Resources for Business Recovery from COVID-19

Octane is dedicated to helping small businesses recover from the COVID-19 Crisis.


Resources for Businesses Navigating the Coronavirus Crisis

With the help of our partners, Octane has compiled a list of helpful resources on how to move your business forward in the midst of the pandemic. From legal to wellness resources and more, we think that Orange County can emerge from this crisis with community support.

Important Update: SBA Now Accepting PPP Applications

The SBA has reopened applications to the Paycheck Protection Program. Access the SBA website for more information, applications, and loan forgiveness details here.

Rapid Recovery Resources*

Quick Links & FAQ

Paycheck Protection Program Loans FAQ

With new funding available, the SBA will reopen loan applications. The PPP Applications are open until August 8, 2020. View the list of lenders by state (via SBA).

Greater Irvine Chamber Emergency Business Resources

A fact sheet created by the Greater Irvine Chamber to help you and your business navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

Orange County Business Council (OCBC) Resource Page

The OCBC has also compiled a list of helpful links and resources to help you navigate the healthcare crisis. 

NY Times Guide to Relief for Small Businesses & Freelances

The New York Times has published a consistently updated guide to applying for relief, loans and more.

Government Assistance (PPP & More)

Small Business Administration (SBA)

A guide to the SBA Payment Protection Program (PPP) with the application. You can also get information on applying as well as PPP loan forgiveness.

Federal Reserve to Provide $2.3 Trillion in Loans

In order to support the U.S. economy through the Coronavirus Crisis, the Federal Reserve is providing trillions in loans.

Crown Advisory Group PPP Process Consulting Services

CAG is a finance and accounting firm that specializes in small business and start up consulting. CAG offers an initial free assessment for any prospective client. Depending on what is needed, CAG charges by the hour and our standard rate is $250 per hour.  However, they will offer a 20% discount off this hourly rate for any Octane referred clients since they are a preferred advisor.

U.S. Treasury Assistance for Small Business

Information provided by the Treasury about applying for assistance through the SBA. View their fact sheet here

California Rebuilding Fund

The California Rebuilding Fund is offering a loan program to support California’s small businesses.


JP Morgan Chase PPP Application

If you are an existing customer of JP Morgan Chase, you may apply for the PPP using their step by step process. You can also view their Business-Owner’s Dashboard for Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis here. 

Charles Black, Managing Director

Goldman Sachs Small Business Resources

Goldman Sachs is committed to ensuring the interests of small businesses in the United States. They are committed to delivering $550 million across two separate initiatives to help small businesses and communities. 

Ashlie WoodsVice President, Investment Management Division


K&L Gates Guide

K&L Gates is offering a guide to the PPP for Non-Profits, here. You can also view their general overview.

Kelly Barba, Director of Client Development

Knobbe Martens IP Update

Knobbe Martens attorneys are experienced in protecting intellectual property in challenging environments where financial and other resources are constrained.  We can help clients prioritize efforts to protect intellectual property so that as the COVID-19 crisis develops and eventually has been overcome our clients can maintain a strategic advantage.  Some strategies for proceeding in such environments are set forth here.  For more information and patent office notices related to COVID-19, click here.

Andrew Douglas, Partner
Sabing Lee, Partner

Fragomen Coronavirus Immigration Update

Fragomen has issued a country by country guide on immigration measures taken to control the spread of the pandemic.

(Please note that their guide does not constitute legal advice, you can view their full disclaimer in their guide)

Mitchell L. Wexler, Partner, Fragomen

Stuart Kane LLP’s Guide to Employment through the Crisis

Stuart Kane LLP provides expert legal advice on all employment law issues, including those relating to the COVID-19.  View the notes from their recent webinar on Coping with COVID-19 in the Workplace here.

Bruce D. May, Partner

Home & Wellness

Octane Tips for Working from Home

In response to the Coronavirus Crisis, Octane has shifted to a remote workforce. Read our tips on how to stay productive and connected while working from home. 

Grocery Deliveries with MyShoperoo

Avoid crowded grocery stores with weekly deliveries from My Shoperoo, a LaunchPad Alumni Company. The service is minimizing contact and supporting local small businesses.

Employee Assistance Programs with Insperity

Insperity offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – an Employer Sponsored Benefit that provides support and confidential counseling at no cost the employees. 

Natalie Harney, CBPA, Certified Business Performance Advisor

Broadcom Foundation Resources for Home Learning

The Broadcom Foundation has compiled a list of resources focusing on STEM for home learning. 

Workforce Management (HR, Payroll & Benefits)

Insperity’s Human Resources & Business Solutions

Insperity’s HR service teams are supporting Insperity clients and prospects to manage the current environment in a way that allows them to get back on track as soon as possible. They are providing human resources and business solutions designed to help improve business performance including payroll and human capital management.

Natalie Harney, CBPA, Certified Business Performance Advisor

Accounting, Finance & Business Advisory

RSM Coronavirus Resource Center

Octane Partner RSM has created a dashboard that functions as a resource center for responding to Coronavirus. They are also offering a webcast on topics related to the coronavirus and its economic and business impacts as well as how businesses can prepare for the future and how to mitigate risk. 

Mike Gillis, Consulting Principal

Credit Reporting

Access to Credit Reports for Businesses with Experian

Experian is offering all American-owned small businesses free access to their Experian business credit report through May 15, 2020, to help small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, to further help small businesses gain access to the capital they need, Experian launched its free COVID-19 U.S. Business Risk Index to assist lenders and government organizations in understanding how to make lending options available to the business segments that need it the most.

Gerry Tschopp, Senior Vice PresidentHead of Global External Communications, Chief Communications Officer, North America

Managed IT & Digital Office Technology

Ensure Remote Connection with LDI

LDI offers Managed IT abilities to shore up infrastructure and provide all of the necessary technology, Pro AV and Videoconferencing  for communication and collaboration as well as Administration and Financial Operations support to create customized, affordable solutions to businesses that need to renegotiate lease expirations or begin new leases on deferred payment plans.

Brian GertlerPartner | SVP 

Real Estate

Knowing Your Leasing Rights with Savills

For companies struggling with rent due to the COVID-19 crisis, Savills has provided a draft letter for rent deferral that you can view here.

As we get closer to the time to move back to the office, Savills has prepared a helpful document on how to prepare your office for the adjustments that will need to be made. Read “Getting Back to the Office” here and “The New Paradigm” here.

Jeff Manley, Senior Managing Director

Coronavirus Resources & Real Estate Implications with JLL

Octane’s partner JLL has released a guide on returning to work as well as a list of planning resources for businesses. JLL also has provided more information on specific topics including a holistic guide to re-entering the workspace, the global real estate market, and the future of office demand.

Jason Lantgen, Executive Vice President

Cost Containment

Reduce Costs with HBR Consulting

HBR Consulting offers thought leadership and advisory expertise dedicated to optimizing profitability and productivity for corporations, corporate legal departments and law firms.   Primary focus in current environment includes strategic sourcing of indirect spend to accelerate savings + improve working capital. HBR can help to accelerate savings visibility and implementation and optimize operating income and cash flow. Learn more here.

Jerry Wilkinson, Senior Director / Client Engagement

Regulatory Process & Clinical Trials

Remote Monitoring & Virtual Clinical Trials with Syneos Health

At Syneos Health we have the ability to carry out remote monitoring of existing studies and design and carry out virtual clinical trials; we have enhanced those capabilities in light of COVID-19 (see our COVID-19 Resource Center).  We can provide multiple solutions to supplement your teams as you implement rapid recovery both clinically and commercially.  Have questions about addressing any regulatory issues now or as you resume normal operations?  View our services here.

Stacey V. Stein, Director, Business Development, MD&D

Capital & Investment Banking

Execute Your Business with Boustead & Company Limited

Boustead & Company Limited and affiliates are committed to helping our clients achieve appropriate capital structure solutions that provide adequate liquidity and financial flexibility. Our experienced liquidity experts are here to help you plan and execute your business during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Our senior investment banking team can help you engage your stakeholders as active participants in the planning and re-organizing process. Additionally, read here on filing gift taxes.

Scott Hunter

Data Analytics

Free Data Training with Alteryx for Good

Alteryx announced the launch of a new program called Advancing Data and Analytics Potential Together (ADAPT). ADAPT is the newest pillar of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiative, Alteryx For Good, and will offer free data training to thousands of workers globally who have found themselves unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Every graduate will be certified in the fundamentals of data analytics through Alteryx Core Certification and will be given the opportunity to advance to Udacity Nanodegree program in predictive analytics. See what Alteryx CEO & Founder says about Alteryx for Good here

Talent Acquisition, Management & Leadership Coaching

McDermott & Bull and Filling Senior Leadership Roles

McDermott & Bull are ready to help you and your company with interim leaders, developing an executive network and assisting you with your executive search.

Jake Vander Zanden, Managing Director

RampUp Offers Talent Support

RampUp’s expert concierge service teams are available to support employers that are growing or experiencing layoffs while helping to navigate the uncertainty of the current employment market.

Morgan O’MalleyCo-Founder

BioQuest, A Diversified Executive Search Company

BioQuest is at the forefront of identifying and placing top Executive Leadership in the Life Science industry for more than 30 years.  We are here to assist both companies seeking true leaders that make a difference as well as individuals pursuing new opportunities.  We work exclusively on senior-level assignments including Director, VP, and C-level positions in all functional areas.

Dave Mildrew, Managing Director

Leadership Coaching with Growth Accelerators

Growth Accelerator’s founder Jack Finnell is offering his Leadership & Management Excellence development course 1:1 to any local organization pro bono. 

Jack Finnell, Founder

R&D and Manufacturing Resources

Recover & Grow with CMTC

CMTC is the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center in California, with a mission to support and grow manufacturing.  CMTC is partnering with the State of California to provide no-cost assessments to R&D and Manufacturing businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once the assessment is completed, recommendations and information will be provided to help the business plan to recover their Operations and to sustain continued growth into the future.  Support is available in the following areas: Business Continuity and Workforce Planning; Safely Restarting the Plant; PPE; Social Distancing In the Plant; Market Diversification; Near-Sourcing; Supplier Scouting; Risk Management; and much more. You can also view their resources page here.

Shanon Summerour
Account Development

Free Services

Communication Tools

Microsoft Teams is available for free for six months.

GoToMeeting is also offering its remote work tools free for three months.

File Storage

Nonprofits focused on fighting COVID-19 can access three months of free Dropbox Premium.

*We hope you find the general information provided here to be useful.  Please note that this is an effort by Octane to share information during a crisis.  It should not be construed as any kind of individualised business or professional advice.  You should consult your own legal, financial and other professionals for any specific issues related to your company.

Volunteer & Community Opportunities

Give Back to the Community and Provide Food and Supplies with Local Organizations

Here are a few ways to help our community through the coronavirus crisis.

Give to United Way’s Pandemic Relief Fund, Adopt a Family, and List of Volunteer & Giving Needs.

Due to the pandemic, donations of blood that hospitals rely on have decreased and there is now an urgent need for blood donations. If you are healthy, donate through the American Red Cross or UCI Health.

Octane’s COVID-19 Policies

Octane is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and is taking the appropriate actions to ensure the safety and health of our employees, members, sponsors, and partners. We are working closely with our building and event spaces to take the necessary precautions to ensure they have processes in place to make safety and health a priority. If you have any questions regarding events now offered as digital experiences, please contact Rita Battocchio, Head of Events at


In addition, Octane employees will attend meetings as requested by our constituents and will use telecom or video conferencing as appropriate and required.

It is important to us that we all remain healthy and safe throughout this time and Octane has elected to err on the side of caution. We thank you for your continued confidence in Octane as we adjust plans and make changes based upon current circumstances and information.