COVID-19 Information for Businesses

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For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please refer to the CDC COVID-19 website. State of California updates are located here. Local updates from the County of Los Angeles can be found here.

 Rapid Response

 If you are considering reducing your employees’ hours or implementing layoffs, we strongly encourage you to call the Verdugo Jobs Center at (818) 937-8000. We will take down your information, and our Rapid Response team will contact you within one business day to provide information and services, free of charge, that may mitigate COVID-19 impacts, including:

  • Layoff aversion strategies
  • Access to capital
  • CARES Act
  • Employee resources
    • Unemployment insurance
    • Health coverage
    • Job search assistance

View this Fact Sheet from the Employment Development Department for more information on Rapid Response services.

 Access to Capital

  • The Paycheck Protection Program, a key feature of the CARES Act, is a loan designed to incentivize small businesses to keep their workers on payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with less than 500 employees are eligible; this includes sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons, nonprofits, and veterans organizations. Loans may be forgiven if the employer maintains or quickly rehires employees and maintains salary levels. Eligible businesses should contact their bank to determine if they are offering PPP loans and the expected timing for processing and approving applications. Click here to view FAQs and learn how to apply.
  • The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering an Economic Injury Disaster LoanProgram, which provides up to $2 million in assistance to a business, and an advance of $10,000 which will not have to be repaid.Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply here.
  • To assist borrowers that have been adversely affected by COVID-19, the SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for 7(a), 504, and Microloans. Click here to learn more.
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans enable small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
  • Through the City of Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan Program, for-profit and tax-exempt businesses in the City of Los Angeles with 100 or fewer employees can get an emergency microloan of $5,000 to $20,000.
  • Click here to see what disaster relief programs you may be eligible for and to learn more about California’s Small Business Disaster Loan Guarantee Program.
  • Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to retrain their employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits, as an alternative to layoffs.

WARN Notices

 Per Executive Order N-31-20,  signed by Governor Newsom on March 17, Labor Code sections pertaining to mass layoff, relocation and termination, which normally requires a 60 day notice, have been temporarily suspended, and now only require as much notice as is practicable to be provided, an when the notice is given, a brief statement regarding the basis for reducing the notification period is included. FAQs can be found here.

 Businesses are encouraged to contact the VJC at (818) 937-8000 to access resources for employees and help us to track and monitor the economic impact of COVID-19 in our region.

 Stay Informed

 Recruitment Assistance

In compliance with state order as well as to ensure the health and safety of our community, the VJC is not currently scheduling any job fairs, recruitments, or information sessions. However, VJC case managers are actively assisting clients with job search via telephone. To communicate any job openings you may have, please email

 More Helpful Resources

  • For help making a plan for your business or figuring out which financial options are best for your situation, contact the Small Business Development Center (PCC SBDC).The SBDC has expert business consultants available to provide free, individualized and confidential one-on-one advising to help you develop a strategy to plan and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBDC is also available to help you understand the financial resources available and prepare applications for funding. 
  • California Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 Survival Guide for Employers
  • The City of Glendale’s Emergency Business Resources page.
  • LAEDC’s COVID-19 Community Connectory

 Archived Webinars

Demystifying COVID-19 Resources (04/08/2020)

Getting Technical: SBDC Offers Direct Assistance to Small Businesses Applying for COVID-19 Funding (04/16/2020)


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is an Equal Opportunity Program. 
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TTY (818) 548-3857.
Requests must be  made within 3 business days of the event.