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Small Business Resource Center (COVID-19)

Welcome to the City of Martinez Small Business Resource page. During this unprecedented time, the City of Martinez wants to help our local business owners and their employees get through this challenging juncture as a community. For this reason, this page was created to help connect Martinez employers with needed resources during the Contra Costa Shelter-in-Place Orders as well as the period that will follow.

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Attention Martinez Business Owners

For-profit and non-profit businesses

The first round of applications for the State of California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program are due January 13, 2021.
$5,000 to $25,000 grants are available for eligible businesses.
Click here to apply!

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U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Federal Funding Opportunities


Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans and Forgivable Loans

UPDATE:  The Paycheck Protection Program was reauthorized by the U.S. Congress on December 27, 2020 and banks are currently preparing to accept new PPP applications. Business owners interested in a PPP loan or forgivable loan should check the links below for PPP updates.

If you have questions about the PPP, call the SBA at (800) 659-2955 or email and/or contact one of the organizations listed below under Local Business Service Organization Contacts.


Application Links




Questions?  Ask these Local Business Service Organization Contacts

U.S. Small Business Administration (SF District Office)



   (415) 744-6820

>  SBA Loan/Grant Application Assistance


Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC)



   Blair Abee  

   (619) 964-1411

SBA Loan/Grant Application Assistance

>  Business Consulting

>  Operations & Financial Management

>  Government Contracting & Procurement

>  Exporting Assistance

*All services are provided at no-cost


East Bay SCORE



   Neil Rubenstein

   (510) 381-7741

>  SBA Loan/Grant Application Assistance

>  Mentoring about how to address the economic impact of the coronavirus

>  Low-cost or no-cost business training


Contra Costa County COVID-19 Business Resource Hotline



   (833) 320-1919  

>  SBA Loan/Grant Application Assistance

>  Federal, State, Local COVID-19 Business Programs

>  Managing/Avoiding Layoffs

>  Insurance Needs, Payroll Subsidies, Reducing Utility Costs

>  Employee Recruitment, Access to Job Seekers


Additional Small Business Funding Opportunities

State of California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program – $5,000 to $25,000 Grants for Eligible For-Profit and Non-Profit Businesses
First round applications due January 13, 2021.  Second round applications deadline TBD. Click above for information about how to apply!

Main Street Small Business Tax Credit
Small business hiring credit against California state income taxes or sales and use taxes to certain California qualified small business employers on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.  Visit the link above to apply.

Great Plates Delivered: Restaurant Meals for Seniors
Martinez Restaurants looking for an economic stimulus may want to participate in the “Great Plates Delivered” program. Restaurants interested in helping seniors to stay home and stay nourished can send an email to to get on the provider list.

Red Backpack Fund
The Red Backpack Fund is providing grants to female entrepreneurs.

Helps businesses identify lenders, secure loans, and demystify common business financing products. The organization also assists in the selection of retirement and healthcare insurance plans for businesses owners and their employees.

Connects small businesses to funding opportunities.

SBA Debt Relief
The SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and fees that borrowers owe for some 7(a), 504, and Microloans (not including Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster loans).

SBA Express Bridge Loan
Access up to $25,000 quickly for businesses with existing relationships with SBA Express Lenders.

Employer Benefits and Resources

New COVID-19 Employer Tax Credits – Sick and Family Leave Credit and the Employee Retention Credit

Businesses that have been severely impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for one or both of these federal tax credits

Pandemic Unemployment Benefits for Business Owners, Self-Employed, and Independent Contractors

Helps unemployed Californians who are not usually eligible for Unemployment Benefits (such as business owners).

Rapid Response – Contra Costa Workforce Development Board

Employer and worker assistance and benefits during layoffs/closures

Work Sharing Program (unemployment benefits for reduced work hours in lieu of layoffs)

Helps employers minimize or eliminate the need for layoffs so they can retain trained employees to avoid the cost of recruiting, hiring, and training new employees when business conditions improve

 Insurance Premium Refunds, Credits, and Reductions

The California Insurance Commissioner has ordered insurers to issue premium refunds to adversely impacted California policyholders for the months of March and April for several types of insurance

Business Interruption Insurance Claims

The California Insurance Commissioner is ordering insurers to accept and investigate all Business Interruption Claims caused by COVID-19.

City of Martinez is Processing Building, Engineering, and Planning Permits

The City is accepting permit applications electronically or by USPS, and providing Zoom appointments as needed so that when the Shelter-in-Place order is lifted, approved permits will be ready to pull and projects can move forward immediately.

California Laws and Rules About Employee Leave, Benefits, and Salary during the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place

FAQs on laws enforced by the State of California Labor Commissioner’s Office


OnwardCA is an initiative of companies, foundations, and humans to get California workers displaced by COVID-19 essential life services and back to work as quickly as possible

How to Help
For those business owners interested in helping the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) response to COVID-19 (e.g. donating or selling needed medical supplies or equipment), click on the “How to Help – Private Sector” link to find out how

Webinars to Help Businesses Survive and Rebound from COVID-19

Northern CA 
Small Business Development Center

Contra Costa County
Small Business Development Center

Small Business



COVID-19 Deadline Extensions and Penalty Waivers

State Business Taxes

Property Taxes

Property owners can request a Property Tax penalty waiver if delinquent payments were caused by COVID-19

City of Martinez Business Taxes

Business Taxes are paid annually and will not be due again until January 31, 2021

City of Martinez Water Service

The City is temporarily waiving water bill delinquent penalties and deferring the water shut-off process until June 1st, 2021


Service disconnections for non-payments have been suspended and security deposits have been waived until further notice


Business customers can reschedule payments by logging in and clicking on “My Account” if they have been impacted by the Shelter-in-Place and need more time to pay their bills

Businesses Open During Shelter-in-Place Order

The City of Martinez has compiled Martinez Open for Business Lists to give Martinez residents opportunities to find nourishment and services while also showing their support for our local businesses. The lists include essential businesses that are open as well as non-essential businesses offering online shopping, online classes, and gift cards.

City of Martinez partners are also working to promote and support Martinez business during the Shelter-in-Place.  Visit their website or Facebook below.

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Main Street Martinez

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Chamber of Commerce

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For questions about information on this webpage, please email our Economic Development department at