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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is creating a challenging business climate in San Jose and across the country. We are providing this page to serve as a centralized resource for employers, employees, small businesses and non-profits to discover critical resource information. To suggest an addition, email

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 San Jose Small Business Webinar Recordings

To help businesses deal with the multiple issues arising from need to restrict the spread of COVID-19 and the resulting Shelter-in-Place orders, the City of San Jose's Office of Economic Development, as part of the Emergency Operations Center, has been producing on-line webinars. The subject matter has varied, but we continue to look for ways of bringing useful, actionable information and coaching to the small businesses that are such a critical part of the City's economy.

nontradvietVietnamese-Language Webinar - Small Business Administration’s small business support programs, PPP & EIDL: Vào ngày 21 tháng 5 năm 2020, thành phố San Jose tổ chức một diễn đàn qua Zoom webinar dành cho doanh nghiệp và người lao động. Chị Nga Nguyễn đến từ Small Business Development Center đã giúp cho các doanh nghiệp tại thành phố hiểu rõ hơn về những chương trình vay vốn kinh doanh của SBA, đặc biệt là chương trình Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) và Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). YouTube video

 Quý doanh nghiệp có thể gửi email cho thành phố tại

Để biết thêm thông tin về những dịch vụ của SBDC, vui lòng vào trang:

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social webinarCustomer Engagement Strategies – A Conversation with Facebook and Nextdoor. On May 14, 2020, the City of San Jose hosted a small business assistance webinar as part of its Speaker Series initiative, with speakers from Facebook and Nextdoor, providing helpful tips on how to create successful social media marketing campaigns and connect with local customers in their neighborhoods. YouTube video.


sp nontradSpanish Language Webinar - Recursos Para Empresas Pequeñas durante la Pandemia de COVID-19: City of San Jose & Opportunity Fund. YouTube video.



nontradNontraditional Sources of Funding for Small Business: Featuring City of San Jose, in partnership with Opportunity Fund and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Bay Area. For information about business loans, please visit Opportunity Fund at and LISCYouTube video.


stsmallfenwickLegal and Financial Resources for Small Businesses: Featuring Start Small Think Big, Fenwick & West.  YouTube Video




pivotPivoting Your Business to Survive:  Featuring Academic Coffee, SCORE Silicon Valley, eBay. YouTube Video





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Small Business Relief: Featuring Small Business Majority. YouTube.









Small Business Response: Featuring the Small Business Administration and the Small Business Development Center.  YouTube Video

Question of the Week

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We answer your questions: here's an example from this week:

(note - we change the names and addresses to fictional ones!)

Sent: Monday, May 17 2020 5:32 PM
To: covid19sjbusiness <>
Subject: Regarding Landscaping


Can the landscaping work on residential properties resume starting Monday?

We have been holding back even though customers have been saying it's ok, so it would be good to know if we can start working again.

Please let us know.




May 18, 202010:25 am

 <> wrote:

Hi Dave:

Landscaping is considered an “outdoor business” and as such can resume operations – you don’t have to wait till Monday.

But landscapers have to be careful about social distancing. This isn’t usually a problem for them, but they need to be prepared.

* Can gardening and landscaping services continue?

Yes. Arborists, landscapers, gardeners, and similar service professionals can operate as outdoor businesses, as that term is defined in the Order, but they must strictly comply with social distancing requirements.

Here is the link to the full order with lots more information!



Nathan Donato-Weinstein
Business Liaison Officer/Emergency Operations
City of San Jose


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