Business Updates For January 21, 2021
PPP, EIDL & Expanded Unemployment Benefit Information

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The PPP will be re-opening the week of January 11, 2021 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. If you have already received PPP, you may be eligible for a second draw. Please contact the same lending institution you previously received PPP through if you are able to. 
Important Dates:
  • January 11, 2021: Participating Community Financial Institutions will be able to accept first draw applications. 
  • January 13, 2021: Participating Community Financial Institutions will be able to accept second draw applications.
  • Shortly Thereafter: All additional participating financial institutions will be able to accept applications.
  • March 31, 2021: Loans are available through March 31, 2021 OR until all allocated funds are exhausted. 

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Economic Disaster Injury Loans (EIDL)
This low-interest federal disaster loan for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 is available now. New Extended Deadline: December 31, 2021.

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Expanded Unemployment Benefits
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA, for those self-employed, freelancers or independent contractors, is extended until March 14, 2021, and the maximum number of weeks of eligibility is extended from 39 weeks to 50 weeks. 
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), an additional payment for those collecting certain unemployment insurance benefits (including regular unemployment compensation, PUA and PEUC), is reinstated at $300 per week from the week after December 26, 2020 and runs through March 14, 2021.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), for those who have exhausted their regular unemployment compensation benefits, is extended until March 14, 2021 and the number of weeks of eligibility is extended from 13 weeks to 24 weeks.
Please note the following: 
  • Many accounts were suspended due to a high volume of fraud. The EDD is working to address these issues before the new federal funding rolls out. If your account was suspended, please continue to certify as usual. They will send you an email between January 6, 2021 and January 14, 2021 to upload your personal ID documents.
  • If you were receiving Unemployment Insurance/Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and have not received monies, please continue certifying your unemployment as usual. The EDD hopes to begin sending out the new federal funds the week of January 11, 2021 or January 18, 2021. The additional $300/week will continue for 11 weeks. 
  • If there has been no movement on your account for 2 weeks, your claim will need to be directed to your local assembly member’s office. Please reach out to us at 805.409.9159 (ENGLISH) or 805.309.5874 (SPANISH).

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Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) 
The Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act encourages businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% to 70% of qualified wages up to $10,000 in the aggregate for all calendar quarters to $14,000 per calendar quarter for 2021 paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

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City Council Goal-Setting Session
Saturday, January 23, 9:00 a.m.

Each year, the City Council confirms its protocols, budget principals and sets goals for the upcoming year at its annual goal-setting session. Due to COVID-19, this years session will take place virtually via Zoom and the public is invited to view the session and provide public comment.

Community Development Map
 
Interested in learning more about various community development activities happening in Ventura? Visit the City's website for a live project map, featuring:
 
  • New Application - Projects received within the last 30 days.
  • Under Review - Projects that are under planning review.
  • Set for Hearing - Projects that have been scheduled for review at a Public Hearing.
  • Recently Acted On - Projects that have received an approval or denial from a Hearing Body and are in their appeal period.
  • Entitled - Projects that have passed their appeal period and can submit for Building permits.
  • Under Construction - Projects that have received Building permits and are being constructed.

If you have questions about any of the projects, please contact the project planner listed on the map for more information.
January 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, Feb 1
EDC Partner- SCORE Santa Barbara: Digital Marketing Webinar Series
A six part webinar series presented by SCORE Santa Barbara covering all aspects of digital marketing. Every Monday & Wednesday at 4:00 pm starting January 13, 2021.
January 13, 2021 #1 Create a Marketing Plan
January 18, 2021 #2 Skyrocket your Brand
January 20, 2021 #3 Instagram Marketing Essentials
January 25, 2021 #4 Facebook Marketing Essentials
January 27, 2021 #5 Email Marketing Essentials- Basics to Advanced
February 1, 2021 #6 Social Media DIY: Calendar, Create and Promote!

January 22, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Strong Women, Strong Coffee
Connect, Collaborate, Learn with WEV. Strong Women, Strong Coffee is our monthly meet-up/community empowerment group and we invite you to join us online (with your favorite morning brew) one Friday each month from 9:00am to 10:00am. You'll meet a special guest speaker and enjoy the opportunity to share, listen and support one another in reaching your business goals. This session is titled: Smart Goals for You and Your Business, hosted by Nicki Parr, WEV's Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives with special guest, WEV client Tami Mayorga, Founder of Talk of the Town Hair Studio.

January 29, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Café Conexito
Conéctate, Colabora y Aprende con WEV. Café Conexito es nuestro grupo de empoderamiento /reunión virtual mensual en la que te invitamos a conectarte (con tu bebida matutina preferida) un Viernes al mes de 9:00 am a 10:00am. Conocerás a un invitado especial cada sesión y disfrutaras de la oportunidad de compartir, escuchar y apoyarse mutuamente mientras alcanzas las metas de tu negocio. Esta sesión estará titulada: Metas Inteligentes para ti y tu negocio, y será facilitada por Irene Kelly, Administradora del Programa de Educación Financiera de WEV con nuestro invitado especial, Armando Sahagun, Asesor de Negocios de WEV.

February 3, 10:30 a.m.
Email Marketing that Gets Results
Email marketing is a powerful way to leverage your current customers, referral sources and supporters. Email Marketing will help you to stay top-of-mind, and create action. This free webinar will look at best practices and some list building idea as well as discuss real-world examples to help you generate ideas for your business. Sponsored by SCORE.

February 9, 10:30 a.m.
QuickBooks® Online and Best Accounting Practices for Small Businesses
This live, interactive webinar session is designed to help you understand the features, functions and benefits of QuickBooks Online for small business owners as well as assist you in implementing accounting best practices to manage your business finances. Sponsored by SCORE.

February 10, 10:30 a.m.
The Amazon “Effect” - It’s Impact on Your Customer’s Expectations
In this webinar we will discuss how Amazon (and companies like them) have changed your customers’ expectations and some basic steps on how you can adjust your business to meet them. These concepts can be applied to your business no matter if you have products to sell or you deliver services. Sponsored by SCORE.

February 16, 10:30 a.m.
Bankruptcy Primer For Small Business
Bankruptcy- You have heard the term, but what do you really understand? The Small Business Reorganization Task Force has a mission to educate business owners in Central and Southern California about both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy options when in financial distress. If you are contemplating bankruptcy, educating yourself is a must! Sponsored by SCORE.

February 23, 10:30 a.m.
How to Utilize Social Media to Build Your Business’s Brand and Increase Awareness
Social media is constantly evolving, which can make it difficult for your business to keep up. In this webinar, we will break down social media marketing for businesses with best practices that you can use to improve your digital marketing strategy. Sponsored by SCORE.
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The best way to keep our businesses open continues to be to:
  • Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Self-isolate if you are sick
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Wear a clean face covering when in contact with others from outside your household
  • Avoid participating in group/private gatherings with others from outside your household (group gatherings continue to be a high-risk activity)
  • Make a plan to get tested regularly
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