Friends and Businesses,
Like all of you, these past few weeks have been a roller-coaster for the City and its businesses and residents. As we determine how to best manage the welfare and safety of our citizens during Governor Newsom’s “stay-at-home” order, the impact to our commercial partners is not lost on us. While today the City is ensuring the security and well-being of our businesses and residents, we are also exploring recovery options for businesses that will have long-lasting impacts. Our businesses are a critical part of our community. You supply our needs and serve as our gathering places. Your continued existence is an essential element in the City’s sustainability and recovery. As such, we want to share information with you to assist during and after the current COVID-19 situation.
The Federal and State governments have established several resources to assist businesses recover financially from the effects of the pandemic. If you are seeking information in attaining financial aid, please visit the following:
- US Small Business Administration (SBA): www.sba.gov or call (800) 659-2955
- California State Assembly, Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy: www.ajed.assembly.ca.gov
- State of California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development: www.business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
- California Association for Local Economic Development: https://caled.org/economic-development-resources-for-the-novel-coronavirus-and-covid19/
- California Labor & Development Agency: https://www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/
Staff will be researching these sites as well to learn about the programs and assist you as much as possible. This information will be updated as additional resources and/or information becomes available.
The Orange Chamber of Commerce is also available and committed to providing support and information for your business needs during this challenging time. To reach the Chamber, please visit their website at www.orangechamber.com. In addition, the Chamber has initiated a program that focuses on helping local retailers and restaurants by providing information on their website of establishments that are either open or providing curbside pick-up services. For more information on this program, please click on this link https://www.orangechamber.com/support-orange---shop-orange
Furthermore, the City is strongly encouraging residents to patronize those retail establishments that remain open and to contact businesses directly for hours of operation. The City is utilizing social media, our website, and Facebook page to get this message out to as many residents as possible. Shopping local will help speed our recovery and ensure the businesses we depend on will remain open to service Orange today and long into the future.
For 132 years, Orange residents and businesses stood together, no matter what the challenge. Together, we will get through this too.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, feel free to contact the Economic Development Department at (714) 744-2207. Though the City’s public counters are closed for the time being, staff is still available (remotely or in the office) to support businesses and residents.
City of Orange
Economic Development Department