The Cathedral City Economic Development Department is committed to keeping our Cathedral City Business community up to date on County, State and Federal resources which are being made available to assist small businesses during these challenging times. Please check the website daily as information is constantly evolving. Other websites that are providing valuable and timely updates include: SBA disaster assistance, Riverside County Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please email me at with questions on the aforementioned resources or if you need assistance completing various applications.

Our business community is an integral component of the beautiful and unique tapestry that makes up Cathedral City. As a City, we must come together to support our businesses. It will be through this unity and support we will both preserve and enrich the beautiful tapestry, which has been assembled over the last 39 years.

“Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much” (Helen Keller, July 1888)

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Business Plan

When creating your plan, below are resources which will help you get through this situation

Creating your plan

Replacing lost income:

For those affected by COVID-19, here is a great summary of what California Employment Development Department is offering.
Unemployment Insurance: Here is how to file a claim.
Paid Family Leave: Here is how to file a claim.
For those with a disability: EDD Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income
For those 65 and over: Supplemental Security Income
Saving money:While there is a nearly endless list of creative ways to save money, below are valuable local resources:

Southern California Gas reduced rate plan for income qualified families (California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE)
Southern California Edison reduced rate CARE and FERA plans;
CVWD-Coachella Valley Water District Help2Others Customer Assistance Program
Desert Water Agency Help2Others Customer Assistance Program
California Earned Income Tax Credit and Young Child Tax Credit
Google “Cathedral City resale store” for a list of great stores offering real bargains
Landing a great new job:

Preparing for interviews: "60 Seconds and You’re Hired". Single best interview preparation resource I have found. Contact me for a copy.
Spend time creating a solid resume; this will be future employers’ first impression of you!
Leverage the expertise provided by the professionals within the Riverside County Workforce Development Center.
Transportation: Coachella Valley’sSunline Transit Agency is demonstrating, yet again, their proactive thinking, leadership and concern for Coachella Valley residents with free local fixed route and paratransit bus service.
Ensuring food security: Keeping yourself and your family healthy during this crisis is best achieved through adequate rest and nutrition. Below are resources to ensure you and your family have enough to eat:

GetCalFresh (California’s SNAP program)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Riverside University Health System WIC program
Find Food Bank
Cathedral City Senior Center
Stay healthy: Managing income loss, health concerns or social isolation one at a time can be challenging. Managing all three of these concerns at once requires intentional effort to maintain a healthy emotional outlook.  Below are several articles which can help keep our situation in perspective.

“How to manage the psychological effects of quarantine” by Dr. Mark Banschick M.D.
“8 Things to Do While Under Quarantine” by Dr. Kyle D. Killian, PhD. LMFT
“How to deal with uncertainty” by Dr. Clay Drinko, PhD.
“Healing the Heart During COVID-19” by Christine Fonseca, M.S.
“In Helping Others, You Help Yourself” by Dr. Marianna Pogosyan PhD.

CDC Coronavirus Prevention Tips
CDC Coronavirus Prevention Tips
March 11, 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you take steps to protect yourself from the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact Take steps to protect others Stay home if you’re sick Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.


Budgeting Assistance

Bill Assistance (for those who need help paying their bill)



Coronavirus Rumor Control
Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed on what is rumor versus fact related to the coronavirus response.

Coronavirus Response: How to Help
Everyone has a role to play in the whole community fight against COVID-19. Learn how to help if you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or  a member of the general public.

List of Banks Offering Relief to Customers Affected by COVID-19

Cathedral City Restaurants that offer take-out/delivery

List of Cathedral City Restaurants that offer take-out / delivery
List of Cathedral City Restaurants that offer take-out / delivery (from KESQ 3/19/20)

E-mail Updates

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  • As of March 30, 2020, California has 6,932 confirmed cases and 150 deaths.
  • Testing in California
    As of March 30, approximately 86,100+* tests had been conducted in California. At least 28,704 results have been received and another 57,400 are pending. These numbers include data California has received from commercial, private and academic labs, including Quest, LabCorp, Kaiser, University of California and Stanford, and the 22 state and county health labs currently testing.

Source: Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

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