San Marcos Chamber's COVID response

Keeping our community healthy

The San Marcos Chamber is working in collaboration with San Diego County Public Health, San Marcos City, California state government offices and other trusted sources to help share information for our community. We want to remind everyone that the San Marcos Chamber is not a health official or government organization. Our goal is to share resources for our business, including relief as well as links to important official public health information that is accurate and unbiased in a timely manner.

Dr. Riehl and I just wanted to personally thank you, the Chamber members, and the City of San Marcos for such a rapid approval of our Business Sustainability Loan. It brings us tremendous peace of mind at this otherwise very unnerving time. It has been such a pleasure to become part of the San Marcos business community and the last thing we want is to have to give that up. We greatly appreciate the confidence that the City has shown in our hospital, as well as the rapid, financial assistance. Thank you all very, very much.
Dr. Paula Thomas and Dr. Sunshine Riehl
Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo
Being a member of the San Marcos Chamber helped us to quickly get introduced to other business owners who could get the word out about our growing business - this was crucial, especially during the hiring stages of growing our company in the midst of the pandemic. I am an active member and volunteer on the Membership Outreach Committee, which has allowed me the opportunity to connect with our member businesses. Being able to provide a listening ear to the needs of other business owners helps me as a business owner to feel connected to our business community. Having the support of the Chamber has proven to be essential to our business' well-being as we navigate these challenging times together.
Jeb Butler
Synergy HomeCare of North County




State Business Resources

Official California State Government Website

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) COVID-19 Business Resources website is the central hub for all state-related information related to businesses during this crisis. It serves to support small businesses, nonprofits, freelancers, and independent contractors.

COVID-19 Business Hotline: (877) 345-4633

Submit a request to GO-Biz Help Center

IBank – Small Business Finance Center for small business financing options and additional benefits for disaster areas: SBFC programs can be accessed locally by calling your nearest Financial
Development Corporation. 

California Southern Small Business Development Corporation
San Diego Website:

North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC) exists to serve dedicated entrepreneurs and business owners who want to strengthen their path to success by utilizing the powerful partnerships of the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center Network.

We believe that every entrepreneur should have access to expertise, relationships and an understanding of the business community at large. The North San Diego Small Business Development Center  offers business consulting and training. Our goal is to help emerging and existing entrepreneurs gain control of their business operations. We provide free local guidance and consulting in all aspects of funding and developing small business. 

Phone: (760)795-8740
Email: [email protected]

San Diego SBDC COVID-19 Small Business Resources
FREE 1:1 Business Consulting

San Marcos Chamber Calendar of Events is located on the Chamber’s website for an up-to-date list of Chamber Events.

San Diego County Update for the Business Community

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

U.S. Chamber Releases Two New Step-by-Step Guides for COVID Employer Tax Credit, Disaster Loans


Guide to Emergency Payroll Protection Loan (CARES Act) – see more below

Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist

San Marcos’ Business Sustainability Program

Apply for a Temporary Outdoor Business Permit

Paycheck Protection Program update: the SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding

Guide to Independent Contractors’ CARES Act Relief

Business Toolkits and Information

Access the template to submit your Safe Reopening Plan here: link

Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business by the U.S. Chamber

San Marcos launches new COVID-19 Business Economic Recovery Plan loaded with tools and resources to help business owners prepare to reopen when they are ready. 

No COVID-19 Testing Required Before Employees Can Go Back to Work. Based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is no longer recommended that employers require employees who tested positive for COVID-19 to be tested again before they can return to work. The CDC test-based strategy is no longer recommended to determine when to discontinue home isolation, except in certain circumstances. Please see the Employee Flowchart for Non-healthcare Personnel to determine what to do in the event an employee tests positive for COVID-19.

  • The White House News – Visit this site for the latest updates from the Trump Administration, including briefings and statements, Presidential actions, and news articles. 

  • US Department of Agriculture – Frequently asked questions on USDA Loans, service centers, food safety, trade and more.

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a nationwide Order that temporarily halts all Evictions for non-payment of rent due to a household’s loss of income or extraordinary medical expenses. The order by the CDC can be read HERE.