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Federal, state and local assistance programs are available to small business owners, employers, employees and residents. The County is organizing the information and will continue to provide updates as new programs and policies are announced.
The following agencies provide no cost consulting services for local businesses. If you need assistance completing grant applications or other business mentorship or advice, please see their websites.
Review of your current website and discussions about possible improvements to your organization, navigation, images, text, call to action and other key aspects of your website. A Santa Barbara County SCORE Webinar.
October 19, 2021 | 5:00pm | REGISTER NOW
If your business has several owners, have you thought about what may happen when one owner wants to sell their share and exit the company? Or if a co-owner becomes disabled or passes away suddenly? Have you thought about what it would be like to manage your business with a new, previously unknown, co-owner by your side? In this webinar, you will learn about Buy-Sell Agreements, protecting your business from triggering events, what business owners should consider and address in their agreements. A Ventura County SCORE webinar.
October 20, 2021 | 10:30am | REGISTER NOW
Tips and tricks for building your business on the Shopify platform, sourcing, brand building, and more! A Santa Barbara SCORE Webinar.
October 21, 2021 | 10:00am | REGISTER NOW
Conecta, colabora y aprende con WEV. Únase con WEV una vez al mes (con su bebida matutina favorita) para conectarse, colaborar y aprender de otros emprendedores y emprendedoras. Reuniéndose cada cuarto viernes del mes de 9:00 am a 10:00 am, usted tendrá la oportunidad de compartir, escuchar y apoyarse mutuamente para lograr las metas de su negocio. Un seminario web de WEV.
October 22, 2021 | 9:00am | REGISTER NOW
This live, interactive webinar session is designed to help you explore the tips and tricks of small business retirement plans. A Ventura County SCORE Webinar.
October 26, 2021 | 10:30am | REGISTER NOW
This workshop introduces you to features within QuickBooks Online such as Receipt Capture, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Budgeting. A Santa Barbara County SCORE Webinar.
October 28, 2021 | 9:00am | REGISTER NOW
*Click links for various COVID-19 Recovery funding.
CA Grants Portal
Small Business Administration – COVID 19 Funding Opportunities
CALED – Economic Development Funding Opportunities
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
California Budget 2021-2022 – Funding Opportunities
On July 12, 2021, Governor Newsom signed the California Comeback Plan. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development released a guide of all current and forecasted state incentive programs for businesses. Click HERE to read the full guide.
The California Grants Portal (a project by the California State Library) is your one destination to find all grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies. Search for various grants available through the State of California on their interactive website here.
For questions on COVID-19 protections in the workplace or to speak with a Cal/OSHA representative during normal business hours, please call 833-579-0927.
The program is now closed.
Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a plan to invest an additional $1.5B into the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. We are waiting on further information and we will update the website as soon as it becomes available from the State. The full announcement can be read here.
The February 17, 2021 agreement partially conforms California tax law to new federal tax treatment for loans provided through the Paycheck Protection Plan, allowing companies to deduct up to $150,000 in expenses covered by the PPP loan. All businesses that took out loans of $150,000 or less would be able to maximize their deduction for state purposes. Larger firms that took out higher loans would still be subject to the same ceiling of $150,000 in deductibility. More than 750,000 PPP loans were taken out by California small businesses. This tax treatment would also extend to the Economic Injury Disaster Loans as well.
The February 17 agreement provides for two years of fee relief for roughly 59,000 restaurants and bars licensed through the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control that can range annually from $455 to $1,235. The agreement also reflects fee relief for more than 600,000 barbering and cosmetology individuals and businesses licensed through the Department of Consumer Affairs.
IBank’s Small Business Loan Guarantee Program provides loans to underserved small businesses. Learn more about this program at the IBank website.
The California Rebuilding Fund is a loan program to support California’s small businesses- especially those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under-banked areas of the state.
California has additional resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19:
Labor and workforce support for businesses
How to manage COVID-19 in the workplace
As California reopens, every business will need to create a safer, low-risk environment. If you own or manage a business, follow:
As workplaces reopen, employees will need both childcare support and workplace flexibility. It’s also important that employees with COVID-19 know they should stay home. Your sick leave policies need to support that. See more information on:
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) is a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic challenges. First proposed on January 14, 2021, the package builds upon measures in the CARES Act of 2020 and in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The purpose of the bill is to send relief to states and local governments affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic allowing them to better respond to the resulting public health needs and economic hardships that communities continue to experience nationwide.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ended on May 31, 2021. Existing borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.
The Paycheck Protection Program provided forgivable loans to help fund payroll costs, including benefits.
• Available for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters
• There is currently no expiration date for this benefit
The EIDL is available for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters. For questions, you can contact SBA’s customer service line at 1-800-659-2955 / 1-800-877-8339 (TTY), or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
H.R. 1319 American Rescue Act 2021 Summary
Applications are now closed.
ARPA established a program through the SBA to assist restaurants and other food and drinking establishments and provides $25 billion for it. This program provides restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. The America Rescue Plan Act provides an additional $1.25 billion to fund this grant program.
Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. SBA has launched the portal to begin accepting applications on April 8, 2021. Those who have suffered the greatest economic loss will be the first applications processed. Please click here for detailed information. To access the SBA portal, click here.
*THIS PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED.* EMERGENCY BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
The Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program provides microenterprise business assistance and small business assistance for the County of Santa Barbara. Now Accepting Applications! Click here to apply
Award Date: Rolling Basis
Application Deadline: June 30, 2021
The Emergency Business Assistance program will consist of two different components: Microenterprise business Assistance and Small Business Assistance.
During an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current outbreak of COVID-19, small business owners must prepare for disruption in their business as well as prepare to protect their employees’ health and safety in the workplace.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, August 6, 2021 (County HOO #2021-10.3), appropriate face coverings are required to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. Per the mask mandate, facial coverings are NO LONGER OPTIONAL for fully-vaccinated individuals.
Businesses who are subject to Cal/OSHA , should check here for additional guidance.