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Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese: Leading Efforts to Reopen our Economy Safely

Helping Small Business Owners Navigate COVID-19

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cortese is proud to have worked on the development of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). SBDC has been providing present and potential small businesses with access to a wide variety of services during COVID-19. Supervisor Cortese partnered with Dennis King, director of the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center to present a webinar on resources available to small businesses during this difficult time, with an emphasis on Federal Economic Injury and Payroll Protection Funding. View footage of the webinar here:

Providing Relief for Nonprofits, Small Businesses, and Individuals

Supervisor Dave Cortese spearheaded allocating $1 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Relief fund and $2 million to a Regional Response Fund for vital resources to prevent homelessness, provide food, and address other needs of individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about how to donate to or access these funds for individuals, nonprofits and small businesses at

Providing Resources to Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

There are many state and local resources available to Santa Clara County business owners during this health crisis. These include loan programs, grants, and more. Supervisor Cortese’s Office has been helping business owners access and maximize these resources through one-one-one casework. He has compiled a comprehensive list to share. To access this list, visit

Keeping Business Owners Informed

Supervisor Cortese has been hosting a series of virtual, online, and radio town halls so that people can ask questions and receive answers about the COVID-19 situation without assembling in groups. He has also been sending out daily emails with COVID-19 updates, including the County’s updated protocols for businesses and resources available to businesses impacted. To view past Town Halls, visit You can also subscribe to his Newsletter here:

The County has created a streamlined clearinghouse for businesses to find resources related to requirements for operation, workforce resources, safety guidance for workers, and preparing a Social Distancing Protocol. All this information can be found at or by calling the new COVID-19 Business Call Center at (408) 961-5500.

Restarting Residential and Commercial Construction

Supervisor Dave Cortese announced that the new Public Health Order extending shelter in place through May 31 includes revisions he spearheaded, including easing the restriction on construction projects, subject to certain safety protocols. Supervisor Cortese convened an ad-hoc committee of leaders from the six Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley that have Shelter in Place orders to consider reopening construction work that can be done with as much safety as public works projects, which were already exempt from the Order. Detailed plans for Shelter in Place revisions were made with building industry officials (CBIA), contractors, tech companies and commercial property owners.

Working with Employers and Employees to Get Back to Work Safely

After spearheading the resumption of construction work, Supervisor Cortese has convened several Task Forces to work with employees and employers in a variety of sectors to pursue the safe resumption of work and reopening of our economy. He has been working hard to support business owners, workers, and all of us. He has convened task forces with:

  • Commercial Real Estate Developers and Owners
  • The Santa Clara County Dental Association
  • Car Dealerships across Silicon Valley
  • Restaurants in Santa Clara County
  • Dozens of Faith Leaders across Santa Clara County
  • Local Aquatic Programs
  • Commercial and Manufactural Companies
  • Gyms and Fitness Studios
  • Recreational Groups for Children and Adults
  • And More

Last updated: 7/1/2020 2:47 PM