be in the form of an A-Frame sign or a Banner affixed to the ground but cannot be attached to any existing structure, tree or parking lot light standard, etc.
  • A business may place one A-Frame sign or one Banner not to exceed 24 square feet per side or 4 feet in height on each street frontage. 
  • Signs shall not be placed to create a hazard for pedestrians or drivers, including line-of-sight obstructions within 20 feet of a corner radius.
Please see the Executive Order 2020-1 in PDF format attached below.

 

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY NEWS RELEASES AND COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER ORDERS. Important news, resources and health officer orders in our battle against COVID-19. Click here to read the San Bernardino County Health Officer Orders and News Releases 

Guidance for Public Gatherings. Information for businesses in regard to recommendations for business operations responsive to the guidelines from the California Department of Public Health can be found here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx, specifically guidance as it relates to gatherings and social distancing. 

Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Funding Options. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering funding options to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Click here for SBA Disaster Assistance to CA Small Businesses Economically Impacted by COVID-19  

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please click here to access the State’s GO-Biz site: https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/

California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) has prepared a page on their website with great information on Federal, State and local resources to assist businesses hit hard by the Coronavirus COVID-19. Please click on the link here: https://caled.org/economic-development-resources-for-the-novel-coronavirus-and-covid-19/

San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency has created a page that highlights the current business relief programs available to businesses, including everything from SBA loan programs to utility programs. Please click on the link here: https://www.selectsbcounty.com/major-initiatives/covid-19

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - For COVID-19 business resources, and how SBDC can help your business, please click here: https://inlandempiresbdc.org/resource/covid-19/ If you have any questions, please call Mary at the SBDC at (909) 983-5005. 

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Upland, CA 91786
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