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— you’re an income eligible Renter who has experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have past due rent, OR
— you’re a Landlord who has experienced a loss in income because of unpaid rent, then
you may be eligible to get financial assistance NOW through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Visit as soon as possible to see if you qualify.

If you haven’t already, take THIS survey if your business has been impacted by COVID-19.

Paycheck Protection Program Information

Click HERE for resources on how to apply for small businesses.

Resources to help your small business manage through uncertainty

As communities throughout the world respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus), we know that this time presents unique challenges for businesses. Here are some tips and recommendations to help you navigate this for your employees and customers. For the most timely information and guidance on COVID-19, please monitor the World Health Organization website.
  • Communicating with your customers
    • If your hours of operation have changed, edit your Business Profile on Google.
    • Use Posts to communicate information directly on your Business Profile on Google, like special offers or inventory updates.
    • Consider setting an email auto-reply with answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Communicating with your employees
    • Store contact information for your employees, vendors, and clients online so it’s accessible from any device.
    • Make a business continuity plan, and share it with employees via an email address they can access outside of the office.
    • If you have more than one business location, give local managers the authority to take appropriate actions based on conditions at their location.
  • Working remotely
    • If possible, be prepared to work from home unexpectedly, e.g., take your laptop home at the end of each workday, have remote access to important information, etc.
    • Prepare to effectively work from home with these tools and resources from Grow with Google.
    • Collaborate using a shared document, a quick conference call, or by creating an email list or a chat room.
    • Access important documents from anywhere by uploading them to the Cloud through a product like Google Drive or downloading to your mobile phone or computer for offline access.
    • If you’re using Chromebooks, ensure they have the right policies in place to access company resources from home and to keep devices and data secure.
  • Modifying your advertising (if necessary)
    • Edit your ads as needed to let customers know whether you’re open for business and if you offer helpful services like expedited shipping.
    • Pause campaigns if your product availability is impacted by supply chain issues or increased demand.
    • If your business relies on customers from countries most affected by the virus, consider prioritizing your ad budget to other locations.
For more information, check out the Center for Disease Control’s guidance for businesses. As the situation evolves, we’ll share updates on this page and on our Google Small Business social channels: TwitterFacebookLinkedIn.

2020 Benefits Benchmark Report

Primary data from more than 11,000 U.S. businesses provide valuable benchmarks, stats, and insights about health insurance among businesses with 1-500 employees. (20 min read)


Your ‘Surge Capacity’ Is Depleted — It’s Why You Feel Awful

Here’s how to pull yourself out of despair and live your life

Courses available through nonprofitready
The 6 Biggest Mistakes Executive Directors MakeFrom fundraising, to leadership, to working with a board of directors, nonprofit Executive Directors have a lot of competing priorities to manage. It’s no surprise there are common mistakes and pitfalls. Learn the six biggest mistakes Executive Directors make and how to avoid them.
LGBTQ in the Workplace: Gender Identity vs. Sexual Orientation
This 5-minute online course provides an explanation of the various types of gender identities and how those are often expressed, as well as how people identify their sexual orientation. The course includes an exam and downloadable guide.

Diversity and Inclusion Playlist
Nonprofits around the world are embracing new notions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have curated a new set of free learning resources to help you incorporate these values into your mission, operations, and policies. Take a few minutes to consider how you and your nonprofit could benefit from a more supportive, diverse, and inclusive workplace.

Understanding Burnout During COVID-19
Even before the pandemic, many of us were struggling to achieve a healthy work-life balance. The extra stress triggered by the pandemic has only added to our previous load. As a result, it is not surprising that we feel exhausted and overwhelmed. This guide is designed to help nonprofit professionals and organizations understand how burnout is different from stress and how to identify the causes.

Managing Burnout During COVID-19
If you are experiencing burnout, this companion guide to Understanding Burnout shares 6 tips that can help you manage burnout and build resiliency during this pandemic.
Past webinars available on-demand:
Navigating Your Nonprofit Through Covid-19 – March 25, 2020
Navigating COVID-19 for the Self Employed – April 8, 2020
COVID-19 Updates for the Small Business Owner – April 17th, 2020
COVID-19 Updates for the Small Business Owner #2 – April 28th, 2020
California Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program Updates for the Self Employed #2 – June 3, 20 20
Understanding the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application – June 24, 2020