Local Business Support / Business and Employee Assistance

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For the latest information on Yolo County's Roadmap to Recovery, including allowed activities guidance, please view the Yolo County Roadmap to Recovery page.

Yolo County Coronavirus documents and guidelines can be viewed and downloaded from the Yolo County Coronavirus Documents page.

Face coverings and social distancing are still required in Yolo County.

May 27, 2020 Yolo County Business Toolkit Resource for Reopening

Yolo County has created a comprehensive toolkit with forms, resources and guidance for reopening your restaurant or retail business.

May 27, 2020 - Apply for the No-Fee Outdoor and Dining Retail Permit

To facilitate the reopening of restaurants, retail and other businesses now allowed, the City of Davis has purposely waived fees to create a No-Fee expedited permit for use of public space. These permits allows businesses a way to gain timely approval for use of public space that will enable them to better accommodate physical distancing requirements, and potentially serve a greater number of customers.

Please note these will be temporary, revocable permits subject to modifications necessary to incorporate State and County business reopening requirements. The City will do periodic inspections to ensure compliance and may also request modifications to the permit after inspections. The intent is to provide an expedited permit for our businesses meeting minimum requirements with an understanding that the permittee will need to be responsive to City requests for modification.

Please submit questions and applications to

Outdoor Dining Temporary Permit

Outdoor Retail Temporary Permit

Downloadable Storefront Sign for Davis Businesses with Social Distancing and Health Recommendations

Please download this storefront sign to help your customers keep safe and healthy.

Storefront Signage 


Rapid Response Business Triage Hotline Support Available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin

The Sac Asian Chamber has partnered with the Sacramento Metro Chamber to launch the Rapid Response Business Triage hotline, a toll free number for small businesses to call for support navigating access to capital and human resources issues they're facing as a result of COVID-19.  The program offers assistance in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Mandarin.  A link to the site is included with each graphic below.  Dropdown menus in each language on the main hotline page provide information on the hotline services and process.

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Sac Metro Chamber Rapid Response Business Triage Hotline Launched

Rapid Response Business Triage Hotline 

April 8, 2020 - Additional Resource for Davis Businesses Launched

The Coronavirus Rapid Response Hub regional business assistance program has launched the free business support hotline for the small business community. Trained business counselors will assist callers with general business questions, human resources, legal issues and navigation of the various financing tools.

The number for the hotline is 833-391-1919.

The service includes the following:

  • Languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Mandarin
  • Business Counselors available Monday-Friday from 8-4 p.m.
  • 24/7 voicemail capabilities to have your message forwarded to counselors

More information online:

Coronavirus Rapid Response Hub Through Sac Metro Chamber

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April 1, 2020 - New Resource for Davis Businesses

The City is a partner in this Coronavirus Rapid Response Hub regional business assistance program to offer local businesses access to updated business resources and assistance seven days a week.


Business Information Submission Form

March 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Special Accommodations Listing for Local Businesses

In an effort to track what businesses are open and special accommodations they may be offering their customers, the City of Davis has been coordinating with our partner organizations Davis Downtown Business Association, Davis Chamber of Commerce and Visit Yolo on tools to help get information out to the community.  A new tool has been developed which allows Davis and Yolo County businesses to place information about their business through an online form that can be found at the following link:

Business Information Submission Form

Once the form has been submitted, your business will be placed on an interactive map for users to see the specific information as it relates to your business offering.  A manual approval process is required for the link to your business to go live.  These will be completed in batches starting Monday, March 23, 2020.

Additional resources for our partner organizations can be found at:

Davis Downtown COVID-19 Community Support Page

Facebook page for Davis Chamber COVID-19 Response
Group Name: Davis Chamber - Local Business & Community Support - COVID-19 Response 
Direct Link: 

Visit Yolo COVID-19 Resources 

State of California Resources

March 19, 2020 - State of California Information Website

The State of California has created a website listing COVID-19 resources for businesses and employees.  Information is available on how to apply for unemployment, disability benefits, paid family leave, and small business assistance.

Learn more at

How to Support Local Businesses

March 17, 2020 - Please Support Davis Businesses

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigation and social distancing requirements are affecting the way we do business and our way of life around the world. The City of Davis is strongly encouraging everyone to follow the guidance that the federal, State, and local governments are providing in an effort to curb the spread of this pandemic. There is no question that these mitigation measures and social distancing requirements are having a major impact on businesses in our community. Local businesses are exploring creative ways to serve their customers during this challenging time. The continued support of the Davis community is critical to our local business ecosystem.

A number of businesses are modifying their practices to allow them to provide services while staying consistent with state and local COVID-19 mitigation measures. These include restaurants that are delivering food, providing take out, inclusive of curbside pickup opportunities. Some retailers have also started taking orders over the phone or online combined with curbside pick up to their customers. These practices will continue to evolve as the situation continues to progress. Businesses and customers will need to be flexible and adapt to this rapidly changing environment.

Please consider contacting local merchants that you do business with to see if they offer gift cards or certificates for future gifts or personal use. Accelerating this activity could go a long way to help our local business community. Should you have a membership with a local fitness or service provider, please keep it current to show your support for the great services they provide to the community.
Davis merchants have long been a strong thread in the community tapestry, providing a richness to the overall experience of living, working, and visiting this special place. Please be mindful of how you can continue to support our local business community while still following mitigation and social distancing guidance.

The City of Davis will continue to collaborate with Davis Chamber of Commerce, the Davis Downtown Business Association, and Visit Yolo regarding opportunities and resources to support our business community and local commerce.

Business and Employee Assistance

March 16, 2020 - Resources Available to Help Affected Businesses and Employees

On March 15, 2020, in an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the California Governor announced that he was strongly encouraging bars, brewpubs, wineries and night clubs to close.  

The State of California is also recommending that restaurants operate at half capacity to allow for social distancing. The City of Davis is closely tracking new developments and guidelines as they become available from federal, State, and County officials.  The City is also working to identify and share information relative to business and employee support as it becomes available from various levels of government.  Additionally, the City has been in conversations with leadership from the Davis Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Davis Business Association and Visit Yolo, regarding resources that may be helpful to our business community at the local level.

Please know that the City of Davis greatly values our business community and will continue to collaborate with our business partners as we collectively work our way through this unprecedented challenge.

Below is information on assistance opportunities for businesses and their employees.

Small Business Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.  Small businesses; private non-profit organizations of any size; small agricultural cooperatives; and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in many California counties, including Yolo. Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of COVID-19. The interest rate for small businesses is 3.75%, and 2.75% for private non-profit organizations. SBA offers loans with long-term repayment terms in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years, and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to:

U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16, 2020.

For the complete press release, click here.

For more information about Coronavirus, please visit:

For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit:

Franchise Tax Board

Employment Development Department

Other Assistance

Should you have questions, please contact Sarah Worley, Business Engagement Manager at, or at 530-400-8177 for assistance.