COVID-19 Resources

Last Updated: June 2, 2020 9:00 a.m.

The GSEC team is currently monitoring the COVID-19 situation. While its full impact is unknown, we know that it will be significant for our regional, national and global economies. GSEC is compiling information, best practices and strategies to support the region’s economic resiliency and ultimate recovery. We’ll continue to update this page as those resources are released.

SizeUp small business planning tool

GSEC launched a free online tool, SizeUp, which provides custom market research and data to empower companies to make strategic and data-driven decisions on their next move. This will give businesses that are struggling or those that have closed due to COVID-19 access to hyperlocal information to help them get back to work.

Explore the tool here.

Latest updates and archived newsletters

Greater Sacramento COVID-19 newsletter updates

In the news

May 28  Helping the underserved go digital is key to new economic development strategy (Sacramento Business Journal)

May 28 GSEC leadership says SB 939 could destabilize market conditions 

May 28 Easing unemployment claims show slower pace of Coronavirus-related layoffs (WSJ)

May 28 Sunrise Mall is reopening today (Sacramento Business Journal)

May 28 SMUD suspends power shut-offs for nonpayment until next year  (Sacramento Business Journal)

May 28 UC Davis Health scores big at Healthcare Advertising Awards (UC Davis Health Newsroom)

May 28 Sacramento among 5 Top Metros With Most ‘Durable Jobs’ During COVID-19 (Globe St)

May 28 In spite of health crisis, Davis ag-tech startup ships first product  (Sacramento Business Journal)

May 27 Sacramento city council approves use of $28 million in federal funding to immediately help residents and businesses affected by COVID-19 (Sacramento City Express)

May 27 $136 million in CARES money coming to local transit agencies (Sacramento Business Journal)

May 26 Hotel occupancy down nearly 70% in Sacramento amid pandemic (KCRA 3)

May 26 Redefining the Core: Broadway/Oak Park (Sacramento Business Journal)

May 26 Allworth Financial completes 9th acquisition (Sacramento Business Journal)

May 22 Hacker Lab to close Rocklin makerspace, sublease 15,000-square-foot office (Sacramento Business Journal)

May 22 In spite of COVID, Zennify continues to innovate in Greater Sacramento – The Greater Sacramento Economic Council

May 21 Workers File 2.4 Million Unemployment Claims: Pace of weekly claims continues to ease from late March peak (WSJ)

May 21 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino reopens in Wheatland (KCRA)

May 20 UC Davis wins national recognition for diversity, internationalization (UC Davis)

May 20 CDC quietly releases detailed guidelines for reopening America (CNBC)

May 20 GSEC signs MOU with Turton Commercial Real Estate – The Greater Sacramento Economic Council

May 20 Aggie Research Campus name changed to Davis Innovation & Sustainability Campus (Davis Vanguard)

May 18 Post-pandemic migration from expensive cities likely as 1 in 4 newly remote employees expect work-from-home to continue

May 15 Studio Sacramento interviews Barry about the state of the economy (PBS KVIE)

May 14 36.5 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the past 8 weeks (WSJ)

May 14 Building On, Wendy Cohen of Kitchell talks about the construction firm’s projects underway (Comstocks)

May 13 Placer County gets green light to reopen (CBS13)

May 12 7 NorCal counties to reopen (KCRA)

May 12 Barry speaks with KCRA about old narratives surrounding unemployment insurance benefits (KCRA)

May 12 Palladio in Folsom reopens for pickup; GM says they are ‘uniquely positioned’ for next phase (Sac Bee)

May 12 Cal Expo to furlough 135 employees (Sacramento Business Journal)

May 11 Developer returns to Sacramento and focuses on industrial sector (Sacramento Business Journal)

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COVID-19 data map

The below map provides information about the spread of the novel coronavirus across the United States. This data comes from the New York Times and is updated daily. Select the entire country or any specific county or region from the drop-down menu, then click on the COVID-19 tab to choose which variables you’d like to display.

Greater Sacramento Community Resources and Updates

Please visit the links below to see additional support provided by the region’s communities and organizations:


SMUD will not disconnect power due to non-payment and is offering payment arrangements to help customers pay their electricity bill. Take a look at their Facebook page for tips and ongoing updates on SMUD resources and programs to help during this challenging time.


Educational Institutions

UC Davis 
Sac State
University of California 
Sierra College 
Los Rios Community College District
William Jessup University 
University of the Pacific
California Northstate University

How can you help?

Please email or call 916-441-2144 if you have a resource that should be listed on this page, have a question for us or know of any employers that are hiring.

Statewide Relief Programs

Other Resources

 Rapid Response Business Triage Hotline

COVID-19 HR resources from Insperity

State of California COVID-19 medical supply contributions

Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction

Save Small Business Fund application opportunity

Returning to the workplace

US Department of State COVID-19

SBA Disaster Loans

Agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs. SBA’s EIDL portal will reopen as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act.

US Chamber Small Business Guide and Checklist

CA Employment Development Department

California Coronavirus Response

CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency


Metro Chamber – Coronavirus Rapid Response Hub

CA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

The World Trade Center of Northern California has an assistance form for exporters to get needed Certificates of Origin online. Use this form to get started.

Resources for rental housing professionals


Insperity Business Resiliency Series, Session 7: The Latest on Loan Forgiveness View the webinar recording

COVID-19: Your Restaurant is Open, What’s Next?  View the recording

Life After COVID-19: Re-Engaging Your Workforce & New Regulations to Consider as an Employer View the recording

Our Path Forward: The Prosperity Strategy View the webinar recording

Champions Program View the webinar recording

Business Guidance on Next Steps in Recovery for Yuba and Sutter Counties
View the webinar recording

The Current and Future Picture of Education in the Wake of COVID-19
View the webinar recording

Bridging Reopening: Digital Tools and Strategies, California’s Entrepreneurship Task Force Hosts Virtual Learning Session 
View the webinar recording

Economic Recovery Next Steps in Yolo County
View the webinar recording

The Current State and Predicted Impacts of COVID-19 on Commercial Real Estate in Greater Sacramento
View the webinar recording

Small Business Planning Tool SizeUp Demo View the webinar recording

Economist and Site Selector Perspective Webinar: You can view the recording ONLINE HERE

GSEC Board Leadership Experts Answer Critical Small Business Questions: You can view the recording ONLINE HERE. Download Q&A notes.

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