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September 9, 2021
City of Moorpark
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Re-Opens for New Applications

Not to be confused with the Ventura County grants that had to be submitted last week, the State of California has today started taking new applications for its COVID-19 Relief Grants.

The state grants are generous - between $5,000 and $25,000 depending on your annual revenues - but there is unfortunately not enough funding available to provide these grants to every business that applies. However, nearly 150 Moorpark businesses and non-profit organizations have received nearly $2,000,000 in state grants through this program.

If you previously applied for, but did not receive, a state COVID-19 Relief Grant, you are automatically moved forward into the subsequent selection process. You don't need to do anything at this time. However, if you did not previously apply, you can now apply online. Applications are due by September 30. If you aren't sure if you previously applied, or if you have any questions, please call (888) 612-4370. Call center hours are Monday-Friday, 7A-7P.

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Ventura County Business Assistance Grant Updates

Ventura County is currently processing Round 3 and Round 4 Business Assistance Grant applications:

Round 3: $5,000 for Previous Grant Recipients

Round 3 is for businesses that previously received $5,000 in either Round 1 or Round 2 of the program. With Round 3 funding, those businesses will receive a total of $10,000 in grants. The County has reached out to all eligible businesses by E-mail and telephone, but you must complete your Round 3 grant application by Sunday, September 12. If you are eligible and need assistance, please call (888) 405-1004.

Round 4: $10,000 for New Grant Applicants

The application period for Round 4 grants ended on Thursday, September 2. Ventura County received and is currently reviewing 1,452 applications from throughout the county. If you applied, please check your E-mail regularly to see if your application is approved or if it needs additional information. You may also check your application status online any time.

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Upcoming Free Webinar Schedule

How to Think and Talk About Your Startup
Monday, September 13, 5:00 PM | Register Here
Are you thinking of starting a new business of your own but don't know where to begin? Learn key elements that will help you be successful. SCORE Santa Barbara is starting this interactive session series led by Greg Loosvelt and Eric Saltzman. They will provide insights into various aspects of planning, starting, and operating a startup business. These sessions will be held as an open format discussion of your questions in a small group setting.

Locating Your Tech-Based Business in California
Tuesday, September 21, 8:00 AM or 6:00 PM | Register Here
California’s economy is roaring back in large part to the network of support providers connecting businesses to resources. Whether you’re a foreign business looking to locate in California or an advisor assisting businesses with location decisions, the CA Foreign Direct Investment Tech Guide is an invaluable resource in helping you thoughtfully plan you next move. Hear experts share how The Guide can help you and how you can connect to California’s economic development network.

How to Optimize Your E-Commerce Store for the Holidays
Tuesday, September 21, 12:00 PM | Register Here
Are you ready for the biggest shopping holiday of the year? Women's Economic Ventures shares how you can make the most of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the entire holiday selling season. You'll learn how to plan and prepare your store for holiday traffic. Be prepared for this year's BF/CM by understanding what to expect, how to implement key promotion strategies, and how to set yourself up for a successful holiday selling season.

Fundamentals of Starting a New Business
Wednesday, September 22, 10:30 AM | Register Here
Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business but don’t know where to start? Do you have the passion and work ethic but need education and guidance? Being a small business owner is exciting, but understanding the lifestyle will clarify if it is right for you. Join us in this informative webinar and learn what it takes to be a successful business owner.
City Hall Open for Walk-ins + Appointments
City Hall is now open for walk-in service Mon-Fri, 8A-1P, and by appointment only Mon-Fri, 1P-4P. Please call us at (805) 517-6200 to make an appointment, or visit our Virtual Counter any time to learn how to access our services on-line, by phone, and by E-mail.
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799 Moorpark Avenue
Moorpark, CA 93021

City Hall Hours: Mon-Fri
8A-1P | Walk-in Service
1P-4P | Appointments Only
4P-5P | Virtual Hours
(805) 517-6200