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Economic Relief Assistance & Guidance for Businesses and Workers

The City of Redwood City is committed to supporting our local business to help mitigate the economic impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). The City's Economic Development Team is actively coordinating with other governmental agencies to connect your business to information and assistance programs to help your business get through this challenging time. This site will provide the most up-to-date business resources that are currently available. See something missing? Email Don Burrus, Economic Development Manager at

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The City is sending regular updates through eNews (the City's online newsletter), as well as through the online Economic Development newsletter.

Please click here to subscribe to receive the newsletter via email and stay informed. 

The Economic Development Division is providing a comprehensive update on resources available to businesses and workers regularly. For the latest newsletter from April 15, 2020, go here.


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On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in response to the public health crisis that has emerged from the spread of COVID-19. We are currently working with our legal team to understand all aspects of the CARE Act and will have an update, more information, and resources soon. 

For the CARES Act, go here. For the Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act, go here.

Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

IRSEmployee Retention Credit: Internal Revenue Service

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New California Resources

California Governor Newsom announced new help for small businesses and workers displaced by COVID-19, including: 

  • $50 million in loan guarantees available for small businesses that may not be eligible for federal relief
  • is a new platform connecting COVID-19 displaced workers with over 70,000 job opportunities in critical industries

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration

The State of California published a website on the recent state-wide Shelter-In-Place Order, and updated state resources. Visit the website here. Learn more about how the state is combating COVID-19 here

gobiz-logo-transparentGovernor's Office of Business and Economic Development
EDDCalifornia Employment Development Division (EDD)
iBank LogoSmall Business Finance Center (SBFC) iBank
CalCAPCalifornia Capital Access Program (CalCAP) for Small Businesses
EDDDisaster Unemployment Assistance

Labor and Workforce Development Agency

In the face of the COVID-19, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) wants to keep workers, employers, co-workers, and families safe. What employees are entitled to may be confusing. We are trying to make it easier and spread awareness through this centralized source of info. Use the guidance below to determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.

Labor&WorkforceEmployer Assistance
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SAMCEDA Mini LogoSan Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA)
SMC StrongSan Mateo County Strong Fund
SBDCSmall Business Development Center
SMCUSan Mateo Credit Union Resources

Support Local Businesses During Shelter-In-Place

Local restaurants have been affected by the temporary closure, but many are open for take-out orders or deliveries only. 

The Chamber of Commerce and City of Redwood City have partnered on developing a list of restaurants open who are accepting take-out and delivery orders. This list will be updated on a frequent basis. Click here to view the list. Are you an open restaurant that is not listed?  Please contact (650) 364-1722 to be added.

Looking for another way to support our local restaurants? Consider purchasing a Gift Card from participating restaurants directly or by visiting one of these websites: or

Please remember to practice social distancing by keeping a six-foot distance between people and wear a face covering if ordering by take-out.