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Design responds to a changing world

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed everything. Its impact on global wellness and the economy has forced organizations in every industry — including our own — to flex and evolve, both in real-time and in the long-term. In this collection of ideas, tips, thoughts, and strategies, we explore how design can play a role in making the world a healthier place.

The COVID-19 pandemic is moving quickly, with a growing impact across the globe. This resource will provide a perspective on the evolving situation, as well as implications for how the virus will affect the ways we WORK, LIVE and INVEST.

For the latest information on new online permit initiatives recently launched by the City, please visit here.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Corona Virus Disease 2019

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

AGC is committed to providing our members with valuable resources and updates during these challenging times.

This site compiles resources from a variety of State Agencies, Departments, and sources all in one site. It also includes links to local resources.  

Here you can sign up for email alerts with updates from CDPH, the Governor's Office and other sources. Look for the box under the heading "Don't Miss a Thing" on the right side of the page.

Resources for Businesses and Employees impacted by COVID-19

The Governor's Office issues press releases on an ongoing basis outlining the new statewide COVID-19 guidance for individuals, schools, businesses, healthcare facilities, and other institutions. 

GO-Biz has compiled information and resources relevant to employers, employees, and small businesses.

Is hosting a series of free virtual events for small business owners on topics ranging from bookkeeping to supply chain contracting. See their full list of upcoming classes here.



Small businesses can also apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. The program opened Friday April 3rd. This is a 100% guaranteed loan for employers who maintain payroll. The maximum loan amount is calculated on past year’s payroll up to $10 million. The loan is forgivable on allowable expenses which include payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utilities, but at least 75% has to be for payroll. Your payments will be deferred for 6 months.


If you are a current borrower under SBA 7(a), 504 loan program or a microloan, you are eligible for debt relief and SBA will cover all loan payments for 6 months.


The U.S. SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is a direct loan by the SBA for up to $2 million at a rate of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. California businesses have access to this program at 

Facebook will soon be offering Small Business Grants to impacted small businesses. The application process is expected to open in mid-April 2020.

Salesforce will soon be offering Salesforce Care Small Business Grants of $10,000 to impacted small businesses. The application process begins in mid-April 2020.

Hello Alice is offering grants of $10,000 to impacted small businesses.

Provides critical financial assistance to small, independent restaurants that, due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) national disaster, have an immediate need for funds to pay set operating expenses and keep from going out of business. 

Verizon and LISC are making grants of up to $10,000 to small business owners impacted by COVID-19, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses, and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. 

Is making grants of up to $10,000 available to Berkeley-based small businesses and nonprofits to enable continuity through and/or beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The City of Hayward Economic Development Division has launched a Business Resiliency Grant Program to provide grants of $5,000 to impacted small businesses. 

The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (SBA)

Assistance for Small Business Owners Affected by COVID-19

City of San Jose offers a summary of the CARES Act inEnglish, Spanish, and Vietnamese, including FAQs, eligibility requirements, a list of SBA-approved lenders, and more.


A List of Relief Funds for Restaurants, Bars, and Food Service Workers

A List of Relief Funds for Restaurants, Bars, and Food Service Workers

Stipend to ease financial burdens for Parenting Journey families.

During these uncertain times the USBG Foundation strives to be a resource for our bar industry community. Please find all of our COVID-19 Relief & Response Information below.

Financial assistance for eligible Dashers that are diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been active on the DoorDash platform for at least 60 days and have completed at least 30 deliveries in the last 30 days.

Will distribute mutual aid directly to Asian immigrants and refugees in areas where APEN works (Oakland & Richmond, CA).

Assistance of up to $1,000 per household for any independent worker in the U.S. who has primarily earned income through freelance work for at least one year and has experienced a recent, sudden, and unforeseen hardship or loss of income as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A leading freelance & work-from-home job site is offering free job searching and access to its business tools to help independent workers better manage jobs and gigs.

A free helpline (call or email) that offers answers to questions about the law for workers facing issues at work related to sick, family, or medical leave.

Cash assistance to restaurant workers, care service drivers, deliver workers, personal service workers

Financial help for workers who live in Napa County, CA.

Help for gig and low-earning contract workers.

Resources for college students in need of support due to a COVID-19 campus shutdown (note: organization does not offer financial assistance)

Stipends for young nonprofit professionals in the Bay Area impacted by COVID-19.

$400 in emergency assistance for home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners who have participated in activities of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), NDWA chapters, affiliate organizations, circles and current Alia users.

Emergency funding for those employed by or own restaurants or bars that are facing unforeseen expenses not covered by insurance.

Assistance for households that have a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 and have costs associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation.

Grants of up to $500 each for restaurant workers for all currently employed persons (at least 6 months) who work in locally owned independent food service businesses.

Small grants for kidney patients affected by coronavirus (NOTE: funds have been depleted & there is a waiting list).

$500 relief grants for workers in the hospitality industry (dishwashers, bartenders, servers, bussers, chefs/cooks, sommelier, managers, hosts, concierge, cleaning staff, or barbacks may apply).

Help for undocumented individuals & families residing in Sonoma County, CA, who have lost homes, wages, or employment

Funds to support undocumented families and individuals impacted by coronavirus.

A relief fund set up for undocumented workers who live or work in Oakland, California, and have lost their jobs or had their hours cut as a result of the Coronavirus and the shelter in place orders.

Financial assistance of up to $1,000 per freelance household to cover lost income and essential expenses not covered by government relief programs.

Grants for full-time (30 hours/week minimum) restaurant, bar, cafe, or nightclub workers located in AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, ME, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VT.

$500 grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 financially.

The EveryLibrary Institute is providing grants of up to $250 for library workers who are out of work or affected by the crisis.

Fund will provide direct support to worker-owners at cooperative businesses most affected by closures and downturn associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, such as food service businesses, custom manufacturing, and child care cooperatives.






15 Tips for Successfully Working from Home with a Significant Other: Check out this article by Emily Teng (Mark’s wife) and learn how they manage to work from home together.  Are you wondering how to be productive while working from home? Or maybe you’re going a little crazy trying to figure out how to work with your significant other or roommate in the same space? Here are 15 ways to successfully work from home!

Virtual Tour of 13 National Parks: Tour national parks from the comfort of your living room in 4K Ultra HD. 

On Demand Workouts: Library of on demand at home workouts for everyone including HIIT, yoga, dance, mindfulness and even post-pregnancy. 

Explore and Discover Online Events: Online events are virtual and highly interactive, where people come together to learn and be entertained on the web. Find an online training course to learn new skills and earn certifications. Stay connected through live streams of your favorite music, games, sports, or news. Register for a webinar to hear from those in your industry or your community. Attend a virtual fitness class with a live instructor. No matter what you're looking for there's a virtual event that's just right for you.

2,500 Museums You Can Now Visit Virtually:  If you’re feeling hungry for art while you’re stranded at home, here are our 12 selections out of 2,500 world-class museums and galleries that are now offering virtual tours and online collections.   

10 Live Webcams to Choose From: Be delighted by the antics of our sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.

Livestream African Safaris: From the Kalahari to Sabi Sand Reserve, here's your chance to glimpse the Big Five in real-time, in your pajamas. 

New York Public Library: Explore more than 300,000 e-books and audiobooks available for free at NYPL. 

Tour The Most Famous Tulip Garden in the Netherlands: The most famous tulip garden in the Netherlands is offering virtual tours during the pandemic, take a look.

Free Career Development Online Workshops:

Whether you’re looking for a new job or wanting to diversify your skill set to become more employable, our community of experts is still here for you, online.

That’s why we’re excited to announce our new Free Fridays. Every week from April through June, join peers from around the world to experience our most popular workshops (ranging from $60 to $200 USD in value) — for free.* From coding, to data and marketing, to UX design and career development, explore the tech skills that will keep you in demand and in the know.

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