Business Resources

The City of Aliso Viejo is committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the community, including our business owners and their employees. We understand that many businesses in Aliso Viejo have experienced operational disruption and financial strain due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and as your City, we are dedicated to working closely with partner agencies to gather Federal, State, and local resources to help business owners and their workforce navigate through this difficult time.

While the City of Aliso Viejo does not offer small business loans or grants, we are available as a conduit for information, resources and assistance wherever possible. The City will continue to explore opportunities to offer additional resources as we are able.

Please visit this page often, as we will be regularly updating it with new resources and amended links.

Businesses and entities should operate in accordance with social distancing guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health.  

News and Updates

State of California Information:

Public Health Information:

Available Resources

Business Resilience

Business Resources 

  • The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development created a GO-Biz website with information regarding State resources for employers & employees during this health crisis.  You can find contact information for specialists and advisors here
  • California launched a new Small Business and Employer website, with links to resources for accessing capital and updates on tax requirements.
  • The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) developed Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources to encourage small businesses to do their part to keep employees, customers, and themselves healthy. 
  • OSHA has developed resources for employers including guidance on preparing for COVID-19 in the workplace and preventing worker exposure.
  • The CDC has developed Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers.
  • The Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center is providing resources to assist business in remaining successful despite the vastly changing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19).  Resources include virtual business consulting, webinars, and downloadable tools.
  • Octane has compiled a list of resources for business recovery, including legal, wellness, and more.

Loans & Financial Assistance Programs:

  • California Infrastructure & Economic Development Bank (IBank) is offering assistance to help businesses find information, support and financing options.  IBank has a loan guarantee program designed for Disaster Relief that is currently available to businesses.  The program is designed to help small business borrowers impacted by COVID-19 by providing loan guarantees of up to $1 million. Businesses can apply through the SBDC. 
  • The SBA is offering Coronavirus Relief Options to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  Options include the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loans, and SBA Debt Relief.  For assistance, contact SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or  Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339.  Businesses are encouraged to apply early.
  • The California State Treasurer’s California Capital Access Program (CalCAP) is a loan loss reserve program that may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults. With CalCAP’s portfolio support, a lender may be more comfortable underwriting small business loans. 
  • Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and advertising credits to up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where the social media platform operates. 
  • The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) has announced relief provisions for exporters and financial institutions throughout the country.  

For Employers

  • The California Employment Development Department (EDD) is providing information to employers about issues related to COVID-19. Information for employers includes tax assistance, potential closure and/or layoffs, and workplace health and safety.  Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 can request up to a 60-day extension to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.  Call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center at 888-745-3886.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is providing information regarding federal tax relief to assist taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by COVID-19 with tax relief and filing deadlines.  
  • The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency is providing information and resources for employers and workers affected by COVID-19.  

For Employees